‘Cycling The Loire Cycle Route’

I was interviewed earlier this week by Keri Jones for the Great Destinations Radio Show (the interview will be broadcast sometime in June and also available as a podcast). One of Keri’s questions was along the line of “which section of your [Spain to Norway] route would make for a good cycling trip on its own?”. I…

Tour De Yorkshire 2017: T – 7 Days (Exactly!)

As I begin typing this, I note that the Tour de Yorkshire is exactly 7 days away, to the minute! Everything kicks off at 12.35pm on Friday 28th April in Bridlington… The images below were taken from the spectator guide that you can find here.

“Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost”

Exactly two years ago, I cycled into a very wet Salamanca in Spain. Below is an extract from ‘Spain to Norway on a Bike Called Reggie‘ recounting my day in the city. Aside from providing me with some beautiful buildings, frogs and reminiscences of teenage reading, it was also where I spotted the quotation that…

“I Am A Cyclist And Proud To Be So”: A Response

Last week I posted a letter that I had written in response to a letter that appeared in the Halifax Courier regarding cyclists. Before you continue reading, I suggest that you read this. Done that? Good. Tomorrow the weekly newspaper is published and it will be interesting to see if anyone has contacted the paper…

Manic Monday? Not In Cumbria…

One for HikingEurope.org; climbing Red Scree in Cumbria… …the view from the top… …and here are a few shots taken in and around Ambleside and Rydal (where you’ll find a great campsite). Not forgetting a famous bridge en route home:

The Cycle Touring Festival: “It Was Bloody Great!”

Last week I had the opportunity of speaking about the 2015 cycle from Spain to Norway (on a bike called Reggie…) in Halifax. Next up on my world tour (well, Britain and Ireland) is the Cycle Touring Festival in Clitheroe, Lancashire. Why not come along? Full details from the organisers are below… “The Cycle Touring Festival…

“WOW 24/7 Entertainment”!

No pressure then… It’s probably fair to say that most of you are not avid readers of the Halifax Courier so for those not fortunate enough to be within the newspaper’s catchment area of the Calder Valley of West Yorkshire, here is a cutting from the ‘WOW 24/7 Entertainment’ section:  Those feet are becoming famous in their…

Cycling Five Countries In One Day?

Is it possible? I cycled eight countries in nearly four months back in 2015 but five in one day? According to Karsten Koehler, yes it was and in April 2016 he set about proving his suspicion by heading to Belgium with his bike… Here he explains his motivation: I enjoy long cycle rides, and last year…

The Happy People Of Osnabrück…

Today, I read, is International Day of Happiness. (Isn’t every day? Mmm… Perhaps not…) Anyway, upon discovering that March 20th is a day of all-round joy (apologies if you’re just not feeling it), I was reminded of cycling through Lower Saxony en route from Tarifa to Nordkapp for the new book, Spain to Norway on…

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival: Bike Packing Films

I spent the afternoon in Sheffield watching some short cycle touring films at SHAFF, the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival. Below are the films that I was able to see. The text is from the SCHAFF website. COMES WITH BAGGAGE – 18MINS (trailer) “Comes With Baggage” is a lighthearted history of bicycle travel in the Americas, that…

The Ultimate Road Trip: Route 66…

…well, the one in Calderdale. Route 66 of Britain’s National Cycle Network. “National Cycle Route 66 runs from central Manchester to Spurn Head via Bradford, Leeds, York, Beverley, and Kingston upon Hull.” according to those in charge. More details here. This afternoon part of route 66 was the final leg of a 46 km jaunt along the Calder Valley and back…