Originally posted to the Bromptontalk forum on 22 Dec 2008
(NB August 2014, I’m currently updating this route and planning to ride part of it this year so a more refined version will be available soon)
A 7oo mile tour of all those places called Brompton
Simon Koorn has tracked down most places in the UK with Brompton in the name and that’s the basis of the names used for the different models of Brompton sold in the Benelux Countries where he is the importer. A while ago he suggested a tour of Bromptons so I had a look at how that might work out. I used the 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey mapping in the Mapyx Quo software (which I recommend if you are looking for a UK digital map package). One of the files is in the original Quo format and if you have a copy of Quo you can see it exactly as I created it. The other two formats are Google Earth and .gpx, which is an open format and should be suitable to import into most other mapping or GPS software.
GPX version download from archive.org
Quo Version download from archive.org
Google Earth Version download from archive.org
The route goes like this:
(update November 2013, I’ve linked the sections below to the relevant .gpx route on RideWithGPS.com sop you can see the route displayed a large scale on Open CycleMap, I’ll update them soon to be more accurate as they were created on OS 50k maps which are not precise in towns especially)
Brompton on Medway (East of London)
Brompton Road (Central London) [39m 63km]
Brompton Factory (West London) [6m 10km]
Brompton Ralph (Somerset) [162m 261km]
Brompton Regis (Somerset) [11m 18km]
Severn Bridge (between England and Wales) [75m 121km]
Brompton Hall (Montgomeryshire) [91m 147km]
Brompton (Shropshire) [26m 42km]
Brompton Dale (Lincolnshire) [150m 242km]
Humber Bridge (between Lincolnshire and Yorkshire) [15m 24km]
Brompton by Sawdon (North Yorkshire) [46m 74km]
Brompton Moor House (North Yorkshire) [5m 8km]
Brompton (North Yorkshire) [51m 82km]
Brompton-on-Swale (North Yorkshire) [13m 21km]
Patrick Brompton (North Yorkshire) [9m 15km]
Total distance 699 miles, 1140km
Eagle eyed mapreaders will notice an extra bit on the map that’s not mentioned not in the schedule above. The short south to north section in the bottom right of the map goes from Hawkhurst in Kent to Brompton on Medway. Apparently Hawkhurst was once called Brompton and it’s an attractive part of the country, the Weald of Kent.
I followed the shortest route between points using minor roads where possible and trying to avoid really difficult gradients (almost impossible – some sections are quite vicious, especially in Somerset).
Despite being totally random it’s actually a great route, goes through some wonderful country including Salisbury Plain, the flatland and hills of North Somerset, the Welsh borders, cuts across the bottom edge of the Peak District, dips up into the North Yorkshire Moors and and ends up in the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.
It crosses two of the most iconic big bridges in England and Wales and goes right past Rivaulx Abbey and through many interesting towns and no cities except for London, where it takes in the spectacular interior architecture of Brompton Oratory and the oasis of Brompton Cemetery. It also goes right through Bridgwater (twice), home of sjscycles.com, so you can pick up any Brompton spares you need. If you have any suggestions for improving the route (while preserving the principle of visiting all these Bromptons rather than wandering round the country) please let me know. If you can’t import any of these files let me know what files you can handle, Quo seems to be able to export a huge variety.
If you want to try Quo for yourself you can download the software free together with the small scale map of the UK, which allows you to view these routes with all main towns and main roads shown. You have to pay if you want the high quality topographic mapping.
I have some ideas about what to do with this but I’ll wait and see if anybody else has something to say.
The downloads are archived at archive.org, a very worthy site dedicated to archiving almost anything so it’s available to future scholars. You may find early versions of your own website there!