I am travelling north on a train. Although slightly to the west of my intended route later in the summer, with a blue, cloudless sky and fresh green vegetation everywhere, the countryside does look very appealing and only stands to encourage me to get on my bike in […]

Chilly Reading!

Basil & Liz Ford – trying to keep warm over a beer in what passes for “café culture” at The Oracle, Reading. Basil is a fellow languages teacher and they are the couple who spend their holidays in Puglia. Should you be planning to visit the area yourself, […]

YHA Accommodation: Update

Just been checking availability of the youth hostels and they are fine until…. The Peak District. Many seem to be closed for “summer camps” in August, including Alstonefield and Crowden. Alstonefield is not really a problem as there are the other two places I have already identified, but […]

The Youth Hostel Options

OK. More progress planning my trip to Yorkshire this summer. I have identified some Youth Hostels en route, or just off the route in some cases, that I could use. Although they are by no means equidistant from each other, they do split the journey into a 6-day […]

A Route to Yorkshire

OK. Three maps and one route from Reading to Yorkshire. The middle map – Leicester, Coventry & Rugby – is twice the size of the other two so that section is a bit enlarged on the second picture. When you mark the route on the maps it doesn’t […]

Vroom with a View

Just finished reading Peter Moore’s book “Vroom with a View” where he rides a 1961 Vespa from Milan to Rome. He takes the route of more or less the Via Francigena – it even gets a mention (see below) a couple of times. Nice read that can’t fail […]

Dirty Swines

Swine flu is a bit worrying…. let’s hope we all make it to August 2010. A British Airways member of cabin crew is reporting flu like symptoms after having returned from Mexico City and has been hospitalised. Mmmm…Anyway, my new friends in New Zealand have replied:“Thanks for that […]

New Links

A couple of new links – and useful ones by the look of them.I was contacted by a lady in South Africa a couple of weeks ago who goes by the name of “Amawalker”. She had seen this blog and has kindly put a message of the Yahoo […]