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

The Route - but in not much detail..

If anyone is interested in the route I've produced some maps which will give you a brief outline. Obviously it's going around the coast of Great Britain, but you'd be surprised how many different alternatives there are.

I decided not to cycle around islands, except... just to be awkward I thought I'd nip over on to Walney Island at Barrow-in-Furness.  Then in NW Scotland, in order to keep to the coast as much as possible, it makes sense to go from Loch Aline to Mull, then from Tobermory to Kilchoan on the mainland Ardnamurchan peninsula, and also from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye and back over the Skye Bridge, thus avoiding a considerable distance far from the coast.

There simply isn't space for the maps on this blog - they would run to several pages - but if you are on Facebook then you can find them at

I will shortly post some instructions so that if you do want to see all or part of the route in the finest detail you will be able to, using an on-line program called http://www.bikehike.co.uk/

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