Camel Trail, Cornwall Start/finish Wenfordbridge/Padstow (with a short spur to Bodmin)Distance 18 miles Getting there/away From Bodmin Parkway station it’s a short ride to the trail at Boscarne Junction, north-west of Bodmin town. Alternatively, pop your bike on one of Bodmin and Wenford Railway’s steam trains from Bodmin Parkway to the junction. Head north-east along the trail to reach Wenfordbridge or north-west for Padstow. Alternatively, from Bodmin Parkway take the 11A bus (plymouthcitybus.co.uk) to Padstow and hire bikes thereBike hire In Bodmin at Bodmin Bikes and Trail Munki; in Wenfordbridge at Snail’s Pace Cafe; in Wadebridge at Camel Trail Cycle Hire; and in Padstow at Trail Bike HirePotential stopovers Bodmin, Wadebridge and PadstowTop tips Check out the Camel River Festival or the Cornwall Folk Festival, both in Wadebridge each August The nation’s best-known former railway cycle path is also one of the loveliest. Coursing for the best part of 20 … [Read more...] about 10 of the UK’s best railway cycle paths
brexit countdown_bg Created with Sketch. The threat to the United Kingdom was laid bare today as a poll found support for Scottish independence has hit 50 per cent. The population north of the border is now split down the middle over whether to leave the union, according to Panelbase research. Crucially, voters also seem to believe that the Scottish economy will fare better on its own after Brexit. The findings in the poll, conducted for the Sunday Times, were seized on by Nicola Sturgeon, who stepped up her demands for a fresh independence referendum. In interviews at the SNP's annual conference in Aberdeen, she said the case for leaving the UK was 'even stronger than it has been' and she will be formally asking Westminster for permission to hold a ballot within weeks. 'The biggest risk for Scotland at the moment is a Brexit future,' she told the BBC's Andrew Marr show. She dismissed claims that Scotland will be frozen out of both the UK and the … [Read more...] about Nicola Sturgeon seizes on poll showing backing for Scottish independence has hit 50% with voters saying breaking up the UK would be better for the economy than Brexit
“I recently stumbled upon this article about Tony Hibbert signing for an unbeaten Sunday league team in 2017 and missing a penalty for them in a 1-0 defeat on his debut. Which other former professionals have extended their careers into Sunday league football after retiring,” asks George Jones. The smell of liniment oil and the thrill of almost being cut in two by a hungover centre-back would appear to be quite the draw for ex-pros as there have been a few turning out for Sunday teams over the years. “I remember Julio Arca, formerly of Sunderland and Middlesborough, playing for his local team Willow Pond FC in Sunderland for a period after he retired in 2013,” writes Robert Kelly. “He later played for South Shields at a higher standard.” Ali Tabari can go one better. He has a former Premier League player being managed by a former Premier League player in the pock-marked fields of Warwickshire. “My friend until recently played for a team near … [Read more...] about Which former pros have played Sunday league football after retiring?
Mesut Özil seems to have accepted his days at Arsenal are numbered, having made just a paltry two appearances for the club in all competitions this season. With his manager Unai Emery reported to be unimpressed with the playmaker’s attitude in training, a January move elsewhere looks increasingly likely even if his current employers are forced to heavily subsidise his £350,000 weekly stipend. Turkish newspaper Takvim, which your polyglot Rumour Mill has delivered daily, report that Fenerbahce have opened talks with Arsenal about a loan deal and say the “dream move can come true in January”. Not for the first time in recent months Manchester City are mulling over the possibility of trying to sign Nathan Aké, having identified the central defender as the man to help plug the conspicuous Aymeric Laporte-shaped hole in their beleaguered defence. Speculation linking Aké with City during the summer ultimately came to naught, but knowing how desperate … [Read more...] about Football transfer rumours: Mesut Özil to leave Arsenal for Fenerbahce?
Andy Manson’s wife, Michelle, had to force him to go to the doctor. Manson, a broadband engineer from Reading, had been experiencing a stabbing pain in his left nipple for months. But he ignored it until December 2013, when it got so bad that Michelle insisted. “She said: ‘I don’t know what you’re playing at!’” Manson remembers. The speed with which the GP referred him to the breast clinic at the Royal Berkshire hospital was Manson’s first inkling that something was wrong. “You figure it’s more than just a pain,” Manson, now 48, remembers. He was right. He had stage four breast cancer that had spread to his lymph nodes. Six years on, following a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Manson’s cancer is in remission – and he is hugely thankful he listened to his wife. “I was lucky,” he admits. “I didn’t go to the doctor as quickly as I should have, but I got away with it and – … [Read more...] about ‘I’d say I had a mastectomy, and my mates would go: “But you’re a man!”’