My nice cycle navigation system (combination of a Garmin 1030 and the website cycle.travel (highly recommended)) does a great job of keeping me away from traffic and people in general. Yesterday I traversed the outskirts of Plymouth and hardly saw anyone, today was the same with Exeter. The routes often go through 1960s housing estates that have seen better days. Some municipalities have done a good job on cycle routes, others less so.
Today though I deliberately have come to a place full of Bank Holiday crowds – Charmouth – to see my friend Anne whom I have known since 1969. The route had a few ridges to get over but was broadly very enjoyable.
In order to keep up with my sister Jo’s suggestion of having cream teas everywhere, Anne and I had a look at a couple of very crowded and noisy cafes before discovering the local craft baker did take away cream teas – so we had our cream teas on a bench in the local park.