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Six Cycle Friendly Cities of Europe

Six Cycle Friendly Cities of Europe

On Yer Bike; On two Wheels Cycling is a popular, affordable and environmentally friendly way to see a city. In many European cities, it is positively encouraged. City planners are realising the benefits of cycling as a mode of transport and are providing cycle-paths, plenty of parking for bicycles, automated bike hire facilities, smartphone apps and bike-friendly public transport. Not all cities are equal in their provision of cycle-friendly facilities. Many provide facilities aimed solely at the commuter and not the visitor. I have picked out several of Europe’s cities that are best explored on two wheels. Each of the six have excellent facilities and infrastructure specifically aimed at the cyclist. Copenhagen The Danish capital has been at the forefront of making a city cycle-friendly. They have been so successful at it that the word, “Copenhagenization”, defined as urban planning…

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Sicily Unpacked: Active in San Vito

Sicily Unpacked: Active in San Vito

Under the waves lapping on the rocks in the sheltered cove of Sicily’s north-western tip it was a completely different world to that above the waves. Seaweed in all its myriad forms covered the rocks. Flashes of silver revealed where tiny fish were feeding. On many of these submarine rocks clusters of black spiny spheres of sea urchins lay in wait for their prey. A thousand flashes of light reflected off a shoal of fish twisting and turning pretending they were larger as one than they were as individuals put in an appearance. A brightly coloured rainbow wrasse as colourful as any tropical fish was feeding on algae from the rocks. Even a lone harmless jelly fish put in an appearance… Snorkelling is not the only activity around San Vito lo Capo, a small town on the peninsula in the…

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Activity breaks to keep you fit

Activity breaks to keep you fit

It is about the middle of January that the New Year’s resolutions made are first broken then forgotten. Most common among the broken resolutions are those involving keeping fit, being more healthy or exercising more. Mid-January is also the time of year when we begin thinking about the where and what of our travel plans. Perhaps, for the reasons above, you are looking to be a little more active on your holiday. Alternatively you might be an active person looking for something a little different in an activity break. I have researched and discovered a few activity breaks that appealed to me and thought you might like to share them with me. Some are to far flung and unusual places and others are gentler and easier to get to. For those who hesitate to take an activity break fearing it…

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Dartmoor: Top 10 things to do

Dartmoor: Top 10 things to do

Dartmoor National Park occupies a large portion of Devon just to the north of Plymouth. It has recently earned fame as the setting for War Horse and was the setting for Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles. The granite massif that rises up from the Devon lowlands is, for the most part, a bleak and desolate moorland; a unique landscape in Britain. It was for this reason that, during Napoleonic times Dartmoor prison was built there. There are plenty of things to do on Dartmoor and, what I like to call Greater Dartmoor. Here then are my Top Ten in no particular order. How many are in your top ten? 1. Cycle Drake’s Trail Drakes Trail is a hiking and cycling route from Plymouth to Tavistock passing by Sir Francis Drake’s birth place and Buckland Abbey which he owned in later…

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Cycling down the Danube (2)

Cycling down the Danube (2)

Further down the Danube I ended the post Cycling down the Danube (1) with the prospect of a 3km hill climb to my hotel at the end of a day of being lashed by wind and rain almost constantly. The rain had stopped, the wind had dropped to breeze strength as I arrived at the junction where the road to Maria Taferl left the Danube’s riverside road. I stopped and retreived the map and route instructions from the waterproof pannier. It was a forlorn hope, but I was looking for an alternative. It was then I noticed a note under the days instructions which read “Stop for a coffee and cake at Cafe Braun in Marbach and ask the waitress to call Hotel Krone-Kaiserhof. By the time you have finished your coffee and cake the hotel will have sent transport for…

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Cycling down the Danube (1)

Cycling down the Danube (1)

Down the Danube As a recreational cyclist the idea of cycling in Austria, a country with wall-to-wall mountains, was distinctly unappealing. Austria, I thought, was not a cycle friendly country. However, I soon discovered that where there are mountains there are river valleys and most of Austria’s cycle paths follow rivers. Austria’s number one cycle track is the Donauradweg or Danube Cycle Path which follows the Danube from Passau on the German border to Bratislava on the Austria/Slovak border passing through Vienna on its way. Budget airlines make getting to and from the start and finish easy because they tend to fly to lesser known airports. Salzburg and Munich are within easy reach of Passau; Linz is right on the Danube and makes an excellent start. At the other end of Austria there are flights from Vienna or in Slovakia…

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Activity holidays to get you moving

Activity holidays to get you moving

A report published in the Lancet suggests that as many deaths are caused by inactivity as by smoking (see BBC report). Not enough people are exercising apparently. So here are a few ideas for activity holidays to get you moving that I have tried. Cycling along the Danube Cycling along any river is relatively easy if you go with the flow because rivers flow downhill. Pick one of the great rivers of Europe to cycle beside and because they were once the great trade routes you will pass plenty of history, several cities and loads of great scenery. I chose a 300km section of the Danube to Vienna. I cycled each section and had my luggage transported ahead to my next hotel for me. All of this was arranged by ??? Who also offer other cycle routes along other European…

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