Author Topic: Mid-Essex / Bit of Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)  (Read 3744 times)

Oscar's dad

  • aka Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge
More details to follow but the skinny is we set off after work on Friday 11th and return some time on Sunday 13th September having pushed up into Suffolk. 

jiberjaber

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Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2020, 12:47:51 pm »
Potentially "in"
Regards,

Joergen

tedshred

  • AKA: Dirk - Let me see those hands
Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2020, 01:33:07 pm »
Potetially "in".

(If Joergen's coming  :-*)
The pleasure of pain endured
To purify our misfit ways

Oscar's dad

  • aka Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge
Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2020, 01:37:48 pm »
Perhaps this endeavour could be in lieu of our annual trip (*) across the sea to the Low Countries

NB: as with everything I suggest, what I'll offer will merely be a bunch of suggestions.  So if you're reading this and don't fancy sleeping in a ditch or whatever don't rule yourself out, we'll just flex the plan (such as it will be) to accommodate.

(*) Was there a 2019 trip?  Did The Strangler manage to make it an annual thing?

Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2020, 02:19:55 pm »
(*) Was there a 2019 trip?  Did The Strangler manage to make it an annual thing?

Yes held annually between 2017 - 2019 inclusive.

Oscar's dad

  • aka Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge
Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2020, 03:28:18 pm »
Bored I am.  Just been playing with RwGPS, and inspired by a couple of routes in Jack Thurston's Lost Lanes book, I have produced THIS which could be the northern most extent of our ride.  It's very much WIP so feel free to comment.

Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2020, 07:59:20 pm »
It's very much WIP so feel free to comment.

So close to Aldeburgh but no fish and chips? If timings worked out and the detour was worthwhile, there is a path which looks like it can be cycled along from Snape Street that come out just outside Aldeburgh on the A road. Afterwards, the road up to Thorpeness (for ice cream by the mere) is the best option.

tedshred

  • AKA: Dirk - Let me see those hands
Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2020, 08:12:04 pm »
if you don't mind queuing for at least an hour for average fish and chips, Aldeburgh is a great option  :sick:
The pleasure of pain endured
To purify our misfit ways

Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2020, 09:38:35 pm »
Saw this on another forum.  Looks like a bargain if you’re after a tarp.

https://www.britishmilitarysurplus.co.uk/shop/hardwear/british-army-basha-dpm-camo-grade-1124047.html

jiberjaber

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Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2020, 10:37:43 pm »
Saw this on another forum.  Looks like a bargain if you’re after a tarp.

https://www.britishmilitarysurplus.co.uk/shop/hardwear/british-army-basha-dpm-camo-grade-1124047.html

Nice spot - that weight more than my tent ! (1kg!)

Steve- what's the weight of yours? (tarp)
Regards,

Joergen

Oscar's dad

  • aka Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge
Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2020, 08:00:19 am »
Saw this on another forum.  Looks like a bargain if you’re after a tarp.

https://www.britishmilitarysurplus.co.uk/shop/hardwear/british-army-basha-dpm-camo-grade-1124047.html

Nice spot - that weight more than my tent ! (1kg!)

Steve- what's the weight of yours? (tarp)

Dunno, I’ll weigh it when we get home. I know it’s quite heavy when combined with my lightweight eBay bargain poles but then again steel is real!

TimC

  • Old blerk sometimes onabike.
Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2020, 04:07:18 pm »
I could well be tempted by this if I can be arsed to source some appropriate equipment!

Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2020, 05:10:32 pm »
Saw this on another forum.  Looks like a bargain if you’re after a tarp.

https://www.britishmilitarysurplus.co.uk/shop/hardwear/british-army-basha-dpm-camo-grade-1124047.html

Nice spot - that weight more than my tent ! (1kg!)

Steve- what's the weight of yours? (tarp)

Usual thing you pay exponentially more to get less.

Light strong cheap - pick any two.

Oscar's dad

  • aka Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge
Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2020, 05:55:25 pm »
I could well be tempted by this if I can be arsed to source some appropriate equipment!

We could share  :-*

Tomsk

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Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2020, 07:55:41 pm »
Bored I am.  Just been playing with RwGPS, and inspired by a couple of routes in Jack Thurston's Lost Lanes book, I have produced THIS which could be the northern most extent of our ride.  It's very much WIP so feel free to comment.

I am probably in! I see you've found the lane from East Bridge to Dunwich - I'd been cycling up that way for years before I actually happened upon it - on a CC Sudbury Audax I think it was! Are you thinking about any COR? Returning on the Icknield Way?

How about the ferry across the Blyth to Southwold? There's always the old railway bridge further up-river if there are loads of us to get across.

Oscar's dad

  • aka Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge
Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2020, 08:41:36 am »
Bored I am.  Just been playing with RwGPS, and inspired by a couple of routes in Jack Thurston's Lost Lanes book, I have produced THIS which could be the northern most extent of our ride.  It's very much WIP so feel free to comment.

I am probably in! I see you've found the lane from East Bridge to Dunwich - I'd been cycling up that way for years before I actually happened upon it - on a CC Sudbury Audax I think it was! Are you thinking about any COR? Returning on the Icknield Way?

How about the ferry across the Blyth to Southwold? There's always the old railway bridge further up-river if there are loads of us to get across.

All good suggestions which I’ll store up for the next time I’m bored at work. Keep the good ideas coming folks...

Oscar's dad

  • aka Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge
Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #16 on: August 15, 2020, 08:43:43 am »
I could well be tempted by this if I can be arsed to source some appropriate equipment!

If you need cheapo bikepacking bags have a look at Planet X and Oaky has had some nice bags off Amazon. But don’t mention bikepacking to bobb as it makes his cool hair curl!

Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2020, 10:10:17 am »
I'm in.

TimC

  • Old blerk sometimes onabike.
Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #18 on: August 15, 2020, 12:22:42 pm »
I could well be tempted by this if I can be arsed to source some appropriate equipment!

If you need cheapo bikepacking bags have a look at Planet X and Oaky has had some nice bags off Amazon. But don’t mention bikepacking to bobb as it makes his cool hair curl!

Sounds good. Be nice to include Bawdsey and Orford if you want to do the coastal hinterlands.

jiberjaber

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Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #19 on: August 15, 2020, 02:22:49 pm »
Are we really going to be able to stealth wild camp with 15 of us!  ;D
Regards,

Joergen

Oscar's dad

  • aka Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge
Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #20 on: August 15, 2020, 04:28:32 pm »
Are we really going to be able to stealth wild camp with 15 of us!  ;D

Of course we are!

Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #21 on: August 17, 2020, 11:31:05 pm »
I like the sound of this.

Oscar's dad

  • aka Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge
Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #22 on: August 18, 2020, 08:43:49 am »
I like the sound of this.

Excellent.  Hopefully I'll find some time this week to do  bit more work on a proposed route.

Oscar's dad

  • aka Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge
Re: Mid-Essex / Suffolk 2 night bivvy extravaganza (11th to 13th September)
« Reply #23 on: August 19, 2020, 04:08:42 pm »
Another dull conference call which didn't demand my full attention...

Here is my first stab at a complete route which starts and finishes in Witham but could be joined at any point.  It incorporates some of the Icknield Way (if the gpx I downloaded is to be believed).  What do you think?  Its still very much WIP and much finessing will no doubt still be required.