I may be on a campervan adventure, but my favourite transport method has to be by bike, with cycle touring being the best cycling of all!
I have enjoyed many a holiday on the saddle of a bike, with panniers attached, all the possessions I need carried with me, ready to stop wherever takes my fancy.
Cycle touring is a fantastic way to explore a place, to journey at an enjoyable pace experiencing the sights, smells and sounds, going places you just wouldn’t, or couldn’t, go in a car. I first got the bug for this way of exploring in 2004 on a three day tour with my cousin Claire. We went from Normandy to Brittany in France. The weather was sweltering and the memories I have of that trip will stay with me forever – the laughs, the fatigue, the accomplishment and the Ile Flotant.
Since then I have embarked on many different tours, some short, some longer, and have fantastic memories of each – somehow undertaking a challenge and being self-propelled leaves lasting memories in a way journeying in a car never can.
Here are the tours I have done:
|2004||Normandy (St Victor) to Brittany (Erquy)||Three days|
|2005||Fleet – Oxford – Stretton on Dunsmore – Nottingham||Three days|
|2008||Weymouth – Newton Abbott – Rock||Three days|
|2010||Alpine Adventures (The Romantic Road, Bavaria)||Three weeks|
|2011||River Radwegs (Elbe and the Main)||Three weeks|
|2012||Coast & Canal (southern France and Canal du Midi)||Two weeks|
|2014||Fleet – Bath – Fleet (Kennet & Avon Canal)||One week|
|2016||Exmouth – Warminster – Fleet||Two days|