During a career in the chemical industry, I always had ‘the outdoors’ as a place to get away to. Originally this was via hillwalking until I was introduced to climbing. This change led to trips to Scotland, the Alps, and the Himalayas.
A new job in south England cut this short, so I got on my bike and explored the Chiltern Hills. Back north now, I’ll ride anywhere on anything. Recently, I have been lucky enough to work as a bike guide in England and Scotland.
My favourite rides are at a social pace, off the beaten track, and with a hidden gem café in my sights. Failing that, an al fresco bacon butty, and posh coffee when the mini stove comes out of the backpack, is the perfect addition to a ride.
Favourite Place to Play
Living in the North Pennines, between the Durham Coalfield and the High Pennines, gives easy access to Weardale and Teesdale. Should I fancy a longer day out, the Yorkshire Dales are a stone’s throw away.
The North Pennines is great cycling country – big rolling hills cut by large rivers, with moorland as far as the eye can see.
Not a Lot of People Know This
Having an “interesting” surname, I do come from a long line of plumbers. However, I haven’t (yet) been able to connect the family tree to the famous Thomas Crapper of Victorian toilet fame!