It's been emotional, I still dislike cycling up hills but my cycling fitness has improved hugely in a short period of time. I also have a new interest.
ON Friday I had the day off and managed to get the miles and plaques in from Andover to Kew Bridge, leaving myself just the 6 in to Trafalgar Square on Sunday morning, getting me there on time for the national Sea Cadet Trafalgar Day parade.
And so without further ado...
The plaque in Overton is on the side of the village library.
This was infuriating. I have been told by so many people that Basingstoke Council bought a plaque to commemorate the Trafalgar 200 celebrations and The Trafalgar Way. The plaque? Nowhere to be seen. The council offices were super unhelpful and gave vacant silences on the phone. I cycled up and down the old coach road and nothing!
After 20 minutes I decided I had to give up and head on.
If you live in Basingstoke and have seen this, then please let me know, because it's annoying me!
The plaque, on the side of the town hall in the main square, took some hunting (purely because I assumed it to be at eye level) and it's actually between two higher windows.
Brentford & Chiswick
The plaque is in the beer garden of The Express Tavern, next to Kew Bridge train station.
Obviously, at 9 in the morning on a Sunday the pub was closed, and annoyingly it was the only plaque so far that's indoors. I will go back and get the photo one day!
The plaque is on the main entrance to Holland Park.
After Admiralty Arch, on the railings of Canada House. where Cockspur Street and Trafalgar Square join is the final plaque before The Admiralty!
It's not small.
I definitely have a new hobby, I've raised well over £500 for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and hopefully helped more young people have the opportunity to take part in this wonderful scheme.
Thank you to everyone who sponsored me, to my mum for playing support car/bringing water and food so I didn't need a bag, to my stepdad and Craig from Twitter for joining me cycling legs of this ride (especially the hillier ones where I was sulking) and to everyone who has commented on this journey.
To those of you who have said you want to ride it, I'll have another post going live soon with the full .gpx file on OS Maps!
If you want to cycle The Trafalgar Way click here for this weekend's route on OS Maps.
You can even download it as a GPX file.
Alternatively, if you want to cycle part of it/the whole thing as a sportive event, there's an official event annually - Find more out here!
I didn't do that, because I wanted to stop at some naval spots en route and take in all the plaques, but if you're a speed demon, then it's worth checking them out :)