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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….

A lost love

On February 7, 2018, Posted by , In Cycling,Eat, Sleep, Cycle,Round-Britain,Touring, With 4 Comments

What happens when an adventure gets in the way of a relationship? Seven years ago I left London and a boyfriend to cycle around the coast of Britain. What might have happened had I not gone? We met four months before I was due to leave, both of us working…

Five things cycling around Britain taught me

On March 23, 2016, Posted by , In Cycling,Round-Britain, With No Comments

It’s possible to cycle round the world. I haven’t done it myself, but I know plenty of people who have (including Al Humphreys, whose map this is). The world might seem impossibly huge – but keep the pedals turning and the miles soon pass. It’s true of any distance –…

A grand adventure for less than a grand

On March 8, 2016, Posted by , In Cycling,Round-Britain, With No Comments

A little while ago I was interviewed by Alastair Humphreys for his Adventure 1000 blog which aims to demonstrate how you can have a big adventure without spending loads of money and without being a super fit adventurer. Alastair has collated that interview along with loads of others in his new book…

Why do I do it?

On February 24, 2016, Posted by , In Cycling,Lifestyle,Round-Britain, With 1 Comment

For as long as I can remember I have ridden a bike. It wasn’t so much a conscious decision to be a ‘cyclist’ but it just so happened that cycling ticked all the boxes. It was the quickest way to get to school, the cheapest way to get to university,…

A tribute to a colleague and friend

On September 14, 2015, Posted by , In Cycling,Round-Britain, With 2 Comments

Many people helped and supported me during my round-Britain bike ride by offering a bed for the night, a meal at the end of the day, or by riding with me for a section. Regretfully, many of these didn’t make the final cut of the book; restricted by a word…

Lessons from the road

On August 27, 2015, Posted by , In Cycling,Round-Britain,Touring, With No Comments

Yesterday I met with Claire Taylor, author of Detour blog, a project that tries to open up adventurer culture in London. We spoke about what it’s like to go on that first tour; what you need to know, and how you learn it. As an experienced tourer it’s easy to…

Oban trip

On March 29, 2013, Posted by , In Cycling,Round-Britain,Writing, With No Comments

I have just spent ten days in Oban, on the beautiful western coast of beautiful Scotland. It’s been a bitterly cold March everywhere and Oban was no exception – zero degrees and a hefty wind chill to boot. But the sun shone most days and there was only the occasional…

Lake District first edit

On March 24, 2012, Posted by , In Cycling,Eat, Sleep, Cycle,Round-Britain,Writing, With No Comments

I took a trip up to the Lake District to get away from the city while I started to write my book. If it’s good enough for Wordsworth, it’s good enough for Hughes. The Lake District is absolutely stunning, and I took the opportunity to try out my new camera,…

Lake District revisited

On March 24, 2012, Posted by , In Cycling,Eat, Sleep, Cycle,Round-Britain,Writing, With No Comments

The time has come to remove myself from the routine of daily life and begin to turn my cycle trip blog into a book. A writing holiday is in order, to the Lake District. Ten days full of promise and hopefully a book at the end. Perhaps some Wordsworth inspiration…