On Saturday I cycled from London to Brighton. It’s the first day long cycle that I’ve done since I cycled from Bletchley to Bedford and back, over a month ago. Yeah I did lots of cycling at the Woking Mapping party, but there was lots of breaks and cul-de-sacs.
I couldn’t even get 10 minutes away, and I managed to get totally confused by the signage for the National Cycle Network route 23. Having the Cycle Map and an intermittently working bluetooth GPS was really useful. Looking at the trace and where the sign posts were it appears that some of the signposts around the South end of South Norwood Country Park are totally ambiguous, alternatively the route has been changed recently. There was a few other places that I had to double back because I had missed a turn.
Further south there was some nice views across the hills.
I was quite surprised when I found that the national cycle route goes right through the middle of Gatwick airport.
Had a little bit of a wander in Brighton before getting the train home.
I added a few extra pois, road names and the southern end of the ncn 20 into Brighton to the osm data.
In the future I should try and leave before lunchtime, for these day long cycles, which I should do more often.