Author Archives


Scammonden Valley… In 4K

You may remember a couple of months ago ago at the start of the lockdown period, I wrote a post for about my local wanderings up and down the Scammonden Valley where I live here in West Yorkshire and how I had managed to discover some interesting nooks and crannies. At the time I thought I must make a video. And last weekend, I did just that.

Cycle Touring Photo Competition 2020: The Shortlist Public Vote

The judges have met, deliberated, discussed, debated and chosen their favourite ten photographs. If you made it into the top ten, congratulations! You have won a new EuroVelo map overview map that will be in the post before the end of the month. If you didn’t make the top ten, commiserations; there’s always next year… And it’s now time for the public to have their say to decide 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

Cycle Touring Photo Competition 2020: The Winners Are…

The judges will now deliberate and come up with a shortlist of ten photographs. Those ten shortlisted winners will all win a brand new EuroVelo map. There will then be a public vote (a knock-out competition) that will start on Tuesday 2nd June – here on, on Twitter and on Facebook with the votes being added together to determine the first, second and third placed photographs.

The Vango Force Ten MTN 2 Tent

I have a new tent, kindly supplied by The tent was actually delivered a couple of months ago in anticipation of my now-cancelled trip to Japan this summer but I was hoping to erect it for the first time at the now-cancelled Cycle Touring Festival earlier this month. No one can cancel the sunny weather however and, courtesy of the farmer who lives next door, yesterday I finally erected the tent in one of his fields. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Vango Force Ten MTN 2 tent!

The Cycling Europe Podcast: Episode 020

When I started writing my first book – Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie – I never imagined that it would one day help encourage a man who I’d never met to chuck in his long-term job and start cycling around the World. But apparently it did. That man is Ian Finlay and in this episode of The Cycling Europe Podcast he tells us about his journey so far through Europe, Asia and across Australia to New Zealand where, yet again, a certain virus put a spoke in his plans…