Tag: travel

Trainspotting is 25 years old!

Trainspotting is 25 years old! And yet, I’ve still never seen it! Here are photos, from when Nick, had us remaking some scenes from the film.

Corrour railway station

Corrour railway station

More photos can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/uk-named-summits/beinn-na-lap-10-06-2019/

Railway stations, I visited for the first time in 2020

Well everyone knows that 2020, may not have been best of years! But before everyone went mad, I still ticked off a good number of new railway stations this year! Sure in 2021, when it’s safe, I will tick off, many, many more!!

The full list of railway stations, I’ve visited so far can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/travel/railways/railway-stations/

Myself at Cardiff Queen Street railway station

  1. Aberdour
  2. Bamford
  3. Barnetby
  4. Barry
  5. Barry Docks
  6. Barry Island
  7. Bickley
  8. Birchgrove
  9. Bolton on Dearne
  10. Boston
  11. Brading
  12. Bristol Parkway
  13. Bromley South
  14. Cardiff Bay
  15. Cardiff Central
  16. Cardiff Queen Street
  17. Carmarthen
  18. Chinley
  19. Cleethorpes
  20. Coleshill Parkway
  21. Conisbrough
  22. Dalgety Bay
  23. Danescourt
  24. Dinas Powys
  25. Dinas Rhondda
  26. Dore & Totley
  27. Dunbar
  28. Edale
  29. Ferryside
  30. Folkestone Central
  31. Folkestone West
  32. Goldthorpe
  33. Grindleford
  34. Habrough
  35. Heath High Level
  36. Heath Low Level
  37. Hope
  38. Kidwelly
  39. Lake
  40. Llandaf
  41. Llanelli
  42. Llwynypia
  43. London Victoria
  44. Merthyr Tydfil
  45. Merthyr Vale
  46. Mexborough
  47. Newport
  48. Orpington
  49. Pembroke
  50. Pembroke Dock
  51. Penally
  52. Petts Wood
  53. Pontypridd
  54. Porth
  55. Portsmouth & Southsea
  56. Portsmouth Harbour
  57. Radyr
  58. Ramsgate
  59. Rotherham Central
  60. Ryde Esplanade
  61. Ryde Pier Head
  62. Ryde St John’s Road
  63. Sandown
  64. Scunthorpe
  65. Sevenoaks
  66. Shanklin
  67. Swansea
  68. Swinton
  69. Taffs Well
  70. Tenby
  71. Thurnscoe
  72. Ton Pentre
  73. Tonypandy
  74. Trehafod
  75. Treherbert
  76. Treorchy
  77. Ty Glas
  78. Ynyswen
  79. Ystrad Rhondda

Finished the End to End cycle 11 years ago!

Would you believe it?!?!? It was a whole 11 years ago today, that I finished doing the End to End cycle. A cycle covering 990.30 miles, which of course took me from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

Even after 11 years, would still rate it has one of the best things, that I’ve ever done! Really hope, that one day, I get to it again!

Here are, just some of my favourite photos from the cycle.

Mike and myself at John O'Groats

Just after leaving the village of Glencoe on the fifth day of the End to End cycle
Clifton suspension bridge
Celebrating at Land’s End

You can check out the route, I took below:-

Cycling from York to the Tan Hill Inn, update!

You may all remember that on 26th July 2020, did a blog post about hoping to cycle from York to the Tan Hill Inn, which is the highest pub in Great Britain at 1732ft above sea level…. Well about 90% sure, it’s going to happen!

Like OMG, it will have around 1,355 metres of total ascent in around 70 miles! it will be hard, hard going… But I can’t wait!!

This will be my biggest cycling adventure since, doing the End to End cycle, way back in 2009! But BRING IT ON!!

Think it will be happening in the next two weeks! Will post more, when I know for sure!

Anyone up for cycling from York to the Tan Hill Inn?

After my last very big cycle adventure, which was cycling all the way from John O’ Groats to Land’s End, covering a distance of 990.30 miles over 16 days. Which was way, way back in 2009. Really think I’m long overdue another adventure.

Right now, my plain is to get a train up to York, then cycle from York to the Tan Hill Inn, which is the highest pub in Great Britain at 1732ft above sea level. A distance of around 70 miles, with an Elevation Gain of 4,509ft.

Then stay the night at the Tan Hill Inn! Then the following morning cycle to Settle, a distance of around 36 miles, with an Elevation Gain of 3,045ft. Where I could get the train back to Grantham.

That makes it sound very, very easy! Which of course, I know it will not be!

So what do you think of this idea? Please do let me know!

InterCity 125 passes Elton and Orston railway station

Today Mark T and myself went to Elton and Orston railway station, which is the least used station in Nottinghamshire. To watch the one of the Summer Saturday HST specials to Skegness.

Mark T and myself at Elton and Orston railway station
InterCity 125 passing Elton and Orston railway station
InterCity 125 passing Elton and Orston railway station

Climbed Ben Nevis three years ago!

WOW! Where has the time gone? Three years ago today, Nick and myself climbed Ben Nevis, which is of course, the highest mountain in the British Isles! Standing at 1,345 metres above sea level. Still can’t believe that we both did it!!

Check out the route we took at www.strava.com/activities/1088565730

Here are some photos + vlog, from a truly amazing day!

More photos from this set can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/uk-named-summits/ben-nevis-17-07-2017/.

Really need a day out to Hunstanton again!

Long, long overdue to a day out to Hunstanton! Always have so much fun when I go! Here’s a look back to times, I went with Hobbz and Tyler (2010) and myself Nick and Myself (2015 & 2018).

Hunstanton with Hobbz and Tyler in 2010:-

Full set can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/days-out/20-07-2010/

Nick and Myself in 2015:-

Full set can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/days-out/06-07-2015/

Nick and Myself in 2018:-

Full set can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/days-out/06-07-2015/

Walked so many canals

I’ve walked so many canals in England over the last number of years! So far done the Erewash Canal, Grand Union Canal (main line), Grantham Canal, Northampton Arm (Grand Union Canal), Nottingham & Beeston Canal, Paddington Arm (Grand Union Canal) and Regent’s Canal.

Think so far, the Grand Union Canal (main line) has been my favourite! Mainly because, I can say I’ve walked the whole way from London to Birmingham.

Now in the process of walking the Kennet and Avon Canal and Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal).

The map below, shows all the canals and other walks, I’ve done since 6th October 2016. When I got my Garmin Vivoactive HR GPS smart watch.

Want to make a map like this? Then check out www.veloviewer.com.

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