(Summary information and map credit: European Cyclists’ Federation)
” Dublin, London, Berlin, Warsaw, Minsk and Moscow: six compelling but different cities that are united by the Capitals Route. Each offers first class dining, nightlife and cultural attractions and are best explored by bike. The route is bookended by Galway, with its atmospheric pubs, and the dramatic Red Square in Moscow. Away from the cities the route has much else to offer too, including the untouched Białowieéa Forest between Poland and Belarus; the stunning Sanssouci Park in Potsdam, Germany; and the rugged Snowdonia National Park in the UK.”
You’ve just referenced the Europaradweg R1 for the EV 2 route. It’s only the German part finishing just east of the village named Buckow.
If you go easter, the Polish part is (not well) described at the following website http://www.eurovelo.org.pl/przebieg-tras/mapa-polski/.
The polish route starts in the bucolic village of Kostrzyn nad Odrą all the way east to the Poland-Belarus border in the middle of the very beautiful forest of the Puszcza Białowieska / Беловежская пуща national park (http://puscha.belarustourism.by/).
Even easter, in order to follow the advances of the EV2 project in Belarus, the Minsk Cycling Community (http://bike.org.by/ru/projects/eurovelo) is the best site to reference. Most parts are only in Russian language but maps speak for themselves…
The last version of the proposed route between the Poland-Belarus border to Minsk is included in the document that you will find here : http://goo.gl/HyIjH (pages 10 & 12).
It is such a pleasure to see that, even in this not well known country (not to forget), activists mobilize to move things on !
Back in April I cycled part of the Eurovelo 2 route. From Bangor, North Wales to and across the Severn Bridge on National Cycle Network routes 8 and 42. I thought some route information may be of use to anyone planning to do the route,
This is promoted as a challenge route by Sustrans. I covered the 225 miles in three days and it certainly was a challenge. The 30 or so miles from Bangor to Criccieth follows mainly old railway lines and closed lanes with good surfaces, no traffic and no steep hills, although a fair amount of height is gained and lost. From Criccieth the route heads to the hills with steeper climbs before crossing a river by an interesting toll bridge before heading for the hills in earnest. after crossing the main road you are faced with the first section of 20% plus climbing after several miles you find yourself high above Harlech on quiet mountain lanes with fantastic views of the coast and mountains including the Snowdon Horseshoe. After the massive climb and views there is a long descent back down to sea level and the run down to Barmouth.
Barmouth has all amenities that should be needed. The railway bridge across the Mawddach Estuary should not be missed, although the cycle path to Dolgellau is not the best having a loose surface and awkward gates that are difficult to negotiate with a loaded bike.
For information I stopped at Kings Youth Hostel just outside Dolgellau which I found more than adequate.
Again Dolgellau has a full set of amenities.
The route out of Dolgellau climbs quiet lanes and surfaced bridleways around Cader Idris and other mountains to Corris and Machynlleth, a good place to stock up before climbing for the next 5 or so miles to the top of Plynlimon with yet more fantastic views and plenty of fresh air to refill the lungs. After the long descent the road then undulates to Llanidloes, again all services.
On my trip this day was cold and wet so at this point I abandoned the official quiet and undulating route for the main A470. Although a faster route definitely not a pleasant one, it was a case of head down and get to Builth Wells with as few lorries passing as possible. En-route Rhayader is well worth a visit.
I stopped the second night just beyond Builth Wells at a great B&B, with the largest breakfast ever.
The ride from Builth Wells from to Hay on Wye is pleasant and undulating and warms the legs before the long climb to the top of the Gospel Pass (more 20%+ sections) high in the Black Mountains.Make sure you stop up here to admire the views.
The pass runs gently down almost to Abergavenny before the route loops around the base of the Sugar Loaf Mountain before finally dropping into the town. Abergavenny is a pretty town with all the necessary services.
From Abergavenny the route climbs out of the town and on to Usk before detouring to take one more big climb through Wentwood, yet more 20% climbing.
Finally the route drops down to Chepstow where there is a good cycle path to take you down to the old Severn Bridge where you can cross on either side, although the Northern path will be more convenient.
Overall I thoroughly recommend this route although with a heavy load 75 miles per day will be pushing things to the maximum.
As I said at the start, hopefully this will be useful to someone planning their route.
That’s great Steve. Thanks for the extended comment – much appreciated. I’ve ‘elevated’ your comments to the main blog so that others don’t miss them.