Bolton to Kendal – 75 miles

A lovely send off from Bolton, with Neil Haslam, his cycling buddies and lots of The Cyclopath’s friends joining us for the first part of the cycle. However, it was another incredibly long, tiring and more hilly day in the saddle. Nothing major to report – miles and miles along boneshaking canal paths, testing our balance, some lovely cycle paths through the parks and woodland, miles of winding country roads – wonderfully quiet on a Sunday and a few town based, busier roads but nothing we couldn’t handle!

We are pleased to say that Nigel and Hiro, despite considerable pain, stiffness, cuts and bruises are made of strong stuff and cycled with the group the whole way today.

Today, we reached the half way mark

505 miles cycled, 505 miles to go!

In the absence of any other major news – we are tired, our knees ache, as do our bottoms, shoulders and backs. Nothing we haven’t told you about before, so here are a few messages from The Cyclopaths.

Caroline and Paul

It was great to see the family when we stopped in Cheltenham. Physically so far so good and we are being helped along by the great company, weather and routes. Crossing into Scotland tomorrow will be a big boost. Worst bit: Cobble stones and a full bladder are not a good combination….


Todd and Leanne

We have been amazed with the beauty of the changing landscape, feel very lucky with the weather we’ve had and couldn’t imagine a more friendly and supportive group to undertake this epic journey with.


Marianne and Steve

We have enjoyed the variety of the English countryside especially cycling along the canals and the rolling hills – although cycling up them hasn’t been so much fun! Another highlight has been eating lots of our favourite English food guilt free.


Paula says that she’s loving the cycling so far and is improving on the hills (although has got sore knees!).

Message for Thomas: don’t forget to send Harry into school with his P.E kit!



Loving everything about this adventure … the serene moments, wonderful company, sunshine, hills … not so sure I love my saddle after seven days though!


It has been relentless and arduous but very satisfying. We have seen a range of sights from wonderful countryside to very deprived inner cities. The group has been pacy but quite happy to wait for those of us who struggle on hills.

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Loving the company, the route, the challenge, the sense of satisfaction, the achievement, the support of family and friends and the visit from my sister -in-law, Alison and nephew Robbie this evening.

Not loving, twelve hours in the saddle each day, saddle sores, back pain, knee pain and permanently feeling exhausted!

Message to all my family: Don’t worry – I’ve got this!


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6 thoughts on “Bolton to Kendal – 75 miles”

  1. So pleased you had a better day today. Hope the biscuits survived the heat, but I very much doubt it! 😀 Would’ve been lovely to see you, but just glad you are all doing so well. Long may it continue. Xx


  2. Congrats…Halfway!! You’re all superhero’s. Julia, sorry I didn’t get to cheer you on from Chulmeigh. Hope today’s scenery is stunning & distracts from the aches & pains. Keeeeppppp peddling. xx


  3. Way to go! Hang in there – it’s all downhill from here. Figuratively. Channeling positive thoughts from California.


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