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Autumn 2023

Matt Cook’s Cycle Trip

Friday 8th October – (Day 39) –

After 19 days in Scotland we are finally back in England today and feel as if we are on the homeward leg. Matt cycled 77.9 miles with 1137m climbing today. Left North Berwick and cycled to Dunbar then to Eyemouth through Berwick upon Tweed down to Fenwick and Belford and across to Bamburgh where he met up with Steve and I and we took George for a walk along the beach. It was lovely and sunny and 21 degs with lots of people out walking. He then carried on through Seahouses to Beadnell and Embleton to Proctors Stead Caravan Park at Dunstan nr Craster. Had a lovely meal at the pub The Cottage Inn in Dunstan tonight.

Jane Cook

This account of Matt’s epic cycle ride is being serialised, and the journey will continue in the next magazine with lots more glorious photos of the UK coastline.

Saturday 9th October – (Day 40) –

110.4 miles, 1780m climbing. Dry, sunny and warm to start but cloudy later. Left Dunstan and cycled to Longhoughton, Hipsburn, Amble, Widdrington then Widdrington Station and on to Morpeth. Then cycled to Newcastle across the Tyne Bridge and past St James' Park and on to Nevilles Cross, Ferryhill, Bradbury, Elton, Yarm, Battersby, Castleton, Stonegate and on to Folly Hall Farm, Tranmire situated on the Yorkshire moors 10 miles from Whitby. Lovely farm with only us here until late evening when 2 more vans arrived.

Steve and I love Northumberland so wish we had longer but we went to Craster and walked some of the way to Dunstanburgh Castle then drove on to Seahouses and had a walk round before driving to Tranmire, near Whitby.

Sunday 10th October – (Day 41) –

113.1 miles, 1421m climbing, 7hrs 20mins. Cold start this morning but then sunny but with a tail wind. Matt left the campsite at Tranmire and cycled to Whitby, Hawsker, A171 to Suffield, past Scarborough to Osgodbly down to Foketon, Reighton, Burton Agness and then zig zagged his way to Beverley over the Humber Bridge to Stallingborough, through Grimsby to Cleethorpes to the Haven Thorpe Park campsite.

Steve and I drove to Whitby and had a walk around - a lovely place and then on to Scarborough - both places amazingly busy for Oct but it was a sunny Sunday.

Monday 11th October – (Day 42) –

A cold start but turned into a lovely sunny day - what a difference it makes when the weather is nice. It's Steve's birthday today - certainly a different one!!

Matt cycled 107.5 miles with 285m climbing (lowest to date by a long way!). He cycled from Grimsby down to Woodthorp, Sloothby, skirted Skegness, past Wainfleet All Saints and down to Wrangle, Bennington, Austin, down to Fosdyke Bridge round to Chapelgate, Sutton Bridge, King's Lynn, South Wooton and on to Sandringham Estate campsite taking 6hrs 30mins.

Steve and I drove to King's Lynn and walked around the historic old town and down to the waterfront for lunch to celebrate Steve's birthday.