Posts Tagged ‘Fishguard’

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Pembrokeshire

Saturday July 17, 2010

Took a trip home to Pembrokeshire to see my family last month and enjoyed a flight over the county in a small plane – a birthday and Father’s Day present for my dad.

It was the first time I’d really had a decent view of the county from the air, previously I’ve only seen it through the clouds from 35,000 ft on my way to Chicago.

More photos from the flight on Flickr.

Over Fishguard

Tenby From Above

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307 Miles For Charity

Sunday April 18, 2010

At the beginning of 2010 I was keen to make the most of the year ahead and to get out and spend more time on my bikes.  I began to plan a number of rides and challenges, from short local rides to longer more intense ‘journeys’.

One of the major journeys I was planning was to cycle from my home in Rochester, Kent, to my parents’ home in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire – a distance in excess of 300 miles (483km).  Then I began thinking a little more about it…

In the latter half of 2009 my father was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks the upper and lower motor neurones.  I didn’t know much about the disease so thought I’d take a look around.  Then I found the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA), a registered charity, which supports sufferers and families in addition to funding awareness and research programmes.

So, with that in mind, I decided to cycle the 300+ miles and raise money for the MNDA at the same time…

Read the full story of my charity cycle ride, my struggles, the kit I took and review my route via this link.

(Click the link above to view my full Charity Ride report or click below to donate to the cause!)

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Weekend In Fishguard

Sunday June 7, 2009

Lower FishguardI’ve just come back from a few days back in Fishguard, where I grew up.  Went home to see my family and to have a break from work and the hectic life in the south east of England.

Fishguard and the surrounding area is really laid back and the contrast between sleepy Pembrokeshire and the hustle of Kent is quite startling at times.

I went out for a walk with my sister on the Thursday night along the Marine Walk which hugs the top of the cliff between the old harbour at Lower Town (pictured) and the larger harbour at Goodwick.  It was a great evening: warm, sunny and no wind.

Pembrokeshire is a great place to cycle, although for a number of reasons I didn’t have either of my bikes with me this visit.  There’s a lot of great scenery ranging from the coastal views through to  mountains and hills.

Cycling appears to be on the rise back there with more cycle shops opening no doubt fuelled by events such as the Tour of Pembrokeshire (this weekend).  I found a brand new cycle shop in Fishguard called Pembrokeshire Bikes (www.Pembrokeshire-Bikes.com) – their website isn’t live yet but it’s coming soon.

I visited the shop with my sister and we spent quite a while in there looking around and chatting to the owner.  It’s a relatively small specialist shop but it stocks some great bikes from Trek, Cannondale and Colnago – they don’t stock the low-end bikes for kids (like Halfords), this is a true cyclist’s shop.  They also stock classic town bikes and products from Brooks.

I was really impressed with the shop.  If you’re in Fishguard in the near future then you should definately take a look.

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