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I'm a member of a group that organises walks, bike rides etc. and they advertised a Liverpool to Leeds canal bike ride. As I live not too far from the canal and use it often I thought it would be ... read more

I love it up on this old moorland track, the Salter Fell Roman Road. It runs from near Lancaster to Slaidburn. Even on busy days when tourist spots are teeming with people, there's hardly ever anyo... read more

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Gradually working my way through the various "100 Cycling Climbs " challenges on Strava/Veloviewer. I'm not that fast but I am quite stubborn (!) and often end up wheeling my bike up the steeper gr... read more

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Early one morning whilst out for an early morning pootle along Morecambe Prom (deservedly popular with all types of cyclists), I spotted that even our Eric Morecambe statue was sporting some PPE. W... read more

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Great weather to #ExploreByBike, first ride down the southern coast, and #ExploreByBike beautiful towns and villages.

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Working less hours as my bank is open for less time. Keeping safe whilst commuting by cycling more regularly and taking the slow route through the marshes. Bonus of seeing the ducklings and cygne... read more

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Like many fifty something year olds I had not ridden a bike since school days so when my husband (a keen rider) and I stumbled upon a second hand Batribike (electric bike) perfect for me (I have mo... read more

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I have moved house during the lockdown and now my commute is a bit more scenic than the canals of West London...

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The dark and stormy skies of Dunwich.

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Lisa Stout That's a great photo!

Without much I thought I agreed to do a bike ride that would be different and a challenge. My birthday was just a few weeks away and it would be the beginning of a new decade for me 😟 The ride st... read more

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Adrian Lewis A brilliant thing to do, well done
Chris Boulton Thanks Adrian 👍

I went around Blaise Castle Estate after cycling there via the Henbury Lodge entrance. This takes you past the Timber Lodge and Wood,an’s cottage. You can then visit the House, and cycle all the wa... read more

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Especially quiet during the Covid-19: Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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Being a Nurse needed to spend this Era looking after my physical and mental health. Have lived in the area for many years and never have taken the time out to cycle this beautiful green space. It... read more

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The Covid-19 situation has been the only reason I have ended up finding a new and picturesque route between Helmshore in Rossendale and Stubbins near Ramsbottom. I have since found out that it is ... read more

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100 for Guide Dogs is a challenge where the participant can choose to Run100, Cycle100 or Swim100 between 1 July and 30 November. For the cycling event the individual can choose how they want to co... read more

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Out riding on my cyclocross bike one day I saw a red field in the distance which I suspected was a big field of poppies. The next time I went out it was my mission to find that poppy field... which... read more

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Always have a biking buddy whether its your mum, your child or your cat I used to ride with my mum and my my best mate when I was a kid (many moons ago and I still have my first bike - a 1980 Ra... read more

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I think many of us have that dream of the perfect adventure cycle: a ride into the sunset to a wild camping spot miles away from anyone else. Well, I have to say most of my Land's End to John o'Gro... read more

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Part of the joy of gravel bikes is that you can ride a long distance and still have the capacity to explore. So, “I wonder where...” immediately becomes “Let’s see where... that track/bridleway/gap... read more

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This year my youngest child will begin senior school meaning I would be a little more free with my time for getting to work so I decided I’d like to cycle to work and in February I applied for a bi... read more

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love cycling in London, my favourite route is from Kew bridge to Walton on Thames on the Towpath. Perfect escape from London busy roads :)

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During the lock down my two girls age 6 and 10 wanted to go and socially distance visit their grandma. As un necessary car rides were under scrutiny we decided that we could cycle there. This was... read more

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As a NHS Volunteer Responder during this Covid 19 crisis I have been using my bicycle to collect prescriptions from the two chemists in South Molton Devon and deliver to vunerable persons who have ... read more

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Matthew Hodder Brilliant, keep up the good work

After a bad day or a stressful week, An escape on my bike, I must seek! Off I head, before it gets dark, To the Royal Victoria Country Park. On the way, there are hills so steep - Sometimes I ... read more

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Coming back from an appointment at The Paintworks on Bath Rd to Bedminster I discovered I could get straight onto St Philips Greenway and ride alongside the River Avon for half the journey. A very... read more

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Martin Fodor I did the same recently and enjoyed using this path as well. Took us to the ‘bridges to nowhere’ at the Arena Island site.

One of my favourite rides starts not far from Exeter city centre at 'The Quays'. Want to ride with a friend who doesn't own a bike? There's even a cycle hire shop at the start of the route, plus pl... read more

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Meeting midway is about visiting more distant friends safely. We get social again, planning to meet-up & picnic in unfamiliar territory. Our two brothers travel by bike to meet for the first time s... read more

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David Overton Hmm, it loses a certain "je ne sais quoi" when the you tube reference is removed! Search SplashMaps on YouTube an... read more

I ride fairly regularly-3 or 4 times a week. I thought l knew my local area.l used to set out on a known route looking to improve my time. Coronovirus lockdown meant events were cancelled. I start... read more

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Bedfordshire is Redford with bridle and permissive paths which are great for gravel and mountain biking. They can be used to get to and from spectacular bike parks and exclusive mountain biking ter... read more

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I live in Hove and there's nothing better than cycling up to Devils Dyke and across to Truleigh Hill. The view off the downs is stunning anyway, but from Truliegh you also get to see the river Adur... read more

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After being in lockdown & isolation for 3 months my friend & I both in our sixties decided to plan an epic cycle to celebrate our release. We chose to complete a full loop of the Avon cycle way whi... read more

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Deborah Hanks What an accomplishment well done.

#ExploreByBike - I recently ventured into the New Forest on my bike ride. It was lovely, so many animals about as well!

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In an attempt to social distance away from busy roads and routes I looked at the map and planned a route down some bridleways I'd not explored before. Had to deal with a very overgrown route at tim... read more

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I've been doing early doors rides on Saturdays for a few years (only in the summer, when the weather is ok and family commitments allow) but in the last couple of summers I've switched to heading s... read more

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While being confined to the area around my home on the edge of Bristol has been a great excuse to explore. From the cycle path taking a slightly different exit i have discovered the common at mango... read more

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rode to park #ExploreByBike

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Hi all it's me fohat just ordered my bike have not been on a bike for wow 12 years am 62 can't wait to get it I got 1 e bike I'm in to drones and have caravan up in Callander so many cycle tracks ... read more

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Working from home for 3 months now, the temptation is for my work and home to merge, the edges of when one starts and the other ends have become blurred. So I have started cycling "to work". I go... read more

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Trust me to choose the hottest day of the year (so far; June 25th) to go on one of my timed training rides! For those readers interested in ride and performance stats, a summary of these follow... read more

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Steven Hills Sorry! Clicked on 'high fives' icon in error.

Rode out to St. Michael's Church and along the public footpath. Good to be out in the fresh air and no one else around.

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I'd like to focus and share some of the many positive aspects of 'Lockdown' that I have enjoyed and experienced. Noticing and listening intently to the dawn and evening chorus of the many differen... read more

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Louise Buckley-Simms I definitely share these thoughts during lock down! I normally cycle purely to get from A-B and not really for leisure, so ... read more

I've always enjoyed cycling, but never got into a regular routine of taking the bike out. It's always been a little spontaneous "Shall we go for a bike ride?" when the fancy took me or my husband.... read more

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Despite riding a bike all my life whether for fitness or commuting I have never managed to break to 50 mile challenge. I regularly cycle between 30 and 40 but for whatever reason never 50. This s... read more

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Throughout my working career I have never had the opportunity to ride to work until now.. Working at the University Of Southampton Science Park, I have always felt the want to travel by bike to inc... read more

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I bought my bike about five years ago but rarely used it. For very nearly two years it stood in a corner of my hall literally gathering dust. But since September 2019 I have gradually increased my... read more

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It was warm last night even at 8pm. Fab ride out to Wythall and Alvechurch via Weatheroak Hill. Originally the plans were to cycling from home in South Birmingham to Llanberis in Snowdonia natio... read more

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To keep my 2 year old daughter occupied during lockdown and to keep myself fit, I often cycle out to Dartington estate and do a circular ride,breaking the ride up with a walk in the deer park or a ... read more

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Was it already 11 months since I had last done my Brampford Speke and Thorverton training circuit? Conditions today idyllic with a refreshing breeze. This circuit served as a warm-up for my time... read more

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Just over 700 miles rode since the Coronavirus out brake lockdown and I can crashing off my bike. Thankfully no broken bones just a slight buckled wheel and cuts & burses. All part of the fun of cy... read more

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My first outing on a bike for years! I thought that it would feel like being in my wheelchair but our Van Raam Wheelchair Transporter really does feel as if I am on a bike...enjoying the wind in m... read more

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