The Great British Cycle Tour 2020

The summer of 2020 was somewhat delayed by the outbreak of COVID-19 and the lockdown restrictions that were implemented in March of that year. But by the start of July, limitations on travel had begun to be lifted and it seemed an appropriate time to head off on the bike. My original intention had been to cycle the length of Japan in 2020 but that clearly was off the agenda for the foreseeable future but staying closer to home certainly wasn’t and I set off cycling north from my home in Pennine Yorkshire…

One slight difference with this cycle tour was that a bit more pre-planning was required. It would no longer be possible simply to arrive at a campsite and expect to be able to stay overnight with a bike and a small tent as COVID-19 regulations had put strict limits on the number of people on site so, for the first time in my cycle touring career, I pre-booked some accommodation for the first week of the trip. Thereafter it was very much back to planning on a day-to-day basis….

Click on the links for the full story of each day:

[Pause back in West Yorkshire for an improvement in the medium-term weather forecast…]

Accommodation key: (C) = camping (F) = friends (H) = hotel (B) = B&B (W) = Warmshowers (YHA) = youth hostel

Reflections on the first three weeks as I sailed back to the mainland from Belfast after three weeks of cycling:


Cycling on Anglesey:

The Wye Valley, Wales: