Lands End to John O'Groats Itinerary

The day before the tour starts (Saturday) we will meet you at Penzance & transfer you, your bike & your luggage to your accommodation near to Lands End (or you can cycle if you wish) so that you are ready to start the ride the following morning.

Tour dates available:

Sat 25th April - Sun 10th May 2015 - Places available

Sat 9th - Sun 24th May 2015 - Only 4 places left No single room places left

Sat 6th - Sun 21st June 2015 - TOUR FULL

Sat 27th June - Sun 12th July 2015 - Only 4 places left No single room places left

Sat 11th - Sun 26th July 2015 - Only 2 places left

Sat 1st - Sun 16th August 2015 - Only 7 places left

Sat 22nd August - Sun 6th September 2015 - Only 8 places left

Sat 5th - Sun 20th September 2015 - Places available

2016 Dates

Sat 23rd April - Sun 8th May 2016 - Places available

Sat 7th - Sun 22nd May 2016 - Places available

Sat 21st May - Sun 5th June 2016 - Places available

Sat 11th - Sun 26th June 2016 - Places available

Sat 25th June - Sun 10th July 2016 - Places available

Sat 16th - Sun 31st July 2016 - Places available

Sat 6th - Sun 21st August 2016 - Places available

Sat 3rd - Sun 18th September 2016 - Places available

Short on time and feeling energetic then why not try our 10 day tour? 10 Day LEJOG

***If you have a group of 8 people or more then ad hoc tours can also be arranged specific to your group***

Or why not go for something a bit different and cycle the opposite two corners? Dover to Cape Wrath

Sunday: Lands End – Golant / Fowey

64 miles
Lands End

On the day of departure we will be making an early start from the famous signpost at the most south westerly point on the English mainland, Lands End. The first day is perhaps, one of the toughest. The hills in Cornwall are not particularly high, but they are steep and there are a lot of them, any miles that are done in training, prior to the ‘big trip’ will reap huge dividends on this early stage.

Monday: Golant / Fowey - Moreton Hampstead

60 miles
Cornish Coast

The second day of the journey is one of the toughest. We have plenty more Cornish hills to climb up and down although the scenery is lovely. We continue into Devon and more hills await as we cycle through Dartmoor National Park. On a clear day this is a truly spectacular section although it can get very bleak if the weather is bad!

Tuesday: Moreton Hampstead - Glastonbury

74 miles
Quiet Country Lanes

The next day of our adventure will begin with some hilly cycling as we negotiate the back roads towards Exeter. As we leave Exeter behind the terrain becomes a little easier and after lunch, as we will be wending our way through gentle, quiet country lanes through the Isle of Avalon. We continue across the Somerset Levels to bring us to the eclectic town of Glastonbury.

Wednesday: Glastonbury - Monmouth

67 miles
Glastonbury Tor

We will continue to the cathedral city of Wells, often referred to as the smallest city in England. A climb out of Wells is rewarded with some fine cycling across the top of the Mendip Hills, before dropping to Chew Valley lake and through the Long Ashton Estate. We will cycle over the iconic Clifton suspension bridge before cycling through Bristol. After lunch we will continue over the Severn Bridge and into Wales. The afternoon is spent cycling along the Wye Valley - a truly memorable days cycling.

Thursday: Monmouth - Clun

58 Miles
Black Mountains

The fifth day of the journey is perhaps one of the easiest and the scenery is stunning with the Black Mountains in the distance. The roads are very quiet and the scenery amongst the best of the trip. We will be cycling to the west of Leominster and eventually stopping for the night at the recently restored watermill at Clun Mill, a local pub or B&B. Clun has a couple of great real ale pubs and places to eat.

Friday: Clun - Runcorn

80 miles
On the road to Runcorn

A scenic, undulating road takes us away from Clun to the white & black timbered buildings of Shrewsbury. After Shrewsbury the route is flat & easy as we continue northwards along the Cheshire plains so although the mileage is high this is one of the easiest days of the tour. Our hotel this evening offers a swimming pool, steam room & a sports massage can be arranged if you want to relax the muscles in your tired legs.

Saturday: Runcorn - Conder Green

70 miles
Forest of Bowland

Leaving Runcorn we will be weaving through the Manchester - Liverpool conurbation. The cycling is flat but the navigation is tricky as we have a number of busy roads, roundabouts and town centres such as Warrington, Leigh and Bolton to navigate. As the day wears the countryside beckons once again. We ill arrive at the pretty hamlet of Conder Green situated on the banks of the River Lune south of Lancaster.

Sunday: Conder Green - Keswick

59 miles
Derwent Water

Sunday will see us cycling through the historic town of Lancaster before continuing to Carnforth and onto the Lake District. Initially the cycling is easy but we will encounter a number of hills further north as we pass the towns of Windermere, Ambleside and Grassmere where you will have the chance to sample the local gingerbread. One last climb awaits as we continue up Dunmail rise with more stunning views as we descend into the town of Keswick.

Monday: Keswick - Moffat

72 miles
Lake District

On the second Monday morning, the ‘daily commute’ or the ‘school run’, will be the last thing on our minds, as stiff climbs from the Lake District are forgotten we will be navigating through the tail end of the Lake District towards the city of Carlisle, the terrain flattens out around this historic city and the cycling becomes relatively easy as the day wears on.

Tuesday: Moffat - Kinross

82 miles
Near Loch Lomond

Leaving Moffat, a gradual climb takes you up over the Lowther Hills through some wild and stunning scenery. You will cycle alongside the River Tweed before descending towards Edinburgh. A great ride through Edinburgh city centre leads you over the iconic Forth Road Bridge over the Firth of Forth and onto Kinross.

Wednesday: Kinross to Ballater

80 miles
Glen Coe

Continuing north you will skirt round Perth and cross the River Tay. A lovely ride takes you onto Blairgowrie and Glen Shee. A notable climb up to the ski resorts at Glenshee is followed by a long descent to Braemar. Further along you will pass by the Queens country home at Balmoral and finish the day in the vibrant highland town of Ballater.

Thursday: Ballater - Inverness

73 miles
Inverness Castle

A tough start takes you up and over the Lecht before descending to Tomintoul. You will pass ski resorts, castles and stunning scenery as you continue through the Grampian Mountains before arriving at the capital of the Highlands, Inverness. This is another truly memorable days cycling although a tough ride and your legs will be ready for a rest by the time you reach Inverness.

Friday: Inverness - Crask

66 miles
Crask Inn

A stunning ride away from Inverness takes you over the Kessock Bridge and alongside the Beauly Firth to the Muir of Ord and Dingwall. Just out of Dingwall brings another ascent onto what the locals call the ‘Struie’. As we reach the top of the ‘Struie’ we will be amply rewarded with impressive views of the Dornoch Firth and away in the distance Loch Shin. The final few hours are spent descending down to Bonar Bridge and then the steady climb to Lairg and beyond which is our destination for the evening, The Crask Inn, arguably the finest and friendliest of pubs in the UK.

Saturday: Crask - John O'Groats

82 miles
We made it!

A freewheeling descent from the Crask Inn and the dazzling backdrop provided by Loch Naver and Ben Klibreck will make this morning truly unforgettable. As Loch Naver gives way to the famous salmon runs of the River Naver, we will be enjoying some of the finest cycling of the whole journey. Around lunchtime we sight the Atlantic Ocean at Bettyhill and the final afternoon will be spent making progress along the northern coastline of Scotland towards John O’Groats. The final few hours of the afternoon will find the terrain flatten out and we are rewarded with an easy ride to the finishing line at John O’Groats, where the champagne corks will be popping.

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