A lovely tour through the UK together with my father.
Starting in London and heading west to Cardiff, biking along the ridgeway was very nice, I highly recommend it, but going is a lot slower then on a paved road! We took a day off in Cardiff to watch a Cricket match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand (Cricket World Cup) before heading north up through Wales. Wales is a beautiful country to bike though, hier one has to decide between distance/speed which constricts the rout to paved roads and a more mountain bike tour, which is lovely but much slower. Our plan was to hike up Mt Snowdonia but the weather was bad and the peak was in clouds so we decided to bike on and stayed that night in a B&B in Llandudno (can highly recommend we we stayed - Lansdowne House). The next day we had a very strong tail wind which blew us speedily along the shoreline heading to Liverpool. From there we headed to the Lake District where we stayed a couple of nights with some good friends of ours. The Lake District is a must see, but be warned, there is only 1 lake there (the rest are "waters", "tarns" or "meres"). After a rest day (where dad few back home, he had to go back to work) I made my way back down south, unfortunately I didn't have the best weather, and by the time I reached London most of my gear was wet...
After visiting friends in London I headed to Brighton where I took a night Ferry to Dieppe, in France the weather was much warmer and I had two days of sun on my way to Paris. A must see is Étretat, mostly the people here are French tourists and once there it is clear why - magnificent cliffs and a pretty little town.
My tour finished in Paris, where I spent two days exploring the city, in my opinion the bet way to do this is by bike (surprise surprise).
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The route was good but definitely take a different way to Maidenhead! I would recommend following the Thames ;)
There should be a Thames bike path which you can follow (cycle route 4 I think) and then join up with this route into Oxford at Maidenhead (because the last past was just a slog along the M4, was wet and wanted to get to London fast).
It wasn't thaaat flat, I accidentally paused komoot just before the final climb into Brighton... Would have been another 250m... Anyway 😅
But you wouldn't have liked it, I had some very muddy, speed, narrow, stone, rooty single track 😂
Rouen was very nice, I was there in the early morning so just when cafes were opening but not many tourists.
Hot day and I had a head wind most of the time so by the time I got to Paria I was very tired 😅