I'm a double cancer survivor, cyclist and walker who does various challenges for different charities, mainly cancer-related.

In 2016 I climbed every single 'Birkett' in the Lake District - all 542 fells over 1,000' within the National Park, including all 214 Wainwrights. I've also done a three-week cycle tour of Tasmania in February 2015 and amongst other things, I've cycled from Land's End to John o'Groats (2003), Rotterdam to Lemvig (Denmark) (2005), walked the Pennine Way (2008) completed (my first) ascent of all 214 'Wainwrights' in the Lake District in only 55 days (2009), cycled 4,500 miles around the coast of Great Britain (2011), cycled all 42 of the accessible Western Isles of Scotland in under a month (2012), twice abseiled 230 ft from the top of The Big One in Blackpool, cycled the WWI Western Front from London to Compiegne via Ypres and Arras (2014), cycled 750 miles in the Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton (2014), done a bit of sky-diving and cycled Australia's Great Ocean Road - just before lockdown in 2020.

Altogether I've raised over £120,000 for my charities including The Christie, Cancer Research UK, the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, and ABF (The Soldiers' Charity) and I was mightily chuffed to receive the British Empire Medal in the 2014 New Year's Honours List.

I'm a Rotarian and give illustrated talks about my adventures in exchange for a donation to charity, so if you're looking for a speaker leave me a message. I am also Event Organiser for the Ribble Valley Ride Cycle Sportive, to be held this year on Sunday 5 September 2021 - more details at www.ribblevalleyride.org

You can also follow me on Twitter - @CancerBikeMan and on Facebook - just search for Bill Honeywell

Cancer Research UK is the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research, whilst The Rosemere does fantastic work for patients in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Now for the detailed route...

This is a bit more complicated but if you follow the instructions you should be OK.
I’ve plotted the route on an on-line programme called bikehike which is at http://www.bikehike.co.uk/. The whole route uses about 30Mb of memory so I’ve divided into 17 sections which are saved as .zip files. You can download these individually by going to www.honeywell.co.uk/Cycle_Britain. The route titles are a bit abbreviated but they are numbered 1-17 in order around the country and once you get the idea that pool-jog = Poolewe to John O’Groats and mont-sun = Montrose to Sunderland you shouldn’t have any problems! Select the section of route you want, click on it and then select Save in the box that pops up. You can then save the .zip file anywhere you like on your computer.
If you aren’t already familiar with how to unzip files, it’s pretty straightforward – double-click on the file and in the box that pops up, select Extract all Files: this takes you to the Compressed (zipped) Folders Extraction Wizard, after which you should have the route file ready to use on your pc or laptop.
Now go to http://www.bikehike.co.uk/ and go to the Course Creator page. From the choices in the lower right quadrant, select Upload Route, then in Browse… choose the file you’ve unzipped and away you go! It may be a little complicated but it’s easy once you know how!!

If you're keen enough to do this, let me know how easy or difficult it was.  You can play around with the route on your PC but you can't alter the original unless you are an expert hacker, and why would you want to anyway.  BUT - if you have any suggestions as to how to improve the route, or if there is anything en route that you think I should visit (including you, if you like!), feel free to let me know.

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