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 16th - Sun 31st July 2016 - TOUR FULL
Sat 6th - Sun 21st August 2016 - One mens twin now available
Sat 3rd - Sun 18th September 2016 - Only 2 places left No single room places left
Prices for 2016 are £1545 for the YHA & B&B option or £1745 for B&Bs only sharing a twin/double or £2045 for a single room or £2245 for sole occupancy of a double room.
Sat 6th - Sun 21st May 2017 - Places available
Sat 3rd - Sun 18th June 2017 - Places available
Sat 1st - Sun 16th July 2017 - Places available
Sat 22nd July - Sun 6th August 2017 - Places available
Sat 5th - Sun 20th August 2017 - Places available
Sat 3rd - Sun 18th September 2017 - Places available
Please note that we have had to increase our prices in 2017 to £1595 for the YHA & B&B option, £1795 for B&Bs only, £2195 single and £2295 for sole occ of a double.
***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
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
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 - Street
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 lovely little town of Street, near Glastonbury.
Wednesday: Street - Monmouth
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.