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.

Friday, 11 May 2012

The Isle of Rum

Also on the ferry was a party of 25 Scottish Ramblers who were off on a weekend jaunt. The crossing takes about 1h 40m and was a little rough, but the views to Skye, Rum and Eigg were stunning. The clouds had lifted but lots of white horses showed that there was no let-up in the wind.

Once on the island it felt even colder and windier. The ranger introduced himself and asked for some advice on repairing his derailleur gears. We had a quick look around the settlement of Kinloch, with its Victorian 'castle' built by the Bullough family - a huge pile, now accommodating the hostel but mainly requiring lots of TLC.

There is a village hall, shop & Post Office (post collected 1 hour before ferry sailings, ceilidh in the village hall tonight) and a bit of a Bohemian feel, a bit like Easdale.

We cycled uphill, inland away from the village, but found ourselves entering a vast expanse of moorland, redolent of the Bowland Fells between Slaidburn and Wray, so soon returned, talking instead to a resident who was originally from Derby but had lived there for over 20 years.

Our two hours flew by and soon it was time to head back to the ferry...

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