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Welcome to the Participation Ride 2007 Blog

October 9, 2007

Pridelogo200The ride was completed on 7 September at around midday but you can still donate and honour those pledges! I will personally and privately acknowledge all donations.

More than £2,500 has been raised so far for ruralnet|uk’s Participation Fund and  one of my co-riders, James, raised more than £1,000 for a Cambodian charity trying to stop the trafficking of children.

Over the next couple of weeks I will be posting up the videos I have
taken and all of the GPS data collected for the route we followed for
others to use if they wish. Thanks again to everyone who supported this
project. Please continue to keep an eye on this blog.

The challenge to ride from Land’s End to John o’ Groats exclusively on the National Cycle Network remains. Does anyone fancy doing it as a relay? The route is here.


Luke & Simon get emotional send off

August 26, 2007

Drew & Trina’s wedding was a two-day emotional roller coaster – an amazing family occassion where we met and had time to get to know Trina’s family from Australia and all the friends she has spoken so affectionally about since we first met her. A fantastic celebration in amazing surroundings – Symondsbury Manor and Church.
Then it was 5pm and time for Luke and I to leave for St Just on our bikes. We took the train from Axminster (a tough 12 ride) to Exeter St Davids. We are now on the train from Exeter to Penzance. Ian has called and apparently our hosts are not very happy that we are arriving at 11:30 😐
Tomorrow the challenge begins.


August 23, 2007

Here it is, my bike all packed up for 12 consecutive days on the road. Now off to a wedding for the weekend before the trip down to Penzance on Sunday. Looking forward to meeting up with James and Ian for the first time . . .

BBC Breakfast, the wrong Whitchurch and some the women in my life

August 23, 2007

SwalletTricia called this morning after I published the accommodation list on this blog to say that we’d booked our B&B on the 3rd night in the wrong Whitchurch!! Anyway, Tricia has now sorted this and we are staying at the farm to the left which is conveniently located in the right Whitchurch. I have corrected the accommodation list here.

Ellie, of UKVillages, also called. She has been doing a bit of publicity and we ‘are booked in for Monday’ on BBC Breakfast!! Whether this happens or not we will see! But it’s probably worth having the TV on!

Meanwhile, another woman, Jane, has been keeping me calm and helping me get an awful lot of ‘stuff’ on a very small bike.

Thanks girls!!

(Can’t wait to start pedalling now . . . but got my brother-in-law’s wedding to attend to first).

Where we are staying

August 23, 2007

Bosavern_newThis is where we are staying in case you want to join us at the beginning of a day or meet up with us at the end of one. Most of them have websites even though not all of them are given here.

PLEASE NOTE: Rob Quinn has had to cry off – he’s really apologetic – he’s got a new job and and his existing employer won’t let him take the time off 😦

This means we have a spare bed all the way around.

Day 0: Sun – 26/8/07
26/08/07    St Just
Ian, Luke, Simon
Bosavern House
St Just-in-Penwith
TR19 7RD
01736 788301

Day 1: Mon – 27/8/07
27/08/07    Bodmin
Ian, Rob, Simon
‘glenview’.ruthern bridge nr bodmin – they have a website
Glenview – AC026
PL30 5NP
Tel: +44 (0)1208 831585
Lat: 50.467799
Lng: -4.807880
E-Mail :

Day 2: Tue – 28/8/07
28/08/07    Barnstaple
Ian, Rob, Simon
the old vicarage’.barnstaple – they have a website
The Old Vicarage
Barbican Ter
Barnstaple, EX32 9HQ
01271 328504

Day 3: Wed – 29/8/07
29/08/07    Whitchurch
Ian, Rob, Simon, Trish
2 rooms booked
SY13 4DL
Tel:  01948 663151

The above is the wrong Whitchurch! Well spotted Tricia! We are now booked here:
Swallet Farm

Old Bristol Road
East Harptree
Bristol, UK
BS40 6DQ
Tel: +44 (0)1761 221909

Day 4: Thu – 30/8/07
30/08/07    Bromsgrove
Ian, Rob, Simon, Trish
Avonhill Lodge, Redditch
This place was the next best thing as there was absolutely nothing in
and around Bromsgrove. Redditch is on the route though and only 5 miles
SE of Bromsgrove. Couldn’t do 2 rooms so we’ve 2 singles and a twin.
Avonhill Lodge
Alcester Road, Beoley, Redditch, Warwickshire, B98 9EP
Telephone: 01564 742413

Day 5: Fri – 31/8/07
31/08/07    Hadfield
Ian, Rob, Simon
Peak Dale Lodge, Glossop
3 single rooms
Peakdale Lodge
49-53 High Street East,
SK13 8PN
01457 854109

Day 6: Sat – 01/9/07
01/09/07    Ingleton
Ian, Simon
‘gatehouse farm’ ingleton n/yorkshire – they have a website
Gatehouse Farm, Far Westhouse, Ingleton, North Yorkshire LA6 3NR
015242 41458 (+44 15242 41458)  / 015242 41307 (+44 01542 41307)

Day 7: Sun – 02/9/07
02/09/07    Annan
Ian, Simon
‘the old rectory’ annan dumfriesshire – they have a website
The Old Rectory, 12 St Johns Road, Annan, Gretna Green, Dumfries & Galloway.  DG12 6AW  –  01461 202029

Day 8: Mon – 03/9/07
03/09/07    Ayr
Ian, Simon, Adrian
Sunnyside Bed And Breakfast – B&B 4 Stars – Ayr, South Ayrshire
Mrs Malcolm
Sunnyside 26 Dunure Road
Telephone: +44 (1292) 441234
Triple room with Shower en-suite

Day 9: Tue – 04/9/07
04/09/07    Killin
Ian, Simon, Adrian
Killin Hotel – Hotel – Killin, The Trossachs
Ms Evlyn Cherrie
Main Street
FK21 8TP
Great Britain
Telephone: +44 (1567) 820296
1 family room for 3 adults

Day 10: Wed – 05/9/07
05/09/07    Carrbridge
Ian, Simon, Adrian
Craigellachie Guest House – Guest House 4 Stars – Carrbridge, Aviemore and  the Cairngorms
Mr Terry and Shan Dudleston
Main Street
PH23 3AS
Telephone: +44 (1479) 841641
Fax: +44 (0)1479 841415
1 twin room and 1 single room

Day 11: Thu – 06/9/07
06/09/07    Tongue
Ian, Simon, Adrian
Rhian Guest House – B&B 3 Stars – Tongue, North West Sutherland area
Mrs J Anderson
Rhian Cottage
IV27 4XJ
Telephone: +44 (0) 1847 611257
Mobile: +44 (0) 7719 668149
1 Double (one person) and 1 twin

Day 12: Fri – 07/9/07
07/09/07    (John o’ Groats) Thurso
Simon, Adrian
Sheigra – B&B 3 Stars – Thurso, Caithness and  North Coast Sutherland area
6 MacDonald Green
KW14 7EL
Telephone: +44 (1847) 892559
Telephone 2: +44 (7751) 716466
Fax: +44 (0)1847 892559

1 twin room


Instructions for last minute entrants

August 21, 2007

ImagesPeople are asking how they can join in at the last minute. Here’s what to do:

1 Check the itinerary here and choose the place where you’d like to join in (please put you name in the text)

2 Contribute £25 to the ruralnet|uk Participation Fund here* (or bring cash!)

3 Text me on 07932 107109 and let me know where you are joining in (I will be checking for texts first thing in the morning, at lunchtime and in the evening)

4 I will text you back with an estimated time of arrival (ETA) at the joining point

If you want to ‘wing it’ then just guess when you think we will be passing a particular point and be there with your bike! (Hint: Overall journey speed should be about 10mph).

* I’m happy to relax this if you really are impoverished! So don’t let this be a barrier to taking part but please donate something if you can.

Don’t Panic!

August 21, 2007


With only a few days to go and with so much to do and still with no accommodation in Penzance, help(!), I am a feeling a little anxious! The ride will be easier than this!

** STOP PRESS ** Ian just called – he’s found us accommodation at St Just!! Phew!!

Test post from my mobile phone.

Time to work on sponsorship

August 16, 2007


Having spent hours and hours planning the route and creating the map website here, it’s about time I started trying to raise some sponsorship so here goes . . .


(Selling was never a strong point of mine). Please click on the button and donate as much as you can for ruralnet|uk’s Participation Fund.

Many thanks.

Now we are 10!

August 13, 2007

Meet James Cooke, economist, ex-teacher, marathon runner and reluctant cyclist. James is attempting the whole ride and he’s sleeping rough, no B&Bs for James!

Dave Wild has also confirmed that he is joining us on Stage 24 and very possibly Stage 25 on
Saturday 01/09/07. Dave will be on his Moulton TSR 30 (like mine).

That makes four of us doing the whole route (one the wrong side of 50, another the wrong side of 40 and two the right side of 30) with seven others joining in along the way.

Welcome on board guys.

Last phase of publicity underway :-)

August 12, 2007

Simon_cycle_rideWith just two weeks to go before the Participation Ride 2007 starts the last phase of the amazingly sophisticated publicity campaign gets underway with roadside billboards in place in North Wiltshire. See picture (hint: look carefully at the bottom left of the picture).

I also spoke to Ellie Stoneleigh of UKVillages who is going to see if she can get some media interest . . . note to self: I need to send her some stuff.