Veganuary

January is the month of New Year’s resolutions and challenges for the year of 2019.

Veganuary is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions and so Sustrans have complied a list of vegan-friendly restaurants on the National Cycle Network that are a guaranteed amazing meal out.

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Liverpool – National Route 56

Down the Hatch

Down the Hatch is situated right along National Route 56 in Ropewalks in the creative bohemian heart of Liverpool. With an array of vegan and vegetarian options, Down the Hatch can tickle your taste buds any day of the week with mac n cheese, a spicy seitan burger, salad or fries. Just like Nando’s they have an amazing assortment of sauces, so indulge in a vegan sauce to be paired perfectly with whatever you choose from the menu.

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Durham – National Route 14

Jumping Bean

The Jumping Bean is the first ever established vegan restaurant in Durham and unique in itself. The Jumping Bean looks to create plant-based takes on all of your favourite fast foods. This means that when you are craving a vegan hot dog or nachos, you can find these and more at the Jumping Bean.

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Bournemouth – National Route 25

Mad Cucumber Vegan Lounge

Located in the heart of the vibrant and quirky Bournemouth sits the Mad Cucumber Vegan Lounge. It’s a promise that you will never go hungry here with their array of options to suite every craving in the book. In the mood for the breakfast burritos, wraps, chilli or curry, maybe one of the daily specials starring quiche, stew, nut roasts or maybe you just fancy a homemade cake, Mad Cucumber Vegan Lounge has everything.

Southwark – National Route 4

Tibits

Tibits caters to all, if you’re on the go or looking to refuel, why not do this with salads, breakfasts, soups and pressed juices. Every day of the week serves fresh and delicious foods, 80% of which are vegan with the added bonus that Tuesday’s are totally vegan.

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Norwich – The Marriots Way

Namaste India

Namaste India, the family-run authentic Indian restaurant that encompasses all the flavours and foods of India in the dishes served. Whether you fancy a dish from north or the south, Namaste India has it all with mouth-watering masala dosas, spiced curies and side dishes to take you on an adventure of food.

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Llanidloes – National Route 81

The Great Oak Café

With Vegan and veggie dishes fresh every day, organic and fair trade coffee, teas, hot chocolate and vegan shakes this café is one that you can’t skip. They not only cater to your thirst but your taste too with soups, lasagne, curries, pizza and flan and of course, what’s a café without dessert?

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Glasgow – National Route 75

Mono

Mono is not just a Vegan café but a bar located in Glasgow’s Merchant city. Serving fresh and home cooked favourites, coupled with starters and puddings galore, this is the place to go. You’ve got pizzas, burgers, hotdogs, stews and noodle salads to pair with delicious sides.

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Middlesbrough – National Route 65

The Green Room

A Vegan bistro that gives you the perfect combination of home cooked vegan and gluten-free options. Spend your lunchtime or dinner there and sink your teeth into the variety of fresh and tasty mains and desserts.

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Derry – National Route 92

Hidden City Café

If you’re looking for an independent, family-run café that stars organic and local ingredients, then the Hidden City Café in Derry is where you need to go. If you want breakfast, lunch, a healthy snack or something sweet to treat yourself then the Hidden City Café has it all.

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Glastonbury – National Route 3

Excalibur Café

Are you in the mood for a feast? Then look no further, here you can experience Arthur’s feast, a vegan buffet with salads, seasonal vegetables, hot dishes and dressings galore. All you need to do is pay for the size of plate you want and go crazy. If a crazy, fresh and multi-coloured buffet isn’t on your menu for the day then treat yourself to a selection of pressed juices, smoothies and biscuits.

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Inverness – National Route 1

Velocity Café

If the words locally sourced and organic ingredients makes your mouth water than why not try the Velocity café. Scan the menu and fluffy pastries calling your name from the counter, warm up your toes and fingers with soup and fresh bread or give yourself that extra burst of energy with a piece of homemade carrot cake. But before you go, why not stop off at the workshop housing experts who can look over your bike, giving it some much needed TLC.

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Bangor – National Route 5

Voltaire

Voltaire may be the perfect place for you after a long and tiresome cycle. Your legs may be aching and a little unstable but Voltaire’s all-encompassing menu serves as the perfect distraction. Let your eyes float over the words, your mouth watering at the sight of Vegan burgers and fries, curries, pizzas and more. If water just isn’t doing it for you anymore then why don’t you scan over the multi-coloured, fresh mocktails.

Follow along the National Cycle Network tasting Sustrans 12 recommended Vegan restaurants in 2019.

£13 million raised Prudential RideLondon

Ride London

£13 million raised for charity.

This year’s RideLondon event has beaten the 2017 record of £12.75 million and has brought the total money raised for charity in the first six years of the world’s greatest festival of cycling to more than £66 million.

Prudential RideLondon was created by the Mayor of London and agencies in 2013, growing to become the world’s greatest festival of cycling. The event is managed by the London & Surrey Cycling Partnership (LSCP), a partnership between London Marathon Events Limited and SweetSpot Group Limited.

This event sits within the Mayor’s and TfL’s cycling programme.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said:

“I’d like to pay tribute to every cyclist who helped raise this record-breaking amount of money for charity at 2018 Prudential RideLondon. Their efforts will help some fantastic charities make a real difference to people’s lives”.

The first launch of Prudential RideLondon in 2013 saw 16,000 riders raise more than £7 million, with the following years seeing a significant increase in the number of cyclists and the money raised. 2014 saw 20,709 cyclists that broke the £10 million barrier, 2015 saw 25,564 finishers raising more than £12 million and setting a new fundraising record for a cycling event in Europe. 2018, may have been the hardest year yet as riders fought through the strong winds and heavy rain but came out champions raising a record £13 million.

£300,000 was raised for Charity of the Year, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Children’s Charity by a team of more than 450 riders.

Macmillan Cancer Support raised more than £500,000, with Alzheimer’s Society, British Heart Foundation and Prostate Cancer UK among the many other charities that raised six figure sums.

This year’s event has been impressive and a milestone in cycling, but what will 2019 bring to the table?

The 2019 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 takes place on Sunday 4th of August!

Registration is now open.

Registration closes on Friday 4th of January 2019.

If everyone cycled..

cycle cityToday, the EU transport sector is the biggest greenhouse gas emitting economic sector, exceeding the 1990 emission levels by 20% and accounting for 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions.

The European Cyclists Federation (ECF) made it very clear recently, that cycling is able to contribute to stopping climate change.

“Achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emission by 2050 through a socially-fair transition in a cost-efficient manner”.

The ECF, welcomes this goal, viewing it as a key sentence in the European Long-Term Climate Strategy.

250 million Europeans cycle, however more cyclists are needed to achieve the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In order to this, apparently the number of cyclists need to quadruple to 1000 cyclists.

“This could reduce CO2 emissions by 555 million tonnes by 2050. This is roughly equivalent to the CO2 emission of the whole of the UK and Ireland combined for 2015”.

This is to say that quadrupling the number of cyclists in the EU can reduce the CO2 emission by a level that the 71 million inhabitants of the UK and Ireland are responsible for.

Not only this, but, the quality of living will be improved through a reduction in air pollution, noise and accidents.

There is the need to put the bicycle industry at the core of sustainable development in order to protect the environment and better the cities around the world.

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Night riding London 2019

London Nightrider 2019 gives you the opportunity to explore the city at night by bike.

Registration to join the hundreds of other cyclists taking part in the 2019 London Nightrider is now open. Registration before the 31st of December 2018 is only £29.

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London Nightrider is celebrating its 10th anniversary!

It is a fun charity event at night in the heart of London, giving you the chance to explore the cities sights, latest attractions and famous landmarks on wheels.

London Nightrider is the perfect time to see the capital through different eyes, cycling down the quiet streets and watching the first glimmers of the sunrise as you complete your ride. The routes are all fully sign posted allowing you to cycle at your chosen pace. GPS is also available to anyone who wants it. Support, back up and regular break stops are provided throughout the night with a breakfast and medal waiting for you at the finish line.

Cycle on your own, with your friends, family or work colleagues for a Saturday night like no other. This is not a timed ride, or a sportive ride but rather all about having fun and cycling together.

The ride starts from the Lee Valley VeloPark with a 1-mile lap of the road circuit before heading out towards north London. You have a choice between a 100km and 50km circular route, both routes will take you past many of London’s famous landmarks, including Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Power Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and the rare chance to cycle along The Mall!

Is it for me?

  • If you want to challenge yourself with friends in an amazing atmosphere, then this is for you!
  • Cycling 100km at night is a challenge, therefore this event is not suitable for beginners.
  • You should be confident at riding a bicycle alongside road traffic.

Join Sustrans Nightrider London team on one of their limited Charity Places securing your place by paying £29 before the 31st of December and raise a minimum of £175 for charity.

Or register for the discounted fee of £75 and you can support any charity of your choice, raising as much money as you would like.

  • You’ll receive a fundraising pack with ideas and tips to help you reach your fundraising target
  • A Sustrans T-shirt and a Nightrider hi-vis vest

Get climbing

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Climbing is the perfect activity all year round. It is not just a fun activity to do in your down time with friends and family, or to meet new people but a healthy activity with numerous benefits. During the summer you can take to the outdoors, with some amazing climbing locations all across the UK. But, it doesn’t stop there, across the months during winter you can visit thousands of climbing centres and hit the wall.

Getting started

If you have never climbed before.

You fancy giving it a go.

Well, you can start right here with these two easy steps.

Start by hitting a wall. Climbing walls provide the perfect environment filled with adventure and fun, coupled with a safe and friendly atmosphere. You have the options to hire gear and access to introductory courses that teach you important safety skills.

Now that you’re ready to take the next step.

Why don’t you take to the outdoors, you can take a course with qualified instructors to learn how to climb safely on real rocks. If this isn’t for you, you can join a climbing club and take the adventure with new friends that you meet along the way.

If you are already into the climbing scene and are looking for some new places to check out, look no further.

Here is a list of the top 10 best places to climb in the UK.

  1. Land’s End, Cornwall
  2. Berry Head, South Devon
  3. Valley of the Rocks, North Devon
  4. Isle of Portland, Dorset
  5. Dancing Ledge, Dorset
  6. Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
  7. Symonds Yat, Wye Valley
  8. Huntsman’s Leap, Pembrokeshire
  9. Three Cliffs Bay, Gower
  10. Harrison’s Rocks, East Sussex

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Get hiking

Since the 18th Century, hiking has been a widely undertaken pastime. From Wordsworth to Coleridge to Keats, Britain has a rich history of walking through the countryside for pleasure. Mass trespasses by ramblers in the Peak district in 1932 lead to the passing of Mountain Access Bill, which eventually guaranteed the British people’s ‘right to roam’ the countryside.
As a result, hiking is one of the most popular and accessible activities in the UK. With thousands of square miles of beautiful countryside throughout the country and minimal barriers to access, hiking is a healthy way to spend time outdoors that can be as relaxing or as challenging as you make it.

Getting Started

Hiking/walking/rambling in the UK is so popular and accessible that wherever you are, you can feel assured that a good rambling route is never far away. Visit these links to find out more about hiking in the UK:
The National Trails – You’ll find everything you need to plan your visit to the best Trails in England and Wales, whether you’re looking for a family day out, a short walk, ride, a really good ice cream or a life-changing long distance walk experience.
Ramblers – Britain’s walking charity. Find routes, seek expert advice, campaign for walkers rights and more.
The National Trust – Walking – Find a walking route or event.

Benefits

Walking is associated with numerous health benefits; both physical and mental. Walking is not only proven to benefit the cardiovascular system, but is associated with enhanced creativity, clarity of thought and providing a sense of inner calm, being at one with one’s environment.

Get fishing

Angling is a method of catching fish by means of a hook which is usually attached to a fishing rod by a line. It is a challenging and relaxing pastime that is popular and accessible worldwide.

Getting started

The internet is awash with information and resources about fishing in the UK. See the linked websites below for news and information about all types of angling.

Angling Trust Organisation for Anglers – The Angling Trust is the new, single organisation to represent all game, coarse and sea anglers and angling in England.
Go Fishing – Gofishing.co.uk is dedicated to providing the very best news, tackle, tactics and tips for today’s angler.
Buy a UK fishing rod license – You need a fishing rod licence to fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt and eel with a rod and line in England (except the River Tweed), Wales or the Border Esk region of Scotland.

Types of Angling

Game fish are pursued, generally for sport by recreational anglers. They are often eaten after being caught, although ‘catch-and-release’ fishing is becoming more popular as concerns about dwindling fish populations grow. Game fish can be freshwater or saltwater fish. Game fishing is popular as it is a source of food and entertainment. Bigger fish are generally more highly prized in game fishing.

Course angling refers to the act for fishing for any fish that are not considered game fish. The primary motivations for course fishing are for pleasure or competition. Specimen hunting is also popular, as anglers hunt for the biggest fish of a certain species. The main techniques for course angling are float fishing, legering and spinning.

Get boating

There’s so much fun to be had out on the water! From rowing boats to sail boats to canoes, kayaks and barges, jet-skis and motorboats, there’s bound to be some sort of aquatic adventure vessel that takes your fancy.

Boating is a broad term covering many aspects of water sport and leisure. This section hopes to educate and inspire anybody looking to explore the ‘other’ two thirds of the Earth’s surface.

Getting Started

Boating is one of the best ways to get away from it all; remove yourself from the daily grind and enjoy the open water. Choose to push your limits on a windsurfer, or relax with a cocktail aboard a luxury yacht; there are options to suit all tastes and budgets.

Visit some of the links below to find out about boating destinations, events, clubs, tuition, disciplines and more…

RYA – Start Boating – A guide to getting out on the water for the very first time!
Accessible Boating – A Charity offering opportunities for people with access difficulties to go boating on the Basingstoke Canal from Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham in Hampshire, UK.
UK Boating – The UK’s only regular inland waterway television program.
The Guardian – UK Boating Holidays – Articles about and recommendations of boating holidays in the UK.

Stock up for Autumn/Winter 2014

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey… It’s time to start thinking about keeping warm as the seasons change and the clocks go back.

Winter coats, hats, scarves, gloves and socks can all be purchased on finance through our selected retail network.

If you’re into your snowsports, then why not bundle these winter essentials with some new skis, a snowboard, boots or bindings?

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Summer’s here!

Carpé Diem! Summer is here and it won’t last forever, so make sure you’re making the most of the weather with Take it outdoors.

You can use Take it outdoors to spread the cost on all the equipment you need to make this summer one to remember. Get outside with friends and get active. Tone muscles, tan skin, build relationships, and learn skills. Experience life from an entirely different perspective; live each day like it’s your last and don’t go home until the sun has set.

These are the days you’ll miss come winter; don’t let them slip away! Be spontaneous and make memories with Take it outdoors.