This is a 19 day ‘moving
on’ holiday of the beautiful Republic of
Ireland and Northern Ireland. It visits many small market towns and villages
and passes through pleasant farmland following the coast clockwise from Galway
to Dublin. There are many sights to see with beaches, castles, Giants Causeway
and the Carrick a RedeBridge to name just a few. This holiday is for the fit rider, able to
tackle hills with panniers, and for whom riding daily distances of around 80km,
with a maximum of 100km, is no problem and at a pace that would normally allow time for stops for food and photos.
I am a retired engineer, with a grown up family, and have
ridden motorcycles and bicycles all my life. I was inspired to cycle tour after
completing Lands End John O'Groats for charity in 2000.
I have restored several old bicycles and have a collection
of about 25, including a pennyfarthing. After becoming a founder member of the
Clitheroe Bike Club I became a club run leader and a British Cycling Level 2
coach visiting local primary schools.
I enjoy photography and film making and have been a Rotarian
for over 30 years doing charity work at home and abroad.
I have cycled in 25 countries to date and led over 25 tours
I will go
anywhere that interests me and love to experience other cultures. I have led
tours in the UK for both families and for experienced riders. Over the
years I have tended to do World Wide Tours to Australia, Japan, Cambodia,
China, NW America, Cuba and the Balkans. Closer to
home I have led tours to Ireland, Shetland and Orkney and the Lakes and Dales
in the North West of England. I have been
cycling touring in Turkey, Sicily, India and most of the Nordic countries. The
world is my playground.
A wonderful journey past one of the many floating villages on the Sangkar river leading to the town of Battambang from Siem Reap.
Lakes and Dales
This is the 14th century Castle Bolton in North
Yorkshire's impressive Wensleydale Valley, where we stop for a short tea break
before heading over Redmire into Swaledale.
Yellowstone - Old Faithful hot springs.
Just a few of the Hot Springs around Old
Faithful, which erupts every two hours. An amazing place with 500 geysers and
5000 thermal features in 9,000 sq. km.
Honshu - Japan
Shiroyone Senmaida Rice paddies in the Noto
Peninsula in NW Honshu Japan. Tended by locals with hand tools. An
incredible place to tour by bicycle.
Tasmania - Australia
The northern coast of Tasmania at Devonport,
teeming with birdlife and nearby fairy penguins. Such a lot of unusual wildlife
Great Ocean Road - Victoria, Australia
One of the thirty coastal rock features near
Peterborough on the south coast of Victoria. Eroded by years of pounding seas
and wind. A coastline with many shipwrecks.
Slovenia - Spodnja Sorica
The village of Spodnja Sorica in the Upper
Carniola region of Slovenia with the statue of the impressionist painter Ivan
Grohar in the foreground, 30km north west of the capital Ljubljana.
Oregon - The Sisters
The exquisite Sisters Mountains in the background
covered in a halo of cloud. A small tourist/artist town in Deschutes County
below the Cascade Ranges.
Shetland and Orkney
This was a two week
holiday taking the overnight ferry from Aberdeen to Shetland where the three
largest islands are cycled, visiting several important settlements and
observing the varied wildlife. The visit to Orkney again takes in several
islands and the important historic settlements which predate the pyramids. A
visit to Scapa Flow where the navy have shielded their ships in two world wars
and to this day houses carcasses of ships scuttled by the Germans. Read more