10 Delicious ‘Real food’ Backpacking Recipes

. I’m willing to bet that the vast majority of us put little effort into thinking about food when we go backpacking and wild camping.  High on our list of priorities are the… Continue reading

My BBC radio interview – Hiring and owning a campervan

My debut on the radio talking about camper vans took place this week.  A BBC researcher found my blog and I was delighted to be invited on to Friday’s ‘Out for the Weekend’ programme,… Continue reading

A midsummer’s wild camp

  Sometimes a quick trip to the hills doesn’t need much planning: it’s just a case of deciding where to go, packing some essentials and taking off.  A ‘microadventure’ accurately describes a quick… Continue reading

LEJOG – Final reflections

  So much has been written by others who have cycled end-to-end.  Everyone has their own story to tell and the range of experiences are so broad that generalisations are meaningless.  However, having… Continue reading

Nutrition and hydration

It’s difficult not to underestimate the importance of good nutrition and hydration when  undertaking any exercise, but particularly if you’re undertaking a long cycle ride.  Your body burns calories and dehydrates quickly with… Continue reading

Getting to and from Land’s End and John O’Groats

Unless you’re planning a full-on fundraising expedition complete with your own support vehicle you’ll need to think about how you’re going to get to the start point and then back home again after… Continue reading

LEJOG Top 10 Tips

  If you’re at the stage of planning an end-to-end cycle ride you may appreciate some hints and tips from someone who’s already been through the planning process and completed the ride. 1. … Continue reading

LEJOG Day 14 – Thurso to John O’Groats

Overview: 19 miles and 883 feet ascent. We made it !  We started today by visiting Dunnet Head, the most northerly point in the British mainland, before the final stretch to John O’Groats… Continue reading

LEJOG Day 13 – Lairg to Thurso

Overview: 84 miles and 4,174 feet ascent. This is our last full day of cycling and we’re (almost) on the homeward stretch.  It was another big day of 84 miles but more than… Continue reading

LEJOG Day 12 – Fort Augustus to Lairg

Overview: 91 miles and 4,535 feet ascent. Day 12 saw us reaching northern Scotland with a big day of over 90 miles and 4,500 feet height gain.  After 20 miles cycling along Loch… Continue reading