Anyway, the Sustrans National Cycle Route 12 took me as far as Hatfield today. Here's the proof, and the clever gateway they have used to get your bike through:
I am very grateful to Sustrans for having sorted out this route, it's nice to have some time off the road, and going through woods.
Next weekend the bike and I will go a little further along this route and see where we get to.
And thank you SO MUCH to all those wonderful people who have donated and got me to the target amount so I can go on the ride to Paris on the arranged date - THANK YOU ALL !!!