Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: On the Road
Bikes: Custom built tourer, custom electric bike, beaters everywhere
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I have a book (somwhere), written by a man who does unsupported tours in November, December and as early as February in England. He's lucky that he lives there and can choose his days. October can be very pleasant and I've spent many a fine day in that month exploring the Cotswolds under bright sun.
As Michael said though, it can be grim and that might take the fun out of the tour unless you are well prepared. It's a bit strange to watch the sun track along the southern sky just above the horizon.
I tour in shoulder months (October-November, April-May) because it is cooler, there are not as many tourists and everything from campsites and pubs to tourist attractions are not as busy. I've got the right equipment, I'm well prepared and I'm not afraid to hit a hotel or B&B if the weather goes to rat S.
Your choice: let us know if you had a good time.