Saddle to Sea

Cycling around the coast of the UK

I am cycling around the coast of the UK, roughly 3,500 miles to raise money and awareness of mental health.

This won’t be a solo mission, I’d love it if friends, family, strangers could join me along the way. And if you don’t have a bike or don’t want to cycle, then you can join me for a dip as I’ll also be getting in the sea everyday.

I want this to be a safe space for people to talk. If you have lost someone to suicide, or are dealing with your own mental health struggles or you just want time to be outside in nature, please join me.

I lost my dad to suicide when I was 17. I find it very difficult to talk about it but I am ready to talk about it and I’m ready to help. And hopefully I can help others along the way.

How much we have raised

the goal is £10,000

A Letter to Dad

A very good friend made this beautiful video. I find it difficult to put into words my thoughts and feeling about losing dad. It affected me and my family so much but I want to move forward, I want to help and make things better. I want to remember the good things about my dad and work on making things better for others.

How Can You Support?

I’m doing this to raise awareness of suicide and to connect with people by being outside and active. Being active, getting outdoors and being with a community are some of the best things for our mental health. I want people and groups to join me along the way and to discuss how we can make changes.

Here are a few stats that drive home how present difficulties with mental health are.

 1 in 10

experiencing symptoms of severe mental illness

93%

think there is not enough awareness and understanding

40-49

Men aged 40 to 49 have the highest suicide rates in the UK.

Do one of the following:

  • Read the charity stories below, sponsor on their pages
  • Sponsor on my just giving page
  • Connect with me to ride

Mental Health Support

Orange Button Community Scheme

Cornwall

The Orange Button is worn by people who have:

  • Undergone extensive mental health first aid
  • Or suicide prevention training

By wearing an Orange Button badge they are showing their willingness to engage with others in supportive talk about mental health.

Every year, 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem.

Orange Button

MIND

Cornwall

We’re your local mental health charity and we’re here to help.

Our aim is to help people in our local communities to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

We want everyone to live their best life possible. We do this by providing a range of services that focus on recovery and empower people to take control of their own wellbeing.

Every year, 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem.

MIND

Sport In Mind

National

Transforming the lives and mental health of children and adults through sport and physical activity.

94% of adults attending 6 months of activities with Sport in Mind had improved mental well being.

Sport in Mind

Papyrus

National

PAPYRUS ‘Prevention of Young Suicide’ is the UK charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people.

Suicide is the biggest killer of people aged 35 and under in the UK. 

For confidential suicide prevention advice contact HOPELINE247

Papyrus

Stay up to date with the ride

This is Pete Smorthit.

I just met him while cycling along next to him, just before Melvich (on the NC500). He’s in a wheelchair and is pushing the entire 967 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats solo.I stopped and had the loveliest chat with him, we swapped stories and agreed that Cumbria hills were for some reason harder…
Read more → This is Pete Smorthit.

New day ✨

Today started with a BEAUTIFUL dip in the fresh blue pool of the @thewave in Bristol after staying in one of their tent villas – it was luxury!
Read more → New day ✨

Saddle to Sea

The Journey In Broad Strokes

1 June – 6th June
  • The Journey Begins!

Cornwall & Devon

7th June – 21st June
  • Where the Roberts family hail from

Wales

23rd June – 28th June
  • Going to enjoy the Sausages

Cheshire to Cumberland

29th June – 28th July
  • To the Highlands!

Scotland

30th July – 5th August
  • Back for the Sausages

Northumberland to Lincolnshire

6th August – 10th August
  • Our East Coast Home

Norfolk & Suffolk

11th August – 19th August
  • Officially back in the South

Essex to East Sussex

20th August – 27st August
  • The final leg!

West Sussex to Lands End!

If you would be interested in looking at my itinerary in more detail or joining part of the ride check out the spreadsheet below which links to my ride request form.

My Reason Why

His name is Tim, named after ‘tiny Tim’ from a Christmas Carol as he was born very premature. He loved fixing cars, driving cars, smoking cigars, eating good food and of course being a dad. He taught me how to swim (he’s the best swimmer I know), how to wash cars (well) and how to dance (badly). I’m very proud to be his daughter.