Almost didn’t go out for this one but then got off my backside and went exploring. Rode to the bottom of the High Street and picked up a local cycle route, 53 I believe. This starts at the top of Pier Hill and runs west along the hilltop. It makes use of quiet back roads and is, in most places, clearly marked on the road (although it is quite worn in places). Unfortunately, the little blue road signs aren’t always easy to spot and so at some junctions I missed the appropriate road to continue following. The route seems to become route 56 (I think) at some point which comes from another part of town and takes one to the A13 near The Cricketers.
The council provide a handy map of the borough with each road graded for ease of cycling etc. What is missing is a map of the actual routes (such as the one I used tonight); so instead I am only discovering them by chance.
To finish off I retraced by steps a bit, criss crossed the High Street (walking my bike each time since, believe it or not, it is illegal to ride a bike there) and rode down Pier Hill – this has a cycle lane opposing the direction of car traffic. Quite helpfully at the bottom of this rather steep hill the cycle lane makes a sharp turn to the left which, at the speed you reach going down the hill, is almost unnavigable if you don’t know it is there. Then had a nice cruise along the front before heading up to Royal Artillery Way which is a gradual but challenging hill, for me anyway.
Just before Pier Hill saw this lovely view of the Pier. Photo doesn’t really do it justice.