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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 love to find 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!

Baltic Sea Cycle Tour Recap

Baltic Sea Cycle Tour Recap

The initial idea of a summer cycling tour began a few years ago but never developed into a full plan. We knew we wanted to do it and that was enough. Then, last Christmas we started to discuss it more and dithered between two ideas:

1. Cycle the Baltic Sea.

2. Head into France and meander south.

Idea 1 had the size and impressive thing going for it, whilst idea 2 would have been a more relaxed holiday and safer as we know France. In both scenarios going to Ireland was first as we needed to be in England for a wedding in early July.

In Ireland, idea 2 tended to win. We were constantly wet, cycling up mountains and generally miserable. Our conversations would mostly be “can’t wait to be eating croissants” or “this supermarket is awful, at least the French supermarkets are really good”. We held off deciding until after a week resting with family in the Peak District. The horrors of rainy Ireland faded away and so we settled on idea 1.

I’ve collected my adventures over the summer into this post with quick links to each country along with the best photo from it. Simply click on a post link to be whisked away to the relevant place.


Cornwall to Wales


Winding Westwards | Joining the Wild Atlantic Way | The Wild Atlantic | Cycling the Causeway Coastal Route

UK (again)

Stopover in the Peak District

The Netherlands

Cycling through the Netherlands


Visiting Hamburg and Lubeck


Exploring Copenhagen | Reaching the Baltic Sea


Southern Sweden | Destination: Gotland


The Archipelago Sea | King’s Road through Finland


Our First Baltic State


Disaster Strikes in Latvia 


Border troubles in Lithuania


Touring through Poland

Germany (again)

Bicycle touring in Germany


Navigating Belgium


France and home

That’s everything for the summer cycle tour! Four and a half months summarised into 21 website posts and countless photos.

Key holiday stats:
4.5 months
5000 miles
13 countries
£3711 spent

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