June 2012 archive

Langholm to The Tushielaw Inn

Woke up this morning to bright sunlight streaming through the windows. No, not really. It was raining again. Oh well, maybe by the time breakfast is over it’ll have stopped. One of the problems we’ve encountered on this epic is the temptation to go full English or Scottish every morning. But what one really needs …

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Sleetbeck to Langholm

With a short ride today at least we had the luxury of waiting for a while to see if the rain would relent. It did and we loaded up the bike, donned waterproofs for the umpteenth time, hugged and said our goodbyes to my sister and brother-in-law then pushed off. Sleetbeck is way out in …

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Brampton to Sleetbeck

Another wet start. We togged up and wheeled The Beast out into the rain, mounted up and headed out of Brampton, North towards Lanercost where Hadrian’s Wall passes close to Brampton. We then ran parallel with the wall, or remnants of, Eastwards towards Walton, for a while the rain eased, prompting me to lose the …

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Appleby to Brampton

Another wet start. We don’t have a choice really, we just have to get togged up and get out in it. Map reading is difficult in the wet as I can’t have my iPhone mounted on the bars for quick reference. It’s tucked away in a waterproof pocket in the bike seat. When we need …

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Kirby Lonsdale to Appleby.

Bit of a late start as breakfast wasn’t till nine at The Snooty Fox, Kirby Lonsdale. Our exit from the town was across the old bridge, no longer used for traffic. It gives a great view of the tan coloured River Lune flowing briskly between the rocks below. Our route for the day could be …

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Morecambe to Kirby Lonsdale

Short ride today. I meant to book somewhere to stay in Sedbergh but somehow managed to book The Snooty Fox in Kirby Lonsdale, 11 miles closer. No matter. We’re both quite tired so an early finish would be good. The ride was in two distinct flavours today, the first part being flat and easy and …

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Preston to Morecambe

Another start under grey skies and in drizzly rain. Preston is not the easiest place to cycle in. Many streets are one way and the street our hotel was on was no exception. The way we wanted to go was against the flow but it was Sunday morning and there was little traffic here. Soon …

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Liverpool to Preston.

We said our thanks and goodbye’s to Rita and crossed the Sheil Road before mounting the Beast for our next leg on it. Along through streets ever more neglected and abused, towards the Liverpool Leeds Canal. Getting down to the towpath was a real problem as all the access points were down or up steps. …

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A day off in Liverpool

Breakfasted and togged up in our waterproof jackets we left Rita’s B&B and went round the corner onto the West Derby Road for a bus into the City centre. The Magical Mystery Tour started at the Albert Dock so we headed there. It’s pretty big and we thought we’d kill two birds with one stone …

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Heswall to Liverpool

For the first time in our Lejog the weather got the better of us and we took a shortcut. The plan had been to continue along the Wirral Way from Heswall but the air was full of that fine rain that cuts visibility right down and we could see little point in prolonging the soaking …

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Whitchurch to Heswall (on The Wirrel)

Another long day today with 50 miles added to our total. When we left Whitchurch at about 9.30, it was under a hazy overcast sky but the sun soon broke up the cloud cover and for much of the day we were in clear sunshine. So nice after all the time we’ve been riding in …

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Ironbridge to Whitchurch

First port of call in once we were away was a little food shop called Bonnies of Ironbridge. We popped in the afternoon before to buy a couple of large merangues and the chap running it suggested we give him a call in the morning to place an order for a picnic. He had some …

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Kidderminster to Ironbridge

An earlier start today from the Gainsborough House Hotel. The beast had been parked up overnight in a back room and I had to wheel it through the breakfast room and foyer to get it outside. Thought I might have problems but the breakfast waitress held all the doors open for me. Weaving through the …

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Tewksbury to Kidderminster

Thanks Beeb! You promised sunshine with the odd shower. What we got today was shower with the odd sunshine. Left Tewksbury a little later than our usual start time. Sunday I guess. Later breakfast made more pleasant by having a birthday card from Hannah to open. Out of Tewksbury on busy roads was not so …

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Almondsbury to Tewksbury

Continental breakfast this morning in Crossways House and the owners kindly gave us a reduction in the bill as a donation, so we’ll pass that on to Arthritis Research UK. The skies are stormy and the wind blowy again but in keeping with previous days, mostly behind us. We’re both riding with waterproofs as it …

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Weston-Super-Mare to Almondsbury

6.30am and a tap on the bedroom door heralded another day plus two cups of tea. Later there was porridge with raisins and banana in plus more tea. Eventually, around 9.30, we were ready to be led out of WSM by Linda and David on their tandem. As we neared the fringes of the town …

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Taunton to Weston-Super-Mare

A really good night’s sleep and porrige for breakfast set us up for the day. We chatted over breakfast with the other guests at Lower Farm, Thornfalcon, near Taunton. Karon and I had managed to sit and paint the farmhouse door the evening before so we had a mini painting show too. Knowing we had …

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Exebridge to Taunton

Sat watching the River Exe flow past at breakfast in the Anchor Inn at Exebridge. Caught sight of a spotted woodpecker and there was a kingfisher darting around too. The kind landlady gave us a packed sandwich to take with us. We were climbing almost from the off and, as the lane got steeper, Karon …

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Fremington (Barnstable) to Exebridge

Today saw us pass into Somerset and then back into Devon. We’ve been riding a week now and have clocked up 255 miles. The sky was pretty clear again so we ‘sunblocked’ before we left our B&B at Lower Yelland Farm by its own access to the Tarka Trail, then headed the few miles into …

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Holsworthy to Fremington

Today was a good day. After a good night’s sleep at Forda Farm we chatted with the other guests and Val, the landlady, as we enjoyed breakfast. Val took a few photos of us as we were about to leave for the farm website. After a short sharp climb away from the farm the going …

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