Anna Hughes


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IMG_0235Anna Hughes is a lifelong cyclist and environmentalist.

A long-time cycle tourer, in 2011 Anna cycled 4000 miles around the coast of Britain. The adventure inspired her to sail around the same coastline two years later. Since then she has completed many bicycle and boat tours around Europe and the UK, including riding from Land’s End to John o’ Groats in 2015, and completing each of Mont Ventoux’s three ascents in one day, after cycling there from Dieppe.

Her first book, Eat, Sleep, Cycle: a bike ride around the coast of Britain, was published in March 2015 by Summersdale. Her second book, Pedal Power: inspirational stories from the world of cycling, was published in April 2017. Her latest book is a joint project with Paul McIntosh: Peaky Climbers: how eight amateur cyclists became king of the mountains, published September 2018. An experienced speaker, Anna gives talks to adults and children about her various adventures, and also writes articles for magazines and websites.

A lover of the outdoors and attracted by the freedom of boat life, Anna has lived on a narrowboat for the past six years, mostly in London, with a short stint on the Kennet and Avon canal in Bristol and Bath. She is currently a GetOutside champion for Ordnance Survey, inspiring others to enjoy the great outdoors for all the benefits that brings.

Environmental sustainability is always at the heart of Anna’s adventures and writing. In 2019, she founded Flight Free UK, a campaign that asks people to take a year off flying for the sake of the environment, and is the current Director of the campaign.