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.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

A Change of Itinerary: Solving the 'Outer Hebrides Problem'

I've made some changes to our plans for later next week. Our original itinerary was as follows:

... Fri 18-5 Lochmaddy (N Uist) to Castlebay (Barra)

Sat 19-5 Barra to Vatersay then cycle all the way back to Lochmaddy for 1600 ferry to Uig

Sun 20-5 Cycle Uig to Mallaig

Mon 21-5 Cycle Mallaig to Tobermory via Kilchoan.

The last three days were all hard going and there was a good chance we would fail to get to the Lochmaddy - Uig ferry on time.

Having studied the ferry timetables again, we've found what we think is a much better alternative:

...Fri 18-5 Lochmaddy to Lochboisdale (S Uist)

Sat 19-5 Lochboisdale to Eriskay, Barra & Vatersay.

Sun 20-5 0920 Ferry from Castlebay to Oban

Mon 21-5 Oban - Craignure (Mull) then resume original itinerary at Tobermory.

This cuts out a lot of repetitive / wasted mileage and I'm hoping it will work well!

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