Cycle Touring

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.

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Cycle touring in the south of France, 2014

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:

Year Location Duration
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

 

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The Camargue, south of France. A windy place for cycling.
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