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December challenge: watch the sun rise and set (and write about it)

On December 1, 2019, Posted by , In #GetOutside,Writing, With No Comments

Last January I cycled from Bath to Ware over the course of two days, days in which I saw the whole day from sunrise to sunset and every moment in between. It was quite an experience, to be conscious of the slow shift of the earth, and feel wild nature…

Bumped by Brexit

On October 23, 2019, Posted by , In Environment,Lifestyle, With 2 Comments

Yesterday I was asked to appear on Sky News to comment on the environmental impact of the aviation industry. It had been prompted by this article by Sky New’s new climate correspondent. I was lined up to have a discussion (animated, perhaps) with travel writer Jessica Toale – the leading…

#GetOutside in October: outdoor swim

On October 1, 2019, Posted by , In #GetOutside, With No Comments

‘…being by and in water is more than just a pleasure, it is at the core of our human condition’ ~ Sir Alistair Hardy, 1950s I have swum off most of the coastline in Britain. From the luscious coves and clear turquoise waters of Cornwall and the furious surf of…

LEJOG revisited: week four

On September 29, 2019, Posted by , In Cycling,Eat, Sleep, Cycle,LEJOG,LEJOG revisited,Touring, With 4 Comments

Four years ago this month I set off on a Land’s End to John o’ Groats bike ride (LEJOG) to promote my book, ‘Eat, Sleep, Cycle’. Here is my account of the final week of the tour. So, this was it: the final push to John O’Groats and the end…

Memories of touring: LEJOG week three

On September 20, 2019, Posted by , In Cycling,Eat, Sleep, Cycle,LEJOG,LEJOG revisited,Touring,Vegan, With No Comments

Four years ago this month I set off on a Land’s End to John o’ Groats bike ride (LEJOG) to promote my book, ‘Eat, Sleep, Cycle’. Here is my account of week three of the tour. I’ve been vegan for around five years. Most of the time, it’s easy. I have…

LEJOG flashback week two

On September 13, 2019, Posted by , In Cycling,Eat, Sleep, Cycle,LEJOG,LEJOG revisited,Touring, With No Comments

Four years ago this month I set off on a Land’s End to John o’ Groats bike ride (LEJOG) to promote my book, ‘Eat, Sleep, Cycle’. Here is my account of week two of the tour. In 1963, the Government published a report entitled The Reshaping of British Railways, written…

Remembering Land’s End to John o’ Groats: week one

It was four years ago this week that I set off on my version of the LEJOG tour from one end of Britain to the other. I love cycle touring in the UK, and having cycled around its entire coastline I decided a ride straight up the middle should be next….

For the record

On August 16, 2019, Posted by , In Writing, With No Comments

It’s curious how and why people are misquoted. We read newspaper articles and make the reasonable assumption that the facts are there, and that the person quoted actually said what they say they said. I used to dismiss protests of ‘context’ as a wriggling out of saying something you wish…

The Tumble

On August 12, 2019, Posted by , In #GetOutside,BAM,Cycling, With 1 Comment

Just to the south of Abergavenny in south east Wales lies the Blorenge, a 561-metre peak that dominates the view from the town. There is a B road that crosses the mountain, the pass known as The Tumble, a climb of three miles and 347 metres with a steady gradient…

My no-fly adventures

On July 22, 2019, Posted by , In #GetOutside,BAM,Cycling,Environment,Lifestyle,Slow travel, With 2 Comments

It was about ten years ago that I made the decision to stop flying. I had been aware of the environmental impact of aviation for years, and had started to feel the irony that by flying to see the world I was contributing to its destruction. So I decided that…

#GetOutside in June: camping/sleeping outdoors

On June 1, 2019, Posted by , In #GetOutside, With No Comments

I always used to hate camping. On my first big cycle tour, around the coast of Britain, I eschewed canvas for a plan and a bed each night. Writing for Al Humphrey’s blog I explained why this not only gave me two months’ worth of comfy sleeps, it also saved…

Would you give up flying to save the environment?

On April 12, 2019, Posted by , In Environment,Lifestyle, With 2 Comments

‘My name’s Anna Hughes and I’m an environmentalist.’ It feels like a confession, or something that should be mentioned in a whisper. My whole life I’ve been aware of environmental issues, and as I’ve grown older and learned more about the world, more and more of my decisions have been…

#GetOutside in April: active travel to work

On April 8, 2019, Posted by , In #GetOutside,Cycling, With No Comments

It’s spring (even though some days it still feels like winter), so now might be the time to dust off the bike and start breathing in some of that warm(ish) air. Active travel is one of the best ways to shoehorn the outdoors into your daily routine. Benefits of active travel:…

#GetOutside in March: go for a run

On March 9, 2019, Posted by , In #GetOutside,Running, With 2 Comments

I never used to understand running. Why would you put yourself through sweaty, painful, injury-inducing exercise that was slow and boring? Give me a bicycle any day. But then I signed up for an Ironman triathlon, and was forced to learn to run (a marathon of all things – having…

A reading list for World Book Day

On March 7, 2019, Posted by , In Eat, Sleep, Cycle,International Women's Day,Writing, With No Comments

To celebrate both World Book Day and International Women’s Day, I’m selecting a few of my favourites from my bookshelf. France en Velo (Hannah Reynolds and John Walsh) Hannah Reynolds has produced (along with her writing partner John Walsh) the type of guidebook I would love to write: France en…

#GetOutside in February: have a lunch hour adventure

On February 1, 2019, Posted by , In #GetOutside, With No Comments

The lunch hour: that sacred 60 minutes in the middle of the day when you’re not required to work. It is so tempting to eat a sandwich at your desk and crack on through with that endless list of emails (I know, I have done it), but instead, could you…

The draw of Ventoux

On January 8, 2019, Posted by , In #GetOutside,Cycling,Pedal Power, With 5 Comments

Mont Ventoux looms large on any horizon, especially mine: in eight months’ time I’ll be riding across France to make my own pilgrimage to the giant, and ride its three ascents in a single day. I’m imagining seven glorious days of cycling, warm autumn evenings, sunshine on the air, then…

#GetOutside in January: Could you walk 1000 miles?

On January 7, 2019, Posted by , In #GetOutside,Slow travel,Walking, With No Comments

If every day of 2019 you were to walk just 2.74 miles, by the end of the year you would have hit 1000. Could you? Would you? Should you? Walking is a form of exploration that came late to me – I always assumed it would be too slow, too boring,…

#GetOutside in 2019

On January 5, 2019, Posted by , In #GetOutside,Cycling,Slow travel,Walking, With No Comments

It’s my pleasure to be a #GetOutside champion for Ordnance Survey for a second year. #GetOutside was launched by Ordnance Survey a few years ago to promote the benefits of spending time outdoors; in a time of increasingly sedentary lifestyles, mental health issues, pollution from transport and a growing burden…

But don’t you miss cheese?

On January 2, 2019, Posted by , In Vegan, With No Comments

Cheese. It seems to be the most common thing that stands in the way of people going vegan: fear of missing cheese. I know; it was true for me. I loved cheese as much as the next person, and couldn’t imagine a life without a slab of brie on a…