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Cyclists on a rural road

Cycling Up, Road Deaths Up – Respect Rural Road Users

Cyclist deaths soar on rural roads in England is a depressing headline this morning from the BBC. The good news is that cycling has increased massively during the pandemic. The bad news is that deaths on rural roads have increased by nearly 50% in each of 2020 and 2019. In response British Cycling and MFU …

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Basil Brown, the farm where is stayed and a piece of old farm machinery

Basil Brown Cycle Route – part 1

Inspired by the hero of The Dig, in the summer I decided to plan a Basil Brown cycle route in his honour. Brown, a self-taught local archaeologist, discovered the incredible Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, as featured in the film. He lived in Rickinghall, so this first leg links Woodbridge to Rickinghall. …

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Alton Water Overlooking a gently curving little bay at the western side

Alton Water From Ipswich via Bentley and Wherstead

Alton Water is one of my favourite destinations on my bike. Not only is the circuit around it great, but you can get there by bike too with some good sections off-road. This route via Belstead and Bentley includes a challenging wooded section that I’ve not ridden for a while – expect mud!! This route …

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Ness Point, Avebury and Lands End

Lowestoft to Land’s End – Epic English Adventure Cycle Ride

“It’s a bit technical” a cyclist who had appeared from the gorse on a trick Mountain Bike told us cautiously as he looked sceptically at our bikes: a gravel bike, a 29er MTB that had seen many years’ service, and a hybrid.  I assured him we didn’t mind walking and thanked him, relieved that we …

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