Guys - thanks for your responses.
graymee wrote:How far are you planning to cycle each day and have you cycled that far before? A distance you might ride in a day might not be sustainable over multiple days especially if carrying camping kit.
I've covered 100 miles in a day before on a unloaded bike a few times and felt okay. I am planning 5 days / 4 nights, so 60 mpd - though I'm not on a deadline.
graymee wrote:Finding suitable spots to wild camp that are both at the required distance from your departure point and close to the route will be problematic in the 1st part of your journey if not all of it.
This is a bit of a worry. Any advice?
graymee wrote:NCN 1 is signposted but how well is open to debate, a map of that section of the route might be advisable.
Likewise this, I think I will obtain a road atlas and/or relevant maps.
nirakaro wrote:I don’t know NCN1, but my experience of Sustrans routes is that they prioritise segregating you from traffic, even if that involves taking you through the back of the industrial estate, round the sewage works, along some fairly awkward tracks, and twice as far as you needed to go. Great for a Sunday afternoon pootle with the kids, but maybe not ideal for long distance riding. Sustrans say that NCN1 from Dover to Shetland is 1695 miles – wow, Dover to Thurso is only 708 miles by road. You might be wise to look at a few maps before setting off, and find where there are nice quiet backroads that are more direct.
This I'm okay with, 307 miles is the sustrans distance according to google maps, which is what I'm planning for. My worry with making up my own route is that it'd be far easier to get lost!