This year I’ll not be able to get here for the New Year, so all will be quiet until February. So I was pleased to get in a nice little ride on my last day for this week and year: another standard – up the Quint valley, over the col de la Croix to Beaufort, … More Last one for 2016
Today’s rain has been in the forecast all week, and given that October and November are the wettest months here, I’ve been very lucky this week. Even today’s rain has been much less than promised, and allowed me to get out for my regular Quint Valley loop. You’ll be pleased to know, I’m sure, that … More Roaming clouds
After my walking and cycling of the previous day, something not too taxing: a ride down to La Charce, and back via the Roanne Valley. The weather was on the change too, and I didn’t fancy a drenching. So just a fairly routine route, but as you’ll know, one doesn’t need to try hard to … More Just another ride
One of the things that might strike visitors to the area is the amount of dense woodland that remains. Most British areas that were once woodland are now tree-free (or nearly so): for example, Dartmoor, the Lake District, or even the New Forest. It’s one of the things that makes autumn so special here – … More More autumnal colours
A cool start today persuaded me to go for a walk till the air warmed up. Despite it being prime walking country round here, my love of cycling normally takes precedence (and is rather kinder to my getting-older knees). There are two walks up from my house which I’ve done, which follow valley paths for … More A morning walk
You’ll see from today’s photos why I never tire of this place. I had no idea what the day was going to turn out like, and even when I began my afternoon ride west to Blacons I still had no idea. Well, it was worth the effort.
Unless you’re into suffering for your art (or pleasure), the Vercors plateau is somewhere to visit in nice weather – and when it is nice, it’s stunning. I’ve been looking forward to seeing the whole area in its autumnal colours, but the cloudless skies today drew me upwards. I wasn’t disappointed. A 65-mile loop took … More Vercors in November