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Cycling the UK: day one

Find out how Fiona and Paul get on. Credit: ITV Border

Every year thousands of people cycle from one end of the UK to the other.

Whether you go from the bottom South-West of England to the top North-East of Scotland or the other way round, there's something about travelling as far as you can possibly go across Britain that appeals to our sense of adventure!

Much of that route is through the ITV Border region, from Kendal through (or around) the Lake district, past our Great Border City Carlisle through Peebles and the Borders towards Edinburgh or Dumfriesshire towards Glasgow.

So when our Border Life cameraman Paul Robinson said he wanted to try the challenge I thought it'd be a great adventure and a new way of seeing the beautiful area I work in.

Find out how Fiona and Paul get on. Credit: ITV Border

Day 1: Land's End to Tavistock

The waves smash and tumble against the rocky bay. The window's wrapped in a ghostly howl. I'm not out of bed yet but I can hear how my day's going to go.

Paul informs me the wind is 42mph. It's been raining all night. It still is.

A lovely London lass takes our photo at the famous sign and all I can think of is 'we need to get on'. It's 10am and we have 90 miles to cycle before dark.

Fiona and Paul at the famous sign. Credit: ITV Border

They say Cornwall's hilly but I live in Cumbria. They can't possibly compare with the lakeland hills... well it turns out Cornwall has hills!

They're not as steep or as high but they're longer and whilst the countryside is beautiful, it's not quite the rewarding view you get on top of a Lakeland Pass.

After 8 hours of being cold and wet but enjoying the feeling of powering through A roads, the pub we're staying at glows orange at the bottom of the hill.

That pint's been playing hard to get for 4 pages of the Atlas. Now time to wash the kit and sleep!

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