Update – Up and Rolling Again with Indi

Great news.  Indi has decided to re-instate the tried and tested route across France from Bordeaux to Narbonne for next summer 2019. The Fabulous IKF (Indigo Kelly-Forest) France Coast to Coast – Le Canal des 2 Mers a Velo from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean (Bordeaux to Carcassonne)  

Autumn Colours at Clumber Park

What a difference a few weeks makes!  The pictures below were taken three weeks apart, from the East Entrance (with mature trees).   The double lime tree avenue at Clumber Park is the largest lime tree avenue in Europe with some 1296 trees.  Planted around 165 years ago most of the trees are still going…

The Glass House and Walled Kitchen Gardens at Clumber Park this Autumn

  As temperatures start to drop outside one of the most pleasant spots for visitors to explore at Clumber Park is the glasshouse in the Walled Kitchen Garden. At the moment it is just gourd-geus with superb displays in every shade of orange, white and green imaginable. They differ in shape and size too with…

Circular stroll around the Pleasure Gardens at Clumber Park

We started with a picnic on the Pleasure Grounds outside the Parsonage and headed past the Chapel of St Mary the Virgin, “A Cathedral in Miniature” on the north side of the lake.  The path then meanders through the mature trees (we couldn’t help hugging them) before you reach an elevated section at the end…

The Fabulous IKF – Indigo Kelly-Forest

It takes a very brave woman to take a group of (potentially difficult) women who are new to cycling on a bicycle tour in another country! It is thanks to just such a wonderful woman that I expanded my horizons and went cycle touring in France

Glamping in the New Forest National Park

 This was my first experience of glamping (albeit on the cheap with our own gear).  I managed to pick up a four bed Coleman for £35 at a car boot sale and I could have got it for much less if my companion had managed to curb his enthusiasm! We stayed at Ashurst (site owned…

What to Pack for Cycle Touring

Kit lists can go on and on.  Ideally you need to pack no more than 10kg.  Some people might be able to go as low as 6kg.  I call the photograph below “Deux Chevaux”.  Sadly I had loaded my bike as if I had the equivalent of two horse-power in my legs (I didn’t).  The…

Beautiful Books at The National Trust, Clumber Park

Every Friday I escape to a cupboard full of weird and wonderful books at Clumber Park near Worksop.  The park is especially beautiful at this time of the year with the impressive Lime Tree Avenue turning golden brown.  The trees all look like they have been there for hundreds of years but a volunteer told…

A Slow Cycle Guide to Getting Started

The most important thing is to evolve your own style. How far do you want to cycle? How fast or slow can you go? You won’t know until you get out there and get your legs moving. For touring and traffic-free cycling your bike should be big and sturdy enough for beaten paths but light…