Nick's new 10 part vlog series called The Secret Highway described below is now available in it's long format version - 20 mins per programme on the support Patreon site. This helps Nick produce content from his vast travel archives over the past 40 years.
Nick Sanders MBE is best known for his extreme motorcycle and bicycle journeys. Nick was a recipient of an MBE from this years Queen's Birthday Honours for services to endurance motorcycling, endurance cycling and the inland waterways of Britain.
As a motorcyclist, Nick has ridden around the world 7 times on a motorbike (once in a Guinness record of 30 days then again in 19 days). This was followed by 8 rides up and down the Americas (Ushuaia to Deadhorse), once in a record 21 days 8 hours then a double transit in 46 days. His mileage so far has totalled over one million kilometres.
As a cyclist, Nick has also ridden around the world twice by bicycle including his Guinness record-breaking circumnavigation in 79 days. Between 1983 & Nick cycled solo across the Sahara Desert, the length of Indonesia, from Ushuaia to Quito and the full length of the River Nile and back from Cairo to Burundi. In 1986 he cycled the 4602 miles around the coast of Britain twice, the second time in 22 days, still, after 32 years it remains an unbroken Guinness record.
As a canal boater, as well as holding licenses to fly microlights and hot air balloons, he has also sailed a pair of traditional narrowboats on the longest such journey from the Black Country in the UK to the Black Sea. In 1987 he presented a 10 part series called 'Sanders of the Canal' for BBC TV, as well as steering quite a fat horse called Crunchie on a horse-boat journey from Liverpool to London.
The Secret Highway is Nick's latest concept journey that has straddled a 40 year career as a professional adventurer and will comprise 10 x 10 min films broadcast on his YouTube channel and all social media sites.
Content will include: foraging for canalside fruit, searching out local home-grown food suppliers from the canalside or thereabouts. While Mrs Sanders (Dr Caroline) bakes and cooks on her tiny onboard kitchen and chats about food and family life on the cut as it was 100 years ago, Nick will ride a motorbike along the smallest back roads trying to find a coffee shop. His specialty is finding engineering delights and people with something fun or interesting to say. Which, as he says, probably includes anything.
Britain at it’s best, beautiful, funny and deliciously self-deprecating. This is a journey that has straddled a 40 year career as a professional adventurer and will comprise 20 x 10 min films broadcast on his YouTube channel and all social media sites.
Britain at it’s best, beautiful, funny and deliciously self-deprecating.
If you click on the film above or at the top of the page you'll go to the Secret Highway playlist on Nick's YouTube channel. There will be lost more films to watch, enjoy and we'll answer every single comment.
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18th - 20th JUNE 2021
Now happening for the 7th time postponed to June 18th-20th 2021, Nick's own very small motorbike and music festival. Located at his farm and Expedition Centre nestled in the shadow of the magnificent mountain Cader Idris in the beautiful hills of mid-Wales, where around the corner is also the home to the ancient Welsh capital Machynlleth.
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Somewhere a little closer to home (Nick's actual home in fact), hidden among the Welsh hills is his Expedition Centre. Run with his wife Dr. Caroline, we have approximately 10 weekends now available for biker and cycling groups. In the hills the narrow roads are nearly traffic-free and the Welsh landscape is extraordinarily beautiful.
Food is excellent, cabins super clean and tidy, there is a small cinema on site for evening viewings and a very cool social area in the 'log-shed' where we can swop out stories!
If you wish to bring a group from your motorcycle or cycling club please contact Caroline on 07747 777455
LATEST book: russia. mongolia. motorcycle. me.
At last, 4 years after publishing his best selling double volume autobiography, "Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man," comes his latest book, " Russia Mongolia Motorcycle Me." His shortest travelogue but without doubt his best. Nick Sanders' latest publication has been reviewed by Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins as ".... a minor masterpiece ..." and continues, " ... one of the best short travelogues I know ..."
It was a solo journey and I wanted to try and explain the mind of a biker far away from home. As it says in the preface, "I’ve always loved words because somehow, they have a power to lead the mind out of smallness. There is a dynamic in words. They grow things, thoughts, ideas. In a sense they grow everything." Ever since during an earlier journey to the source of the River Nile I have educated myself with them, published books not everyone wanted to read then did it again, more journeys, more books. If a picture captures a thousand words, for me, a word scrapes underneath the photograph, taking ownership of what the image is trying to say.