The northernmost part of England, just before you reach Scotland, is a lovely part of the world. Nice villages, towns and pubs, friendly people and coastline at each side.
The perfect place for a road trip, we’re sure you’d agree. Whitehaven to Tynemouth, you say? Splendid. Doing it by bike, covering the 134-mile distance in two days? Come again?
Yet that was the option chosen by client manager Jo, who not only spent an entire weekend in June pedalling from the Irish Sea to the North Sea – starting with her back wheel in the Irish sea and ending with her front one in the North – but managed to find four friends to cycle alongside her.
The five ladies, with their husbands and sons cheering them on all the way and occasionally pushing their loved ones up the hill, achieved the feat with not a single puncture between them.
One highlight of the trip was learning how to build a clay oven and then cooking delicious stone-baked pizza on it after one of the 12-hour days, and now the ladies are considering their next trip. Strangely, the husbands’ suggestion of biking along the Wirral ale trail hasn’t generated much enthusiasm – can’t think why…?