Follow my 3,500 mile coastal lighthouse cycling adventure in aid of Shift MS

Bike 33“On Monday May 4th, 2015, I will set off on my bike on an expedition to visit and write about every onshore and offshore lighthouse in England and Wales. I will visit the islands, including the Isle of Wight, the Scilly Isles, Lundy and the Channel Islands. And I will be begging for ferry crossings and fishing fleets to reach the rock lighthouses too!

I have multiple sclerosis, and I will be raising money for a brilliant MS charity and support network called Shift MS. Read on to find out more …”

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My position was tracked for virtually the whole journey!

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 at 12:15am
Delighted to be spending the day with the new super slim Allan Smith in Abingdon! thebeaconbike photo
Monday, November 13th, 2017 at 5:13am
Overjoyed to hear @GraemeGarden1 on @ISIHAClue. You have been much missed! - It started with a Quiche - Classic! Less keen on Jan Raven's Dead Ringers routines forced into the format.
Sunday, August 20th, 2017 at 10:48pm
Thank you @Barney_Harwood for the brilliant, natural and slightly mischievous six years on Blue Peter. Huge shoes to fill. All the best x
Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at 3:31am
My @alklighthouse friends will be very envious of a brilliant late birthday present from Sophie and Nick. Red flash every 6 seconds!
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4 days to go!

With just four days to go, here's an update on what stage I am at, and what I still have to get done between now and Monday!

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Is this a sensible kit list?

In case you are in any doubt, I am not a seasoned cyclist. Far from it. Twenty years ago I used to commute from Whitechapel to Shepherds Bush, which kept me fit, and off the tube. But I haven't cycled on a regular basis since. I have been giving a lot of thought to...

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Big thanks to a lighthouse family!

Last week I was contacted by Peter Smith, whose childhood was spent at Lynmouth Foreland and Hartland Point lighthouses in Devon, and whose family spans four generations of lighthouse keepers. Peter had seen my video, and wanted to help. Peter has given talks about...

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How many lighthouses are there?

You wouldn’t think it would be hard to count lighthouses would you?  Now that I am at the planning stage, I have been mapping out the lighthouse stopping points in an attempt to estimate how long I will need to complete my journey. What I hadn’t anticipated is how...

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