My Adventures

I like going on adventures. Sometimes they’re fun in the moment, other times they’re more of the Type 2 variety… or possibly even Type 3. But still I keep going back. Here is a fairly comprehensive list of what I’ve done and where I’ve been… so far.

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – (Bilbo) J.R.R. Tolkien

Current Projects:

Big Adventures:

Smaller Adventures:

The Kind of Adventures I Do…

I’m basically up for anything adventurous (except jumping out of planes, or off bridges with an elastic band around my leg). My main thing is mountains, but I love cycling as a way to see the world.

Long Distance Routes I have Completed

By Bicycle

  • Danube Cycle route from Passau to Vienna
  • Loire Cycle Route (full length), France
  • Jura Cycling Route, Switzerland – from Basel to Geneva
  • The Rhine Cycle Route (source to sea) – EV 15
  • Atlantic Coast Route EV 1 – from Nantes to St Nazaire and somewhere north of Nantes to Roscoff
  • North Sea Cycle Route EV 12 – from Harwich to London (ish)
  • Alpe Adria Cycle route – from Salzburg to the Adriatic Sea
  • Wild Atlantic Way – from Cork to about Tralee, plus some off-piste!
  • The Rebellion Way – bikepacking route launch in Norfolk

On Foot

  • The Two Moors Way (leading a group)
  • Shropshire Way (Ludlow to Shrewsbury)
  • Dartmoor Way
  • Abbotts’ Way
  • Lych Way
  • Welsh 3000s
  • Walkers’ Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt

And I’ve done bits and pieces or sections of:

  • Pennine Way
  • South Downs Way
  • West Highland Way
  • Snowdonia Slate Trail
  • South West Coast Path
  • Offa’s Dyke Path
  • Hadrian’s Wall Path
  • Cumbria Way
  • Northumberland Coast Path
  • Coast to Coast
  • Kerry Way
  • Tour du Mont Blanc

Countries/Areas

The places I’ve visited. Usually on a bike or in the mountains.

And of course the UK

And as for Mountains…

The highest I’ve ever been is 4421m on Mount Whitney, my only 14-er. The second highest is Toubkal at 4167m and before that Breithorn at 4160m. They are very different mountains. I took in Whitney as part of the John Muir Trail. Toubkal I first climbed in a blizzard in March and Breithorn was a glorious sunny day in June, having taken the cable car most of the way up from Zermatt. The highest I’ve ever camped is 3400m just the other side of Cottonwood Pass in California.

I’ve seconded HVS but don’t consider myself a climber. It brings out the worst in me. In alpine I’ve completed a few routes in Austria and Switzerland including the easy way up Breithorn and a tour that took in several F peaks. But I’ve spent far more time in Scotland – and, honestly, Morocco – than I have in the Alps. I’ve been ice climbing once but I was top-roped off the side of a glacier and wearing C1s so it hardly counts. My focus in Scottish winter is one-axe routes so I can fill up my QMD log.

In the UK I’ve been to all the National Parks except the Peak District and the Norfolk Broads. I’ve spent far too much time in the Lake District although I’ve never actually counted up the Wainwrights. My adventures in Scotland have been mostly centred around Glen Coe, Glen Shiel and Ben Nevis, more recently in the Cairngorms to avoid the west coast slush. I’d love to spend more time on Skye and get up as far as Torridon, Suilven etc. And, of course, I know Dartmoor inside out.

Mini Adventures:

aka bits of my life.

  • In a previous job I did a 20 mile cycle commute to work (and 20 miles back).
  • There are weeks when I spend almost every day on Dartmoor through Mountain Rescue and Ten Tors.
  • Once I walked 30 miles because I couldn’t be bothered to catch a bus.
  • I’ve tried spending more time working outside than inside on my Outdoor Reset.