shane wrote:Now just the small issue of accepting that cycling in the UK in November will be wet
With British weather being what it is, you can't rely even on that. But it is clearly sensible to expect it to be wet.
But I was surprised to discover during a dry and warm autumn recently that it doesn't take much moisture to make paths and tracks in clay areas sticky, and you can rely on the fact that evaporation will be fairly low by late autumn, so once they get sticky after about mid-October, they tend to remain sticky thereafter. So in November I probably wouldn't be doing the extended Ridgeway or Cotswolds or anything to the SE of that region, because there is a lot of clay in SE and central southern and eastern England. Less sticky trails tend to lie to the W and NW of that line.