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25
May
2015
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Cycling around the Isle of Wight

Isle of WightToday’s blog is by Steven Rittey, Leisure Cycling and Walking Holidays Manager at Wheel2Wheel Holidays based in Manchester. Steven writes a monthly blog for OS to tell of his adventures and ‘Tales from the Cycle Trails’, a weekly newsletter for leisure cyclists. Here he describes a ride around the Isle of Wight…

I have lived in Manchester for over ten years, but my ‘family home’ is Gosport on England’s South Coast. As I have grown older, I can clearly see the benefits of growing up there – A beachside school, lots of open green spaces and one of the most nicest harbours in the country to watch the ships pass by. It is also a peninsula and has a proud Naval heritage with close links to Portsmouth. However, one place that always seemed strangely distant and very different to the ‘mainland’ was the Isle of Wight. Less than ten miles from Portsmouth by catamaran or hovercraft and clearly visible right across the Solent area, the island has always felt like another place altogether. Read More

29
Apr
2015
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Challenge yourself: Cycle across England

York CityscapePerhaps you’ve been training for months, and you’ve cycled every cycle route near you; but now you want something a bit more challenging. Grab your helmet and ready the bike rack – it’s time to go the distance.

There are a number of great long-distance cycle routes in England, so if spending a few days riding along country roads, past babbling brooks and gorgeous seaside views sound like bliss, then read on. Here are three fantastic cycle routes to try: Read More

27
Apr
2015
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Best GB locations for surfing

Surfboard on the beach at sunsetMany surfers have simple needs: a bacon sarnie, a warm wetsuit, a trusty board and, of course, decent waves. That doesn’t mean you’ll put up with any old beach though – going to same surf spots all the time can get rather boring, especially if the conditions are disappointing.

There’s no doubt you’re are always on the look-out for the very best surf spots, so, to make the job easier for you, we’ve created a list of the greatest surfing locations Great Britain has to offer. Right on. Read More

15
Apr
2015
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Eyes along the coast – The National Coastwatch Institution

NCIToday’s guest blog comes from Richard Hews of the National Coastwatch Institution, a voluntary organisation protecting and preserving life at sea around the UK coastline.

How it all began

A tragedy in southwest Cornwall gave rise to what is currently one of the fastest growing members of the UK Search and Rescue (SAR) organisation.

In 1994, two fishermen drowned when their boat capsized near a Coastguard station on the Lizard which had closed some eighteen months earlier. Sadly, the fishermen’s fate passed unseen. Read More

13
Apr
2015
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Beginner’s guide to cycle touring

Every mode of transport we take when going on holiday has its advantages. We love our cars because they give us the freedom to climb in and easily go wherever we please. Our motorbikes get us out amongst the elements. Public transport allows us to reduce our carbon footprints.

Cycling offers all of the above, plus a few unique advantages of its own. It’s no surprise, then, that so many people are choosing to take holidays designed around riding their bikes. But cycle touring isn’t a new fad; for many it’s a deep-rooted passion.

For others, however, the concept of going on a British holiday where you leave your car keys at home, don’t book a train ticket, and only pack luggage that you can carry on your back (or on the back of your bicycle), is a relatively new one. So if you’re thinking of touring Britain on your pushbike for a weekend, a week, a month, or perhaps even longer, here’s a beginner’s guide to cycle touring to help you get started.

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30
Mar
2015
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All about the South Downs Way

South Downs WaySituated between Eastbourne and Winchester, the South Downs Way is a designated National Trail which meanders 101 miles through some of Sussex and Hampshire’s most stunning countryside.

From chalky cliffs to endless green fields, it’s a popular route which attracts walkers, hikers, horse riders and bikers; not to mention families having a picnic or couples enjoying a short stroll.

Here’s all you need to know about the South Downs Way: Read More

25
Mar
2015
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Ideas for free family days out

With the Easter holidays fast-approaching, many parents are starting to think of ways to keep the children entertained while away from school. Two weeks is a long time to fill, and while visiting museums and attractions can be nice, the costs can soon mount up if you’re talking train fares, ticket prices, and lunch. Never fear, there are loads of options available to you that won’t break the bank – in fact, they’re free. Here are lots of ideas for some free family days out:

Scotland

National Museum of ScotlandNational Museum of Scotland: From dinosaurs to gaming technology, this fabulous and free museum in Edinburgh has something to entertain the whole family. Its various galleries tell the story of Scotland from prehistoric times right up to the present day. A giant T Rex skeleton hangs from the ceiling at the Natural World gallery, which claims to answer big questions such as ‘how does the world work?’ Not to be missed.  The museum is open daily from 10am – 5pm. Read More

16
Mar
2015
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Things to do in Yorkshire

As the UK’s largest county, it should come as no surprise that there are numerous things to do in Yorkshire. Whether your preferences are for a heart-pumping romp across the moors or for some rest and relaxation of the beach, there truly is something for everyone; making Yorkshire a fabulous place for a staycation at any time of the year. Here are a few things to do in Yorkshire:

Haworth Parsonage, the home of the Brontë Sisters

Howarth Parsonage. Creative commons copyright  John DarchIf thoughts of the moors immediately bring to mind the tortured souls of Cathy and Heathcliff, if not the melodic tinklings of Kate Bush, then you must visit the small town of Howarth in West Yorkshire. This is where the Brontë sisters lived, in a modest parsonage which has since been turned into a museum slash shrine for fans of Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Agnes Grey, et al. Read More

24
Feb
2015
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Choosing the right helmet

cyclingCycling isn’t just loads of fun, it’s a really economical way to get around. Your own energy costs nothing, so with the right bike and a bit of extra equipment, you’ll be ready to save on costly bus tickets and mammoth motoring bills. In order to ride safely, though, you’ll need to get hold of a few accessories, and some are more important than others.

A decent helmet should be at the top of every new cyclist’s shopping list, but with so many on the market, choosing the right one can be difficult. Thankfully, there is a bit of a checklist you can go through to ensure the model you pick up meets all of your needs. Let’s take a closer look at the factors you should be considering. Read More

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