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.

Wednesday 2 May 2012

Gigha (continued)

The roads on Gigha are only very narrow, and there is hardly any traffic. From the ferry we cycled to the north end, past a few small farms and roadside verges bursting with primroses, bluebells, red campions and bugles. There were more walkers than cars.

At one point the island narrows to a slender isthmus, and all along this stretch the views to Islay and the impressively mountainous Jura are quite captivating. The only disappointment is the fact that the farmers have chosen to dump rubbish in a few places which are a bit conspicuous - I know they have to make a living but I'm sure it would be better if they could dig a big hole with a JCB first!

At the northern tip (photo) the views are at their best. A Great Northern Diver was swimming just off-shore - I've never seen so many of these Iceland-/ Greenland-breeding seabirds- I think I saw at least six today. Red-breasted Mergansers, Sheldick and Eider are also common. Sandwich Terns have arrived and yesterday I heard the first Cuckoo of the year.

We met some people from Rawtenstall, one of whom knows my nephew Chris. I forgot to ask his name! Finding 'The Boathouse' closed we went up to the pub, which appears to be run by the Higha community.

... To be continued...

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