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Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #50 on: November 08, 2018, 07:19:20 am »
There is a branch line from Preston to Blackpool South calling at Ansdell and St Annes on Sea, both a couple of miles from Lytham, depending on where the HQ is sited.There are a few hotels in Lytham (not cheap) a bigger choice in St Annes or the south end of Blackpool. The cycle ride from Preston station to Lytham is quite simple, some bike path,and a quiet country route a good option,a decent hours flat ride.

Let me rephrase the question slightly: Is there a train station within 40 miles of the start that has direct trains to either Newcastle or Hull?

(And thanks for the hotel suggestions.)

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Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #51 on: November 08, 2018, 09:48:00 am »
"Let me rephrase the question slightly: Is there a train station within 40 miles of the start that has direct trains to either Newcastle or Hull?"

If you're travelling on the train to Blackpool you're very likely to go through Preston. There is some information on "How to get to the start" on the event website at: https://burnleyccevents.com/inverness-1200-05-july-2019/

You can try www.nationalrail.co.uk for rail itineraries.

Hope this is of help!

Andy Corless

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Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #52 on: November 08, 2018, 10:31:57 am »
(I'm mainly a user of trains in the South, but I'll chip-in anyway - hopefully Northeners can correct me!)

I think Preston is the best-connected station nearby. A little further away (60-70 miles) gets you to Bradford or Manchester. (the routes from there would probably be hilly or urban, respectively). Sadly Preston is on the main North-South line, so it's great from London, but not so good from Newcastle/Hull.


[ I looked at this map to get an idea of the main routes:
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/static/documents/content/OfficialNationalRailmapsmall.jpg ]

Sadly the only way to find direct trains for certain is to play with the timetable site - and I think you've already done that!
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Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #53 on: November 08, 2018, 11:11:00 am »
Bit more detail on this map, but doesn't show where services actually run...
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/static/images/structure/css/nationalrailnetworkmap.pdf

'ull looks most appropriate in that there's a line right across to Blackpool, but a quick search says that unsurprisingly the trains needed are
Hull -> Leeds  (TPE, bikes need booked)
Leeds -> Preston  (Northern, No bike bookings so no the whim of the guard/conductor and the spaces being available)
Preston -> Blackpool South (also Northern)

From Newcastle
Newcastle -> CArlisle (Northern)
Carlisle -> Preston (VT West Coast - space needs booked)
Preston ->Blackpool South (northern)

hm reminds me need to sort out travel to Yorkshire Grit...

Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #54 on: November 08, 2018, 11:46:58 am »
Thanks for all the detailed suggestions: the railway map will be useful for other UK holidays. I guess Newcastle-Carlisle-Preston is then my best option.

Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #55 on: November 08, 2018, 02:50:28 pm »
Are many riders doing the 1200?  Its seems a lot more are talking about the 1000.  Are there any reasons for this (apart from the obvious extra miles)?  There's obviously some incentives in reaching Inverness (greater variety of sleep opps, etc)....

It's funny that you would have thought with a name like McDonalds the fast food chain would be open 24 hours in places like Inverness ;)

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Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #56 on: November 08, 2018, 03:16:38 pm »
"Are many riders doing the 1200?"

There's about 60 entries for the 1200 and 75 for the 1000. Baring in mind that some riders who fail to qualify/can't ride PBP might want to ride the 1200 in order to claim various AUK/ACP awards.

Andy Corless


Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #57 on: November 11, 2018, 06:38:49 pm »
Anyone here planning to ride the 1000 and PBP?

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Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #58 on: November 11, 2018, 07:26:57 pm »
Anyone here planning to ride the 1000 and PBP?

Yes, there's over a month between them, reckoned that would be enough recovery and also a good indicator of how I'll cope... or make me realize that I'd better adjust my bookings to make use of the ferries for a late august cycle tour in northern france...

Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #59 on: November 11, 2018, 07:44:45 pm »
Anyone here planning to ride the 1000 and PBP?

Yup that's the plan for me, with a few DIY 200's thrown in betwixt to keep the legs turning.

Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #60 on: November 11, 2018, 10:39:43 pm »
Ok, good to know. Cheers.

Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #61 on: November 12, 2018, 03:03:12 pm »
Well I have bitten the bullet  :thumbsup:
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Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #62 on: November 13, 2018, 07:54:34 am »
I’m in. Hoping I get a mattress/bed and better sleep 😴 than I did on MP2016 😔
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