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24
Jun
2015
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The Great Glen Way / Caledonian Canal

InvernessToday’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 great ride across Scotland…

I have been on numerous night trains across Europe and like the fact that you can leave a city in the evening, travel through the night and end at your destination without spending another night in a hotel or travelling throughout the day. You can even sleep in a bed if you like or choose a cheaper reclining seat. Whilst this form of train travel is part of the everyday rail timetable in mainland Europe, the U.K only has two ‘night train’ routes left – London to Northern Scotland and London to Penzance. Despite my love of train travel, I had been on neither.

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26
May
2015
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Bikepacking in Edinburgh

Bikepacking, which is growing in popularity worldwide, is one of the key focuses of the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling this year. Held from 11 to 21 June the festival, now in its third year, is a real showcase of all aspects of bicycle culture.

What is Bikepacking?

Bikepacking isn’t a new way to enjoy flat pack furniture or the dismantling of bikes for fun. It’s an off-road cycling discipline where riders take tents, and other camping essentials with them on their bikes. Packing your bike to ensure optimised space for gear is a skill in its own, with specialist equipment for different parts of the bike: Read More

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

24
Apr
2015
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All about the Southern Upland Way

Southern Upland WayWalking from coast to coast across an entire country? For many of us, that’s the type of holiday we dream about. It’s good exercise, puts you right in the centre of your surroundings, and gives you a real sense of accomplishment when you’re done.

Scotland is rife with incredible walking paths – we’ve already covered the West Highland Way – and there truly aren’t many countries that can boast as much breathtaking natural landscape, particularly so close to us living in the UK. Read More

17
Apr
2015
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Quiz: How well do you know the UK’s mountains?

Ullswater from Arnison CragWe all know that the UK is a fantastic place to go walking, but if you want the best view, you need to head up a mountain. Luckily, the UK is home to hundreds of mountains, so you really are spoilt for choice. It would take you some considerable time to explore them all.

How good is your knowledge of UK mountains though? Let’s put it to the test. Close Google and put your smartphone to one side, and answer the ten questions below. Let us know how well you did in the comments!

1. An easy one to start… What is the highest mountain in England?

  • Ill Crag
  • Scafell Pike
  • Helvellyn
  • Skiddaw

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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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