This year seems to have passed in a flash and the fantastic summer weather has given way to a beautiful autumn.
Highlight trips with Saddle Skedaddle this year included a week on one of my favourite islands, Corsica.
Two weeks across France on the classic St Malo to Nice trip.
A north eastern adventure from Newcastle to Edinburgh on the Coast and Castles route.
Towards the end of the season, a trip to new destinations for me: Slovenia and Croatia. It was an awesome contrast of terrain, culture and riding from the Julian alps to the Dalmatian coast. This is a part of the world I’d love to visit again.
The first trip of the season with Saddle Skedaddle and it was a big one! Having previously done St Malo to Nice and Land’s End to John o’ Groats, it was great to take on another iconic end to end journey.
From the first day, the climbing begins.
There’s some huge open landscape views along the way.
There was so little traffic on the route, you sometimes wonder where everyone is!
Over a couple of weeks we had a few drops of rain but the clouds often made a dramatic backdrop to the scenery.
On the highest point of the route, we even rode in to the clouds.
Roads clung to the side of the hills overlooking the ever changing landscape.
One of the great things about the trip is the diverse range of incredible accommodation it visits.
As the trip gets further towards the south, the hills don’t let up. There’s a steep climb to the picturesque town of Zuheros.
Towards El Chorro the mountains get really impressive, the roads taking a sinuous route through them.
During May there are thousands of poppies lining the route, with occasional fields cloaked in bright red.
Ronda was the penultimate town we visited. Sat atop vertical cliffs and strung together with incredible bridges, this is somewhere I would like to return to.
With one last climb to go, the route is beautiful to the end. Watch out for the strong Levante wind descending to Tarifa. There’s a reason windsurfing is so popular here!