Tag: Cycle touring

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2018 Review and plans for 2019

  New year.  New beginnings.  New adventures. This time of year I like to reflect.  In the quiet days of early January I take a look back at my aspirations for the year just gone, celebrating what I achieved and chalking up to experience what I didn’t.  But it’s also a time when I collect ideas, make plans and dust down my bucket list … Read More 2018 Review and plans for 2019

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Most memorable photos of 2018

My trips this year took in not just Scotland but I also ventured a little further afield to Ireland, France and Indonesia.  From mountain to sea and from coast to coast I hiked, biked and camped my way through many adventures. Take a look as I describe some of this year’s standout memories. 1.  Cycling around Lismore On cold, frosty morning in January I … Read More Most memorable photos of 2018

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Guest post: Cycling Land’s End to John o’Groats via Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way – A coastal journey along the western seaboard

I’m delighted to feature a guest post written by Martyn Howe, who blogs at http://www.Trailplanner.co.uk.  Martyn finds inspiration in big journeys by bike, on foot and by camper van. Fresh from having completed the 6,000 km North Sea Cycle Route, Martyn set off to cycle LEJOG.  But why take the obvious route?  Why not take a little detour through Ireland along the western seaboard?  … Read More Guest post: Cycling Land’s End to John o’Groats via Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way – A coastal journey along the western seaboard

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Cycling the Scottish C2C

As I lay I listened to the sounds of two fisherman exchanging anecodates and laughter in the warm, summer air while they packed up their gear.  They’d spent another Saturday evening in relaxed company fishing the Tweed at an altogether slower pace of life.  Then as the two car doors slammed shut and the roar of the car gradually faded away, these noises were … Read More Cycling the Scottish C2C

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The Kinbuck to Kinabalu Challenge

Have you ever travelled from Kinbuck to Kinabalu?  No, me neither.  But I’m going to have a good go (sort of …). At the beginning of the year I committed to simplifying my life and spending my precious free time doing the things I really enjoy, which for me includes walking, cycle touring and camping.  By ‘simplifying’ I mean consolidating my hobbies: focusing on … Read More The Kinbuck to Kinabalu Challenge

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Adventures planned for 2017

  May I wish you a very Happy New Year !  I hope you had a good break of Christmas and are now looking forward to the next twelve months. In common with a lot of people I like to use this time to plan ahead, setting myself some goals to inspire and motivate me throughout the year.  It’s partly about keeping fit but … Read More Adventures planned for 2017

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Most memorable photos of 2016

Looking back at my photos from this year serves as a great reminder of some fantastic trips over the last twelve months.  Let me share a dozen of my most memorable shots: not the best photos necessarily, but the ones that evoke the many outdoor experiences I’ve enjoyed.  From hiking, skiing, cycling and camping I’ve loved exploring some favourite parts of Scotland, as well … Read More Most memorable photos of 2016

Planning a cycle tour in Scotland

There are some fabulous places to cycle in Scotland given its great scenery and culture.  Some well-known routes include the North Coast 500, the Five Ferries route and the UK’s highest hill climb over the Bealach na Bà, near Applecross. Having done some cycle touring around the west coast as well as Land’s End to John O’Groats I thought I’d share some hints and tips … Read More Planning a cycle tour in Scotland

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Cycling Mull to Mallaig

After last year’s epic Land’s End to John O’Groats 1000-mile cycle, my nephew and I planned something a little more modest this year.  Having cycled south to north, the obvious thing to do was to then go west to east.  Right? However, when I looked into the classic coast to coast (C2C) route from Whitehaven/Workington to Tynemouth/Sunderland it just didn’t seem, well … very … Read More Cycling Mull to Mallaig

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My plans for 2016

Firstly, may I wish you all a very Happy New Year !  I hope you’ve had a relaxing break over Christmas; a chance to look back over the year just gone and recharge the batteries.  If, like me, you love to make plans then you’ll also be using this time to think about new year resolutions, bucket lists yet to complete and new hobbies … Read More My plans for 2016

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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 intensive exercise and just like a car, needs fuel and water to keeps its engine working effectively.  Too little fuel and water and you’ll soon notice the difference in reduced energy … Read More Nutrition and hydration

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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 you’ve completed your end-to-end ride. There are four broad options to consider for you and your bike(s): Take the train Hire a van or car Fly … or cycle of course. … Read More Getting to and from Land’s End and John O’Groats