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Gorge to gorge ride

On July 7, 2018, Posted by , In BAM,Cycling,GetOutside, With No Comments

Since I made Bristol my home almost a year ago I’ve been keen to ride out to Cheddar Gorge, that tourist attraction and cyclists’ mecca. I have a vague notion that I visited as a child, but the gorges and caves of Britain fade after a while into one blurred…

May challenge: grow (or forage) your own

On May 11, 2018, Posted by , In GetOutside, With No Comments

As the season has finally sprung towards summer, now is the perfect time to get outside and get growing. Cultivating your own food is a satisfying and enriching experience, not to mention easy, cheap and delicious. In a garden Tomatoes and courgettes are among the more beginner-friendly of vegetables to…

Lost Lanes West

On April 27, 2018, Posted by , In Cycling,GetOutside,Touring,Writing, With 3 Comments

‘A road is for travelling between places, but a lane is a place in itself.’ The latest addition to my travel bookshelf is Jack Thurston’s Lost Lanes West, a compendium of 36 ‘glorious bike rides’ in the west country. The success of Jack’s previous books, Lost Lanes and Lost Lanes…

Forth Clyde Cycle Ride

On April 24, 2018, Posted by , In Cycling,GetOutside,Touring, With No Comments

It’s long been on the list, the Forth & Clyde canal, one of the remnants of our industrial past, an ancient yet timeless example of Georgian ingenuity, an inland link between two great bodies of water, a navigational gift and an easily-ridable path. The Forth and Clyde canal was once…

April challenge: active travel to work

On April 10, 2018, Posted by , In Cycling,GetOutside, With No Comments

Though it still feels like winter, it really is spring. Honestly. There are new leaves on the tree opposite my boat and I can even see some blossom starting to bud. Now might be the time to dust off the bike and start breathing in some of that warm(ish) air. Active…

The joy of travelling slowly

On April 3, 2018, Posted by , In GetOutside, With 2 Comments

Slow travel is a state of mind. It’s about making the journey mean as much as the destination; it has less to do with speed than the experience of travelling. I was fortunate enough to appear on a panel alongside eminent travel writers Christopher Sommerville and Nick Hunt at the…

March challenge: go for a run

On March 9, 2018, Posted by , In GetOutside,Running, With No 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…

February challenge: a lunch hour adventure

On February 1, 2018, 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…

Get Outside in 2018

On January 28, 2018, Posted by , In Cycling,GetOutside,Lifestyle, With No Comments

Fresh air is a wonderful thing. Spending time outdoors makes us happier, healthier and gives us time to enjoy the miracle of nature; something that is all too easily overlooked in the hectic routine of modern life. In January I spent two days enjoying some fresh air in the New…