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…

Galia Gets Results – Slow Eating, Fast Walking

Day 1 – Arrival at Hye House: Galia Grainger is something of a legend and her Hye House extreme diet has attracted a lot of attention lately. Specifically designed to get results, my stay at her detox retreat began with cauliflower soup followed by green tea. Delicious. A quick stroll to watch the sunset over…

Slow Cycle Training in Derbyshire (Hardwick loop) 26 miles

This route takes in Hardwick Hall, Bolsover Castle and Sutton Scarsdale (slow 4 hours including lunch) Luckily I’m located near some great Sustrans routes (greenways) and some of them link together.  I have a favourite training route with a mixture of tracks and country roads.  Going from home is the best way to go because…

Slow Sunday at Chatsworth

Parking at Edensor (pronounced En-saw for some reason) is something of a tradition for us when visiting the Chatsworth estate (not the Shameless one).  A short walk over the hillside delivers the best view of the big house over the bridge.  The cleaned and gilded facades probably look better now than they have at any…

Testing out the Tent in the Garden

Of course, to be a true slow cyclist you don’t have to go very far!  Before going away to France I put my tent up in my friend’s garden.  The food and wine was so good I got head-spin and did not get much sleep.  This is why I rarely drink on holiday – I…

London to Paris on the Avenue Verte

Leaving London… As much as I had been dreading city riding I must admit that I loved the thrill of it. My feeling of safety was enhanced by three things: 1) being on a cycle route 2) being in a group 3) being visible (lovely fluoro!)