A Cumbrian adventurer tries to be the first woman to complete a continuous tour of the 83 routes featured in a famous UK rock climbing book.
Carrying all of her gear with her, Anna Taylor of Windermere will travel 2,400 kilometers and climb over 10,000 meters as she travels the UK on the routes listed in the iconic ‘Classic Rock’ guidebook.
Accompanied by photographer Marc Langley, the 23-year-old began her mission in Cornwall at Chair Ladder on Saturday.
On Monday, she headed for Dewerstone, near Plymouth, and will reach Ilfracombe today, from where she will take the ferry to Lundy for the next stop.
A continuous tour of the routes has already been completed on at least two occasions, but Anna aims to be the first woman to complete the feat and has planned a trip that is as sustainable as possible.
“Over the past year and a half, just about every idea I’ve had for adventure-style travel has been foiled thanks to COVID,” Anna said.
“It’s by no means the end of the world, but I can’t deny that I can’t wait to leave now that things are finally starting to calm down. International travel still seems like a step too far for me, so I figured this would be a great time to offer something UK based.
“I’ve always wanted to try cycle touring, so after a bit of thought, linking all of the Classic Rock routes by bike became my plan for the summer.”
After visiting Avon Gorge and crossing Wales, the golden sandstone boulders of Roaches and the Peak District are next on the list before Anna crosses Yorkshire to the Lake District. After the lakes, it will head towards the Isle of Arran, before going up Loch Lomond towards Cobbler, then towards Glen Coe and Ben Nevis.
Next, Anna will enter Cairngorms National Park, before crossing the country to Skye, via the infamous Bealach na Ba Pass, and ending her journey on Cuillin Ridge.