Rural Rides


While doing some research for Hampshire Life. I discovered that the radical politician, agriculturist and journalist William Cobbett lived in Botley.

Born in 1763 in Farnham, Surrey, Cobbett loved the countryside, and his book Rural Rides is one of the best-known travel journals  on rustic southern England.

Whereas William rode horseback, I ride a bike.  My rural rides are at a slow and gentle pace. I take time to smell my surroundings, feel the wind on my face and listen to the sounds of the country.

What I define as a rural ride is usually a day ride.

Passing New Forest Pony

I’d only been riding a short while when Dan convinced me to go for a ride in the New Forest. We got muddy and a little bit lost… Read more


Practice for Morocco 2013-11-23 004One day, while cycling along the Hampshire coast, I decided that camping with the bike could be a good idea… Find out more



DSCN0436A day ride along The Solent Way. Sometimes, I see some odd things when I’m out on a cycle…Read more



My friend comes for an adventure

My friend comes for an adventure

My friend Grainne came to stay and I invited her out to lunch at the pub…Read more

Biking in the New Forest

Biking in the New Forest

Riding in The New Forest on a cold winter’s day…Read more






9th March 2014. ENGLAND, The Solent. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. A ride along the Hampshire coast to join the Volvo Ocean yacht, Abu Dhabi. Read more…


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