Author Archive (Tim)

Coast and Castles South – Day 3

The third and final day of our trip was a spin down the north east coast between Seahouses and Tynemouth before a final run along the Tyne to the finish in central Newcastle. In 73 miles, there proved to be only 718 metres of climbing and a maximum elevation of only 52 metres – it […]

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Coast and Castles South – Day 2

Day 2 of our Coast and Castles adventure took us from St Boswells in the Scottish Borders along the Tweed valley to Berwick and then south hugging the Northumbrian coast to Seahouses. Following the monsoon-like conditions of Day 1, the weather gods proved much more benevolant – there was blue sky, there was sunshine and […]

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Coast and Castles South – Day 1

The Coast and Castles South cycle route runs from Edinburgh to Newcastle, via Melrose and Berwick – a total distance of just over 200 miles. It forms a small part of NCN1 – Dover to The Orkneys via London and the east coast (now there's an idea for a future trip!). My company has a […]

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I-Spy Jubilee Britain

A couple of roads (and any number of bridleways) across Salisbury Plain are often closed by Army training exercises. Perhaps the most (in)famous of these is the road through Imber village – whose entire civilian population was evacuated in 1943 to provide a training area for troops preparing for the invasion of Europe. Since then, […]

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I was a cyclocross virgin….

Given the lousy weather recently, I haven't cycled much so I thought I would post an adventure from February.....when the weather was, well, lousy..... As part of it's marketing activities, my company's Belgian subsidiary part-sponsor a professional cyclocross team and in a moment of madness, I rashly suggested that I'd love to try it. So […]

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My River Avon to River Avon cycleway

My visit to 'Bespoked 2012' was actually the 'main dish' of a three-course cycling day. The 'hors d'oeuvre' had already been served very very chilled – a freezing, early morning ride to Salisbury train station to catch the 0730 departure to Bristol. The compensation was going to be a 'hot dessert' – my ride home […]

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Bespoked 2 (the sequel) – more 'bike porn'

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Hilary's post regarding Bespoked 2012. I too attended the show and her photos reminded me of some of the fantastic craftmanship that was on display. Melanie, my wife. took a different view, accusing me of ogling 'bike porn' again...charming! Rather than repeat much of Hilary's post (and because her photos are […]

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Plain cycling to the Berkshire highlands

For my first post, I thought it would be a good to share a little of the countryside accessible during a 60 mile day-ride from home – home being Durrington in Wiltshire, a village on the south-east edge of Salisbury Plain about 9 miles north of Salisbury. Normally, day-rides in February require all sorts of […]

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