Stories from Summer | 7-9 October 2022

In-person event | Waddow Hall, Clitheroe, Lancashire

The first in-person event for 3.5 years was a chance to get together and share tales of what we’ve been doing over the last few months – and years!


9amContributions from everyone!Welcome and plenary sessionWhat do you know, what do you want to know?
10amRob AinsleyReasons to RideThere’s three types of joke, and there’s three types of cycle tour. A roundup of Rob’s summer touring highlights including Slovakia, Belgium, White Horses, Yorkshire whisky, wild swimming, the world’s first bike ride, and a lot of funny pictures.
11amTristam NeweyA Bicycling Idyll: touring with HG WellsIn 1896 the famous science fiction writer HG Wells wrote a little known novel that indulged in his obsession of a new craze – cycling and cycle touring. Tristam set out to follow in Wells’ wheel tracks, to see whether the ‘Wheels of Chance’ remained ‘a bicycling idyll’ today.
12pm – 1:30pmLunchbreakBrowse maps, take part in informal activities and discussions.
Bring your lunch to eat in the marquee.

Informal session on using your GPS with Graham Ashton.
1:30pmAndrew SykesLe Grand TourHaving abandoned trips to Japan and around the Baltic, Andrew sets off along more familiar territory on a 5,000km circular tour from the Hook of Holland to the Hook of Holland via The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria and Germany along some of Europe’s most iconic cycling routes.
3pmLouise ClinesInterrailing with bikesExploring Europe by train and bike, with a family.
4pmTim McKennaBaltic explorationsHaving spent the summer cycling a lap of the Baltic coastline, Tim will share his stories from the road. He’ll be joined in conversation by Tim Moss, co-organiser of the festival, who spent a month exploring the Baltics with Laura and their (at the time) 9 month old baby.
5pmCaroline BurrowsTurning pedals into poemsCaroline’s one-woman poetry show, which she has toured by bike during August and September 2022, starting in Bristol, travelling via rural locations and cities, over the Peak District and the Pennines, up to Berwick-Upon-Tweed, and a bit beyond.
As heard on Radio 4, BBC Radio Bristol and more.
6pm – 8pmDinner break (bar open from 6pm – 11pm)Meet in the marquee at 6.15pm to discuss dinner plans / order a mass takeaway.
8pmContributions from everyone!Plenary sessionStories from summer


9amKit chatJoin us in the marquee with a brew for some informal discussions about cycle touring kit
10amJo & DebsHow far would you push your bike for cake?Sustaining type 1 fun on an off-road tour in Germany and the Netherlands.
11amAnn WilsonFive Weeks Following the Rhine Cycle RouteA tale of heat and hills and broken toes.
12pmFestival close