Future Events

Click the green triangles on the calendar below to see the rides


The big calendar to the left is live, if you hover over the green triangles a small infotip will open to tell you about the ride on that day, if you click the triangle a bigger image will open up, or just scroll through the months by clicking the month arrows to see the scheduled rides booked ahead. Or why not have a look below to see some rides on the current ‘bucket list’. To find out about updates on some routes click here to have look at the 'News' page. However you gain your inspiration, I hope this website encourages you to explore and travel, it is true travel does broaden the mind!

Planning the ride

I can’t wait to get away on my bike, to places and sights I’ve wanted to visit for ages or even places I’ve just seen on TV. I pre-plan the rides, taking in as many castles, monuments, heritage railways and places of interest as I can, but I’m quite happy riding anywhere as long as the views are spectacular. There are so many ways to gain inspiration for a ride, and as they say ‘the devil is in the planning’. Each ride requires different attributes, off road rides probably require the most attention. Very dependant on good weather certainly if traversing mountains and safety is paramount needing ‘regularity’ time check-ins even more so if I’m on my own. They also require the biggest back-up plans, if things go wrong in the suburbs it’s easy to change plans and wing it, not so easy in the middle of no-where.

Keeping the cost down is important and can be influenced by major events coinciding with the trip. Sometimes accommodation can double if there’s a big event on in the area (I paid £20 for a Travelodge in Newbury, try getting that rate on a race day), so pick your dates carefully. Some rides can lead onto other ideas as you come across things you never knew existed, that often leads to a return journey to the same area for a different ride. As cycle paths are developed or expanded throughout the UK and indeed Europe, the extensions or opening of old tunnels change the dynamics of the planning, and sometimes we just have to wait until the construction is finished (Lake Garda in Italy has a new cycle path planned to open in 2022).


Some of the planned 'bucket list' rides

Scotland Island hopping

The famous Scottish island hop is the Hebridean Way, but I want to do a different Island hop. Starting on mainland Scotland across seven Islands and back to Mainland Scotland. Foot passage on ferries is significantly cheaper than taking your car on board and free camping is allowed in Scotland (and hopefully the midges will be kind). It’s going to take 8 days with critical timing to catch the ferries. I’m going to lose myself absorbing the stunning beauty of crystal clear sparkling lochs, rolling hills, hidden glens, golden sandy beaches, and rare wildlife.


Exploring Brooklands racing circuit and the Cuckoo trail

The World's first purpose-built motor racing circuit was at Brooklands not far from London, today only remnants remain, but there’s enough of the track left to explore, there’s also a very good museum there. I intend to spend the first day at Brooklands re-discovering the track and former aerodrome. The next day I’ll catch a train to Crawley to ride the ‘Cuckoo railway trail’ to Eastbourne (it became known as the Cuckoo Line because traditionally, the first cuckoo of spring was released from a cage at Heathfield Fair).


South Downs Way

Four days of riding the South Downs Way

The South Downs Way (SDW) is a 100 mile long-distance off road National Trail, stretching from the ancient saxon cathedral city of Winchester in the west, through to the white chalky cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head at Eastbourne in the east. I’m hiring an electric MTB to ride it over 4 days, cycling 25 miles a day with one of my mates (who’s a lot fitter than me, he’s going to ride it on his own steam). Plans are to ride it around March 2020, but the weather has to be good as most of the route is chalk based.


Dolomites

Innsbruck, Reschen Pass, Merano, Bolzano, Lake Garda, Verona

I told my cycling colleagues; I was going to ride the Italian Dolomites, they looked at me in awe- when I added ‘downhill’, the look turned to confusion. The ride consists of several days starting in Austria, then I catch a bus up to the top of the Reschen Pass and from there it's downhill, through Merano descending through stunning alpine landscapes and through quaint mediaeval villages to Bolzano, then around Lake Garda and terminating in Verona. It is a long way off in 2021 when a new path around the lake is finished, click here to read the progress on it.


Passau

London- Cologne- Passau- Vienna

On the home page I mentioned some rides abroad, well technically this was the first one, and was the easiest ride to dip my feet in the water; riding along the Danube River. This has to be the most popular cycle paths in Germany and Austria. Its going to take two days on the train to get there, staying in Cologne (Germany) for the first night, and then on to Passau (Germany) the next day. The cycling starts from Passau and ends in Vienna (Austria) 4 days and 190 miles later. Then I catch the train to Budapest to chill out. Click the image or title to goto the ride.


Lundy

Portsmouth- Bideford- Lundy- Ilfracombe- Barnstable

This is a magical ride, it starts at Portsmouth and follows the old Plym Valley railway line, it then pursues Drake's Leat (a watercourse constructed in the late 16th century). Then onto the Granite way railway line (an old quarry branch line), next onto the Tarka trail (made famous by Tarka the otter) to Bideford. Then something I’ve wanted to do for years; Stay on Lundy- and island in the Bristol channel (so secluded there’s no mobile phone coverage) and finally after two days sail back to Ilfracombe and ride back to Barnstable. Click the image or title to goto the ride.


The iconic Ribblehead Viaduct

Settle to Carlisle

Everyone knows about the Settle to Carlisle railway line. The line runs through some of the remotest, scenic regions of the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines, passing through loads of small communities. Threatened with closure in the early eighties, it survived through National and local pressure groups, saving over a dozen tunnels, twenty two viaducts including the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct, not to mention the reopening of several previously closed stations. I intend to cycle from one end to the other then ride the train back, it will be great.


Menai Suspension Bridge

Criccieth- The Llyn Peninsula- Anglesea- Blaenau Ffestiniog

Another fantastical ride in Wales, starting with a spectacular train journey through the very heart of Wales, all the way along the West coast to Criccieth. From here we cut across the Lyn Peninsula following the Welsh Highland railway, and then hug the coast of the Menai Straits (not a spelling mistake), across Thomas Telford’s Menai Suspension Bridge and onto Anglesea. The next day it’s along the Ogwen Trail to Betws-y-coed, and then to Blaenau Ffestiniog. It’s a visit to the Llechwedd Slate Caverns before catching the slate train back to Porthmadog.


Island of Lindisfarne

Edinburgh to Newcastle (via Berwick Upon Tweed)

Following the east coast of the UK from Edinburgh on the National cycle route 76, taking in the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, where Saint Aidan chose to found his monastery. Five castles, including Alnwick where there is the White Swan hotel with the Olympic dining suite which features the magnificent panelling, mirrors and stained glass windows from the Titanic's sister ship. Then to Berwick Upon Tweed, a garrison town. Blyth, Whitely Bay and finally finishing in Newcastle.


The Roman Way

Hadrian's Cycleway Coast to Coast (The Roman Way)

Starting in Siloth on the on the West coast of Cumbria along the Solway Firth to Carlisle, a Scottish border town once important to the Romans, Brampton, Haltwhistle, Hexham, and finishing in Newcastle. Taking advantage of ancient castles, Roman remains and museums close to this World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s wall. About half way is Vercovicium Roman fort set high on a dramatic escarpment, with remains of the barracks and the commandant’s house and some of the oldest toilets you'll ever see, and a museum too.



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