Matt

Rides

A child rides their bike up a trail through a tree-lined section of the Elan Valley Trail on a sunny day.

The Elan Valley Trail, set amidst the Cambrian Mountains, had been on our cycling wish list for a while. There can be few family-friendly cycle paths as spectacular.

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The mountain bike I’d hired was in quite a state when I handed it back. And so was I. Storm Brian had taken its toll on the Tennyson Trail and we were both caked in mud.

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Benji the bear peaks out of a rucksack near Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight.

Storm Brian was in full force as our ferry crossed the Solent. This was an inauspicious start to our holiday on the Isle of Wight.

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Specialized Roubaix bike pictured at Gospel Pass in the mountains above Hay-on-Wye.

I’d been looking forward to riding this route, which bisects the Black Mountains on the highest road pass in Wales. And – despite three punctures and some ill-advised fish and chips – it didn’t disappoint.

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Bikes and trailer lean on a bench during a pub stop on the return from Gloucester Docks.

The bridge lifted to allow a narrowboat to pass underneath. If you're three years old this sort of thing is indescribably exciting.

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