As we hear them news updates about The Sandstone Way
I have it on good authority the final route alignment for the Sandstone Way by MTB for 2015 is now settled and the map is currently being prepped but won’t be available until late February / early March 2015. Using a 1:50,000 OS map base on waterproof paper, the main route will shown with a solid blue line, albeit transparent, and spurs and shortcuts will be shown with blue dashes. Ten optional waymarked loops will be shown in purple and two more challenging remote area route options will be shown with red dashes. The longest of these by some considerable distance takes in a combination of some of the best tracks through the Cheviot Hills for an uninterrupted distance of 47 km or 29.5 miles but this may not be be waymarked until 2016. GPX files will be included with the map and be available as an electronic download.
The plan is to formally open the Sandstone Way by MTB route at Easter 2015 but the inaugural website will be on line in advance of the map being available. En route support businesses are being informed about the Sandstone Way and at least one cycle holiday company is offering the route as a guided / supported holiday. Luggage transfer services will surely follow along with bike taxi support.
The map will sold on a not for profit basis and although its not confirmed yet, its possible the RRP will be £9.99 which will generate a ring-fenced income to reprint the map and provide a small but steady income to kick start a route management fund as a) routes do not look after themselves and b) route development and improvement is an on-going dynamic process which won’t happen without funding.
Your feedback on the proposed map cost is welcomed.