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Building loop routes into an itinerary has several advantages:
Each route comprises a range of route options –differing in distance, terrain, traffic, en-route sites of interest and services. You can choose your ride based on your preferences for that particular day. Because you can leave the decision until just before you set out (or later in cases where different route options share the same starting stretch), you can take factors such as the weather and your energy levels into account.
Routes marked (^) offer the option to travel part or all of the way with your bicycle by train or bus.
Routes marked (*) can be divided into two shorter sub-routes to produce itineraries that are suitable for those looking for a very leisurely trip. This can meet the needs of families with young (and perhaps not-so-young!) children, those who want to spend a lot of time visiting the en-route attractions, and those who feel that a couple of hours in the saddle each day is quite sufficient!
Classifying cycling routes in terms of difficulty / degree of challenge is not an exact science, and the easiest of routes in theory can be made testing in practice by the addition of a brisk headwind! Nevertheless, our classification system gives a good indicator as to whether a given route option will be suitable for you.
Apart from uncontrollable variables such as the weather there are two major factors that contribute towards the difficulty of a route option – the distance and the total ascent involved.
Classifying route options into four distance categories and four ascent categories gives 16 possibilities as shown below. These are grouped by overall difficulty – from yellow (easiest) through to dark red (hardest). You should choose itineraries and route options that can offer a level of challenge within your comfort zone.
The route network within each tour region consists of the individual routes that link the trailhead towns and staging towns.
The route network allows us to build a wide variety of possible tour itineraries within the region.