Cycling routes throughout the South East, accessible from Guildford in a day
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Many of the rides described on this website use trains to make possible a one way ride, either returning direct to Guildford, or to where your car is parked. Most train operators accept bikes for carriage free of charge, but with certain restrictions, mainly upon travel in rush hours. Trains generally have one or two carriages with special provision for cycles - usually either a rack or seat free space with velcro straps to secure your bike. These carriages are usually readily identified by the bike logo adjacent to the doors. I have never been unable to get my bike on a train, although a couple of times it has been a tight squeeze in terms of the number of bikes wanting to travel.
A Brompton bike hire scheme operates from Guildford station, one of a growing number at stations throughout the region. Visit the Brompton Dock website for more details.
The National Rail Enquiries website is an excellent source of timetable and fares information.
The ATOB website is a good centralised source for all bike carriage policies.
Click here to download a PDF RAIL MAP for London and the South East.
Mapping and GPS for cyclistsFor this website, I use Google Maps which is fine for road mapping, and you can follow cross-country routes reasonably well on the aerial imagery. The 'Street View' facility is useful for exploring particular junctions in more detail.
Sustrans is the UK's leading charitable organisation dedicated to opening and maintaining a national network of cycling routes. Their website includes definitive on-line mapping of their route network (and others).Sustrans used to have a mapping app for smartphones, but they have now discontinued that, and recommend instead the CycleStreets app. However, I have found that the coverage of the national cycle network in this app is not that great.
A very useful site is Bing Maps which incorporates OS 1:50K Landranger and 1:25K Explorer mapping with a sensible sized viewing window. You can plot your own routes, and upload and download route files.
Ordnance survey 1:50K Landranger and 1:25K Explorer maps are invaluable for off road route finding. You can also use my on line OS map down to 1:50K.
The 'Where's that path' website is developed on the OS Open Source API, and allows you to plot routes simultaneously on OS 1:50K mapping and Google aerial imagery, plus download the resulting track as a GPS file- very neat.
GPSvisualizer is a very handy site for converting GPS files into all sorts of formats, and displaying them on Google Maps.
GMap-pedometer is a useful site for plotting and downloading tracks. G7toWin provides an excellent utility for import, export and editing of GPS files.
Surrey County Council used to publish 8 free detailed large scale maps covering cycling routes in Surrey: grab them if you can, but I fear the Council has ceased printing them.
For cycling in London, you cannot beat the London Cycle Guides, a series of 14 free, detailed, cycling maps of the capital, available from Transport for London, or in many London cycle shops.
South Downs WayFor an excellent, detailed, cyclists' guide to the whole South Downs Way, with annotated photographs to aid routefinding see http://www.bikedowns.co.uk/.
Local WebsitesDonald Hirsch's web site has a handy set of Powerpoint slides depicting the main cycle routes around Guildford.
The The Surrey County Council website gives useful information about cycling in Surrey.
Cycle shopsI have always found Cycleworks at Burpham to be very helpful.