Richard Dugdale


Richard Dugdale

I am a retired engineer, born in 1945, who loves cycle touring. I have ridden Lands End John O Groats, C2C, the Three Towers (Blackpool - London -Paris Blackpool), European section of North Sea Cycle Route (Rotterdam to Bergen, 3,500 km), several sportives and trips to Spain and the Alps, Slovenia, Albania, Macedonia, Turkey, Japan, Kerala and Tamil Nadu (India), Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Australia, including Tasmania and New Zealand. Kyushu Japan, USA, Republic of Ireland and Sicily. I ride several sportives each year and ride one day every week with some retired riders and usually lead a group of the Clitheroe Bike Club each Saturday to keep my fitness up to an acceptable level.
In 2010 I became a CTC Holidays and Tours Manager and lead a family camping week in the Cotswolds.
2011 saw me lead a CTC tour of the Lakes and Dales, moving on each day with panniers and a family camping week in the Ribble Valley in August.
2012 saw a tour of the Western Isles of Scotland and a CTC tour to Yunnan Province in China in October. In 20I3 I ran a tour to Slovenia and have toured in Hokkaido, Japan. In 2014 I did another CTC tour of Lakes and Dales and a tour to Yellowstone Park in America in September. 2015 started off with a tour in Tasmania, Kyushu, Japan. In 2016 I lead a tour on the Gt Ocean Road, Australia and Honshu Japan, followed by Shikoku Japan and the Republic of Ireland in 2017. 2018 started with a tour of Cambodia, Albania in May and doing Oregon, USA, in September. Cuba In January 2019, followed by two tours in Hokkaido Japan again in June. August a two week cycle tour of Shetland and Orkney. In February 2020 I lead a second tour of the Great Ocean Road, Australia.

Europe July 3rd 2021

Day 6. Friday 2 July 41 miles 11.8 Ave. 690m ascent. The last day or our riding with a little drama to add to our memories of a typical Dugdale tour. First of all we went for breakfast at 8am only to find we should have previously booked a table and the next sitting was 9.30. After some irritable discussions we arranged for our money back and sped off along the cycleway through Lancaster to Glasson Dock where we had bacon/ egg buns and hot drinks ( eventually) out in the sun which had just arrived. I think we created chaos by arriving so early with such a big order. The kind cafe owner (Lantern O Lune) kindly let us use his toilet, even though we didn’t buy from him as he opened later. This was ... read more
Lancaster cycleway
Glasson Dock cafe
Forton bypass.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Lancashire » Lancaster July 1st 2021

Day 5 50 miles. 11.8 mph. 430 ascent. What great weather we are having. A little cloudy as we cycled out of Grange over Sands and across Mythop Bottoms to Gilpin Bridge but the sun came out and the temperatures soared you the high 20’s as we approached Milnthorpe and the Kent estuary in Arnside. Luckily we managed to get a photo of the train going across the bridge over the estuary to Grange with a reflection in the water. No cafes were found but we did find a bakery for a brew and biscuit before heading off up the hill and around the bay to Silverdale. On the way to. Carnforth we encountered large beds and marshlands, called Quicksands Pool which will be full of wildlife, and missed the town by following the Shore Road. ... read more
My washing line.
Arnside railway.
Quicksands Pool.

Europe » United Kingdom June 30th 2021

Day4 49 miles. 10.7mph Ave 1230m ascent. Another bright day in Kendal and a short ride to Weatherspoons for breakfast. Not sure if it was a good idea as we were the first in at 8am but ther had already run out of bread and had only one portion of porridge, come on Mr Martin get it together. A stop at Wheelbase in Staveley was followed by a brew at the cafe nearby before taking the cycleway alongside the A591 road into Windermere. The most amazing road was the next one to Black Moss which winds its way up the hill with several gates and has grass in the centre. A fast descent to the ferry to be carried across Coniston Lake ready to tackle the climbs through Cunsey Wood and on up to Grizedale for ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom June 29th 2021

More photos after the fish and chips and stroll around Kendal. ... read more
Moorcock Inn
Derelict barn

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Kendal June 29th 2021

53 Miles. 12.7 MPH. 880 ascent The Mango Tree Indian Restaurant last night can be recommended. A great stay at the Jolly Farmer with a very luxurious breakfast before heading south along Mallerstang. First stop was the 13th century Pendragon ruined Castle before heading along to Sedbergh for a brew. Unfortunately the cafes were closed so we had to do a takeaway and sit in the street. Some narrow lanes to Kirkby Lonsdale in brilliant sunshine until we came across a Road Closed sign, which we usual. Why are cyclists like this? Eventually we came across a big gap In the road where a new culvert was being installed with no chance of passing. A detour through the field across a wooden bridge got us safely past and confirmed my reputation for taking people off ... read more
Above Sedbergh

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Hawes June 28th 2021

47 miles. 10.,6 mph 1250m. Ascent. Good meal in the Hostel last night until I suffered cramp at the table and nearly cleared the table of occupants in my reaction. Ten minutes standing on one leg and a bit of violent massage did the trick, although I had minor recurrences all evening. A walk around Hawes was pleasant before an early bed at 9,30pm. Cramp appeared briefly at mid afternoon at Tan Hill after a half of Guinness when I had to hop on one leg to my bike to the consternation of the gathered throng of drinkers in the outside garden. The ride along the valley through Askrig was very pleasant with the sun breaking through. The climb out of Askrig was not quite as nice giving a shock to my legs. Castle Bolton was ... read more
Waterfall in Hawes
Hawes Hostel
Castle Bolton

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Hawes June 27th 2021

Lakes and Dales 2021. Day 1 27 June 51 miles. 10.4 MPH Ave. 1330 ascent Well! Here we are again on our first adventure this year following the horrendous world wide bout of COVID 19 coronovirus which has brought the world to its knees. The UK has been under restrictions since March 2020 with limits on mixing and travel both within the UK and abroad. Restrictions still apply but we can go to hotels if we don’t mix too much and mask wearing obligatory inside communal areas, so off we go. Several cyclists arrived in Clitheroe yesterday and went out for a meal together at Holmes Mill joining the throng of people finally released from purgatory. Luckily the weather forecast for the week is good, with no rain and temperatures up to 20 degrees C. Whilst ... read more
Bike repairs.

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne February 24th 2020

GOR. Day 20. Warburton Our last day of this tour. A 1 hr train journey to Lilydale to ride the old railway line trail to Warburton and back. A cloudy start but warm and what we would want for the finale. The trains in Australia are good for cyclists since bikes are no problem at. All 12 of us got on the same train to Lilydale whereas in the UK you are lucky to get 2 bikes on. The MYKI card system is also good in Victoria where you buy a card and load it with cash and travel anywhere, paying a maximum of approx $6.50 per day (£3.50). The trail was a bit lumpy all the way with a stiff climb to Mt Evelyn at 7km on a mixture of gravel, concrete and tarmac. Lunch ... read more
Egret .

Oceania » Australia » Victoria February 23rd 2020

GOR Day 19 Melbourne Day off today in Melbourne city. The second time up the Eureka Tower and just as good as the first time with brilliant views on a cloudless day of all the surrounding buildings, river Yarra and the coast. A cruise ship was in the harbour along with the Spirit of Tasmania ready for its evening departure to one of my favourite places. Next was a visit to the Botanical Gardens but were waylaid by the amazing building that is the Shrine of Remembrance. It is like a labrynth inside with excellent exhibits of all the conflicts involving the Australian forces. I would recommend a visit to this by anyone. The Botanical Gardens are also a must see with the extensive variety of plants and trees including the inevitable bird life. We saw ... read more
Princes Bridge

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne February 22nd 2020

GOR Day 18 Parkdale Cool start again but getting to like the no rain forecasts. The food served by Phil Bock and his lovely wife Yuko at the French Island Eco Lodge is first class and enough for cyclists who normally take some filling. The wine is good too and not extortionate. A koala was grunting up a tree outside our cabin at 7am, which was a nice surprise to start our day. Ferry crossing at 9am on a smooth ocean to Stony Point to resume our journey north to Melbourne. Son Paul met us on his bike at the terminal since his wife Kat brought him in the car. Great ride to Hastings along a lovely boardwalk through the mangroves and dunes under a clear blue sky and warm sun. Coffee in Hastings at the ... read more
Today’s Koala .
Hastings coffee break.
Westernport Bay Trail.

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