My Adventures

I love adventures. Sometimes they’re fun in the moment, other times they’re more of the Type 2 variety… or possibly even Type 3. But something always compels me to 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.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

Current Projects:

A Year Outside

Spending 2022 trying to reset my default to outside, not inside, and seeing if that really can be compatible with modern digital working life.  

Winter Mountain Leader

The long road to becoming a qualified Winter Mountain Leader. On the Blog This section will list blog content relating to the project. UK Winter

The Iron Spine Via Ferrata Project

Big Adventures:

Spanish 3000s

Climbing 25 peaks in the Sierra Nevadas of southern Spain, all over 3000m above sea level. Camping or bivvying in the Sierra Nevadas and doing

Rhine Source to Sea Cycle

Cycling the length of the Rhine, with my friend Alex, from source to sea – over 1200km and 16 days. How can I follow the

Irish 3 Peaks Ride

Climbing the 3 highest peaks in Southern Ireland and cycling between them on a tandem! What’s this about? Everybody’s heard of the 3 Peaks Challenge

All The Tors Challenge

Getting round all of Dartmoor’s tors by foot, self supported and wild camping. Distance 300km. What’s this about? No one has ever tried to walk

Cycling from Cambridge to Plymouth via Switzerland on a Tandem

50 days in Europe, 2276 miles cycled, 140 herons (don’t ask), 136 waves received, 87 midge bites, 83 performance enhancing pastries, 50 baguettes, 33 ice creams,

Smaller Adventures:

Lake District End to End Walk

Walking from the bottom right corner of the Lake District to the top left corner. In winter. What’s this about? There is no big story

The Tentacle Cycling Project

Start from your front door, with a map of your area. Cycle every yellow and orange road, spreading further and further as you go. The

Passing My Summer ML

Yes, really, in November. It was 5 years after I did the training course. Some help if you’re thinking of doing the same: What to Expect

Penzance To Plymouth

Cycling from Penzance to Plymouth on a tandem, over a long weekend.   The Route There was no particularly grand plan for this trip. I

Alpine Tour – Stubai Alps – AAC(UK)

Young Members’ Tour organised by the Austrian Alpine Club UK branch   What’s this about? I graduated from university in 2015. By mid-2016 I had

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!

On foot

  • The Two Moors Way (leading a group)
  • Shropshire Way (Ludlow to Shrewsbury)
  • Dartmoor Way
  • Abbott’s Way
  • Lych Way

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

Countries/Areas

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

  • Austria (Stubai, Innsbruck, Danube)
  • Belgium
  • Crete
  • Cyprus (Troodos)
  • France (much cycling, Maritime Alps)
  • Germany
  • Ireland (Southern Peninsulas, Reeks District, Ring of Kerry etc)
  • Italy (Dolomites, Mercantour National Park, Lake Garda)
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta (inc. Gozo and Comino)
  • Netherlands
  • Slovenia (Julian Alps and Triglav)
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Switzerland (Jura cycling route, Bern area, Rhine)
  • USA

And of course the UK…

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.