Category Archives: Places

Furness Abbey and Sandscale Haws

I had a hankering to revisit Furness Abbey, so off I went. I got off the train at Dalton and cycled the couple of miles to the site. The abbey originally belonged to the reforming Savignac Order but later became … Continue reading

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Woerden to the Hook of Holland

Got lost in Zoetemeer this time (and not for the first time either) but Delft was a breeze. I noticed that my photographs make Dutch brickwork in the sunshine look like needlepoint tapestries.

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Amersfoort to Woerden

On a map, the centre of Woerden is obviously star-shaped. I’m used to seeing the shape at the edge of towns: it’s usually the fortress. Here it’s the whole town that was fortified and bounded by the Singel. It was … Continue reading

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Schwarmstedt to Hannover

The day began with skylarks and cuckoos and ended in the speeding bustle of Hannover.

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Soltau to Schwarmstedt

A much pleasanter day’s ride, even if it was one I’d done before (albeit in the opposite direction). There’s something about a river – even a small one like the Leine – that holds a ride together nicely. It was mildly interesting … Continue reading

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Hermannsburg to Soltau

If I couldn’t “read” Hermannsburg, then Munster was even odder. I discovered yesterday that I was confusing it with the Anabaptists’ Münster. That sorted out, I was then confused by the map: here was a small centre surrounded by lots … Continue reading

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Uelzen to Hermannsburg

A very unexciting ride – just extremes of what I have already experienced: sandy paths that were only just rideable and surfaced cycle paths that stayed too close to roads. The highlight was the best Stachelbeer Baiser Torte of the … Continue reading

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