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, 9 May 2012

You wouldn't visit Kerrera with a Carrera..,

Another bright morning, with a cycle from our North Connel digs to Oban and the Kerrera ferry, where we dumped our panniers once again before taking the little ferry across to the island which seems to protect Oban harbour from the elements.

Our fellow passengers were walkers, keen to circumnavigate the island - a trek of perhaps 6 miles or so. We set off on the same route, encouraged by signs for a tea shop...! There is a road, or rather a gravel track, which goes past a homestead with aviaries full of parrots and macaws, winds up and down (with splendid views) and then arrives at the most delightful.., tea shop!

With a window opening on to a garden full of tables and chairs and the wonderful smell of coffee and fresh scones, who could resist?

We left this pleasant island (after waiting for the ferryman to offload 18 dumpster bins) feeling good and heading for the metropolis of Oban, where we would soon embark for Lismore, island no 14.

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