Dylan is a friend of and an ambassador for Rohan. I first got in touch with him when he built me an excellent – and unusual – set of bicycle wheels as part of his business Yourspokes.co.uk.
He’s a passionate outdoors man and cyclist and has toured widely, though as this article shows not all trips need to be epic to be enjoyable. Based in York Dylan is involved in many things bicycle-related, including reclaiming discarded bikes and getting them back into action for donation to social groups. He is also, he tells me, a trained chef of many years experience and he does his bit in trying to lead as sustainably and responsibly a life as possible. Enjoy this inspiring article about escaping the festive fug and getting back in touch with the natural world over Xmas.
Tim Jasper, Brand Director
Christmas Micro Adventure
Everybody suffers a hectic run up to Christmas trying to get things sorted at work and at home and it was no different for me. Some might sit around and moan about the situation but not me. I know that there are adventures to be had and beautiful places to explore right on anyone’s doorstep.
In other words it was time to have a breather and get away for a couple of days in the wilds of the North York Moors on a Micro Adventure.
So I set about planning a couple of days wild camping and cycling in the hills that lie practically on my doorstep. While most people were competing in the annual Boxing Day sales, I packed some camping gear and food on my trusty touring bike ready to head off in the morning. A quick check of the weather early next day and so I headed out for my Christmas Micro Adventure.
I set off out of York via the excellent cycle paths and then onto the lovely back roads that Yorkshire has to offer towards the small town of Malton, gateway to the moors, stopping on the way to enjoy a packed lunch at historic Castle Howard. From Malton I headed into the hills near Hovingham to find a quiet forest to explore in search of the perfect place to set up camp and enjoy a bonfire for the night. After cooking a stir fry I settled down in front of the bonfire with a good book far from the seasonal madness I had left behind.
The next day the wind had picked up and it had started raining so I had breakfast under my tarp and had a look at the map to pick out a route for the day before packing up and heading out for the second day. I headed across the gusty Moors stopping off for a nice pub lunch in picturesque Ampleforth to warm up. From there I rode another fifteen miles before finding another forest on the way back to York to set up camp and prepare dinner before the light went.
After a peaceful escape away from the chaos back home and the party goers I had a leisurely ride through some of the small villages on the way back to York.
Some might find it strange heading for the hills in the middle of winter let alone the festive pie eating season but I feel it’s good to think a little differently and what better and more relaxing proof that adventures can be found on your doorstep.
I’m based in York and run Yourspokes.co.uk, my custom wheel building company supplying to UK and Europe. As well as being a passionate cyclist, I love outdoor sports such as climbing, kayaking, walking and wild camping. When not fixing bikes or adapting them for disabled use I love to explore the North Yorkshire Moors, Scotland, France, Belgium and Holland through cycle tours and adventures. I have toured Canada and USA by bike. I’m also a trained chef with 10 years experience worldwide. I’m keen on Green and environmental issues and try to live my life sustainably.
I’m excited to be part of Rohan