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First drive in my new MX5 is planned for October advice need

Postby sh3lly » Sun Sep 04, 2016 10:17 pm

I'm heading from dundee down to Sheffield, plan of route roughly is head for galashiels then hawick to tow law and on. But looking on the map there is a nice forrest past hawick called Kielder Forrest has anyone driven down that road?

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Also does anyone know how to save routes Google maps?

Thanks in advance guys

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Re: First drive in my new MX5 is planned for October advice need

Postby liathach » Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:44 am

This is a "yellow" road on the OS map so it will be tarred. It might be a narrow yellow or a wide yellow as depicted on the map. Wide is generally ok for two cars to pass easily, narrow would require some care. Note there is also a toll road through Keilder but it is unsurfaced. Your choice should be a fun route.
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Re: First drive in my new MX5 is planned for October advice need

Postby sh3lly » Mon Sep 05, 2016 12:16 pm

Aw ok, might not be a good idea then to take my brand new car down an unsurfaced road?! Maybe I should just continue down the A68 and find somewhere else on my way down there is the pennies and Yorkshire dales as an option?

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Re: First drive in my new MX5 is planned for October advice need

Postby liathach » Mon Sep 05, 2016 2:02 pm

Your route WILL be surfaced. The unsurfaced Forest Drive runs west to east from Keilder Castle at the north end of the lake to Blakehopeburnhaugh near the A68. Enjoy! It should be a fine run and much better than a main road.

The raod through Weardale is great - very swoopy with really good sight lines.
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Postby sh3lly » Mon Sep 05, 2016 3:07 pm

Ah ok cool, I'm looking forward to it. Was just going to do my normal boring head straight down the road but now I'm getting my new car thought it would be nice to spice up the drive a bit [SMILING FACE WITH SMILING EYES]

Thanks will go check out that road, someone else has told me there is a nice Inn near there that I can stay at so defo doing that route now!

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Postby attila » Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:19 pm

If you have a TOMTOM this prog. Is ideal for route planning. If you want a thumbnail view of the road that is poss also.
http://www.tyretotravel.com/
Once you are happy with the rout it can be saved into your TOMTOM.
Have a good drive. :) :) :)
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Re: First drive in my new MX5 is planned for October advice need

Postby sh3lly » Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:10 pm

Thanks, I don't have a Tom Tom, just whatever the builtin sat nav is on the new mazda. Would it work on that?

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Re: First drive in my new MX5 is planned for October advice need

Postby JimF » Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:59 pm

To add a planned route, your TomTom needs to have an "itn" (itinary) file. Some of the newer ones don't have this file and I have never tried this on my wife's built in sat nav
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Postby attila » Mon Sep 05, 2016 10:16 pm

I have a 2013 Mazda3 with built in satnav and it works with that. The SD card is a TOMTOM system. I just remove the SD card plug it into the computer then run Tyretotravel, set out the route and save it to the SD Card.
Hope that helps.
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Re: First drive in my new MX5 is planned for October advice need

Postby IanH » Tue Sep 06, 2016 7:30 am

JimF wrote:To add a planned route, your TomTom needs to have an "itn" (itinary) file. Some of the newer ones don't have this file and I have never tried this on my wife's built in sat nav


So Maria has a good sense of direction then? :lol:

Sorry for the thread high jack.
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Re: First drive in my new MX5 is planned for October advice need

Postby IanH » Tue Sep 06, 2016 7:31 am

attila wrote:I have a 2013 Mazda3 with built in satnav and it works with that. The SD card is a TOMTOM system. I just remove the SD card plug it into the computer then run Tyretotravel, set out the route and save it to the SD Card.
Hope that helps.


MK4 doesn't have this functionality, there is a good route planning (waypoint) option built in to the system though.
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Re: First drive in my new MX5 is planned for October advice need

Postby gm » Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:35 am

the A68 ha a couple of good sections : 'the luge' is a set of switchback bends just before the border, great fun if there is no traffic, and the 'big dipper' - a set of very steep blind crested hills, passengers love that one :)

watch out for the speed cameras though
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Re: First drive in my new MX5 is planned for October advice need

Postby JimF » Tue Sep 06, 2016 7:02 pm

Hi Ian, it's usually Maria telling me I have taken the wrong turning and yes she's usually correct. :?
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