Where am I?:^mistymornings-->Cycletouring-->2007-->Scandinavia.-->Route notes 1.

A few short notes about the route. Denmark and Sweden.

From Copenhagen to Båstad.

We navigated this section using a road map of southern Sweden and two guides we found in Tourist Information offices in Copenhagen and Helsingborg. The free guides were sufficiently good for us to be able to follow the route. The free map we found in Helsingborg (note the free so we can't complain too much) had some interesting minor inaccuracies which were easily overcome.

The route in Denmark was mostly flat except for a short section running alongside the railway line. The major problem we had in this part of the trip was getting lost coming out of Helsingor. A good map of the area would have helped us at the time. Part of the problem was that we ended up in some new housing estates which were did not seem to have any local signposts at all. From Helsingor to Båstad the route was pleasant and varied in terms of terrain. There was a fair bit of relief in the landscape especially when cutting across country to Båstad itself. There was one memorably poor gravel track but this was only a couple of kilometres long.

The Ginstleden.

We found a free guide for this route in Helsingor and again in Båstad. The route was well signposted in 2007: the signs looked very new and navigation was quite easy. The map was clear enough to be helpful when we had missed a sign or a sign was missing where we would have expected one.

The route itself was not terribly demanding in terms of metres climbed, but as with Norway and the UK there are some short and surprisingly steep sections even on main roads. We remember a lot of good quality sand and grit roads with hard surfaces. The main thing to watch out for was sections with small potholes. Usually the potholes could be avoided with out too much trouble. When on main and minor roads traffic was not a major problem. Traffic was quite light and drivers were generally good at leaving enough space when passing us.

Swedish NSCR.

The NSCR in Sweden runs on main and minor roads with sections of grit roads. Some main road sections can be surprisingly busy and require more care and attention than when cycling on quieter roads.

The signposting in 2007 was very poor, and apparently was not much better in 2008. For an pleasant experience you really need to prepare your own maps of the route. There is a small guide that costs a couple of Euros, but the maps are not terribly detailed. If you use a resource like Google maps you can create your own more detailed maps of the route. Alternatively visit the Swedish pages of the Cycletourer website. There is some good useful information regarding maps for touring in Sweden.

The main problems anno 2007 were;
a) vandalised signs especially in the Göteborg area.
b) faded signs which were legible only if you stood right up against the sign.
c) stickers to replace damages signs wrapped around the signposts. The arrows were frequently on the back side of the posts and you had to figure out which way they would have pointed if they had been placed on a flat surface.
d) Junctions that appear never to have had signs.

We had an irritating morning trying to get out of Göteborg as the signs were in a very poor state, and we had shortsightedly posted our road map back home the day before. So if you also get stuck do the following; just after the bridge crossing the Göta turn right following cycle signs to Kärra. As you approach Kärra then look for signs to Kungälv. Thereafter the route is a bit clearer.

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