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

My latest trip was a three-week tour of Tasmania in February 2015; 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 the 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) and cycled 750 miles in the Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton (2014).

Altogether I've raised over £70,000 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 14 June 2015 - 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.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

British Trains - An Enigma wrapped in a Riddle shrouded by Mystery...

I have to return for a family wedding after the first nine days of the Bike Ride, so I’ve just been checking out trains from Oban to Skipton (the motorhome is coming back a day before me - understandable as Alan, the groom's father, is one half of the crew!) Whichever web site I use the single price is £102.50, with changes at Glasgow Queen Street – Glasgow Central, and Carlisle.  So I checked out the train from Oban to Glasgow Queen Street - £8.90, and the train from Glasgow Central to Skipton - £20,00.  Same trains, same times - except for some reason the Oban – Glasgow train changes at Dalmuir (Dumbarton) on the ‘expensive’ route.  And it's easy to get from Glasgow Queen Street to Glasgow Central, because I've done that before.  So I’ve saved £73.60.  Can anyone explain?

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