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 Thursday 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 - Sun 22nd August 2015 - Places available
Dover to Brentwood
We will leave the English Channel and the white cliffs behind and begin our journey north. Keeping away from main roads for the most part we will pass through Canterbury and Sittingbourne and the Medway towns of Gillingham, Chatham and Rochester before crossing the River Thames at Gravesend. We will spend our first night on the road at Brentwood in the county of Essex.
Brentwood to The Hemingfords
More quiet country lanes take us further north through a number of typically English little villages and the pretty Essex countryside. We will continue to the University town of Cambridge where our route then takes us North West to our accommodation at the pretty villages of Hemingford Abbotts and Hemingford Gray.
The Hemingfords to Newark-on-Trent
After we leave Cambridgeshire behind the terrain becomes slightly hillier through the beautiful county of Rutland, the UK’s smallest county. The afternoon sees us utilising sustrans routes up through Nottinghamshire to the market town of Newark-on-Trent with it's ruined castle and lively pubs.
Newark on Trent to Tankersley
Leaving Newark behind, a relatively easy day awaits with gentle rises and falls through ancient villages juxtaposed against increasing signs of the North of Englands industrial heritage. The latter part of the day sees the elevation rise slightly towards Barnsley in anticipation of tomorrows Pennine pedalling.
Tankersley to Gargrave
One of the toughest days of the tour today sees us crossing the beautiful, brooding Pennines. The route prior to lunch at trendy Hebden Bridge uses some sections of the 2014 "Le Tour Yorkshire" so we can draw inspiration from our perspiration! After lunch a steady climb takes up and out on a beautiful road past Widdop reservoir, and then it's on to Gargrave at the foot of the Yorkshire Dales for a well earned rest and recover.
Gargrave to Penrith
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
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)
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)
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
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
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. Loch Alsh, Loch Carron, Loch Torridon and the Glensheildaig Forest are place names that feature along this tough yet rewarding route.
Kinlochewe - Ullapool
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
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)
Getting to Cape Wrath is a logistical nightmare 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.