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.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Coll (2)

How was that for a view? From the ferry we went past various cottages and a large WWII gun which Richard posed against for a photo. Last time Val and I were here there was a dead sheep in the ladies' but I didn't bother checking this time.

After lunch (a chicken sandwich) at the Coll Hotel we set off on our bicy-Colls to the NE tip of the island, a magical few miles through fields littered with rock outcrops, with white-rumped Wheatears everywhere. Lots of new houses too, whether holiday homes or permanent residences I'm not sure.

The view from the beach was fantastic, to Mull, Ardnamurchan, Rum and beyond. We met a couple from Waterfoot, and a soft-spoken local crofter who explained that what we thought was a plough was in fact a 'potato-hiller'.

Then back towards the SW and a stretch of sandy track through the dunes. A holidaying couple assured us it was passable, but after several dismounts and Richard totally falling off, we weren't so sure!

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