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Day 5 – Riding the train (Nantwich to Kirby Lonsdale)

In Cycling most of Land's End to John O'Groats | 28 Apr 2023 | cycling

A bit sad that I have failed to cycle Land’s End to John O’Groats but I hope that by taking the train today I give myself the best options to rescue the ride given inflexible accommodation plans.

I felt well enough to have a small breakfast before leaving the hotel. It was only today, on leaving the hotel, that I noticed perhaps the wonkiest bannisters I can recall.

Wonky bannisters

Wonky bannisters

It was a short walk to the train station in Nantwich and there were a set of connections starting with a 9:17am train the did not require advance bicycle reservations. The trains all worked fine and it was fun to go through Manchester Piccadilly, a station I traveled from many times while I was studying at Manchester University.

Bike on the train

Bike seatbelted in on the train from Manchester to Lancaster

It was about 7 miles of quite level terrain from the Wannington railway station to my lovely little accommodation in Kirby Lonsdale. I was sad to find that I felt very weak riding those few miles and then had shivers afterwards, not a good sign.

We’ll see how I feel in the morning, the options I’m considering are: