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The Somerset & Dorset
The Withered Arm
The South Coast
Manchester to the Malverns
Man and Wight
The Severn to the Thames
BR Steam Allocations
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Thank you for visiting my website. I'll start by explaining what it is all about and what you will find while you are here.

There are details of my books here, which look at walking and cycling opportunities around the British Isles, and finding out a bit about the local transport history of the areas on the way. The routes and areas covered mainly use a selection of former railway lines and canals along the way, which can now be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists.

The BR STEAM ALLOCATIONS page gives details of the BR Steam Allocations database I compiled in 2008. Please click on "
BR Steam Allocations" from the menu on the left to find out more details.

Two of the locations we visit on these travels; Broad Street Basin on the Birmingham Canal Main Line at Wolverhampton, and the Shillingstone Station Project in Dorset.

Not many travel guides take you to those parts of deepest darkest Dorset, and even less take you through the centre of Wolverhampton...

The books are likely to appeal to:

*      People new to cycling or walking, looking for ideas on where to start their rambling or pedalling, perhaps quite close to their own front door or as part of a UK-based holiday.

*      Experienced walkers and cyclists looking for somewhere different to go, sometimes well off the beaten track or through areas that many guide books don’t cover.

*     People who are perhaps casually interested in our railway and canal infrastructure and history, but have not yet taken the plunge into the subjects in any great detail, and are looking for an “appetiser” to get started.

*     Railway enthusiasts wondering "whatever happened to" a particular line.

*     Anybody with at least a passing interest in walking, cycling, old railways, canals, and an outdoor lifestyle!

Please click one of the links on the left to take you to the pages that interest you, or alternatively, just keep on reading to see what is here!

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All books retail at £15.95 each with free postage and packing when purchased through the website.

Trade enquiries are always welcome.

Please click on the images below to find out further details of that book.


The latest book, published in November 2015, looking at walking and cycling opportunities between the Severn Estuary and central London.

This book takes you from the old Severn Bridge at Aust, via Severn Beach and Avonmouth and the Avon cycle track into Bristol, then picks up the Bristol & Bath cycle track to take you on to that fair city.

It then follows the Kennet & Avon canal to take you as far as Reading, with an alternative route also described between Semington and Hungerford, going via the Chippenham & Calne cycle track, the Marlborough Downs and Ramsbury.

Beyond Reading the route goes on-road and heads heads for Maidenhead and Slough, carrying on along the Grand Union Canal to Brentford and then the Thames towpath into central London. An alternative route via the Regent's Canal is also described between Bulls Bridge (Hayes, Middlesex) and Limehouse Basin, East London


The railways and the former railway of the Isle of Man and the Isle of Wight

This book was released on 6th March 2015 and looks at the railways that still exist of both the Isle of Man and the Isle of Wight, and also the uses to which the closed lines have now been put.

Please click on the image opposite to find out more
                   Cycling the Somerset & Dorset Railway                                Cycling the South Coast
                    Cycling the Withered Arm
                  Cycling Manchester to the Malverns

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You will also find the arcane here .....

If you already know what this means you're probably looking for, or might be interested in,
the BR Steam Allocations page on this website

The BR STEAM ALLOCATIONS database was created in 2008 and contains details of all British Railways steam locomotives that were in active service in April 1960, at the end of the BR steam locomotive building programme and the last one, 9F 2-10-0 no. 92220 "Evening Star" entered service.

The database then plots the demise of steam traction up until the final end of BR steam locomotives in August 1968.

The database is available for the whole of the UK or in geographical areas.

You will also find more information on the
BR Steam Allocations page on this site

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