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Lands End to John O’Groats – 10 day tour

The Land’s 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. This 10 Day Ride across Britain is our toughest challenge and not for the faint hearted!

Experience tells us that the best way to Ride across Britain 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 10 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 962 miles, with the shortest day being 92 miles and the longest 108. This tour should only be considered if you are a good, fit cyclist and have done plenty of training before hand. The route has been designed to take you away from he main roads and has many hilly sections and the first four days are especially tough. You cycle at your own pace but it should be borne in mind that you will be in the saddle for many hours each day and this is a tough ride. The rewards for completing this challenge are great and will provide a fantastic sense of achievement.

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.

If you would like to see some pictures from one of our latest tours then just click here – 10 Day LEJOG Photos

THE 10 DAY LEJOG IS A TOUGH CHALLENGE AND SHOULD ONLY BE ATTEMPTED BY FIT AND COMPETENT RIDERS

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

2020 Tour Dates:

Wed 13th – Sun 24th May 2020 Tour Full CANCELLED

Wed 8th – Sun 19th July 2020 Tour Full

Wed 5th – Sun 16th August 2020 Tour Full

Wed 12th – Sun 23rd August 2020 Places available

Prices for 2020 are £1495 for shared twin or double in B&Bs & hotels, £1795 single B&Bs & hotels and £1995 for sole occ of a double in B&Bs & hotels.

2021 Tour Dates:

Wed 12th – Sun 23rd May 2021 Places available

Wed 16th – Sun 27th June 2021 Places available

Wed 21st July – Sun 1st August 2021 Places available

Wed 18th – Sun 29th August 2021 Places available

Prices for 2021 are £1595 for shared twin or double in B&Bs & hotels, £1895 single B&Bs & hotels and £2095 for sole occ of a double in B&Bs & hotels.

***If you have a group of 10 people or more then ad hoc tours can also be arranged specific to your group***

If you would prefer a more leisurely ride then why not try our 14 day tour? 14 Day LEJOG

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

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THE 10 DAY LEJOG IS A TOUGH CHALLENGE AND SHOULD ONLY BE ATTEMPTED BY FIT AND COMPETENT RIDERS

2020 Tour Dates:

Wed 13th – Sun 24th May 2020 Tour Full CANCELLED

Wed 8th – Sun 19th July 2020 Tour Full

Wed 5th – Sun 16th August 2020 Tour Full

Wed 12th – Sun 23rd August 2020 Places available

Prices for 2020 are £1495 for shared twin or double in B&Bs & hotels, £1795 single B&Bs & hotels and £1995 for sole occ of a double in B&Bs & hotels.

2021 Tour Dates:

Wed 12th – Sun 23rd May 2021 Places available

Wed 16th – Sun 27th June 2021 Places available

Wed 21st July – Sun 1st August 2021 Places available

Wed 18th – Sun 29th August 2021 Places available

Prices for 2020 are £1495 for shared twin or double in B&Bs & hotels, £1795 single B&Bs & hotels and £1995 for sole occ of a double in B&Bs & hotels.

***If you have a group of 10 people or more then ad hoc tours can also be arranged specific to your group***

If you would prefer a more leisurely ride then why not try our 14 day tour? 14 Day LEJOG

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

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Lands End to John O’Groats – 10 day tour Route

Wednesday: Arrival Day
Everyone will arrive at St Just today ready for a welcome brief and group meal at 7:30pm. You can travel directly to St Just or you can travel to Penzance and we will meet you there and transfer you to your accommodation.

Thursday: Lands End to Plymouth (94 miles) Elevation: 2174m / 7132ft        
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 without doubt, 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.

Friday: Plymouth to Street (95 miles) Elevation: 1922m / 6305ft
Another tough day lies in wait. 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! The second half of the day is much easier as the route flattens somewhat as we reach the lovely little town of Street, near Glastonbury.

Saturday: Street to Leominster (100 miles) Elevation: 1979m / 6492ft
Leaving Street we will pass through Wells and onto the Mendip Hills before cycling through Bristol. After crossing the Severn Bridge we will continue along the scenic Wye Valley to Monmouth. We have a few more hills to tackle towards Hereford before the route flattens out a bit before our approach to Ludlow. We all stay in the same hotel just outside Ludlow which is welcome after a long day in the saddle.

Sunday: Leominster to Leigh (108 miles) Elevation: 1202m / 3943ft
A scenic, undulating road takes us away from Ludlow to the white & black timbered buildings of Shrewsbury. After Shrewsbury the route is flat and easy as we continue northwards along the Cheshire plains. The mileage is long today as we want to get through the Manchester – Liverpool conurbation on Sunday afternoon (as opposed the Monday morning when there is lots of traffic).

Monday: Leigh to Crosthwaite (84 miles) Elevation: 1235m / 4051ft
Continuing northwards we skirt the edge of Bolton and continue through Backburn and onto Lancaster. As the day wears the countryside beckons once again. Further along we will pass through Carnforth and continue into the spectacular scenery of the Lake District. Nestled right inbetween Windermere and Kendal, Crossthwaite provides a nice place to spend the last night of the tour on English soil.

Tuesday: Crosthwaite to Moffatt (102 miles) Elevation: 1723m / 5652ft
This is a hilly but spectacular day. We will pass through the Lake District and cycle through many well known towns of the area and also up one of the iconic climbs of the Lake District ” The Kirkstone Pass”. Once past Gretna the route flattens out as we continue into Scotland to the little town of Moffat.

Wednesday: Moffat to Perth (96 miles) Elevation: 1409m / 4622ft            
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 then takes you over the Forth Road Bridge and onto Kinross and Perth.

Thursday: Perth to Grantown-on-Spey (95 miles) Elevation: 2420m / 7939ft       
This is without doubt one of the toughest days of the tour with a number of difficult climbs to conquer. After crossing 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. Another tough climb at the Lecht provides a challenge although the scenery is stunning and if the weather is good we will have a great day.

Friday: Grantown-on-Spey to Lairg (84 miles) Elevation: 1342m / 4402ft
An easier day is in store as we continue through Inverness, capital of the Highlands. A lovely ride alongside the Beauly Firth takes you through the Muir of Ord and onto Dingwall. As we leave the towns and cities behind, pushing into the county of Sutherland in the remote north.

Saturday: Lairg to John o’Groats (95 miles) Elevation Gain: 1370m / 4494ft
After a gradual climb up to the blissfully isolated pub at the Crask you will be treated with a freewheeling descent to Altnahara. The dazzling backdrop provided by Loch Naver and Ben Kilbreck will make this morning truly unforgettable. We will 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, where the champagne corks will be popping!

Sunday: Departure Day
A coach will transport us all to Inverness today making a drop of at both Inverness Train Station at around 11:30am and Inverness Airport at around midday.

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What’s Included?

The tour price includes 11 nights accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, snacks, tea, coffee, & hot chocolate, full trip support, 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), Garmin 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

Throughout this tour we stay in a mixture of small family run B&B’s, guest houses and hotels. If you are travelling alone and wish to be roomed with other members of the group then you will always share with members of the same sex. It is possible to choose a single room option and also a sole occupancy of a double room option.

Route

Although the shortest route from Lands End to John O’Groats is 874 miles our route of 962 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. For smaller groups only a back up van and driver will be provided.

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. It should be noted that if you have your bike serviced before the tour then it is a good idea to ride it a few times to allow things to ‘bed in’ before joining the tour. Either a road bike or a touring bike is preferable. We have a range of road and touring bikes available for hire if you don’t have your own bike. We will take your bike over for you if you bring it to us before hand and we will take it back for you at the end of the tour as well (free of charge if you drop off and pick up or we can box the bike and post it to you for a charge). Please note that Peak Tours will not be held responsible for any damage cause in the transportation of the bikes, problems are very rare indeed and we have a very safe, tried and tested system. Any bikes with DI gears need to bring their chargers with them for the trip and riders also need to be aware that it may be necessary to remove the saddle and in some cases with DI gears, unplug the cable (although we try to avoid this). We also remove the front wheel of most bikes being transported and place them in wheel bags, if anyone has a wheel that requires a specific tool you would need to provide that too please.

Fitness

The 10 day ride across Britain tour is suitable for someone with a good level of fitness and who wants a challenge. If you do plenty of training before hand 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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How do I get to Penzance?

You can get to Penzance by Car, train, plane & ferry (or you could cycle). We can pick you up at Penzance when you arrive on Wednesday and transport you and your bike to your first nights accommodation. Penzance is about 8 miles from our accommodation in St. Just. To get to Penzance:

By Car The M5 will take you as far as Exeter, there you can join the A30 which will take you all the way to Penzance. If you are hiring a car there is a Europcar depo at Penzance train station where you can leave your hire car.

By Train There are frequent trains from London, Paddington and major stations along the way. Penzance is at the end of the line, so if you fall asleep you won’t go past your stop! If flying to Newquay, you can take the train from Newquay, then onwards to Penzance, changing once at Par station. This journey takes just under 2 hours. For train timetables tel: 08457 48 49 50 or book online at www.nationalrail.co.uk

By Air You can fly to Cornwall by taking a flight from London to Newquay Airport. The journey takes around one and a half hours. Then from Newquay you can take a coach or train onwards to Penzance. Flights can be booked by calling: Air Southwest, British Airways or Ryan Air, UK airport and ticket information, Newquay Airport information, Ebookers online travel agent. If flying to Newquay, you can take a train from Newquay, then onwards to Penzance, changing once at Par station.

By Ferry For visitors coming from Europe there are ferry links from Roscoff, in France or Santander, in Spain, both to the nearby port of Plymouth. A train or coach can then be taken to Penzance.

What happens when I arrive?

If you would like collecting from Penzance we will meet you at the station and take you, your luggage & your bike to St. Just where we will spend our first night. It is about 8 miles from Penzance to St. Just so if you want to cycle we can meet you at Penzance and take your luggage for you. Just let us know when you want picking up and we will meet you then. We will have a group meal at 8.00 on the Wednesday night so if you are arriving much earlier you have the time free to yourself.

What happens at the end?

On the final day we finish cycling on Saturday late afternoon or early evening and spend the night at John o’Groats. We have a ‘final supper’ where we all get together for a last group meal. On Sunday morning a coach is booked for 8.30 & will take everyone back to Inverness. We should arrive at Inverness at around 11.30 where the coach will drop people off at the airport and then the station.

If you are taking your bike back with you then we will transport your bike to Inverness for you or if you choose the ‘return transport’ option then your bikes will be packed and couriered back to your address for you.

What mechanical knowledge do I need?

We don’t expect you to be an expert bike mechanic but there are a few simple skills that will be a great benefit to you. The most important skill you need to know is how to fix a puncture. It is quite likely that at some point you will have a puncture or two so it is essential that you carry a puncture repair kit and a spare tube or two with you. It is also helpful if you know how to change your brake pads and adjust your brakes & gears however this isn’t essential. Our guides will help you with any repairs and adjustments en-route.

What are the lunches like?

We arrange a buffet lunch at a pub or café each day. This will be a mixture of sandwiches, salads, soup, pizza, pasta salad etc and will be different at each place. There will always be enough to go round so don’t worry if you are at the back of the group. The lunch stops provide a good opportunity to re-group and catch up with others and compare notes.

Will I be left behind?

No, a tour leader cycles at the back of the group so that you won’t be left behind if you are worried about cycling too slowly. Throughout the group there will be a mix of abilities and cycling speeds so you will usually be able to cycle with others that cycle at a similar pace. Some people like to cycle fast whilst others prefer to take their time, stop for coffee & cake or stop to take photos etc so whether you are a ‘speed demon’ or more of a ‘tourer’ there usually will be someone to cycle with each day. On tours with a low number of rider there may only be a back up van with no back up rider.

Do I need to be super fit?

It certainly helps! You don’t need to be an Olympic athlete but a good level of fitness is important as the 10 day LEJOG is a challenging ride. The fitter you are and the more training that you do before hand will add to the enjoyment of your tour and improve your chances of succeeding the challenge. If you need any advice about fitness please contact us and we will be happy to discuss any questions and concerns that you may have.

What are the groups like?

Obviously each group is different but generally lejoggers are a fun, friendly, helpful & adventurous bunch. There will be people of all ages and from all walks of life. We think that a group of 20-25 is ideal as there will be plenty of people with similar interests and character without being such a big group that it becomes too much.

Generally the group will be split 50/50 between people travelling alone & people that travel as a pair such as two brothers, two friends, two partners. There will be plenty of people to socialise with throughout the day and in the evening.

How do I get my bike home at the end of the trip?

If you are flying then you will need to box your bike before you board the plane. If you choose to do this you will need to send your bike box or bag to the final destination at the hotel in JOG as we don’t have space in the back up van to carry bike boxes or bags (exceptions can be made for one or two fold down bike bags for overseas travellers). If you are travelling by train you will need to ensure that your bike is booked on each leg of your journey. We will transport your bike back to Inverness for you.

An easy alternative to transporting your bike yourself is to use the services of Ticket to Ride (www.johnogroatsbiketransport.co.uk). Whilst we don’t take any responsibility for any outside bike couriering services previous ‘lejogers’ have used them and have reported that they offer an excellent service.

The way it works is that we will transport your bikes back to Inverness where a member of the Ticket to Ride staff will meet us at the airport/station & take any bikes that are to be posted or they will collect bikes from JOG. The bikes will then be boxed (this usually means that they will remove the front wheel, pedals, saddle & handlebars) and posted to your address. The price for this service is £77.00 per bike. If you would like to use this service please let us know & we will book it in for you.

What happens in the evenings?

Once you have arrived at your accommodation you should have chance for some time to relax, have a shower etc before the evening meal. We usually arrange somewhere to eat for the evening meal so that we can all get together and you won’t be left alone if you would like to eat with others. Quite often will simply arrange a certain pub to meet up & just drift in when you are ready whilst at other places we have a set time to eat – it just depends on the location.

Does the support vehicle follow the group?

No, the back up van doesn’t drive behind the group at all times but the van shouldn’t be too far away if you require assistance. In the morning we have a group brief and set off cycling, meanwhile the backup driver will collect all the luggage from the various B&B’s & hostels. Once all of the luggage has been loaded, the support vehicle will leapfrog the group stopping when necessary. The backup driver will be at the lunch stop should you need anything from the van and in the afternoon will go on ahead to ensure that your luggage is in place before you arrive.

How much luggage can I take?

There is limited space in the back up van to store luggage. We therefore request that you try to keep your luggage size to a minimum & try not to bring too much with you. Washing clothes can be done en-route so you shouldn’t need to bring a clean set of clothes for every day. The ideal size for luggage is 70 x 50 x 30 cm and a weight of 15 – 18kg (or less).

What training should I do?

The more the better. We will provide a training guide for you so that you can build up your cycling strength and prepare for the ride in the correct way. It is important that you cycle two long days back to back whilst training and also that you cycle on some hills.

What bike should I use?

The most suitable bike for this trip is a road or racing bike, however it is entirely up to you what type of bike you use. Some people may be riding hybrid bikes, others tourers but most on road bikes.

Please ensure that your bike is fully serviced and in good working order before the start of the trip.

Please ensure that you have hard wearing tyres with plenty of tread.

You are going to cycle 1000 miles so it is important that your bike won’t let you down. You may want to fit new brake blocks, tyres & inner tubes before you start the ride & also bring 3-4 spare inner tubes, pump, puncture repair kit & multi-tool to carry with you each day. It is essential that you are able to fix a puncture.

It is also advisable to have lights from & rear lights on your bikes & try to be a visible as possible.

What gear should I take?

We provide a suggested kit list so please contact us if you would like a copy sending to you.

Can I hire a bike from you?

It is advisable to use your own bike if possible, however we realise that it is not always possible to use your own steed so you may wish to hire one. We have three types of hybrid bike available and two types of road bike. Details of these bikes can be found by clicking on the ‘Tour Extras’ tab.

All of our hire bikes come fitted with a cycle computer, water bottle cage, bell, map holder, rear rack and mudguard (hybrids) and front and rear lights. We can also provide a pannier with a multi-tool, pump, puncture repair kit, spare tube and tyre levers at no extra cost. All bikes have flat pedals so if you would prefer to use your own (and maybe your own saddle) then please bring these along with you. We can also provide a helmet for you at no extra cost.

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1. Booking & Paying For Your Arrangements

A booking is made with us when you pay us a deposit (or full payment if you are booking within 60 days of departure) and we issue you with a booking confirmation. All bookings are made subject to the eligibility requirements listed at section 2 below. We reserve the right to return your deposit and decline to issue a booking confirmation at our absolute discretion. A binding contract will come into existence between you and us as soon as we have issued you with a booking confirmation that will confirm the details of your booking and will be sent to you. The accommodation provisions included at section 14 will also apply to your booking.

Upon receipt, if you believe that any details on booking confirmation or any other document are wrong you must advise us immediately as changes cannot be made later and it may harm your rights if we are not notified of any inaccuracies in any document within ten days of our sending it out.

The balance of the cost of your arrangements (including any applicable surcharge) is due not less than 60 days prior to scheduled departure. You will receive a payment reminder from us prior to your balance becoming due. If we do not receive this balance in full and on time, we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled by you in which case we shall retain your deposit.

2. Eligibility Requirements

In booking with Peak Tours you understand that there are certain risks and dangers inherent in taking part in a cycling holiday and that by the very nature of the activities you will participate in these may be hazardous to you, including cycling on uneven surfaces, cycling in inclement weather, cycling in close proximity to vehicular traffic and any other activities involving inherently dangerous risks, and you acknowledge that you will be exposed to an element of personal risk. These include the risk of personal injury and death and loss of or damage to your property. You are under a duty to mitigate any risks to yourself as far as is practicable, by taking all reasonable steps to comply with all instructions of your tour leader and the instructions included in your route map, and taking all reasonable steps to ensure your own safety whilst taking part in the holiday.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are at a sufficient level of fitness to take part in your chosen holiday (please also see section 13 - Disabilities and Medical Problems). You will generally be at a sufficient level of fitness if you are able to complete your day's cycling within a reasonable timescale (which shall be set by your tour leader, and in respect of most holidays shall mean completing the day's cycling by 18:30 hours local time at the latest). If you finish your day's cycling beyond this time period, it shall be at the tour leader's absolute discretion as to whether you are at a sufficient level of fitness to continue with your chosen holiday. You are required to follow any safety advice or other instructions provided to you by your tour leader, and wear a cycle helmet and appropriate clothing at all times whilst cycling.

If you are using your own bike, it must be suitable for use for the duration of the route of your chosen holiday. It is your responsibility to arrange for your bike to be transported to the holiday. Your bike must be insured for the duration of your holiday, and your insurance should cover loss or damage to your bike that may occur during your holiday. Peak Tours take great care to ensure that your bike is safe at all times. However, Peak Tours cannot accept any responsibility for any damage to your bike or loss of your bike, including if your bike is stolen during the holiday.

Bike hire is available to be booked at any time up to the start of your holiday, subject to availability. If you choose the bike hire option, your bike will be provided at the beginning of the holiday and returned to ground staff at the end of your holiday.

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We endeavour to ensure that all the information and prices contained in our advertising material are accurate, however occasionally changes and errors occur and we reserve the right to correct prices and other details in such circumstances. You must check the current price and all other details relating to the arrangements that you wish to book before you make your booking.

4.Insurance

Adequate travel insurance is a condition of your contract with us. You must be satisfied that your insurance fully covers all your personal requirements including pre-existing medical conditions, cancellation charges, medical expenses and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. If you choose to travel without adequate insurance cover, we will not be liable for any losses howsoever arising, in respect of which insurance cover would otherwise have been available.

5. Pricing

We reserve the right to amend the price of unsold holidays at any time and correct errors in the prices of confirmed holidays. We also reserve the right to increase the price of confirmed holidays solely to allow for increases which are a direct consequence of changes in:

  1. the price of the carriage of passengers resulting from the cost of fuel or other power sources;
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  3. the exchange rates relevant to the package.

Such variations could include but are not limited to cost changes which are part of our contracts with accommodation suppliers (and their agents), transfer operators and any other transport providers.

You will be charged for the amount of any increase in accordance with this clause. However, if this means that you have to pay an increase of more than 8% of the price of your confirmed holiday (excluding any insurance premiums, amendment charges and/or additional services or travel arrangements), you will have the option of accepting a change to another holiday if we are able to offer one (if this is of lower price you will be refunded the difference in price), or cancelling and receiving a full refund of all monies paid to us, except for any insurance premiums and any amendment charges and/or additional services or travel arrangements. Should you decide to cancel for this reason, you must exercise your right to do so within 7 days from the issue date printed on your final invoice. We will consider an appropriate refund of insurance premiums paid if you can show that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy.

Should the price of your holiday go down due to the changes mentioned above, then any refund due will be paid to you less an administrative fee of £10. However, please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel due to contractual and other protection in place.

There will be no change made to the price of your confirmed holiday within 20 days of your departure nor will refunds be paid during this period.

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These Booking Conditions and any agreement to which they apply are governed in all respects by English law. We both agree that any dispute, claim or other matter which arises between us out of or in connection with your contract or booking will be dealt with by the Courts of England and Wales only. You may however, choose the law and jurisdiction of Scotland or Northern Ireland if you live in those places and if you wish to do so.

7.Cutting your holiday short

If you are forced to return home early, we cannot refund the cost of any travel arrangements you have not used. If you cut short your holiday and return home early in circumstances where you have no reasonable cause for complaint about the standard of accommodation and services provided, we will not offer you any refund for that part of your holiday not completed, or be liable for any associated costs you may incur. Depending on the circumstances, your travel insurance may offer cover for curtailment and we suggest that any claim is made directly with them.

8. If You Change Your Booking & Transfers of Bookings

If you wish to change any part of your booking after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you must inform us in writing (which includes by email) as soon as possible. This should be done by the first named person on the booking. Whilst we will do our best to assist, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet your requested change. Where we can meet a request, all changes will be subject to payment of any costs and charges incurred by us and/or incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers in making this change. You should be aware that these costs could increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made and you should contact us as soon as possible. Where we are unable to assist you and you do not wish to proceed with the original booking we will treat this as a cancellation by you. A cancellation fee may be payable in accordance with clause 9.

Transfer of Booking:

If you or any member of your party is prevented from travelling, that person(s) may transfer their place to someone else, subject to the following conditions:

  1. that person is introduced by you and satisfies all the conditions applicable to the holiday;
  2. we are notified not less than 7 days before departure;
  3. you pay any fees, charges or other costs arising from the transfer; and
  4. the transferee agrees to these booking conditions and all other terms of the contract between us.

You and the transferee remain jointly and severally liable for payment of all sums. If you are unable to find a replacement, cancellation charges as set out in clause 9 will apply in order to cover our estimated costs. Otherwise, no refunds will be given for passengers not travelling or for unused services.

Important Note: Certain arrangements may not be amended or transferred after they have been confirmed and any alteration could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements.

9. If You Cancel Your Booking Before Departure

If you or any other member of your party decides to cancel your confirmed booking you must notify us in writing (which includes by email). Your notice of cancellation will only take effect when it is received in writing by us at our offices and will be effective from the date on which we receive it.

Since we incur costs in cancelling your arrangements, you will have to pay the cancellation charges as follows:

Cancellation Charge
More than 60 days before start date Deposit
60 - 0 days 100%

Important Note: Certain arrangements may not be amended after they have been confirmed and any alteration or cancellation could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements in addition to the charge above.

If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges.

Where possible, we will deduct the cancellation charge(s) from any monies you have already paid to us.

10. If We Change or Cancel

As we plan your holiday arrangements many months in advance we may occasionally have to make changes or cancel your booking and we reserve the right to do so at any time.

Changes: If we make a minor change to your holiday, we will make reasonable efforts to inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your departure but we will have no liability to you. An example of a minor change would include change of accommodation to another of the same or higher standard.

Occasionally we may have to make a significant change to your confirmed arrangements. Examples of "significant changes" include the following, when made before departure:

  1. A change of accommodation area for the whole or a significant part of your time away.
  2. A change of accommodation to that of a lower standard or classification for the whole or a significant part of your time away.
  3. A change of outward departure time or overall length of your arrangements by more than 12 hours.
  4. A significant change to your itinerary, missing out one or more destination entirely.

Cancellation: We will not cancel your travel arrangements less than 60 days before your departure date, except for reasons of Events Beyond Our Control or failure by you to pay the final balance. We may cancel your holiday before this date if, e.g., the minimum number of clients required for a particular travel arrangement is not reached.

If we have to make a significant change or cancel, we will tell you as soon as possible and if there is time to do so before departure, we will offer you the choice of:

  1. (for significant major changes) accepting the changed arrangements; or
  2. having a refund of all monies paid; or
  3. if available and where we offer one, accepting an offer of an alternative holiday (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value).

You must notify us of your choice within 7 days of our offer. If we do not hear from you within 7 days, we will contact you again to request notification of your choice. If you fail to respond again, we will assume that you have chosen to accept the change or alternative booking arrangements.

Compensation

In addition to a full refund of all monies paid by you, we will pay you compensation as detailed below, in the following circumstances:

  1. If, where we make a significant change, you do not accept the changed arrangements and cancel your booking;
  2. If we cancel your booking and no alternative arrangements are available and/or we do not offer one.

The compensation that we offer does not exclude you from claiming more if you are entitled to do so.

Period before departure in which we notify you Amount you will receive from us*
More than 60 days £0
60-43 days £10
42-29 days £20
28-15 days £30
14-0 days £40

*IMPORTANT NOTE: We will not pay you compensation in the following circumstances:

  1. where we make a minor change;
  2. where we make a significant change or cancel your arrangements more than 60 days before departure;
  3. where we make a significant change and you accept those changed arrangements or you accept an offer of alternative travel arrangements;
  4. where we have to cancel your arrangements as a result of your failure to make full payment on time;
  5. where the change or cancellation by us arises out of alterations to the confirmed booking requested by you;
  6. where we are forced to cancel or change your arrangements due to Events Beyond Our Control (see clause 11).

If we become unable to provide a significant proportion of the arrangements that you have booked with us after you have departed, we will, if possible, make alternative arrangements for you at no extra charge and where those alternative arrangements are of a lower standard, provide you with an appropriate price reduction.

11. Events Beyond Our Control

Except where otherwise expressly stated in these Booking Conditions we will not be liable or pay you compensation if our contractual obligations to you are affected by "Events Beyond Our Control". For the purposes of these Booking Conditions, Events Beyond Our Control means any event beyond our or our supplier's control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken. Examples include warfare and acts of terrorism (and threat thereof), civil strife, significant risks to human health such as the outbreak of serious disease at the travel destination or natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes or weather conditions which make it impossible to travel safely to the travel destination or remain at the travel destination, the act of any government or other national or local authority including port or river authorities, industrial dispute, labour strikes, lock closure, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, chemical or biological disaster, unavoidable technical problems with transport and all similar events outside our or the supplier(s) concerned's control.

Brexit Implications: please note that certain travel arrangements may be affected as a result of the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union. Please rest assured that this is something we will continue to monitor and will advise our customers as soon as possible if we become aware of any confirmed bookings that will be affected. However, since this is something which is completely unprecedented and outside our control, we would treat any such changes as Events Beyond Our Control, and whilst we will endeavour to provide suitable alternative arrangements or refunds where possible, we will not be liable to pay you any compensation.

12. Special Requests

Any special requests must be advised to us at the time of booking e.g. diet, room location, a particular facility at a hotel etc. You should then confirm your requests in writing. Whilst every effort will be made by us to try and arrange your reasonable special requests, we cannot guarantee that they will be fulfilled. The fact that a special request has been noted on your confirmation invoice or any other documentation or that it has been passed on to the supplier is not confirmation that the request will be met. Failure to meet any special request will not be a breach of contract on our part unless the request has been specifically confirmed by us. We do not accept bookings that are conditional upon any special request being met.

13. Disabilities and Medical Problems

We are not a specialist disabled holiday company, but we will do our utmost to cater for any special requirements you may have. If you or any member of your party has any medical problem or disability which may affect your booking, please provide us with full details before you make your booking so that we can try to advise you as to the suitability of your chosen arrangements. We may require you to produce a doctor's certificate certifying that you are fit to participate. Acting reasonably, if we are unable to properly accommodate the needs of the person(s) concerned, we will not confirm your booking or if you did not give us full details at the time of booking, we will cancel it and impose applicable cancellation charges when we become aware of these details. If, during your holiday, we become aware of a medical problem or disability which may affect your health and safety or the health and safety of others, which you did not disclose at the time of booking, we reserve the right to postpone, restrict or cancel your involvement in any cycling activities, at the tour leader's sole discretion.

14. Accommodation Provisions

B&B OPTION & DOUBLE OR TWIN/TRIPLE

If you choose the B&B only option you will stay in a mixture of B&B's, hotels and country pubs. If you are travelling with a friend then you will be roomed together in a twin or if you're with your partner then you will be in a double room (or a twin if you prefer). If you are travelling alone then you will be roomed with another member of the group in a twin or triple room (same sex). The actual stopovers may change from the advertised accommodation providers, if this happens then an equivalent standard of accommodation will be used nearby. The majority of the rooms you stay in will be en-suite however you may stay in a couple of rooms that are not en-suite.

SINGLE ROOM OPTION

If you choose the single room option, you will have your own room for the duration of the holiday. This will be in either a single room or single occupancy of a double room in a mixture of en-suite and non en-suite rooms.

SOLE USE OF A DOUBLE ROOM OPTION

If you choose this option, you will have a guaranteed double room to yourself throughout the tour. You will always have an en-suite each night of your holiday. There may be an exceptionally rare occasion when you have a separate bathroom but this is very unlikely. Occasionally you may have a twin room to yourself if a double room isn't available but again, this is rare.

YHA (YOUTH HOSTEL) OPTION

This option is only available for the fourteen day LEJOG tour. If you choose the YHA option you will stay in a mixture of hostels, hotels & B&B's staying in dormitory rooms, single rooms, twin rooms & triples.

15. Complaints

We make every effort to ensure that your holiday arrangements run smoothly but if you do have a problem during your holiday, please inform the relevant supplier (e.g. your hotelier) and your tour leader immediately who will endeavour to put things right. If your complaint is not resolved locally, please contact 07495 023 022 or 01457851462.

If the problem cannot be resolved and you wish to complain further, you must send formal written notice of your complaint to us at our office, ideally within 28 days of the end of your stay, giving your booking reference and all other relevant information. Please keep your letter concise and to the point. This will assist us to quickly identify your concerns and speed up our response to you. Failure to follow the procedure set out in this clause may affect ours and the applicable supplier's ability to investigate your complaint, and will affect your rights under this contract.

You can access the European Commission Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) platform at http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/. This ODR platform is a means of registering your complaint with us; it will not determine how your complaint should be resolved. Please Note: the ODR platform is unlikely to be available for use by UK consumers at such a point that the UK ceases to be a member of the European Union.

16. Your Behaviour

All our customers are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly and acceptable manner and not to disrupt the enjoyment of others. If in our opinion or in the opinion of any hotel manager, tour leader or any other person in authority, your behaviour or that of any member of your party is causing or is likely to cause distress, danger or annoyance to any other customers or any third party, or damage to property, or to cause a delay or diversion to transportation, we reserve the right to terminate your booking with us immediately. In the event of such termination our liability to you and/or your party will cease and you and/or your party will be required to leave your accommodation or other arrangements immediately. We will have no further obligations to you and/or your party. No refunds for lost accommodation or any other arrangements will be made and we will not pay any expenses or costs incurred as a result of termination. You and/or your party may also be required to pay for loss and/or damage caused by your actions and we will hold you and each member of your party jointly and individually liable for any damage or losses caused by you or any member of your party. Full payment for any such damage or losses must be paid directly to the hotel manager or other supplier prior to departure. If you fail to make payment, you will be responsible for meeting any claims (including legal costs) subsequently made against us as a result of your actions together with all costs we incur in pursuing any claim against you. We cannot be held responsible for the actions or behaviour of other guests or individuals who have no connection with your booking arrangements or with us.

17. Our Responsibilities

  1. We will accept responsibility for the arrangements we agree to provide or arrange for you as an "organiser" under the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018, as set out below and as such, we are responsible for the proper provision of all travel services included in your package, as set out in your confirmation invoice. Subject to these Booking Conditions, if we or our suppliers negligently perform or arrange those services and we don't remedy or resolve your complaint within a reasonable period of time, and this has affected the enjoyment of your package holiday you may be entitled to an appropriate price reduction or compensation or both. You must inform us without undue delay of any failure to perform or improper performance of the travel services included in this package. The level of any such price reduction or compensation will be calculated taking into consideration all relevant factors such as but not limited to: following the complaints procedure as described in these Booking Conditions and the extent to which ours or our employees' or suppliers' negligence affected the overall enjoyment of your holiday. Please note that it is your responsibility to show that we or our supplier(s) have been negligent if you wish to make a claim against us.
  2. We will not be responsible or pay you compensation for any injury, illness, death, loss, damage, expense, cost or other claim of any description if it results from:
    1. the acts and/or omissions of the person affected; or
    2. the acts and/or omissions of a third party unconnected with the provision of the services contracted for and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable; or
    3. Events Beyond Our Control (as defined in clause 11).
  3. We limit the amount of compensation we may have to pay you if we are found liable under this clause:
    1. loss of and/or damage to any luggage or personal possessions and money: the maximum amount we will have to pay you in respect of these claims is an amount equivalent to the excess on your insurance policy which applies to this type of loss per person in total because you are required to have adequate insurance in place to cover any losses of this kind.
    2. Claims not falling under (a) above and which don't involve injury, illness or death: the maximum amount we will have to pay you in respect of these claims is up to three times the price paid by or on behalf of the person(s) affected in total. This maximum amount will only be payable where everything has gone wrong and you or your party has not received any benefit at all from your booking.
    3. Claims in respect of international travel by sea and rail, or any stay in a hotel:
      1. The extent of our liability will in all cases be limited as if we were carriers under the appropriate Conventions, which include The Athens Convention (with respect to sea travel); The Berne/Cotif Convention (with respect to rail travel) and The Paris Convention (with respect to hotel arrangements). You can ask for copies of these Conventions from our offices. Please contact us. In addition, you agree that the operating carrier or transport company's own 'Conditions of Carriage' will apply to you on that journey. When arranging transportation for you, we rely on the terms and conditions contained within these international conventions and those 'Conditions of Carriage'. You acknowledge that all of the terms and conditions contained in those 'Conditions of Carriage' form part of your contract with us, as well as with the transport company and that those 'Conditions of Carriage' shall be deemed to be included by reference into this contract.
      2. When making any payment, we are entitled to deduct any money which you have received or are entitled to receive from the transport provider or hotelier for the complaint or claim in question.
  4. It is a condition of our acceptance of liability under this clause that you notify any claim to us and our supplier(s) strictly in accordance with the complaints procedure set out in these conditions.
  5. Where any payment is made, the person(s) receiving it (and their parent or guardian if under 18 years) must also assign to us or our insurers any rights they may have to pursue any third party and must provide ourselves and our insurers with all assistance we may reasonably require.
  6. Please note, we cannot accept any liability for any damage, loss or expense or other sum(s) of any description:
    1. which on the basis of the information given to us by you concerning your booking prior to our accepting it, we could not have foreseen you would suffer or incur if we breached our contract with you;
    2. relate to any business;
    3. indirect or consequential loss of any kind.
  7. We will not accept responsibility for services or facilities which do not form part of our agreement or where they are not advertised on our website. . For example any excursion you book whilst away, or any service or facility which your hotel or any other supplier agrees to provide for you.
  8. Where it is impossible for you to return to your departure point as per the agreed return date of your package, due to "unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances", we shall provide you with any necessary accommodation (where possible, of a comparable standard) for a period not exceeding three nights per person. Please note that the 3 night cap does not apply to persons with reduced mobility, pregnant women or unaccompanied minors, nor to persons needing specific medical assistance, provided we have been notified of these particular needs at least 48 hours before the start of your holiday. For the purposes of this clause, "unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances" mean warfare, acts of terrorism, significant risks to human health such as the outbreak of serious disease at the travel destination or natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes or weather conditions which make it impossible to travel safely back to your departure point.

18. Excursions

Excursions or other tours that you may choose to book or pay for whilst you are on holiday are not part of your contracted arrangements with us. For any excursion or other tour that you book, your contract will be with the operator of the excursion or tour and not with us. We are not responsible for the provision of the excursion or tour or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by the operator.

19. Insolvency Protection

In accordance with the requirements of the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018, we provide full financial protection for all package holidays that we sell, by way of a separate account held by HSBC.

If you book arrangements other than package holiday from us, your monies will not be financially protected. Please ask us for further details.

20. Passport, Visa and Immigration Requirements & Health Formalities

It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We can only provide general information about this. You must check requirements for your own specific circumstances with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates and your own doctor as applicable. Requirements do change and you must check the up to date position in good time before departure.

Most countries now require passports to be valid for at least 6 months after your return date. If your passport is in its final year, you should check with the Embassy of the country you are visiting. For further information contact the Passport Office on 0870 5210410 or visit https://www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/passports.

Special conditions apply for travel to the USA, and all passengers must have individual machine readable passports. Please check https://uk.usembassy.gov. For European holidays you should obtain a completed and issued form EHIC prior to departure.

Up to date travel advice can be obtained from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, visit https://www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Non British passport holders, including other EU nationals, should obtain up to date advice on passport and visa requirements from the Embassy, High Commission or Consulate of your destination or country(ies) through which you are travelling.

We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

21. Conditions of Suppliers

Many of the services which make up your holiday are provided by independent suppliers. Those suppliers provide these services in accordance with their own terms and conditions which will form part of your contract with us. Some of these terms and conditions may limit or exclude the supplier's liability to you, usually in accordance with applicable International Conventions. Copies of the relevant parts of these terms and conditions are available on request from us or the supplier concerned.

22. Prompt Assistance

If, whilst you are on holiday, you find yourself in difficulty for any reason, we will offer you such prompt assistance as is appropriate in the circumstances. In particular, we will provide you with appropriate information on health services, local authorities and consular assistance, and assistance with distance communications and finding alternative travel arrangements. Where you require assistance which is not owing to any failure by us, our employees or sub-contractors we will not be liable for the costs of any alternative travel arrangements or other such assistance you require. Any supplier or transport supplier may however pay for or provide refreshments and/or appropriate accommodation and you should make a claim directly to them. Subject to the other terms of these Booking Conditions, we will not be liable for any costs, fees or charges you incur in the above circumstances, if you fail to obtain our prior authorisation before making your own travel arrangements. Furthermore, we reserve the right to charge you a fee for our assistance in the event that the difficulty is caused intentionally by you or a member of your party, or otherwise through your or your party's negligence.

23. Delays, Missed Transport Arrangements and other Travel Information

If you or any member of your party misses a transport arrangement, it is cancelled or you are subject to a delay of over 3 hours for any reason, you must contact us and the transport supplier concerned immediately.

We cannot accept liability for any delay which is due to any of the reasons set out in clause 11 of these Booking Conditions.

24. Foreign Office Advice

You are responsible for making yourself aware of Foreign Office advice in regard to the safety of the countries and areas in which you will be travelling and to make your decisions accordingly. Advice from the Foreign Office to avoid or leave a particular country may constitute Events Beyond Our Control. (See clause 11).

Company Details

Peak Tours Limited
38 Storth Meadow Road, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 6UZ.
Registered in England 7992506
VAT No 130935822

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Good value for money.  Route has a bit of everything, especially the iconic sights including the bridges, cairngorms and lakes.  Excellent steady stream of pre-tour info. from an extremely professional and knowledgeable team. All the support we needed to make the journey as straightforward as possible. 

Warren Thomas 2019

Brew van was bloody awesome. Everything you could want and really helped reset. Again, well thought through.  You could go at your own pace, so the group size really didn't factor to be honest. Best thing I've done; loved it!    I'd do it again tomorrow and sure it won't be my last Peak Tour.

Mike Wheale 2019

Good range of hotels and guesthouses. All very friendly and accommodating.  The route was outstanding in every aspect. The scenery in every single county was superlative. The back roads used were sublime.   The mid morning and mid afternoon snack stops were hugely impressive and made the tour that much more enjoyable. Nothing was too much trouble for Julie and Simon (our guides), who provided an excellent localised variety of snacks. The lunchtime meals were faultless. Every stop well worth making and tremendous value for money.  All pre-tour information was timely and relevant. I cannot speak highly enough of Simon and Julie Bullen who were attentive to all individual and group needs throughout. They coped with adversity on Day One commendably well. Their intimate knowledge, experience and understanding of long distance cycle tours was invaluable. They were personable and friendly from start to finish. They must be a huge asset to Peak Tours.have been hugely impressed by Peak Tours from start to finish. Excellent in every way.  An excellent tour and experience and exceptional value for money.

John Armstong 2019

B & B’s and guesthouses were excellent, pubs were good.  Good comprehensive range of snacks, and drinks. Enjoyed every aspect of the tour- couldn’t really fault any aspect of the tour, the support and guidance from the tour leader and guides was always there.  

Steve Wash 2019

The tour was amazing; faultless from start to finish... wishing I was still riding. Hats off to the guides Tony, Hamish and Dave who were excellent! 

Keith Walden 2019

Perfect size group to start in morning 25 people through towns,soon broke up into smaller groups but enough so not on own all day.  Well thought out every day a different challenge,hills and flats even the odd dirt track,even the main towns went through where interestingly challenging.  Easy to follow mile markers helped as well so we could have a rough idea where we was. Also showing the range ie where the climbs were going, made me personally prepared for the day.  Excellent breakfasts and most of all tea breaks had everything to keep you going till next stop. Also very obliging if I wanted something different. Very good mix of solid food, not just gels.  Had to stop myself from overeating! From start to finish I could not fault the tour organisation in any way.

Ran very smoothly no pressure to keep up with others. Fun, tough at times.  Overall one of the best experiences I have ever undertaken and am looking forward to my next adventure with yourselves- just keep doing what you're doing works very well. 

Michael Clamp 2019

The guides were excellent and accommodated all requests with amazing grace.  You have a fantastic team!

Charles Dowson 2019

I like the fact that it was almost independent riding but you had the back up when required. Never wanted for anything and the meals provided throughout were of very good quality. Choice was good and brew stops were plentiful and varied. 

Chris Waddington 2019

Cannot find any faults! 

I have previously been on similar tours with two other companies, neither of which were as good as Peak Tours. Peak Tours leaders integrated with the cyclist and looked after their needs without fuss or over attention. All three were always calm and reassuring, providing just the right amount of information. Tony was always in control, organised and professional. Hamish shared his experience and his character added to the mix. Dave was supportive,  in particular helping out with clothing choices to cope with interchangeable weather. Dave even took off one of his layers and gave me a jacket when I was really cold, despite him being freezing himself. And he has great dry wit. Food provided at lunch was excellent with variety and ample helpings. The evening meals worked out really well with pre ordered meals to ensure everyone ate what they preferred with a couple of days without an organised meal worked out well. Rooms were good, some better than others, but appreciate it all depends on the location (limited options in Scotland).  

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would highly recommend Peak Tours. I am hoping to do the France coast to med trip in 2020 or 2021. 

Julie 2019

It was an excellent tour, fantastic leaders and a great bunch of people, I’d definitely recommend Peak Tours to anyone. 

Steve Langman 2019

All three guides were excellent and could not have done more. 

Jerry Wallis 2019

All accommodation was very clean and very friendly service with excellent quality food.  The route was amazing, my personal favourites were: Wye Valley, Lake Districts and Scotland.    I read the notes the night before and they were very comprehensive although my Garmin did the trick. All food supplied at the accommodation was very good. The breaks and lunch were also excellent.  Being able to go off at everyone’s individual pace was a very good idea. The guides. made the trip for me. They couldn’t of done anymore for us. On the last day with the bad conditions you could see how concerned the guys were and they went the extra mile to ensure were looked after.  I couldn’t of asked for a better organised trip. Top both.

Mark Rodgers 2019

The guides were all incredible. Trip couldn’t have run more smoothly . I’ll definitely be recommending Peak Tours to friends . There was quite a spread in the group in regard to speed and the guides managed the logistics of that expertly.

Liz Robertson 2019

The guides were  absolutely incredible. Nigel, in particular, got me through the very challenging 10 days. I wouldn’t have managed without him. Great energy and full of encouragement! Nothing was too much to ask. He worked his socks off! 

Natalie Farmer 2019

We were well briefed each morning and could approach guides/drivers and make any enquiries. They were extremely helpful every way possible.   The group size was just right. I cycled a high percentage of the trip on my own as I wanted to keep something in reserve. The tour leaders were excellent. Their goal appeared to be that we would all complete the journey safely and they could not have been more helpful. It was like as if we knew them as friends for years. Great ambassadors. 

Very professionally run Tours by experienced, confident and competent guides who are always ready to go the extra step (bike length) to make the journey more enjoyable and attainable for all participants. 

Pat O' Connell 2019

The guides- top drawer.  The tour was fantastic and I was aware how hard our guides were working to ensure that happened, there is a lot of logistics and it cannot be easy. 

Steve Jones 2019

I was the only group member who relied on the trip notes rather than a Garmin throughout and I did not take one wrong turn.  The guides were superb throughout. Always cheerful and positive and always friendly and approachable. Steve fitted in seamlessly later in the trip. Martin worked tirelessly to ensure everyone's bike was roadworthy and looked after my hire bike brilliantly.

This was my first trip with Peak Tours having done cycling holidays with approximately 8 other companies and this trip rates as one of the best. 

Giles Borton 2019

The guides were fantastic. 

Trevor Dimmock 2019

Lunches and brew van were excellent.  Martin, Julie, Nigel and Steve were amazing. They were always there to help and encourage and always smiling. We did not want for anything but boy did they have to work hard to achieve that.  I have nothing but praise.

Judith Allsop 2019

Liked local items picked up on way. 

Mark Elgood 2019

Simon and Julie work so hard all the time and because of them and how well it’s all organised l will be back.

Keith Maddocks 2019

The food provided was very good, and we vegetarians were very well catered for (and Isabelle made sure the non-veggies didn’t steal all ours).                                                                                                    The brew stops were always welcome. Picnic lunches were a favourite with us.

 

The group size was perfect. Large enough to find people with similar interests/cycling speeds etc, but not too large as to be impersonal.

A pity we did this tour first – how will we top this?!

Martin & Anne Hibbins June 2018

I came all the way from Australia just to do the LEJOG and I wasn’t disappointed. I like how the tour was run and I plan to come back for another one.

Nigel Hill July 2018

The accommodation was all excellent, better than I had expected for the price we paid. More than happy.

Enjoyed all the route. Lovely views along the way. Tough in places, relaxing and chilled out in others. Just the job!

Day van food stops are all you need…..in fact, I think there is a danger of overeating just because you can. Hence no weight loss during trip!

I’ve recommended the tour to just about everybody I know.

No need to change anything. You’ve got it covered.

Tim Barnard July 2018

An extremely complex task well organised to perfection.  From dropping off bikes in Glossop to overnight accommodation – bags already in rooms was a great bonus. If there were any hitches I didn’t notice them – well done to all concerned.

A tremendous success for me personally and our group as a whole. Your planning and organisation enabled us to just get on with the cycling.

Eric Eggs July 2018

To find a route which used such small roads as much as possible was great.

Fantastic to see so many iconic bridges, scenery & climbs!

Loved the tour

Stephen Swann July 2018

Amazing journey including many iconic, stunning and memorable sights.

From collection at Penzance to leaving JoG everything went perfectly.

This was an amazing experience for me which was made possible by the organisation, team and overall quality provided.

Colin Bicknell May/June 2018

In summary, 10 out of 10 and excellent value. I had a superb time and loved every minute.

The accommodation and food (etc.) were all good. Some hotels were better than others, but everywhere I stayed was comfortable and had a warm shower. My favourites were the Future Inn in Plymouth, the hotel at Crosthwaite, the B&B at Moffat and Haus Alba at Grantown-on-Spey. David at Haus Alba was an excellent and friendly host.

Neil Barton July 2018

Scenery going through Wye Valley, Dartmoor, Lake District, Cairngorms, excellent.

Vince Wilson July 2018

Superb brew stop food and drinks. Excellent lunches and pre-arranged dinners. Very good value for money.

Tour organisation was great – seamless.

Rob Collier July 2018

One of the best things I have ever done. Great experience. Loved it.

David Barrile July 2018

The bed and breakfast accommodation provided was excellent, they could not do enough for us. Even at one location getting our washing done, which was a blessing. The rooms were excellent and the showers most welcome and appreciated.

The route was demanding and rewarding at the same time. The scenery was spectacular taking most of us by surprise.

The tour overall was 10/10. I am sure if I tied hard enough I could find something to complain about, but it would be insignificant. For me it was a massive achievement that I thoroughly enjoyed, it was tough but exhilarating.

Gordon Shields Aug/Sept 2018

Brew stops were great. The food was well organised, plenty of variety.

Great route and great organisation led to a great experience. I won’t forget the ride ever.

Mark Russell Aug/Sept 2018

Overall the tour was Brilliant. There were a few minor issues, but the support team generally sorted these out, and the communication from them was excellent. The support offered, both in terms of mechanical and logistical support, but also the moral and emotional support provided, was beyond anything I had expected.

David Kemp Aug/Sept 2018

10/10. I absolutely loved this tour, everything from beginning to end was outstanding. From the time I first booked the tour till the very end nothing was too much trouble for Dave, Mark and Julia. I would recommend your company to anyone, well done!

Anonymous 2017

It was easy to ride with others of similar speed or be on your own for a while. We mixed well letting all ride at a suitable speed for each individual. Would recommend to others.

Garentt Carr, July/Aug 2017

I thought the routes were brilliant. So well thought out, precise and interesting. The clear level of attention to detail, thought and planning that has gone into each route was really impressive and was a big factor in making the trip for me. Sections eg the country lanes that led into Clifton Park in Bristol and many of the cycling pathway routes eg into Lairg and Crosthwaite which were beautiful and avoided A roads were really special. I was so happy with the way each route found a good balance between really scenic, remote and pretty and the most direct, safe option.

One of the reasons I chose Peak Tours was because I thought the company would have a nice friendly small group vibe. There are lots of options of big tour companies and quite corporate Ride Across Britain style trips. I thought the group size and overall atmosphere felt very friendly, accommodating and more of a touring holiday, not a corporate challenge. People felt at ease to cycle with whoever or however they wanted which was perfect for me as a solo traveller.

I cannot fault the organisation. Everything ran like clockwork and considering how tough it is to keep 20 people happy with everyone arriving at different times / cycling at different speeds / wanting different food and staying in different places, I was really impressed with how calm, accommodating and organised the guys are. Instructions were always clear but I didn’t feel too marshalled!

Niv, Martin, Tom and Rob were all great. Every guide bought something to the tour and I thought they were all extremely professional and really nice guys.

I had such a brilliant time and loved my whole trip. The organisation was great and everything was thought of and planned so well without feeling too directive. Life was made so much easier eg accessible lunches, brew stops, having the bags ready in your room on your arrival and some dinners booked in the evenings. But the planning wasn’t overbearing. I felt secure that if there had been any emergencies or disasters that I was in good hands and I think the guides fostered a really great team vibe across the group. I felt like I had an excellent customer experience. The guides couldn’t do enough for you and were so helpful with bike maintenance and helping with any additional things that were needed but I also felt that I was part of a team / group which included the guides which I really enjoyed.

Oliva Jensen, Aug/Sept 2017

Simply excellent!

Mark Lavington, Aug 2017

Every stage had something to offer. Varied routes, countryside beautiful, going over the bridges excellent fun. Most roads good – some road surfaces were dodgy but that’s unavoidable of these distances.

Brew van excellent! Most evening meals (recommended) were good. Most lunches were good. The ones with soup and sandwiches were the best – making decisions when hungry is hard!

The group was perfect – plenty of people to chat to but not to big to feel dangerous or impersonal. The group helped to make the trip very enjoyable.

All the staff were incredibly helpful and thoughtful. It was lovely riding with them and chatting with them at the brew van and in the evening.

Would definitely use Peak Tours again and would recommend them to others.

Suzanne Roxby, Aug 2017

Excellent route, showed a lot of research. How some of the lanes were found I do not know!

Food was fantastic, breakfasts, brewstops and lunches. The only prolem was trying not to eat too much.

All the leaders were great. Always smiling and a welcome sight at brewstops.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Peak Tours to others or booking another tour myself.

 

David Tucker, May/June 2017

We hope to do another tour soon with Peak Tours, Thank you!

 

Alison Goulstone, June 2017

Great route and really enjoyed the variety. Excellent lunches and the tea van selection was perfect. Really pleased with the tour and have recommended it to others.

 

Martin Hibbert, June 2017

Steve should be rightly proud. The tour and the ethos of what you provide is customer focused and excellent. Its made the completion of LEJOG a real life experience.

 

Dominic Wilson July 2017

Fantastic tour. Well organised, good group of personalities including the tour guides!

Ian Smith, July 2017

So much effort has gone into getting a great route, minimum amount of A  roads – great route!

Colin Brown, July 17

I had an absolutely fantastic time, rode with some fantastic people and was hosted by 3 fantastic guides Dave Julia and Mark who were a credit to your company. The brew van was excellent I shall be looking out for it every time I go out on a ride now and only be disappointed when it fails to materialise. The route was excellent aided by the GPX files which made the tour so much more enjoyable. The lunch stops were just right stopping in some really nice places particularly the Drew arms.

From the moment I booked the tour to setting off for St Just the information I received was very helpful for my preparation. From St Just to John O'groats the organisation was spot on and could not be faulted.

Ivan Matthews, May/June 2017

The route was excellent. Really enjoyed the scenery, especially Dartmoor, The lakes and Cairngorms. Lots of quiet country lanes, mostly traffic free. The size of the group was just right and enabled smaller groups to be formed, so people could ride at their own pace.

Peter Buckby, August 2016

What a fantastic trip. I had been looking forward to it for months and it did not disappoint. It felt organised but also had its own distinct feel of being run by enthusiasts which gave it a lovely personal touch. Graham and Richard were fantastic guides, knew their bikes inside out and offered me plenty of encouragement when my knees were hurting.

The route was very well planned; away from busy traffic, took the scenic way where possible so we were able to take in the best that the UK could offer; Clifton suspension bridge, Lake District valleys and the Scottish Highlands were some highlights.

Accommodation was better than expected and indeed stayed in some hotels that were extremely nice. This blended well with the B&B's that offered a really friendly and personal service.

Best thing about the trip were the tea stops - what a welcome sight after 25 miles of pedalling with plenty of drink and food on offer! That was a really great idea and one of the highlights of the trip.

Overall, brilliant trip, thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to others

Mike Essex, July 2016

I really enjoyed the route! Brilliant – must have taken a lot of previous trips, knowledge and research – excellent! So glad we chose Peak Tours. A great combination of not being too big, corporate and impersonal but being big enough to be professional and know what you are doing. I would recommend without any hesitation and would consider Peak Tours again for future tours.

Phil Taylor, June 2016

Fabulous route, very few main roads and amazing scenery.

Doug Ogden, June 2016

Excellent route, especially in the Cairngorms. I would happily have done more per day to bring the final mileage to 1000, and include more ‘iconic’ climbs if they were close to the route. The few days post Devon were a bit easier, which was good considering the Lakes ahead; a good way to get our breath back. The brew stops were excellent – hot drinks twice daily with cake, fruit, nuts – I was in heaven! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Peak Tours to any cyclist of any ability.

Simon Cooke, May 2016

All accommodations were very good, much better than expected. Also, very good that some would do washing and dry our clothes when we arrived wet. We had a good combination of guys and girls and everyone seemed to get on all through the 10 days. A really good bunch and I enjoyed riding with all of them. Communication was very good. The weekend training in April was good and gave me personally a kick up the backside to increase my level of fitness. Everything else was easy and straight to the point, communication was always good and always got an answer to any questions. It was easy to book, good communication and and the organisation, which ran like clockwork, was great from getting down to Penzance to being dropped off in Inverness. We were always briefed on the next step and if we were not sure about something, always got an answer to our questions. I personally could not fault anything during this experience. The set up that we had with the accommodation and Graham running the tour with Rob and Andy is going to be hard to beat. Those guys worked well as a team in looking after us and keeping the ten days humorous and entertaining, always positive and helpful. They made the difference.

Vito Ronzano 10 Day LEJOG August 2015

I traveled with my 15 year old son on the 10 day LEJOG tour. This was quite a challenge for both of us. A huge thanks to the Peak Tours team who guided us, took care of special requests, kept us safe, advised us and above all added a sense of fun and achievement throughout. The tea stops were special moments, coming together to tea and cake, checking in with the group, topping up on essentials etc. The team did a great job, I thoroughly recommend Peak Tours and the LEJOG in particular.

Paul and Tom 10 Day LEJOG August 2015

The accommodation was fantastic. Each evening was perfect for recovering for the next day. Each area also had plenty of areas to grab a bite to eat, so that in combination with the accommodation was the perfect motivator for the following day of cycling. The routes we went along were amazing to look at. Rather than following more of the busier roads, we went along more of the country lanes and their fantastic scenery. It made each day of cycling more memorable and enjoyable. The route notes allowed us to prepare ourselves for each upcoming day. They also included the locations of each lunch stop, where our accommodation was and the altitude graphs for each day. I found these all extremely helpful. The snacks provided at 25 miles and 75 miles in of each day were a major morale booster. All of the snacks contained all the energy required to continue for the next 25 miles. The lunches halfway through each day was also a fantastic opportunity to eat indoors whilst gaining some calories back and take in some fluids. I would not have been able to do this without the food that was provided. I couldn’t have asked for better guides for the tour. They had been a major help throughout the tour and are extremely friendly people to talk to. Again, I probably wouldn’t have been able to complete this tour without their help. They sorted the accommodation, food and repaired my bike when I needed it. Ultimately they made the whole experience more enjoyable as well.  This was a fantastic tour. I would recommend it to anyone who is into cycling because there is no more enjoyable way to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats than cycling it with Peak Tours.

Stuart Waterfield 10 Day LEJOG August 2015

I hoped this tour would be brilliant but it was much better than that.

Wallace Henderson 10 Day LEJOG August 2015

One of the surprises of the whole trip was the route – could not believe the variety of roads and cycle paths.

Bruce Montgomery 10 day LEJOG May/June 2015

The accommodation was very good and provided all that was needed. It was good that on occasions we all stayed in the same place too and had team meals. Wouldn’t recommend any changes. You have a great set up Steve, keep the great work up.

Paul Swift 10 day LEJOG) May/June 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed the LEJOG and would recommend Peak Tours without hesitation. I have been on a JOGLE with RAB/Deloitte – this was a far better experience.

Paul Mckie 10 day LEJOG May/June 2015

The tour organisation was absolutely faultless. It clearly shows a lot of work has gone into organising everything. 10 out of 10 and I would do it again tomorrow…. if my legs would let me.

Lynn Bayliss, April/May Lejog 10

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