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UK (all)

This page lists all reports that for UK including those that involve other countries too.
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All descriptions are in English, unless otherwise noted.

Tours

Dover to Orkney Islands (NCN Route 1)
by Raphaël Clerici, tour started June 2014, submitted 24 February 2016
Europe: UK
language: fr

Voyage de 28 jours au départ Douvres, dans le Kent, jusqu'aux îles Orcades (Écosse) par la route cycliste N°1, la plus longue du Royaume-Uni. Vélo robuste et pneus anti-crevaison indispensables pour franchir sans encombre les nombreuses sections hors bitume de ce bel itinéraire très bien balisé.

A 28-day journey between Dover (Kent) and Orkney islands (Scotland) along National Cycle Network Route 1, the longest cycle route in the UK. You'll need a strong bike and puncture-proof tires to get across the numerous off-road sections of this beautiful and perfectly signposted itinerary. In French.

See all 3 reports by Raphaël Clerici

Tour of ENG-FR-SP-IT-SLO-CRO-AUS-SUI-GDR-NETH
by Michael Simmons, tour started June 2008, submitted 13 December 2013

I always dreamed of bicycling through Europe and climbing as many of the famous climbs of the Tour de France and Giro Italia as possible. My tour ended up being for almost 10 weeks, 3020 miles/4860 kilometers, and I pedaled through 10 countries. I loved the entire tour but 2 aspects stand out: 1)France stands out for my favorite cycling, for the amazing secondary road system and because I got to climb, the Tourmalet, Aubisque, Peyresourde, Aspin, Mont Ventoux, Alpe D'Huez, Lauteret; and 2) I visited the home villages of three of my grandparents in Slovenia and Croatia. Crossing Italy I opted for the Italian Riviera and Tuscany, but later wished I had pedaled across the Lakes Region and the Dolomites. And because of factors out of my control I had to cut my trip short so I skipped my plans of zig zagging across Switzerland. Enjoy my journal and the pictures.

Celebrating Arrival To Slovenia
Cycle touring around the world
by Sam Thomson, tour started February 2013, submitted 24 November 2013

In January 2013 I set on to see the world by bike.

Me in Sudan crossing the sahara and a little dirty.
Da Londra a Verona III^ parte
by Beatrice Virga, tour started July 2013, submitted 14 November 2013
language: it

Sorvolo Verona ma che bella città! Il castello, l'Arena, la piazza con il mercato. Però non capisco, le strade sono strette, più di quelle delle colline e dei monti, ma circolano tanti SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle). La maggior parte dei guidatori non ha proprio nulla di sportivo, non ha rispetto per ciclisti né per pedoni, pretende sempre di sorpassare, strombazza e s'impazientisce. Ed io ero convinto che a Verona usassero soltanto le Giuliette dell'Alfa Romeo con i cuoricini attaccati al parafango posteriore!

Overflight Verona ... but what a beautiful city! The castle, the Arena, the square with the market. But I do not understand, the roads are narrow, more than those of the hills and mountains, but many circulating SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle). Most of the drivers has nothing of sports, has no respect for cyclists nor pedestrians, always wants to overtake, trumpets and s'impazientisce. And I was convinced that they used only in Verona Juliets Alfa Romeo with hearts attached to the rear fender!

See all 8 reports by Beatrice Virga

Da Londra a Verona, con un gabbiano per amico
by Beatrice Virga, tour started August 2013, submitted 15 October 2013
language: it

Aaron, il gabbiano di Folkestone, è un viaggiatore molto curioso. Passa il tempo, appollaiato su un palo o in volo, ad osservare gli esseri umani al punto di riuscire a leggerne i pensieri. "Una donna italiana con la nostra chiave inglese in mano" si chiese, "che cerca di assemblare una bicicletta bianca, rossa e blu, qui all'aeroporto, voglio proprio vedere cosa combina". Segue....

See all 8 reports by Beatrice Virga

8900 km solo, self-supported bicycling trip in western Europe in 2011
by Bart, tour started 2011, submitted 25 December 2011
The bike
Via Francigena 2011
by Paul Love, tour started September 2011, submitted 24 December 2011

This is a description of our 30 day (almost 2000 km) trip from Canterbury to Rome, on the Via Francigena by tandem. We found our way using paved roads on a diagonal route from Calais passing through Arras, Reims, Langres to Besancon. We crossed into Switzerland at l'Aubusson and St. Croix. One of the highlights was the 42 km climb over the Grand St. Bernard Pass from Martigny, Switzerland into Italy. The route then took us through the Val d' Aosta and south eventually to Pontremoli, Lucca, Siena, Montalcino, Bolsena, Bracciano and into the heart of Rome via the bike path along the Tiber River.

In a nutshell
Photos, films and account of our journey cycling east around the World.
by Mary Thompson and Peter Root, tour started July 2011, submitted 5 November 2011

We are Mary Thompson and Peter Root. At 17.00 on the 12th July 2011 we got the boat to France with loads of stuff and two bikes with the intention to cycle east around the World.

Looking out over Lake Konstanz, Germany
London to Sydney: A guide to all things cycle touring
by Kat & Phil, tour started June 2011, submitted 1 November 2011

We are embarking on a cycle tour from London To Australia, taking in countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Along the way well be posting updates, stories, photos, cycle touring articles and advice as well as reviews of our equipment. Come take a look - we'd love to hear from you!

Kat at the Top of the Col du Tourmalet
A Shortened Break
by Nick Altmann, tour started September 2011, submitted 29 September 2011

This is a report of a trip that was intended to be a solo ride from London to Athens over seven weeks. Unfortunately I was involved in a road accident in Germany after only eleven days that curtailed the trip.

Before this point I enjoyed fine scenery in such areas as Kent, the Ardennes, Luxembourg and the Black Forest, and passed through many attractive towns including Trier and Vianden.

Schottland per Rad im Sommer 2006 - Westliche Highlands und Äußere Hebriden
by Heiko Zepf, tour started July 2006, submitted 6 June 2011
Europe: UK
language: de

Ich berichte von einer sonnigen Radfahrt in Schottland. Immer auf der linken Seite der Straße führt mich mein Weg bis zu den Äußeren Hebriden, einem wahrhaft abgelegenen Flecken Europas! In zwei Wochen entdecke ich die liebenswerten Seiten dieses Landes.

Cycle touring, observing waterways, railways and tramways
by Terje Melheim, tour started April 2010, submitted 11 February 2011
Europe: UK

From my base in Manchester I made two cycle tours, one to North Wales and one into the Pennines. The purpose of these cycle tours was, besides the recreational effect, to explore historical objects on rails and water.

See all 10 reports by Terje Melheim

Around the Pond: 5000km on the North Sea Cycle Route on a Recumbent
by Thomas Stets, tour started June 2008, submitted 11 January 2011

In 2008 I spend 3 months cycling the North Sea Cycle Route on a recumbent bike through Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Scotland and the Netherlands.

This is a day-by-day travelogue, with zoomable maps.

North Sea Cycle Route sign in Denmark
A Bike Journey - London to Melbourne
by Freddie & Guy, tour started May 2010, submitted 3 November 2010
language: en, de

A Bike Journey follows our bicycle travels between London and Melbourne. Having lived in the UK for 6 years, we are now moving Down Under and have decided to go by bike! We left London in May 2010 and have so far cycled through Europe, Turkey and Iran. We are planning to continue our journey through India, South East Asia and Australia. We hope you enjoy following our tour.

Cycling through 47°C heat in Turkey
London-Paris-London
by Andrew Cornwell, tour started May 2007, submitted 9 July 2010

Five days on the road from capital to capital and back. Starting with the crossing of the Downs and Sussex Weald, ferry from Newhaven, on to Paris via Dieppe and Gisors. Return along the Seine and Andelle valleys. Includes practical information about the tour.

See all 4 reports by Andrew Cornwell

Place de la Concorde, Paris
London to Amsterdam
by Andrew Cornwell, tour started August 2006, submitted 9 July 2010

A gentle four day ride from London to Amsterdam. First leg through the pretty villages of Essex and Suffolk to Harwich, followed by three days on the North Sea cycle route visiting Den Haag, Noordwijk and Haarlem.

See all 4 reports by Andrew Cornwell

Land's End to John O'Groats at 'Randonneur' pace
by Andrew Cornwell, tour started June 2010, submitted 28 June 2010
Europe: UK
language: English

The classic 'End to End' ride in seven daily stages of over 200 km, under the rules of long distance cycling association Audax UK. Crosses many of Britain's finest landscapes including Dartmoor, the Somerset levels, Wye Valley, Lake District, Scottish Highlands and Caithness coast.

See all 4 reports by Andrew Cornwell

Setting off from Land's End, 8 June 2010
West Coast by Recumbent Trike
by Richard, tour started May 2010, submitted 2 June 2010
Europe: UK

A 650-mile trip connecting the westernmost with the northernmost tips of mainland Britain, following the western and northern coasts as closely as possible. All of this on a Scorpion fs recumbent tadpole trike.

London to Paris
by craig shipton, tour started July 2010, submitted 16 April 2010

London to Paris. An adventure in July. Arriving in Paris in time to see the Tour de France. Read my blog of the journey.

On the way to Paris
Solo Lands End to John O'Groats
by Dan Hargrave, tour started June 2008, submitted 6 October 2009
Europe: UK

A 12 day unsupported ride from the most south westerly to most north easterly point of Britain. I also passed through the most southern point, Lizard Point, and the most northern point, Dunnet Head. I covered 1074 miles passing through some of the most beautiful parts of Britain.

See all 2 reports by Dan Hargrave

Travel By Bike - Fietsen over Europa's mooiste wegen
by Koen Beliën, submitted 14 September 2009
language: nl

Travel By Bike is a website about a group of enthusiastic bikers with more than 10 years of travel experience. From Belgium through The Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom. Do not forget look at to the page 'pregnant on bike', reading our travel stories and watching the beautiful pictures!

See all 3 reports by Koen Beliën

Logo Travel By Bike
Tandem cycle tour in Scotland: Mull, Skye, Ardamurchan, Black Isle
by Robert Saunders, tour started June 2009, submitted 18 June 2009
Europe: UK

In 2009, we took our trusty tandem out for the usual cycle tour in Scotland. This year we rode a circuit that encompassed Loch Tay, the Isles of Mull and Skye, and the Black Isle. We had fabulous weather, fabulous food, fabulous scenery and above all fabulous fun!

Loch Tay, from the road along the north side.
London to Athens 4 kids in poverty
by Craig Shipton, tour started July 2009, submitted 4 June 2009

25,000 children die each day mainly from preventable causes. These children are not dying from incurable diseases or causes. These children are dying from diarrhea, pneumonia, measles and malaria - things that cost pennies to treat or prevent.

My aim is to raise £25,000 by riding 4,000 kilometres from London to Athens with an average of 25,000 spins of my legs per day.

See all 2 reports by Craig Shipton

A photo of cycling in the rain and a small boy hoping for a chance in life.
Bicycle Kicks - A Season in the Saddle
by Si Hood, tour started August 2009, submitted 19 May 2009
Europe: UK

I'm cycling to every York City league match next season, home and away.

Follow the lows and lows of a season in the saddle following a fallen minnow at www.bicyclekicks.co.uk

Summer cycling from Hungary to Morocco and across Canada
by Alfred Maleczki, tour started 2006, submitted 28 March 2009
language: hu

A lonely Hungarian cyclist who has the Summers free and likes to make new advantures on his bike.

Started with his short Croatian tours, but made it always longer, and in 2005 didn't stop before the 2700th kilometer in Greece. In the following year he decided to start the real adventure, to cycle out of Europe.

2007 was the year of cycling across Canada, the headwindy way - of course :) After this 9000km trip now he is in the planning stage of the South-American tour for 2009.

Atlas mountains, Morocco
Listen to Africa - recording African sounds and voices
by Bex and Huw, tour started March 2009, submitted 13 February 2009

Listen to Africa is a collection of African sounds and voices recorded during an 18-month bicycle journey across the continent.

Route map
North Atlantic Drift
by Peter Quaife, tour started July 2008, submitted 27 November 2008

A boat based tour of the North Atlantic involving bad roads, strong winds and some freakishly hot temperatures.

See all 5 reports by Peter Quaife

On the Svalvogar Circuit
WorldTripping.net - Simon and Leah attempt to cycle around the world
by Simon Green & Leah Ingham, tour started 2004, submitted 3 October 2008

Lost in the Seses.
Blackness you could touch. No moon to guide us. No bike lights only Simon's tiny maglite. The road was barely a path, which pinged and cracked as we cycled along it. Simon held the torch in his mouth, and its light wound a curving trail on our ''road.'' Several times we almost crashed into one another. Mumbled curses firing from Simon, unable to release the full volley for fear of dropping his light. Undoubtedly, this was to my advantage and I was able to retaliate with much vitriol, winding him up even more.

Moonrise over the Nile. Abri.
Sophos tour around the world
by Romain POISSON, tour started June 2008, submitted 27 September 2008
language: en, fr

Vagabondages autour du monde d'un apprenti voyageur.

Un ou deux ans de voyage au programme pour découvrir l'Europe du Nord, l'Asie et l'Afrique du Nord différemment.

Prochaine étape : la traversée de la Russie en hiver

Vagrancy around the world by a apprentice traveller.

One or two years to discover in a different way north Europe, Asia and north Africa.

Next step : from St Petersburg to Vladivostok during winter time

Shot in the Lofoten Islands (Norway) while i was waiting for a very small ferry (2 passengers) - I stayed over there for 24 hours :)
Outer Hebrides - North to South
by Marcus JB, tour started August 2008, submitted 1 September 2008
Europe: UK

11 day trip from Inverness, onto Lewis, up to the top and then all the way down to Barra. Fantastic places including the legendary St. Kilda.

Camping at Kneep
First Irish circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle
by Fearghal & Simon, tour started October 2008, submitted 28 August 2008

This November, Simon Evans and Fearghal O'Nuallain will begin the first Irish circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle. Their unsupported expedition will cover over 30,000km, passing through 30 countries and some of the highest, lowest, driest, coldest, warmest and loneliest places on earth. In doing so, they will be promoting the positive contribution that cycling can make to mental health and the environment, raising 100,000 euro for Aware and highlighting climate change.

A cycle tour through the Outer Hebrides from Vatersay to Lewis
by Paul Ashton, tour started July 2007, submitted 6 August 2008
Europe: UK

Reading Calmac's `Explore' brochure on the ferry from Claonaig to Lochranza rekindled my desire to visit the Outer Hebrides. My Mum and Dad had taken the boat to Barra during their courting days and forever regaled us with tales of rough seas where everyone on board including the crew were sea sick apart from them. Then when queuing for the boat at Brodick, I watched as lots of fully laden pannier clad bicycles disembarked.

I'm not getting any younger and the rucksack no lighter so a bike seemed the best way to carry the weight whilst sparing my vertebra. I resolved to take the boat from Oban, cycle from Barra to Lewis and return on the Stornoway to Ullapool ferry. The final details, including the logistics of getting self and bike to Oban and back from Ullapool seemed the least of my problems. Oh, and I needed a bike!

Western Isles of Scotland
by Bike Hippies, tour started April 2008, submitted 27 July 2008
Europe: UK

Ten day tour of the western islands and coast of Scotland - Skye, Outer Hebrides, Mull and Ardnamurchan. Beautiful beaches, mighty headwinds and plenty of sheep.

See all 6 reports by Bike Hippies

Rocky bay on South Harris
Around the world by bike
by David Piper, tour started 2008, submitted 27 June 2008

A collection of tours that will eventually link up as a global circumnavigation. Fast riding with little luggage.

Our trips around Europe by bike and tips and tricks for cycletouring and everyday cycling
by Álvaro Martín and Alicia Urrea, tour started 2008, submitted 26 May 2008
language: es

Rodadas es un manual para aquellos que quieran iniciarse en el cicloturismo. En esta página encontrarás información sobre cómo elegir tu material, trucos para solucionar algunas de las situaciones con las que se enfrentan habitualmente los cicloviajeros e información sobre iniciativas cicloturistas en España y allende de los mares.

Además, te contamos nuestros viajes a través de Europa (en junio-octubre 2005), Escocia (2003) y Holanda (2002).

Teruel, Spain
International Cycle Traveling, solo and self contained
by Peter Davis, tour started 2008, submitted 31 March 2008

I'm at one of those grave intellectual impasses that have been known to bring even greater minds than my own to a standstill. I have an orphan sock. Trivia, you say. Ha! I think not.

The cause of this problem is surely the work of that Slovakian KGB Agent, foolishly disguised as a laundress in Svolen. She stole it, I'm sure. Probably for a DNA sample to impress her superiors in Bratislava. They've been following my every move since the kustoms agent in Warsaw asked me the purpose of my visit to Poland. When I answered ``vacation'' the disbelief on his face gave him away. What, doesn't anyone go to Poland on vacation?

But back to the real problem, the orphan sock. The purists among cycle tourists would say, ``Throw it away, it's excess baggage. And while you're at it, cut three inches off that over-long toothbrush handle.'' But the Calvinist in me says, ``Save it. It's a good sock, nearly new.'' I've already reduced the weight of my baggage by losing its mate. Maybe I'll lose another and be back to even and lighter still.

See all 2 reports by Peter Davis

Gerloss Pass, Austria 2006
France and Corsica
by Bike Hippies, tour started September 2007, submitted 10 December 2007

A four week autumn tour from southern England, across France from the English Channel to the Mediterranean and around the north-western coast of Corsica.

The trip included visits to world-famous monuments such as Mont St Michel and Pont du Gard, beautiful mountainous landscapes of the Massif Central, the striking limestone cliffs of the Ardeche Gorges, and scenery which inspired the painters Monet and Van Gogh.

See all 6 reports by Bike Hippies

Pont d'Arc, Ardeche Gorges
Short tour of South Devon, Dorset & Somerset
by Bike Hippies, tour started September 2007, submitted 31 October 2007
Europe: UK

A short and rather hilly round-trip tour of Dorset, South Devon and Somerset, including portions of the spectacular Jurassic Coast.

See all 6 reports by Bike Hippies

View over Ladram Bay towards Sidmouth
Scotand - from Newcastle to Oban
by Stephen Martin, tour started June 2001, submitted 17 October 2007
Europe: UK

This tour was from the north east corner of England to the west coast of Scotland and included a few day on the island of Arran. We travalled with full camping gear but becasue the rain stayed a several B&B's.

Several of the B&B were very memorable and are detailed in The Daily Log and Useful Links page.

Route maps are included - much the route followed the National Cycle Network.

See all 2 reports by Stephen Martin

Pennyfarthing world tour
by Joff Summerfield, tour started May 2006, submitted 12 September 2007

A world tour on a rather odd bicycle.

Dove Lake, Tasmania

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