Lands End to John O'Groats

The Lands End to John O’Groats cycle tour or LEJOG conjures up a variety of images, an escapade, a challenge, hard work, a puncture or two, stunning scenery, and a tremendous sense of achievement. Since the 1960’s the End to End has become a firm favourite with the British people. Every year, walkers, cyclists, joggers and runners navigate the length of the British Isles.

This page shows details about out 14 day tour. If you would like to try the 10 day LEJOG challenge please click here 10 Day LEJOG

Lands End to John O'Groats
Activity:
Cycling tour
Length:
14 days, 15 nights
Grade:
Hard
Accomodation:
B&B
Group/Guided:
Yes
Price:
From £1495 to £1695 depending on your choice of accommodation

Experience tells us that the best way to traverse the length of the country; is from the southwest to the northeast. The rationale behind this choice revolves around wind and transport. The prevailing wind blows from the southwest and the transport connections work best when returning from the northeast of Scotland.

The LEJOG route we will be taking is undertaken over 14 days and we aim to keep away from busy roads wherever possible. It encompasses some of the United Kingdom’s most spectacular countryside and exhilarating cycling.

You are provided with detailed route notes and for those with Garmins we also have LEJOG GPX files of the route (or you can hire a device from us with the route loaded on). A tour leader cycles at the back of the group and there is a support vehicle on hand should you require assistance. We also carry a few spare bikes just in case you have any 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 Lands End to John o'Groats tour.

To view details of our training weekends please click here.

The distance we will travel is approximately 1000 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 miles per hour and therefore we will be in the saddle each day for around 7-8 hours.

We will pick you up from Penzance at the start of the tour and at the end we take you from John O’Groats back to Inverness with a drop off at the airport and also the station. 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 May 2012 June 2012 July 2012 Aug 2012 Sept 2012 April/May 2013 May 2013 June 2013 June/July 2013 July 2013 July/Aug 2013 Aug 2013 Sept 2013 LEJOG

Many of our previous lejogers have written journals and blogs about their adventure. If you would like to read their accounts of the trip click on the following links Simon Swans blog (April 2011) or Jim Jenkins (USA) article (July 2011) or Nick Priors blog (Sept 2011) or Sue Blakes blog (Aug 2012) or Janet Mcroberts blog (Aug 2012) or Gill Caines blog (Sept 2012). Also John has some great advice about training and day to day routines etc on his blog John Plants blog (Sept 2012)

Tour dates:

Sat 10th - Sun 25th May 2014 - Tour Full

Sat 31st May - Sun 15th June 2014 - Places available

Sat 7th - Sun 22nd June 2014 - Only 2 Places left

Sat 28th June - Sun 13th July 2014 - Only 6 Places left

Sat 5th - Sun 20th July 2014 - Only 6 places left

Sat 26th July - Sun 10th August 2014 - Only 3 Places left No single room places left

Sat 9th - Sun 24th August 2014 - Only 8 places left

Sat 30th August- Sun 14th September 2014 - Tour Full

2015 TOUR DATES AVAILABLE (14 day tour)

I have held prices for the last two years but i'm afraid that I will have to increase prices by £50 in 2015. This is due to constantly rising costs (mainly accommodation). This means that the mix of YHA's and B&B's price is £1545 and B&B's only £1745 and the single room option is £2045 (2015).

Tour dates:

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

Sat 9th - Sun 24th May 2015 - Places available

Sat 6th - Sun 21st June 2015 - Places available

Sat 27th June - Sun 12th July 2015 - Places available

Sat 11th - Sun 26th July 2015 - Places available

Sat 1st - Sun 16th August 2015 - Places available

Sat 22nd August - Sun 6th September 2015 - Places available

Sat 5th - Sun 20th September 2015 - 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

Ready to go St. Michaels Mount Lunch Stop Superb routes Lunch Great Views Glen Coe Loch Naver Back up van Leaving The Crask Joh o'Groats

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, luggage transfer each day, transfer from Penzance to Lands End and transfer from John O’Groats to Inverness.

What's Not Included?

Evening meals, cycle hire (available for a fee), transport to Penzance, 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

You have a choice of staying in a mixture of hostels and B&B's (£1495) or B&B's only sharing a double or a twin room (£1695). If you would like your own space then you can choose the single room option (£1995) or sole occupancy of a double (£2195). Most of the rooms are en-suite however there maybe a few nights where your room isn't en-suite.

Route

Although the shortest route from Lands End to John O’Groats is 874 miles our route of 990 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 undulating rolling fields and hills with some areas hillier than others (primarily Cornwall, Dartmoor, Lake District & Scotland).

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. We also have fruit, biscuits, nuts etc in the back up van that you are welcome to pick at throughout the day.

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 need one. At the end of your trip we can arrange for your bike to be sent to your address (£55 in mainland UK) 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 & 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 & hostels so that you don't have to bring a mountain of clothes.

Insurance

It is highly recommended that you take out adequate insurance to cover against, personal accident, loss of belongings and cancellation cover.

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What our customers say

Beyond Excellent!

Rodney Binley Bespoke Tour July 2013

The route was very enjoyable and I had to stop sometimes to take in the view and the silence. I sometimes found I was speechless which is hard to do!! I have seen parts of the country I have never seen before and I will be making sure I visit these places again.

Fantastic tour which I would love to do again. I am made up I have achieved a massive goal in my life and I can say I did LEJOG.

Craig Boote September 2013

Tony Warne made the trip for me, so helpful and informative and patient and looked after the bike really well. He was kept busy! Would definitely ask for Tony again, in a year or so!

Paul Rebours Bespoke Tour July 2013

I loved all three tour guides Graham, Jonny and James! They all worked hard with their duties of cycling with the group, manning the brew van and fetching and delivering the luggage. Collectively they gave great advice on bike problems, eating , drinking, restaurant choices in town and body niggles!

Teresa Bailey September 2013

Great experience! Good value for money

Bob White September 2013

The pub buffets were excellent and the organised evening meals and recommended places to eat were all great too.

Graham, Andy and Johnny were fantastic company and their encouragement and support throughout the two weeks really made a difference. The way they responded to everyone on the trip helped us all to get along. No one was ever left out, as can easily happen with a big group of people. I was amazed by Graham’s technical know –how and really appreciated how he tackled any bike problems with good cheer. His morning briefings were excellent and he was always so positive (even in the rain), making it easier to get going each day. Johnny and Andy provided much humour and were always a welcome and cheerful sight at the brew stops.

I really enjoyed the whole trip, from a cycling point of view, but also as a holiday. I’d thought about trying to do an unsupported tour but was so glad that I did it this way instead. Everything about the organisation and the way the trip was run really made it a superb two weeks. In the future I’m sure I’ll be looking at some of the other trips you run

Michael Walker August 2013

The trip has been amazing. Arriving at JOG as one group speaks volumes about the friendship and support we all gave and received along the journey. I am indebted to everyone and thank each of you for making this experience a life long memory I will treasure.

Sallyann Gladman August 2013

Absolutely brilliant, best “holiday” yet! A great mix of people from all age groups and all walks of life. The guides friendly, helpful and experience certainly added value to this trip.

Dean Snowden August 2013

The route notes were really detailed, we didn’t get lost once!

What can I say! Nigel, Graham and Tony were simply the best. I was so impressed with how quickly they appeared when we had a problem. They were always happy, friendly, encouraging and really couldn’t have done more for us. Brilliant!

Mel Johnson August 2013

I was pleasantly surprised by the cleanliness of the youth hostels and I liked the atmosphere.

The tour leaders were very enthusiastic, very genuine concern for us all, our safety and enjoyment of the trip. Professional at all times but still made the tour great fun. Nothing was ever a problem and they went out of their way on a daily basis. The guys worked well as a team and the banter between them was great.

Anne Hall August 2013