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gibbo

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King Alfred's Way - GPX route starting at Reading
« on: 22 December, 2021, 02:53:40 pm »
Hi - before I start and take some time to do this does anyone have a GPX route starting/ finishing at Reading that they'd be happy to share?

TIA.
Gibbo.

SoreTween

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Re: King Alfred's Way - GPX route starting at Reading
« Reply #1 on: 26 December, 2021, 08:34:28 am »
https://cycle.travel/route/king_alfreds_way

Click on map & you can flip it clockwise/anti as preferred & download the gpx from there.  If you click the mountain icon so that the route profile is visible before download the altitude data is included in the gpx.
Not my making, it's one of the many major routes guides on cycle.travel
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gibbo

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Re: King Alfred's Way - GPX route starting at Reading
« Reply #2 on: 26 December, 2021, 09:14:24 am »
https://cycle.travel/route/king_alfreds_way

Click on map & you can flip it clockwise/anti as preferred & download the gpx from there.  If you click the mountain icon so that the route profile is visible before download the altitude data is included in the gpx.
Not my making, it's one of the many major routes guides on cycle.travel
Perfect, many thanks.

SoreTween

  • Most of me survived the Pennine Bridleway.
Re: King Alfred's Way - GPX route starting at Reading
« Reply #3 on: 31 December, 2021, 11:29:24 pm »
As I'm hoping to do the KAW in 2022 I got a copy of the CTC1 guide book.  It's not possible to definitively say what the route is as there are alternatives for many sections of it2 and none of it is waymarked on the ground.  Since you can't say what is 'the route' nor can you say what isn't.
However... (you knew that was coming)
The c.t route I linked, for example, takes the main route through Amesbury, presumably to take in a cafe there of global significance rather than passing a bunch of rocks just west despite the latter being a poster child for the route.  It is also off both main and alternate route in places.  Not significantly, but off.

Anyway, here's another gpx that is my making:
https://cycle.travel/map/journey/278551

That follows the KAW as shown in the book using the alternates sometimes and others not.  If such things get under your skin then maybe this is a better gpx to download.  But do it soon, I'll be bollocking around with it to get 3 agreeable overnights reasonably distributed so it won't stay 'right', if I dare claim that, for long.  Easiest way is to register for c.t, delete my overnight halts (to make a change) and then save it as your own route.

Really though, you could follow the guide on cycle.travel and you've done it.  Anyone who claims otherwise coz you missed a rock, mound or muddy field is talking arse.

1Yeah, I know.
2Some for weather/mud reasons, others for time rich sight seeing / time poor gotta press on reasons.
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Re: King Alfred's Way - GPX route starting at Reading
« Reply #4 on: 06 January, 2022, 09:53:33 am »
I rode some of KAW last year, sort of following the UK Cycling guide book.

Be aware that some of the route around Salisbury and towards Avebury is over MOD land and can be closed at times, especially in the week.

Myself and some others got caught out by this. A road closure due to live firing near Tileshead meant we had to re-route via Shrewton (but still using good off road trails).

So I would agree there is no definitive route, various options in the guide book, plus also sometimes a detour to a town/village is handy to for food/drink/etc.




gibbo

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Re: King Alfred's Way - GPX route starting at Reading
« Reply #5 on: 06 January, 2022, 11:23:56 am »
I rode some of KAW last year, sort of following the UK Cycling guide book.

Be aware that some of the route around Salisbury and towards Avebury is over MOD land and can be closed at times, especially in the week.

Myself and some others got caught out by this. A road closure due to live firing near Tileshead meant we had to re-route via Shrewton (but still using good off road trails).

So I would agree there is no definitive route, various options in the guide book, plus also sometimes a detour to a town/village is handy to for food/drink/etc.

Good to know, thanks.