Greg Dickinson

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  • 40,000 miles in 4 years: the man who cycled the world

    40,000 miles in 4 years: the man who cycled the world

    December 12th, 2014Greg Dickinson
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    After setting out from his Wiltshire village in July 2010, Charlie Walker spent four-and-a-half years cycling across three continents. His route took him into the Arctic Circle, through the Himalayas and across the Sahara. Over 40,000 miles later – the equivalent of cycling twice around the world – Charlie recently arrived back in the UK.…

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  • The best of the world’s smallest countries

    The best of the world’s smallest countries

    October 29th, 2014Greg Dickinson
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  • A hectic 24 hours in Istanbul

    A hectic 24 hours in Istanbul

    September 8th, 2014Greg Dickinson
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     From Europe to Asia and back, Greg Dickinson finds a full 24 hours worth of things to do in Istanbul. 8AM: CRUISING BETWEEN TWO CONTINENTS It is 8am and I’m lurking on Kabataş pier with a few friends, blissfully somnambulant having not had my first Turkish coffee of the day yet. A gang of suited commuters…

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  • The Rough Guide to Hitchhiking

    The Rough Guide to Hitchhiking

    September 5th, 2014Greg Dickinson
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    Rough Guides writer Greg Dickinson has hitchhiked in seven countries, flagging down over fifty cars, vans and lorries over a distance of 3000 miles. Here are some of his top tips on how to make the most of a hitchhiking adventure. Hitchhiking is a disastrous mode of transport. It’s reckless, unpredictable, and at times downright…

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  • A voyage to the North Cape, Norway

    A voyage to the North Cape, Norway

    July 14th, 2014Greg Dickinson
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    In a bid to finish a once-failed family trip to the North Cape, Greg Dickinson explores the bleak but beautiful northern coast of Norway. I was just four years old when my family set out in a knackered 1956 Land Rover Discovery to the North Cape of Norway, over 2000 miles away from our Hertfordshire…

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  • How to escape from London on a bike

    How to escape from London on a bike

    May 7th, 2014Greg Dickinson
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    London is a cyclist’s nightmare, so they say. Bus drivers cackle as they deliberately squeeze commuters onto the pavement, pedestrians wander into busy roads with complete disregard for silent pedallers, and what about the smoggy, toxic city air? There’s no doubt that cycling in the heart of London can be a bit of a slog, but there’s still…

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  • The best of London’s breweries

    The best of London’s breweries

    April 28th, 2014Greg Dickinson
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    Until recently I knew relatively little about beer. I assumed that crystal malt had something to do with Breaking Bad. I was blissfully unaware (vegetarians, look away) that fish bladders are used in the beer filtration process at most breweries. And I had absolutely no idea that Gordon Brown had been hailed as the “patron…

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  • The world’s most epic cycle routes

    The world’s most epic cycle routes

    April 15th, 2014Greg Dickinson
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  • Pure indulgence in Perth’s Valley of Taste

    Pure indulgence in Perth’s Valley of Taste

    January 20th, 2014Greg Dickinson
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    With over 150 wineries, breweries, chocolate factories and honey houses, exploring the Valley of Taste is probably one of the most indulgent things to do in Perth. Following a scenic 32km cycling trail, Rough Guides writer Greg Dickinson took on the summer heat to discover Western Australia’s oldest wine-growing region on two wheels. Perth has its fair…

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  • Cycling from London to Paris: the Avenue Verte

    Cycling from London to Paris: the Avenue Verte

    January 6th, 2014Greg Dickinson
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    Launched in 2012, the Avenue Verte is a low-traffic cycle route connecting London and Paris, making the most of southern England’s extensive National Cycle Network and France’s bucolic north. Greg Dickinson took to the saddle and put the route to the test. “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country…

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  • Tracking bears in Transylvania, Romania

    Tracking bears in Transylvania, Romania

    October 23rd, 2013Greg Dickinson
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    Home to over 8,000 brown bears, the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, Romania are one of Europe’s last frontiers. Greg Dickinson joined Romania’s leading wildlife guide in search of a bear. He was now just inches away from me. Sharp, feral fangs. Thick wires of hair covering every inch of his heavy frame. And not to forget the…

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