Dover to Cape Wrath Itinerary

The day before the tour starts we will meet for an evening meal at Dover. This day is designed to give you chance to get to the start point in preparation to start cycling on Saturday. At the end of the tour we finish cycling on Friday and transfer to Inverness where we will spend the last evening.

Tour dates available:

Fri 29th May - Sat 13th June 2015 - Places available

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

Dover to Brentwood

83 miles

We set off on our epic journey on the Dover to Folkstone heritage trail and then turn inland and climb to the quiet country lanes above the City. A good part of the day is spent stretching our eager legs through the lovely Kent Downs before finally returning to civilization to cross the river Medway near Rochester. Further on, we cross the Thames at Gravesend on the Tilbury passenger ferry before a final push to arrive at our evenings accommodation in Brentwood in Essex.

Brentwood to The Hemingfords

76 miles

A cracking little days cycling sees us on more quiet country lanes through the Essex and Cambridgeshire countryside. An unhurried Sunday lunch at The Cricketers owned by Jamie Olivers Mum and Dad will set us up for an afternoon of thatched cottages, winding roads and gentle streams through villages. The latter part of the day is spent on a great route through the vibrant University City of Cambridge, before finally arriving at the lovely collection of little hamlets known as The Hemingfords.

The Hemingfords to Southwell

84 miles
Lincolnshire

A slightly busier first few miles to the day soon gives way to more quality country roads as we head towards Rutland, Englands smallest county, passing close by the rather well to do public schools of Oundle and Uppingham and the impressive Welland Viaduct on our way to the hillier sections of Rutland and beyond. This challenging, scenic day in the saddle is it’s own reward as we take a well earned rest in the Minster town of Southwell.

Southwell to Thornsett

62 miles
York Races

A shorter day today has us making our way through Nottinghamshire and on to some fantastic cycling through the picture postcard villages and terrain of the Peak District and all it has to offer. A great afternoon through this landscape then sees us descending out of the Peaks to the village of Thornsett in the North West tip of Derbyshire for some home cooked pub grub.

Thornsett to Gargrave

60 miles
Ian & Sally

A hilly but short day at 60 miles sees us continuing our journey skirting the edges of Derbyshire, Greater Manchester and finally Yorkshire by way of some challenging but beautiful roads. The edge of the Peak District allows some fine views out towards Manchester and on a clear day you can see as far as Wales. The evenings accommodation is in the village of Gargrave at the foot of the Yorkshire Dales amongst some stunning scenery.

Gargrave to Penrith

77 miles

A fantastic day in the saddle sees us heading into the beautiful Yorkshire Dales where we join part of The Way of the Roses route, cycling through distinctive limestone hills and quiet country roads. Further on we pick up a gated road to Dent through some sublime scenery along a wonderfully peaceful section of The Dales. As if the Dales wasn’t enough, the latter section of this great day’s ride is spent exploring The Howgills, a lesser known part of The Lake District but no less beautiful for it.

Penrith to Thornhill

79 miles
Lunch time

Today we cross the Scottish border as we pass through Gretna, Annan and onto Dumfries and Thornhill. An easy start sees us on part of the Coast to Coast ride in the morning, and later on those of you who have completed the LEJOG ride with us will began to recognise the roads just before Dalston. There are some long flat sections to get stuck into in the afternoon, and after some cycle path negotiation around Dumfries we take quiet, undulating country roads to pretty Scottish village of Thornhill

Thornhill - Brodick (Arran)

67 miles
Brodick (Isle of Arran)

A moderate start today past castles and by quiet lanes next to gentle rivers gives way to cutting across the countryside in Ayrshire and then navigating on cycle paths, as we head to Ardrossan to catch the ferry to Brodick on the Isle of Arran. From here we begin the most scenic and exciting section of the trip as we continue northwards along the West coast of Scotland.

Brodick (Arran) to Craignure (Mull)

78 miles
Lochranza Castle

A superb coastal road takes us northwards to Sannox Bay before cutting inland to the north coast of Arran where we will catch the ferry over to Kintyre. A superb day with fantastic scenery takes us along Kintyre often hugging the coastline up to Oban where we will take the ferry to the Isle of Mull.

Craignure (Mull) to Mallaig

73 miles
Mull

A short cycle followed by an early ferry across the Sound of Mull takes us back onto the mainland. Here we cycle amongst some of the most spectacular scenery that our country has to offer, lets just hope the weather is on our side! We spend the night in the small coastal town of Mallaig, ready to catch the ferry in the morning.

Mallaig - Kinlochewe

75 miles
Skye Bridge

Another spectacular day takes us across the Isle of Skye to cross the impressive Skye Bridge at the Kyle of Lochalsh and back to the mainland. We have an optional detour to the sublime little village of Plockton which was used as the back drop for Hamish McBeth, The Wicker Man and The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries. This is as fine a days cycling that you will encounter anywhere within the British Isles.

Kinlochewe - Ullapool

75 miles
The road to Mallaig

Inching ever closer we continue past the impressive mountains around Beinn Eighe and Kinlochewe. Cycling by the banks of Loch Maree we pass Loch Gairloch and Loch Ewe and pass the Isle of Ewe and also Gruinard Island before passing the Falls of Measach and onto the picturesque fishing village of Ullapool.

Ullapool to Durness

68 miles

This will be our last full day in the saddle as we position ourselves at Durness ready for the final stretch to our destination at Cape Wrath. Yet more stunning scenery awaits around every turn as we inch closer to our destination. Durness is a small village situated a stones throw away from the last section over the Kyle of Durness towards Cape Wrath.

Durness to Cape Wrath (and back)

24 miles
The Cape Wrath Lighthouse

Getting to Cape Wrath is logistically challenging but it is worth the extra effort to get to the most north westerly point of mainland UK. Firstly we need to take a small boat over to the road that takes us to Cape Wrath. Once over the water there is a 12 mile section of road that is in bad condition and also the area is often used by the army as a firing range! After everyone has visited the lighthouse we need to get back to Durness and to our coach which will take everyone to Inverness for a last night celebratory meal.

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