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Rain, rain and more rain…


This past week the south-west of England has been battered by storm force winds and torrential rain. Trees have been blown down and rivers have flooded. Yesterday (Saturday, 24 November), it rained continuously all day long and most of the night, too. Today, we were promised a bit of a respite, but what has it done today…yes, rained! The day dawned full of promise, clear blue skies and even the sun was shining. Too mucky to consider going out on the bikes, so we decided to go down to the River Stour at Eye Bridge to photograph the flooding from the bridge. We turned into the car park but were brought to an abrupt halt…even the car park was under water! It was impossible to get to the bridge. I settled for taking a photograph of the car park – the depth of the water can be gauged by the top of the litter bin peeping out just above the level of the water to the right of the photo.

Winter 2012 flooding of the car park at Eye Bridge, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, UK

We decided to go back home and try to and cheer ourselves up by thinking ahead of warmer, sunnier times to come, getting the maps out and making some plans for next year’s cycle tour. Where shall we go? We are torn by which direction to take – we are drawn to remoter landscapes and a longing for some wild camping. We have thought of the Outer Hebrides – it is very appealing, but then there’s the weather… and the midges! Currently, trapped in the gloomy depths of autumn/winter, it seems more appealing to head south for guaranteed (one hopes) sunshine and plenty of warm, summery evenings. We love the idea of being able to cycle from our front door without having to use the car and we are very fortunate in that we live close to the port of Poole, which enables us to cycle from home and catch a ferry to France. A trip to the Outer Hebrides would mean a long, long drive up to Oban in Scotland. It is actually cheaper for us to catch a ferry to France than to drive up to Scotland and pay for car parking for three weeks – and it would be more environmentally friendly to leave the car at home! What shall we do? What a dilemma! Any suggestions?

Cicerone guidebook ‘Cycling in the Hebrides’ and map of the Outer Hebrides

Author: Mike McEnnerney Photographer

I've had a passion for photography for as long as I can remember and have been running my own photographic business for many years. This also carries over into my personal interests: I love the great outdoors and enjoy nothing better than to be outside taking photos and combining this with my hobbies of cycle touring, camping, backpacking, canoeing and just being out in the wilds, or as the Australians say "beyond the black stump" farther into the outback than the city lights.

6 thoughts on “Rain, rain and more rain…

  1. When in doubt….do both!!
    You then don’t waste loads of time trying to decide – with the very real risk of not doing either.

  2. In a perfect world, that most definitely would be the ideal solution!

  3. Hi Mike
    My suggestion – head South! Its grim up North.
    Option 1 – Ferry to Roscoff, south to Chateaulin, follow the Nantes-Brest canal to Josselin, north to St Malo (taking in the coast to the East – explored by Helen and I earlier in the year).
    Option 2 – Ferry to Santander and then head West into the Picos de Europa and the coast around Gijon.
    If you must come North then you could do worse than a double coast to coast – i.e the C2C (Whitehaven to Sunderland) and Hadrian’s way back (Newcastle to Whitehaven) – or you could do the Reivers route or the Way of the Roses as an alternative to one or both of the above – especially if you have plenty of time.
    On another note – Our June boys tour could well be to France next year – Portsmouth to St Malo on Weds evening then 4 days cycling and home on the Monday – usual camping etc – there is likely to be 4 of us, all decent chaps – you are welcome to join us if you are interested – more details to follow.

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