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Author: Ed Walker

I live in Essex, I'm married & retired, this year (2015) I qualify for a senior persons railcard, senior persons B&Q card & maybe even free prescriptions! In 2013 my health took a bit of a 'nosedive' & as a result I didn't cycle for a long time, however I had the best ever treatment by the NHS for the problems I had & by 2014 once my health was monitored regularly & under control & I gradually got back into cycling. It was probably of benefit as due to my medical condition I was forced to surrender my driving licence after which I came to rely on getting around by bike, bus & train. In summer 2014 I did a short gentle cycle ride in Somerset for 4 days to make sure I was confident at being back on the road again & since then I've re-started my cycle journeys. My health issues came about totally unexpected but when everything was under control I realised they were a bit of a wake up call - this sounds corny - but I looked at life now in a different perspective & realised that its time to get on & do all those things I want to instead of dreaming about them. I enjoy solo long distance cycling & over the last 25 or so years I've done many in England, Scotland & one in the Republic of Ireland. I enjoy my own company & visiting sparsely populated or remote areas appeals to me. Cycling on my own gives me the freedom to go at my own pace, stop when I want & go where I want. I'm not exactly super fit, I ride daily & take other forms of exercise at a gymnasium & walk a lot, I'm happy with my level fitness for my lifestyle. Getting to the start point of journeys usually involves a train ride, that's all part of the trip & sadly I like traveling on trains. I always take my bike with me on the train, much to the annoyance of other train passengers, commuters & rails staff but for me it just adds up to another challenge for the trip!
Tuesday 14th August 2018 East Rainton to Edmundbyers

Tuesday 14th August 2018 East Rainton to Edmundbyers

East Rainton to Edmundbyers following National Cycle Network route NCN7 & the Coast to Coast (C2C) route. After leaving East Rainton head to nearby Houghton le Spring & then head west towards Chester le Street, Beamish & Consett. Beamish open air museum is located at the village of Beamish near the town of Stanley, County Durham. Since it opened in 1972 it’s received several awards for way in which it portrays an example of everyday life in urban & rural…

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STAGE 14 – Monday 13th August 2018, from home to Durham by train

STAGE 14 – Monday 13th August 2018, from home to Durham by train

Another trip – this ones 5 days starting off from the City of Durham & making my way up to Northumberland – Hadrian’s Wall country passing over a section of the North Pennines. On my first night stop over I’ll be staying with family in the small village of East Rainton which is situated between the cities of Durham & Sunderland, but it’s in the county of Tyne & Wear. My journey started from home boarding the 05:10 train to…

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Friday 13th April – Aberdeen to home by train

Friday 13th April – Aberdeen to home by train

I landed at Aberdeen harbour around 07:30hrs after a smooth uneventful crossing, it was dark, grey, raining & generally miserable – most likely a normal day for the city of Aberdeen, also known as the Granite City due to the drab grey buildings. My train home wasn’t due to leave until 14:45hrs, I’d picked this train to allow for any delays on the ferry crossing, so I had a few hours to kill. Luckily breakfast was still available in the…

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