Daily Rides

Day 29 (part two) — Cromford to Leicester

Day 29 (part two) — Cromford to Leicester

The 13 mile book loop was tougher than I expected (very overgrown in parts, and rocky, too) and some amazing morning light meant it took longer than I'd planned. That made it more likely I'd get an afternoon soaking. Such is life — it was worth it for the photographs,...

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Day 28 — 91 miles, Hull to Alfreton

Day 28 — 91 miles, Hull to Alfreton

One of my journalism jobs is to review 5-star hotels (I know, tough gig, but someone’s got to do it) and so I’m used to high-end breakfasts. The breakfast at the Ibis Hull is up there with some of the best!There was porridge, fresh fruit, a good selection of pastries,...

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Day 27 – To Hull and back

Day 27 – To Hull and back

Cycled six miles from Hedon to Hull and was able to get access to my room in the city’s Ibis hotel. Little care package waiting for me. Sweet. Rode to the old docks as a taster and then did a late afternoon 55-mile book loop, arriving back at the docks at 9pm. It...

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Day 26 — (Sorta) Thirsk to (sorta) Hull

Day 26 — (Sorta) Thirsk to (sorta) Hull

I did one of the book loops yesterday afternoon and early evening and wild bivvied for the night at a scenic spot. It didn't rain.Packed away and got off the hill nice and early and descended to a bike shop/cafe with a free e-bike charger. It also had a standard plug...

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Day 25 — Newcastle to Thirsk

Day 25 — Newcastle to Thirsk

Back on the road again. This time with no rain. Still cool and cloudy out there, mind, and the forecast afternoon sunshine never put in an appearance.Some bigwig did, though. Police motorbike outriders stopped all traffic at Crossgate Moor near Durham, and then a few...

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Day 23 — Sun and (lots of) rain on Skipton loop

Day 23 — Sun and (lots of) rain on Skipton loop

In expectation of a certain famous victory in today’s Tour de France I took a drone pic this morning of Bolton Abbey’s Cavendish monument. Congrats Cav!Bolton Abbey was on today’s book loop so no GPS plot of that. I left Skipton expecting to get wet but the weather...

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Day 22 (part two) — Clitheroe to Skipton

Seven or so hours after leaving Clitheroe for the Trough of Bowland book loop I returned and still had 22 miles to do to get to my next hotel. That’s on top of the 11 early morning miles so today was a hilly 100 miles or so in total. Felt like it.Despite a forecast...

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