Just a few images and words as we slowly pedal our way around the coast of Britain

Its a little place to look back on the rides we’ve done and hopefully inspire others to join us in the future, wether that’s on a bike, by supporting A Bit of a Break or both. EVERYONE is most welcome. Send us an email if you would like to keep up to date.

Six Estuaries

Sittingbourne to Colchester Date: 4th – 6th July 2022 Distance 123 Miles Ascent 3850ft Lighthouses None Riders Jane & Me Its often tricky to name the rides. This section also covers the Medway, Roach, Crouch, Blackwater and Colne Estuaries but its is the Thames that is most poignant, a great river that feels forgotten after […]

East Sussex & Kent South

Brighton to Dover Date: 4th – 6th July 2022 Distance 123 Miles Ascent 3850ft Lighthouses None Riders Jane & Me I love Trains. We shut the front door and made our way to Ben Ryhdding Station. Into Leeds and off to London. Lunch in Borough Market then on to Brighton. The sun was shining the […]

Snowdonia, North & South

Conwy to Pontlyfni & Llanystumdwy to Phenrhyndeudreath DATE: 19th – 20th April 2022 DISTANCE: 105 Miles ASCENT: 6375ft LIGHTHOUSES: None RIDERS: Jane & Me “Lets do a 2 day circular tour, then we don’t need to use trains, then we can get a big crew together”. things got in the way of the plan and […]

Solway North

Carlisle to Dumfries Date: 19th March 2022 Distance 49 Miles Ascent 1350ft Lighthouses None Riders Jane & Me Carlisle is a friendly place. Lots of people doing that eye contact thing, wishing us a good morning, a group of kids waved us on our way sat on their garden wall and a man fixing his garden […]

Tyne & Wear

Middlesborough to South Shields Date: 15th January 2022 Distance 54 Miles Ascent 1725ft Lighthouses Pilot Pier, Heugh, Seaton, Roker Pier, Seaham, Souter, South Tyne Pier, Herd Groyne. Riders Rob, Lindsey, Tim, Bryan, Jane & Me We lifted ice covered bikes off the roof of our cars at 9am saturday morning in a foggy, rough industrial […]

Forth Estuary

Newhaven to Grangemouth Date: 31st October 2021 Distance 30 Miles Ascent 825ft Lighthouses Granton Riders Jane & Me Trains to Glasgow were full so we headed up to Edinburgh with our trusty fold up bikes to ride between the two cities. The capital is on a hill so its a joyous fizz along a brilliant […]

South Gare

Saltburn to Middlesborough Date: 31st October 2021 Distance 49 Miles Ascent 1075ft Lighthouses South Gare Riders Rob, Paul, Anna, Jane & Me Guisborough Forest looks like a right place to go for a ride. We will return. Our ride took us away from the trails and out to Saltburn via beautiful leafy victorian housing and […]

Bridlington Bay

Hull to Bempton Date: 11th sept 2021 Distance 49 Miles Ascent 1075ft Lighthouses Chalk Tower, Flamborough Head Riders Jane & Me Hull station was full of people in their finery. We were heading out, everyone else heading off to the Doncaster races. Sam fixed his puncture on the disused railway line to Heddon by stabbing […]

Kent East & North

Dover to Sittingbourne Date: 21st & 23rd July 2021 Distance 74 Miles Ascent 2050ft Lighthouses South Foreland, Ramsgate, North Foreland & Margate Riders Jack, Jane & Me Most of us will have driven on to the ferry to cross the channel dreaming of sunshine. Dover seafront is a fine place. Clear calm seas, beautiful natural […]

Duddon Moss

Foxfield to Kirkby in Furness Date: 15th July 2021 Distance 6 Miles Ascent 100ft Lighthouses None Riders Jane & Me Just a little ride and a cheeky pint in the evening sunshine to join up the Furness and Millom rides.

West Cumbria

Ravenglass to Carlisle Date: 4-5th July 2021 Distance 104 Miles Ascent 2850ft Lighthouses St Bees, Whitehaven, Maryport, Cote & Lees Scar Riders Jane & Me It seems a bit wrong getting up at 6am on a Sunday driving up to the Lakes only to drive out the other side! Parking up at Maryport we made […]

Furness Peninsula

Ulverston to Kirkby in Furness Date: 9th May 2021 Distance 52 Miles Ascent 2300ft Lighthouses Walney Riders Will, Ruth, Anna, Ollie, Kate, Dan, Mel, Juliet, Jane & Me Ok so Walney Island isn’t mainland. I KNOW!…but you can walk over to it at low tide, so in my world it counts! Its good being able […]

North York Moors

Saltburn to Whitby Date: 10th August 2020 Distance 55 Miles Ascent 4675ft Lighthouses Whitby North Pier & Whitby South Pier Riders Lindsey, Rob, Jane & Me We cycled up the hill we had just driven down into Castleton in the North York Moors. Its a toughy and I thought it was best to get it […]

Sussex Bay

Bognor Regis to Brighton Date: 4th August 2020 Distance 35 Miles Ascent 275ft Lighthouses Kingston & Littlehampton Riders Jack, Jane & Me We had people to meet in Brighton, so it was an early start. This ride was most definitely pan flat, and for the majority right up against the coast. We hit 12.6mph average […]

The Langstone & Portsmouth Harbours

Warsash to Chichester date: 4th August 2020 distance: 41 miles ascent: 675ft lighthouses: Southsea riders: Jane, Emily, Jack & Me. Date: 4th August 2020 Distance 41 Miles Ascent 675ft Lighthouses Southsea Riders Jane, Emily, Jack & Me Train from Chichester to Swanick, then down hill to the Solent. Through woods and fields before ‘Eating Out […]

The Manhood Peninsula

Chichester to Bognor Regis Date: 3rd August 2020 Distance 36 Miles Ascent 425ft Lighthouses None Riders Jane & Me A little break between lockdowns provided us with an opportunity to go on holiday. The only house left in the country we could afford was in Chichester. Well, it ended being a smashing house, and an […]

Norfolk North Coast

Burnham Overy Staithe to Kings Lynn date: 18th July 2020 distance: 35 miles ascent: 350ft lighthouses: Hunstanton riders: Jane & Me. Date: 18th July 2020 Distance 35 Miles Ascent 350ft Lighthouses Hunstanton Riders Jane & Me Sometimes, if the roads are mad we cut inland to find quiet lanes. We prefer to enjoy the riding […]

Norfolk East Coast

Ingham to Burnham Overy Staithe Date: 17th July 2020 Distance 50 Miles Ascent 1725ft Lighthouses Cromer & Happisburgh Riders Jane & Me After another guilt free big breakfast we headed straight for the coast and on to Happisburgh which is actually pronounced Haze-borough!!! Why oh why? If it was Grimburgh, I could understand. Anyway its […]

Suffolk Coast

Suffolk Coast Date: 16th July 2020 Distance 69 miles Ascent 1500ft Lighthouses Southwold, Winterton, Gorlestone & Lowestoft Riders Jane & Me Jez cooked us up an amazing breakfast to set us on our way, only to be scuppered by a puncture. It was a late start that meant we shot through Aldeburgh without giving it […]

Essex into Sufflok

Clacton on Sea to Aldeburgh date: 15th July 2020 distance: 72 miles ascent: 1700ft lighthouses: Naze Tower, Dovercourt High, Dovercort Low, Harwich High, Harwich Low & Orford Ness riders: Jane & Me. Date: 15th July 2020 Distance 72 Miles Ascent 1700ft Lighthouses Naze Tower, Dovercourt High, Dovercourt Low, Harwich High, Harwich Low & Orford Ness […]

Colne Estuary

Colchester to Clacton on Sea Date: 14th July 2020 Distance 22 miles Ascent 675ft Lighthouses None Riders Jane & Me We escaped for a few days to cycle the Norfolk Coast. A drive down to Kings Lynn and 3 trains later we were peddling frantically out of Colchester to meet a tiny ferry make its […]

North Wash

Boston to Skegness date: 5th July 2020 distance: 35 miles ascent: 350ft lighthouses: None riders: Jane & Me. Date: 5th July 2020 Distance 35 miles Ascent 350ft Lighthouses None Riders Jane & Me It was during this time in the project when Covid started really getting in the way. The joy of riding and exploring […]

Scarborough

Bempton to Whitby Date: 18th July 2020 Distance 61 miles Ascent 13475ft Lighthouses Scarborough & Whitby High Riders Jane & Me Most of the rides are designed as circular routes working with estuaries and peninsulas, or if its a straight coast we use trains to get back to the start, the coastline is remarkably well […]

The Thames

Gravesend to Trinity Buoy Date: 20th April 2019 Distance 29 miles Ascent 650ft Lighthouses Trinity Buoy Riders Jane & Me From the Humber Estuary we headed down to the Thames Estuary. A train from St Pancras took us out to Gravesend and we pedalled back into the capital watching the city build before us. We […]

The Humber

Goole to Hull Date: 27th January 2019 Distance 51 miles Ascent 900ft Lighthouses Trent Falls & Whitgift Riders Graham, Tim, Jane, Me & almost Rachel After a long drive to Goole, Rachel proceeded to get the next train home, dog issues. Nightmare. We had amazing weather and a kind westerly pushing us out to the […]

The Wirral

Ellesmere Port to Neston Date: 27th December 2018 Distance 49 miles Ascent 1275ft Lighthouses Birkenhead, New Brighton, Leasowe, Hoylake High & Ellesmere Port Riders Ant, Juliet, Dan, Helen, Jane, Sam, Rachel, Cathy, John, Rachel, Paddy, Richard, Gemma, Catherine, Chris, Ben, Joe, Dan, Jack, Emily & Me This is the largest ride so far, involving 20 […]

Kent & Leven Estuaries

Arnside to Ulverston date: 1st December 2018 distance: 33 miles ascent: 2075ft lighthouses: None riders: Jane,Mel, Simon & Me Date: 1st December 2018 Distance 33 miles Ascent 2075ft Lighthouses None Riders Simon, Mel, Jane & Me Next up was Grange, this joined up the Arnside ride to Millom, there are very few photos, there were […]

Millom Peninsula

Foxfield to Ravenglass Date: 31st October 2018 Distance 29 miles Ascent 950ft Lighthouses Millom & Hodbarrow Riders Dave, Lizzie, Jane & Me Millom Peninsula is right at the bottom of Cumbria its a mix of forgotten towns and villages and amazing views back towards the Lake District, we rode up to Ravenglass via tracks, roads […]

Ardnamurchan Peninsula

A (sort of) Circular Ride Date: 10th October 2018 Distance 64 miles Ascent 4925ft Lighthouses Ardnamurchan Riders Jane & Me My advice to you is to never trust a path on a Scottish map. The Ardnamurchan Peninsula ride was probably the toughest so far. It included a bike carry up and over a heather clad […]

Spurn Point

Roos to Paull Date: 30th September 2018 Distance 61 miles Ascent 1275ft Lighthouses Withernsea, Spurn, Spurn Low Light, Thorngumbald High Light, Thorngumbald High Light & Paull Riders Rob, Rose, Tim, Kate, Paula, Cindi, Chris, Jane, Steve, Helen, Emily, Rachel, Bryan, Hollie & Me The rides are usually limited to a maximum of 50 miles. We […]

Sunderland Point, Silverdale & Arnside

Lancaster to Arnside Date: 1st September 2018 Distance 35 miles Ascent 1500ft Lighthouses Heysham & Morecambe Riders Hollie, Sue, Jane, Ollie, Juliet, Dan, Kate, Rachel, Bryan, Lindsey & Kate Sunderland Point, which isn’t anywhere near Sunderland is an incredible remote spot south of Lancaster on the far side of the Lune estuary. Its one of […]

Pembrokeshire

Laugharne to Cardigan Date: 11th – 19th August 2018 Distance 198 miles Ascent 15300ft Lighthouses St Annes, St Annes Head, Strumble Head & Fishguard Riders Emily, Jack & Me It wasn’t a great start. I turned around to see Jack sprawled across the road after catching the edge of the tarmac, the bike jack knifed […]

The Fylde Coast

Preston to Lancaster Date: 4th August 2018 Distance 57 miles Ascent 1600ft Lighthouses Fleetwood Beach, Fleetwood Pharos, Plover Scar & Glasson Dock Riders Jane, Rachel W, Brynny, Dan, Kate, Emily, Juliet, Cindi, Ollie, & Me We set off from Preston station making our way down to the Ribble Estuary and the docks. A fine start […]

Coasts & Castles

Newcastle to Edinburgh Date: 29th June – 1st July 2018 Distance 203 Miles Ascent 8850ft Lighthouses North Shields HL1, North Shields HL2, North Sheilds LL Tynemouth Whitley Bay Blyth Ambe Seahouses, Bamburgh, Berwick North Pier, St Abbs, Barns Ness, Newhaven, Leith West Breakwater, Leith East Breakwater Riders Sam, Jane, Simon, Jo, Pete, Jonty, Graham & […]

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