Dover to Cape Wrath

Whilst most people have heard of the Lands End to John o’Groats route not many people have heard of the Dover to Cape Wrath route. So what about the opposite two corners? This sensational tour takes in some of the best cycling the British Isles has to offer, including the Kentish Downs; Rutland; the Peak District; The Yorkshire Dales and the unbelievably beautiful islands and coastline of the Western Highlands. Have we whet your appetite? Welcome to the Dover to Cape Wrath tour

Dover to Cape Wrath
Activity:
Cycling tour
Length:
14 days, 15 nights
Grade:
Hard
Accomodation:
B&B
Group/Guided:
Yes
Price:
£1695

The Dover to Cape Wrath cycle tour starts in the South East of England and takes in the quiet country lanes of The Kentish Hills and Cambridgeshire. We then head through the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales to Penrith and then on to the pretty village of Thornhill in Scotland before we take in the West coast of Scotland and also the islands of Arran, Mull and Skye before we reach the most north westerly point of mainland UK at Cape Wrath.

Covering a total of 997 miles this exciting, challenging tour provides another rewarding experience in a similar vein as the Lands End to John o’Groats tour. There is slightly more climbing on the "D2C" but you are rewarded grandly for your efforts as some of the days are unrivalled in the British Isles for their sheer grandeur and beauty.

You are provided with detailed route notes and maps. A tour leader cycles at the back of the group & there is a support vehicle on hand should you require assistance. We also carry a few spare bikes just in case you have a major mechanical problems. Lunches are provided at a pub or a café each day and all your luggage is moved for you.

Whilst emphasis is always on safety we aim to provide a relaxed approach to cycle touring and wish to facilitate a fun and enjoyable tour with many laughs and memorable moments along the way. Our training days in the Peak District are designed to build confidence and discuss some of the logistics of completing a successful Dover to Cape Wrath tour.

The distance we will travel is approximately 997 miles, with an average mileage of 72 miles per day. It should be borne in mind that a reasonably fit cyclist will average around 10-12 miles per hour (including hills) and therefore we will be in the saddle each day for around 6-8 hours.

We will be at the start to meet you at Dover, and at the end we will take you from Durness to Inverness for our final meal. If you are worried about getting your bike home at the end of the trip we can arrange for it to be packed, boxed and sent to your address for you so you can relax when you have completed the challenge.

To view photos of the latest tours please click here July 2013 D2C August 2013 D2C June/July 2014 D2C August 2014 D2C

Tour Dates:

Fri 29th May - Sat 13th June 2015 - TOUR COMPLETE

Fri 7th - Sat 22nd August 2015 - Places available

2016 Dates

Fri 20th May - Sat 4th June 2016 - Places available

Fri 2nd - Sat 17th September 2016 - Places available

What's Included?

The tour price includes 15 nights accommodation, 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, snacks, Tea, coffee, & hot chocolate, full trip support including a tour leader that cycles with the group, back up van with spare parts and a few spare bikes, detailed route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, certificate, cycle shirt, luggage transfer each day, transfer from Dover Station to your hotel and transfer from Durness to Inverness at the end of the tour.

What's Not Included?

Evening meals, cycle hire (available for a fee), transport to Dover, transport from Inverness.

Group Size

The group will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 25 people. We feel that this size of group works best as there will always be enough in the group for some good company but there won’t be so many people that it becomes overcrowded.

Accommodation

We stay in a mixture of B&B's and hotels. The price quoted assumes that you will be sharing a twin or double room. If you are travelling alone you will share a twin room rotated with others that have chose the same accommodation option. If you choose the single room option (additional £350) then you will have your own room throughout.

Route

Although the most direct route is much shorter, our route of 997 miles avoids main roads and takes in some of the UK’s most beautiful scenery. Wherever possible we cycle along quiet country lanes and cycleways and only join main roads when we absolutely have to. The terrain is varied but generally flat for the first few days with more hills further north.

Food

All of your breakfasts and lunches are included in the price of the trip. You will have a choice of full English, toast, cereals, fruit juices, tea, coffee etc. Lunches will be provided each day and will generally be a buffet at a cafe or a country pub. Evening meals can be bought at your accommodation or in a nearby pub. The back up van also stops to brews and snacks in the morning and afternoon.

Back Up

An experienced tour leader will cycle with you each day and be on hand to help with any bike problems that may occur. You will have detailed route notes so that you can go slower or faster than the leader if you prefer or you can cycle behind the tour leader so that you don’t have to navigate at all.

A back up van will leap frog the group a number of times each day so that help is never far away. We carry a range of spare parts so that repairs can be made en-route and we will have a spare bike available in the event that your bike has a serious breakdown.

Bikes

We highly recommend that you use a bike that you are used to and feel comfortable riding. Your bike should be fully serviced and in good condition before you start, this will reduce the risk of mechanical problems and unnecessary stoppages along the way. Either a road bike or a hybrid bike is preferable however the ride can be done on a mountain bike if you prefer. We have a range of hybrid bikes available for hire (£100 - £150 per person) if you don’t have your own bike. At the end of your trip we can arrange for your bike to be sent to your address (£55) if you don't want the hassle of transporting it yourself.

Fitness

This tour is suitable for someone with a good level of fitness and who wants a challenge. If you do plenty of training beforehand you should have no problem completing the ride. We will have a training day in the Peak District available if you would like to join the group before the main event.

It must be stressed that a good amount of training before the ride will make your tour much more enjoyable and ensure that you finish your ride. We are always happy to advise you about training plans in preparation for the ride.

Clothing and Equipment

Clothing for all weathers is recommended so waterproofs are essential. A full recommended kit list is provided & we are always happy to answer any questions that you may have.

You can do washing at many of the B&B's so that you don't have to bring a mountain of clothes.

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What our customers say

Excellent tour overall. Scenically better than LEJOG but tough.

Graeme Nicol, August 2014

I really enjoyed the tour, the organisation was as impressive as ever.Its certainly challenging, but that's the whole point. Lee and James both did a great job; their energy and enthusiasm were so important on some wet and windy days.

Michael Walker, August 2014

Wouldn't look anywhere else for a cycling tour. Excellent.

ken Cooper, August 2014

From start to finish I always felt supported. Lee and James were excellent and showed great understanding of our needs. They managed everything with great humour and encouragement. A fantastic tour.

Des McCarron, August 2014

Brilliant but hard. An excellent tour, despite the weather conditions! The guides could not do enough to help in any way.

Martin Closter, August 2014

Overall, the tour was excellent. This route is harder than LEJOG but the scenery is four times as good!

Andy Chilton, August 2014

The accommodation was generally very good to excellent.A thoroughly enjoyable tour - Lee and Nigel did everything possible to make it a successful trip for everyone.

Steve Warnock

This was the first trip I had ever done and I had a fabulous time. I am certainly considering future trips.

John Heal, June/July 2014

The tour was great and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a challenge similar to, but harder than LEJOG. Lee and Nigel made a very good team and were fantastic throughout.

Harry Slater, June/July 2014

Nigel and Lee were excellent and looked after myself and the other riders very well, always concerned about our welfare, nothing too much trouble.

Tony Webb, June/July 2014

I would certainly recommend Peak Tours to people who want to complete this challenge. All three guides were excellent and added to the ride in their different ways.

Pam Gretton, September 2014

Graham, Niv and Andy made the tour. They were very supportive and great company. Overall, the tour was excellent.

San Chima, September 2014

The tour guides were fantastic, gave support where required and quickly recognised that we were competent cyclists/navigators/mechanics and left us to it! They seemed to genuinely care that we were all happy and went out of their way to solve any problems.

Can't fault the organisation - very slick operation.

Stephen Jackson, September 2014

Absolutely fantastic.I've already recommended you to a number of friends and as soon as I have the time, I plan to do another trip with you!

Gilly Cooper

The organisation was absolutely bloody fantastic. Its obvious that a lot of effort has been put in to planning routes and sorting stops and accommodation.Really impressed - no wonder you get repeat business. Am seriously considering signing up for another tour when my bum recovers!

Victoria Barber, September 2014

Fantastic experience. Graham, Johnny and Bill were excellent. Nothing was too much trouble. Cannot speak highly enough of their efforts to make the tour enjoyable. Very impressed with the food- buying in local specialities as we travelled North was a nice touch.

Have recommended Peak Tours to everyone I speak to about the trip.

Ian Mason

Congratulations all round! Trip of a lifetime! Thank you!

Nickie Willcocks, September 2014

The organisation was perfect but without being overpowering in any way. I was more mentally relaxed for the whole fortnight than I have been for years! The tour guides (Graham, Andy and Niv) were tremendous. Their care, attention, skills and approach made the whole tour work so smoothly and perfectly but also so relaxed and flexible.

Judith Hodges, September 2014

This is so good! I would recommend Peak Tours without any reservations! We are looking on the website to see what we can do next!

The group size sounded too big but it was great. Always someone you could ride with but you could be on your own if you wanted.

Pete Woolley, September 2014

Peak Tours is brilliant. This was my first 'supported' tour. Hopefully, I will do another and if I do, it will be with Peak Tours.

The brew van was brilliant - if we suggested something different to eat/drink, it was on the van the next day. Good mix of group meals and free evenings gave us the right amount of space whilst still feeling part of a group.

The tour ran like clockwork - incredibly well organised throughout by Graham, Niv and Andy.

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