Now the National Trails have been completed, and while they build the England Coast Path I am going to switch to cycle touring. Many of the walks have inspired me to take up this alternative means of exploring the landscape.

So I am preparing a bike for the journey.  A new Thorn Sherpa.


My plan is to complete the North Sea Cycle Route from Bergen, Norway to Shetland via Dover. I think it is approximately  6,400km. Then perhaps the Atlantic seaboard around Scotland and Ireland, followed by an Irish Sea and English Channel route.  The inspiration coming from a book by Robert McFarlane, where you take the perspective of ancient civilisations who interconnected via the sea and not the land. Plus I am very fond of the coast.  Who isn’t.