A number of folk have asked me why this blog has gone quiet…apologies, we moved house and it turns out that BT aren’t capable of re-connecting you within a month (or more)…normal service will resume eventually. I hope.
In the meantime, I’ve been maintaining sanity by playing with a new toy…
The Point of Ayre is the northern tip of the Isle of Man. That is all.
The Calf of Man is an island located just to the south of the Isle of Man.
We didn’t get there.
The ultimate in adventure expeditioning…taking my little girl for a ride along Bournemouth seafront (Sandbanks to Boscombe) and back yesterday, along with a friend and her little one. The gear shifts on our mountain bikes did not get much use….
Fenella is (apparently) a character from a Walter Scott novel based around Peel Castle, on the Isle of Man. The tombolo beach connecting the castle to the island’s mainland is called Fenella Beach, and a wooden carving of Fenella overlooks the beach.
Last pic (of Yours Truly) from Lizzie Garnett…
The End to End Race is a mountain bike race held every year on the isle of Man, with up to a thousand entrants. We tried our own End to End, following a convoluted and indirect route which stayed off-road and followed the high ground as much as possible. We started from the Calf of Man at the southern point, and finished seven hours later at the northern point, the Point of Ayre Lighthouse.
It was a great ride, with great hill and sea views at all points. We covered over forty miles, and climbed over 500 feet. However, we would have finished an hour earlier if it wasn’t for an error on the OS Map; one trail we selected was clearly marked as an ‘all-vehicle byway’. Amusingly, it turned out in reality to be a rather marginal footpath, located in a deep gully following the bed of a steep mountain stream.
Like the heading says…paddling off the west coast of the Isle of Man on a windy day. There were swells in which I was happy to risk using my expensive camera, and swells in which I wasn’t. The latter are obviously not pictured…