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.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Harris - a very hilly place, and a right royal welcome

We arrived at Tarbert yesterday afternoon, to be met by Terry & Jean, friends of Richard's sister; a heavy rain shower; and Richard Barrett, whose B&B we were to stay at.

About four miles out of town we hit the first big hill, which went on for miles. Just before we reached the snow-line we turned right towards the village of Marig and dropped right back down to sea-level again in exactly one mile.

We had arrived at Lochedge, a stunning property, bristling with eco-technology - heated by a ground source heat pump, solar panels and so on. As well as running the B&B with wife Cindy, Richard has written books for Cicerone Guides, including 'Walking on Lewis & Harris' and 'Cycling the Hebrides' (now there's a catchy title - why didn't I think of that?)

To help with our costs Cindy and Richard had kindly given us a very special rate, fed us well and even thrown in a malt whisky and some pleasant conversation at the end of the evening.

It's not the cheapest B&B by a long way, but if ever you fancy spoiling yourself, Lochedge is the place!

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