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.
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
One day, while cycling along the Hampshire coast, I decided that camping with the bike could be a good idea… Find out more
A day ride along The Solent Way. Sometimes, I see some odd things when I’m out on a cycle…Read more
My friend Grainne came to stay and I invited her out to lunch at the pub…Read more
Riding in The New Forest on a cold winter’s day…Read more
A ride along the Hampshire coast to join the Volvo Ocean yacht, Abu Dhabi. Read more…