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From bicycle touring to backpacking, watercolour painting to clay modelling, the exploration journal captures my journey through many different interests and travel adventures.

I’m passionate about finding those out of the way places that whisk you away from the concerns of everyday life. Whether this is by wading through an overgrown river or trying new paint techniques is up to you!

Category: Travel

Visiting Hamburg and Lübeck

From the Netherlands we continued north, three days cycling brought us to Hamburg where we decided to spend an extra day looking around the city. This was partly due to a day of rain being forcast and partly because we had heard the city was beautiful. The town hall in particular was stunning. We bought a day travel ticket for…

Bicycle touring through the Netherlands

Before we start the Baltic Sea route proper we need to get to it. This amounted to catching a ferry from Hull to Hook of Holland and cycling for miles along the flat cycle paths through the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. The ferry took 12 hours overnight and so a cabin in compulsory. We thought the outside looked more like…

Stopover in the Peak District

I spent the last month cycling through Ireland with my younger brother, we had 34 days to cycle the Wild Atlantic Way and get back to Liverpool in time for my older brothers wedding. We made it with a day to spare. We arrived in Liverpool and found it was tipping down with rain, drenching us within seconds of leaving…

The Baltic Sea cycle tour plan

Phase 1: Ireland The first phase of our summer cycling tour is complete! We spent over a month cycling through Ireland to the west coast and then up and back via Belfast. The total mileage was 1500 miles over 32 days.  You can read about the Ireland tour in these posts: The cycle tour so far: England – Cornwall to…

Cycling the Causeway Coastal Route

So far we’ve been cycling in Ireland for about 30 days, taking us from Rosslare to Killarney and then following the Wild Atlantic Way up to Northern Ireland. We saw astoundingly high cliffs, camped in a football stadium and made a few shortcuts. It’s day 30 of 34, and we are on the final countdown to needing to be in…

Cycling the Wild Atlantic

In my last post, we joined the Wild Atlantic Way at Killarney National Park and started our journey following the Irish coast north. We got repeatedly soaked, became the first (maybe?) bicycle tourers to camp as far West as physically possible in Ireland and saw many beautiful sunsets (the perk of the west coast!). It’s day 13 of 34, and…

Starting the Wild Atlantic Way

In my last post, my brother and I arrived in Rosslare and then cycled straight across Ireland to Killarney National Park. We encountered ruined churches, stayed with a friendly Irish family and explored an ancient priory beside a beautiful lake. It’s now day 9 of 34, only 25 days left until we need to be in Liverpool for a wedding!…

Winding westwards through Ireland

In my last post, my brother and I left home with a crazy idea: cycle the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland within a month in order to be in Liverpool in time for our older brothers wedding. We cycled from Cornwall to Exeter and then caught a train to Carmarthen in Wales, an exhausting climb through the welsh mountains and…

Cornwall to Wales

This is the beginning of the ultimate bicycle tour, from our home in Launceston to the coast of Ireland and then across into Europe and around the Baltic Sea. Before all that though, here are the bikes. Mine is the blue Thorn Raven, and is to be my steady steed for the next four months. We set off from our…

Exploring Ahrweiler

The weekend was spent in Ahrweiler, a town famous for its spas and 2000 years of red wine production. Visiting in April meant that the vines weren’t in leaf but we got splendid views of the hillside under the vineyards. Not quite as exciting but it does mean I want to return during harvest season. The vineyards are built in…