The final leg of our ride began in London and took us through Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Irish Republic and Wales – before ending on July 31st in Helston, Cornwall – ShelterBox’s birthplace and International HQ.
Listed below are our stops, arrival dates and estimated/actual cycling distance.
ENGLAND (continues after Denmark)
London – Monday 2nd May: Depart from Greenwich Observatory. Interview with BBC Radio London.
Tunbridge Wells – Monday 2nd (36 miles): Dinner with members of Tunbridge Wells Rotary & Inner Wheel Clubs.
Hastings – Tuesday 3rd (42 miles): Talk to 1st Westfield Scouts.
Canterbury – Wednesday 4th (50 miles plus 12 miles)
FRANCE (by ferry to Calais)
St Omer – Sunday 8th May (50 miles)
Wevelgem – Monday 9th May (55 miles)
Gent – Tuesday 10th (45 miles): Presentation to Gent-Haven Rotary Club.
Antwerp – Wednesday 11th (46 miles): Talk to Antwerpen-Wilrijk-Terbeken Rotary Club
Hasselt – Friday 13th (56 miles): Visit to D1630 – home of ShelterBox BeLux. ShelterBox display in Hasselt marketplace and meeting with members of Hasselt Rotary Club.
Eindhoven – Saturday 15th (52 miles): Meeting with members of Eindhoven-Kempenland Rotary Club. Visit to Rotary District 1550 Conference (Sat).
‘s-Hertogenbosch – Monday 16th (40 miles)
Arnhem – Tuesday 17th (57 miles): Talk to Arnhem Rotary Club (Weds)
Almelo – Thursday 19th (55 miles): Meeting with District Governor (D1560) at Ambt Delden.
Hanekenfahr- Friday 20th May (48 miles)
Furstenau – Saturday 21st (32 miles)
Gross Ringmar, nr Twistenringen – Sunday 22nd (60 miles)
Bothel, nr Rotenburg – Monday 23rd (49 miles)
Luneburg – Tuesday 24th (47 miles)
Ratzeburg – Thursday 26th (53 miles)
Bliesdorf Strand, nr Gromitz – Friday 27th (43 miles)
DENMARK (by ferry to Rodbyhavn)
Guldborg – Saturday 28th May (64 miles)
Karise – Sunday 29th (45 miles)
Karlslunde – Monday 30th (26 miles): Talk to Karlslunde Rotary Club
Copenhagen – Tuesday 31st (27 miles): ShelterBox display at Marriott Hotel, Copenhagen
Jyderup, nr Kalundborg – Wednesday 1st June (52 miles)
Ry – Thursday 2nd (40 miles): Meeting members of Ry Rotary Club and ShelterBox display in town. Interview with East Jutland TV news.
Billund – Friday 3rd (45 miles): Appearance at Billund Friluft festival. Interview with local paper.
Esbjerg – Saturday 4th (44 miles): ShelterBox display at Vestkystlobet event.
ENGLAND (by ferry to Harwich)
Ipswich – Monday 6th (29 miles): Talk to Ipswich Wolsey Rotary Club. Interviews with BBC Radio Suffolk and East Anglia Daily Times.
Southwold – Tuesday 7th (51 miles): Talks to Saint Felix School & 1st Southwold Scout.
Norwich – Wednesday 8th (44 miles): Talks to Rotary Clubs of Norwich Centenary (Weds), Norwich (Thurs) and Norwich Blackfriars (Thurs). Interview with BBC Radio Norfolk.
Dersingham – Friday 10th (49 miles): Interview with Future Radio (Norwich).
Horncastle – Saturday 11th (64 miles): ShelterBox display in town centre organised by Rotary Club and Horncastle Merlin Scouts.
Rawcliffe, nr Goole – Sunday 12th (71 miles)
Malton – Monday 13th (43 miles): Talk to Kirkbymoorside Cubs and Ryedale Explorer Scouts
Bridlington – Tuesday 14th (38 miles): Interview with BBC Radio Humberside. Talk to 1st Bridlington Cubs and Scouts.
Whitby – Wednesday 15th (46 miles): Talk to Whitby Scouts.
Thirsk – Thursday 16th (51 miles): Talk to Thirsk Rotary Club.
Leyburn – Friday 17th (31 miles): Talk to AGM of Richmondshire District Scouts.
Penrith – Saturday 18th (60 miles plus 21 miles): Visits to Langwathby School (Mon) and Penrith Cubs & Scouts (Tues), talks to Rotary Clubs of Penrith (Mon) and Carlisle South (Tues). Interviews with BBC Radio Cumbria and Cumberland & Westmorland Herald
Allendale – Wednesday 22nd (34 miles)
Boulmer, nr Alnwick – Friday 24th (64 miles)
Berwick – Saturday 25th (40 miles)
Dunbar – Sunday 26th (37 miles): Meeting with members of Dunbar Rotary Club (Sun), talk to Dunbar Primary School (Mon)
Kirkliston, nr Edinburgh – Monday 27th (39 miles): Talks to Royal High School and Edinburgh Breakfast and Corstophine Rotary Clubs (Tues).
Abington, nr Biggar – Wednesday 29th (45 miles)
Castle Douglas – Thursday 30th (54 miles): Talk to Castle Douglas Rotary Club
Stranraer – Friday 1st July (58 miles): Talk at Stranraer Rotary Club golf tournament
NORTHERN IRELAND (by ferry to Belfast)
Donaghadee – Saturday 2nd (27 miles): Dinner with members of Donaghadee, North Down and Bangor Rotary Clubs
Newcastle – Sunday 3rd (51 miles)
Rostrevor, nr Newry – Monday 4th (32)
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Dundalk – Tuesday 5th (26 miles): Talk to Rotary Club of Dundalk
Skerries – Wednesday 6th July (44 miles)
Dun Laoghaire, Dublin – Thursday 7th (39 miles + 27 miles): Visits to IH Dublin language school and Dublin Vikings Rotary Club (Fri).
Wicklow – Saturday 9th (29 miles): Meet members of Wicklow Rotary Club
Wexford – Sunday 10th (57 miles): Interview with South East Radio, talk to Wexford Rotary Club (Mon)
WALES (by ferry to Fishguard)
Narberth – Wednesday 13th (43 miles): Talk at Tasker Millwards School, interview with Western Telegraph.
Saundersfoot – Thursday 14th (9 miles): Talk to Saundersfoot Rotary Club
Five Roads, nr Llanelli – Friday 15th (36 miles): Talk to Llanelli Rotary Club
Penclawdd, Gower – Saturday 16th (15 miles)
Cardiff – Tuesday 19th (59 miles): Talk to joint meeting of Cardiff Rotary Clubs (Weds)
Almondsbury, nr Bristol– Thursday 21st (42 miles)
Sutton Benger – Friday 22nd (28 miles)
Frome – Sunday 24th (26 miles)
Wellington, nr Taunton– Monday 25th (56 miles): Talk to Taunton Vale Rotary Club.
Braunton – Tuesday 26th (51 miles): Interview with North Devon Journal
Westward Ho! – Thursday 28th (19 miles)
Bodmin – Friday 29th (58 miles): Interview with BBC Radio Cornwall
St Agnes – Saturday 30th (34 miles)
Helston – Sunday 31st July (17 miles): Finish at ShelterBox HQ. Interviews with Western Morning News and West Briton newspapers.
AND THAT’S THE END!