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Man Completes Epic Moped Journey Around UK's Rudest Named Places

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Man Completes Epic Moped Journey Around UK's Rudest Named Places

A moped rider has finished an epic journey around some of the funniest - and rudest - named places in the UK.

Paul Taylor left his home in Oxfordshire with a 50cc bike and a dream of taking in some of the more amusing place names this country has to offer in honour of his recently deceased friend.

Yesterday, he completed his whistle-stop tour in the Worcestershire village of Bell End.

What better place to finish up, right?

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By the way, you can contribute to Paul's fundraising efforts here.

Taylor's trip began in Shitterton in Devon, and saw him raise £20,000 for the Institute of Cancer Research following the death of his friend Alexis Leventis at the age of 55 last year.

At Shitterton. Credit: Paul Taylor
At Shitterton. Credit: Paul Taylor

Unfortunately, the moped packed up in Aberdeenshire after he'd visited the town of Twatt in Orkney, so he had to finish in a hire car, but finish he did.

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Speaking to BBC News, he said: "It's been an adventure."

He did remark on his disappointment that there was no sign in Bell End announcing the name of the village, but said it could have been stolen, or deemed 'too offensive or risqué'.

The 'Moronic Moped Marathon' came about because he wanted to do something to help cancer research to 'help beat this awful disease' and said that he thought this was a 'suitably ridiculous place to start'.

So, on August 18 he set out, before travelling through some fairly iconic places such as Butthole Lane in Leicestershire, Booze in Yorkshire, and Titty Ho in Northamptonshire.

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Yes, these are all real places.

Paul and his friend Alexis, who he completed the journey in honour of. Credit: Paul Taylor
Paul and his friend Alexis, who he completed the journey in honour of. Credit: Paul Taylor

His moped, before it broke down, had a top speed of 28 miles per hour, meaning that it has taken some doing.

Speaking after completing his valiant mission, Taylor added: "I'm pleased to be going back to see my wife and my dogs.

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"When you have a mission or purpose you keep going... and then when you stop you realise how tired you are.

"I'm tired and happy and reflective on what happened and how crazy it all was. Obviously this is a different period of my life that will probably never be repeated again.

Paul was greeted in Bell End by his friend David. Credit: Paul Taylor
Paul was greeted in Bell End by his friend David. Credit: Paul Taylor

"Everything goes back to normal now, it's obviously quite a mad time."

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He might not be done here, though.

There's talk of a similar mission, this time travelling from east to west.

"You couldn't squeeze all the silliness into one expedition", he said.

Donate to Paul's fundraiser at this JustGiving page.

Here's a list of some of the places he visited:

  • Ass Hill, Wimborne, Dorset
  • Sandyballs holiday village, New Forest
  • Pishill, Oxfordshire
  • Titty Ho, Raunds, Northamptonshire
  • Willey, Warwickshire
  • Penistone, South Yorkshire
  • Upperthong, West Yorkshire
  • Cockfield, County Durham
  • Ogle, Northumberland
  • Cockermouth, Cumbria
  • Clitheroe, Lancashire
  • Bell End, Worcestershire

Featured Image Credit: Paul Taylor

Topics: UK News, Inspirational, Funny, Interesting, travel, Weird, Cars

Tom Wood
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