Around the Coast of Britain

After LEJOG to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary, Christine’s motivation for cycling slipped somewhat.  Reaching the conclusion that she needs a “goal” to get her on the saddle with any regularity, we were looking around for a “theme”.  When it came it was a joint effort (as many things are!) – Stephen happened on a website looking for participants in a sponsored trip around the entire coast of Britain in 60 days (a distance of something over 4,000 miles) and Christine linked it with a radio programme she had listened to about a man cycling around the world “in stages” comprising his two week holidays. And so the concept was born.   We would cycle around the coast in a series of legs or stages, generally in a clockwise direction, mainly using trains to get to and from the end points.  As many trains from Tadworth go to London Bridge station, the bridge itself seemed an iconic place to start (and hopefully end!).  Originally the idea was to start where we had finished the previous leg.  This worked well for a time, while we were going round the south east coast close to home, but as we moved further afield days trips became infeasible and it became more difficult to fit together stretches that were a “weekend long” with those requiring 4 or 5 days or even 2 weeks (around the west and north coast of Scotland).

From To Date Km
London Bridge Dartford 08/05/10 38 Blog Route
Dartford Sittingbourne 22/05/10 59 Blog Route
Sittingbourne Ramsgate 12/06/10 72 Blog Route
Ramsgate Rye 26/06/10 93 Blog Route
Rye Hastings 15/01/11 23 Blog Route
Hastings Eastbourne 05/02/11 27 Blog Route
Eastbourne Worthing 14/03/11 62 Blog Route
Worthing Southbourne 02/04/11 65 Blog Route
Southbourne Southampton 16/05/11 66 Route
Southampton Poole Not yet done
Poole Weymouth 11/06/11 73 Blog Route
Weymouth Exeter Not yet done
Exeter Starcross 29/01/12 16 Route
Starcross Torquay 28/01/12 26 Route
Torquay Plymouth 02/05/14 86 Blog Route
Plymouth Mevagissey 03/05/14 72 Blog Route
Mevagissey Penzance 04/05/14 105 Blog Route
Penzance St Ives 13/02/12 60 Route
St Ives Newquay 12/02/12 61 Route
Newquay Bude 28/10/11 92 Route
Bude Barnstaple 29/10/11 82 Route
Barnstaple Ilfracombe 29/04/11 33 Blog Route
Ilfracombe Minehead 30/04/11 59 Blog Route
Minehead Weston Super Mare 01/05/11 76 Blog Route
Weston Super Mare Bristol 02/05/11 54 Blog Route
Bristol Cardiff 06/05/12 104 Route
Swansea Cardiff 21/06/14 109 Route
Gower Peninsula 06/06/12 58 Blog Route
Carmarthen Swansea 05/06/12 66 Blog Route
Pembroke Carmarthen 04/06/12 111 Blog Route
Pembroke Broad Haven 27/08/11 35 Route
Broad Haven Cardigan 28/08/11 88 Route
Cardigan Aberystwyth 29/08/11 69 Route
Aberystwyth Tywyn 18/10/12 58 Route
Tywyn Pwllheli 19/10/12 84 Route
Pwllheli Caernarfon 20/10/12 87 Route
Caernarfon Bangor 21/10/12 15 Route
Bangor Colwyn Bay 24/08/13 75 Blog Route
Colwyn Bay Liverpool 25/08/13 112 Blog Route
Liverpool Preston  18/10/14 Blog Route
Preston Lancaster  19/10/14 Blog Route
Lancaster Morecombe (& back)  21/10/14 Blog Route
Grange over Sands Lancaster 21/04/14 50 Blog Route
Barrow in Furness Grange over Sands  20/10/14 Blog Route
Millom Barrow in Furness 20/04/14 38 Blog Route
Silloth Millom 19/04/14 107 Blog Route
Carlisle Silloth 18/04/14 49 Blog Route
Annan Carlisle 28/05/13 33 Blog Route
Dumfries Annan 27/05/13 56 Blog Route
Newton Stewart Dumfries 26/05/13 99 Blog Route
Stranraer Newton Stewart 25/05/13 107 Blog Route
Troon Stranraer 24/05/13 101 Blog Route
Inverkip Troon 06/05/13 62 Route
Ardrishaig Inverkip 05/05/13 80 Blog Route
Oban Ardrishaig 04/05/13 67 Blog Route
Oban Tobermory 23/07/11 34 Route
Tobermory Lochaillort 24/07/11 74 Route
Lochaillort Kyle of Lochalsh 25/07/11 75 Route
Kyle of Lochalsh Applecross 26/07/11 62 Route
Applecross Kinlochewe 27/07/11 67 Route
Kinlochewe Dundonnell 28/07/11 57 Route
Dundonnell Ullapool 29/07/11 57 Route
Ullapool Drumbeg 30/07/11 63 Route
Drumbeg Durness 31/07/11 73 Route
Durness Tongue 01/08/11 58 Route
Tongue Thurso 02/08/11 75 Route
Thurso East Clyth 03/08/11 92 Route
East Clyth Dornoch 04/08/11 86 Route
Dornoch Inverness 05/08/11 85 Route
Inverness Lossiemouth 25/05/14 76 Blog Route
Lossiemouth Banff 26/05/14 64 Blog Route
Banff Boddam 27/05/14 78 Blog Route
Boddam Kineff 28/05/14 98 Blog Route
Kineff St Andrews 29/05/14 114 Blog Route
St Andrews Edinburgh 30/05/14 113 Blog Route
Edinburgh London Not yet done
Totals 73 days 4,821 km

 

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