Lands End to John O’Groats – 14 day tour

  • 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

    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.

    2019 Tour Dates:

    Sat 11th – Sun 26th May 2019 Places available

    Sat 1st – Sun 16th June 2019 Places available

    Sat 22nd June – Sun 7th July 2019Places available

    Sat 13th – Sun 28th July 2019 Places available

    Sat 27th July – Sun 11th August 2019Places available

    Sat 3rd – Sun 18th August 2019 Places available

    Sat 10th – Sun 25th August 2019 Places available

    Sat 31st August – Sun 15th September 2019 Places available

    Sat 14th – Sun 29th September 2019 Places available

    Prices for 2019 are £1795 for the YHA & B&B option, £1995 for shared twin or double in B&Bs only, £2395 single B&Bs and £2495 for sole occ of a double in B&Bs.

     

    ***If you have a group of 10 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? Presenting our stunning alternative end to end: Dover to Durness

  • Saturday: 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.

    Sunday: Lands End to Fowey (64 miles) Elevation Gain: 1409m / 4622ft 
    On the day of departure we will be making an early start from the famous signpost at the most south westerly point on the English mainland, Lands End. The first day is perhaps, one of the toughest. The hills in Cornwall are not particularly high, but they are steep and there are a lot of them, any miles that are done in training, prior to the ‘big trip’ will reap huge dividends on this early stage.

    Monday: Fowey to Moretonhampstead (60 miles) Elevation Gain: 2133m / 6998ft
    The second day of the journey is one of the toughest. We have plenty more Cornish hills to climb up and down although the scenery is lovely. We continue into Devon and more hills await as we cycle through Dartmoor National Park. On a clear day this is a truly spectacular section although it can get very bleak if the weather is bad!

    Tuesday: Moretonhampstead to Street (68 miles) Elevation Gain: 1752m / 3799ft
    The next day of our adventure will begin with some hilly cycling as we negotiate the back roads towards Exeter. As we leave Exeter behind the terrain becomes a little easier and after lunch, as we will be wending our way through gentle, quiet country lanes through the Isle of Avalon. We continue across the Somerset Levels to bring us to the lovely little town of Street, near Glastonbury.

    Wednesday: Street to Monmouth (64 miles) Elevation Gain: 1028m / 3372ft
    We will continue to the cathedral city of Wells, often referred to as the smallest city in England. A climb out of Wells is rewarded with some fine cycling across the top of the Mendip Hills, before dropping to Chew Valley lake and through the Long Ashton Estate. We will cycle over the iconic Clifton suspension bridge before cycling through Bristol. After lunch we will continue over the Severn Bridge and into Wales. The afternoon is spent cycling along the Wye Valley – a truly memorable days cycling.

    Thursday: Monmouth to Clun (58 miles) Elevation Gain: 1052m / 3451ft
    The fifth day of the journey is perhaps one of the easiest and the scenery is stunning with the Black Mountains in the distance. The roads are very quiet and the scenery amongst the best of the trip. We will be cycling to the west of Leominster and eventually stopping for the night at the recently restored watermill at Clun Mill, a local pub or B&B. Clun has a couple of great real ale pubs and places to eat.

    Friday: Clun to Northwich (82 miles) Elevation Gain: 1256m/4120ft
    A scenic, undulating road takes us away from Clun to the white & black timbered buildings of Shrewsbury. After Shrewsbury the route is flat & easy as we continue northwards along the Cheshire plains so although the mileage is high this is one of the easiest days of the tour. We finish the day in the old roman town of Northwich in the heart of the Cheshire plains.

    Saturday: Northwich to Conder Green (73 miles) Elevation Gain: 1205m/3953ft
    Leaving Northwich we will be weaving through the Manchester – Liverpool conurbation. The cycling is flat but we have a number of busy roads, roundabouts and town centres such as Leigh and Westhoughton to navigate. As the day wears the countryside beckons once again. We will arrive at the pretty hamlet of Conder Green situated on the banks of the River Lune south of Lancaster.

    Sunday: Conder Green to Penrith (62 miles) Elevation Gain: 1024m / 3359ft
    Sunday will see us cycling to the North West of Lancaster where we pick up a cycle path which winds alongside the River Lune heading East continuing on to the beautifully picturesque market town of Kirby Lonsdale. Kirby Lonsdale has had a market once a week since 1227AD and is home to a Norman Church, which we will cycle right past, which is 1000 years old! We then continue onwards edging the Yorkshire Dales National park and then the Howgills to our right and the Lake District National Park to our left. Initially the cycling is easy but we will encounter a number of hills further north as we pass Sedbergh on our way to Penrith.

    Monday: Penrith to Moffat (70 miles) Elevation Gain: 648m / 2127ft
    On the second Monday morning, the ‘daily commute’ or the ‘school run’, will be the last thing on our minds, as stiff climbs from the Lake District are forgotten we will be navigating through the tail end of the Lake District towards the city of Carlisle, the terrain flattens out around this historic city and the cycling becomes relatively easy as the day wears on.

    Tuesday: Moffat to Kinross (82 miles) Elevation Gain: 1206m / 3956ft               
    Leaving Moffat, a gradual climb takes you up over the Lowther Hills through some wild and stunning scenery. You will cycle alongside the River Tweed before descending towards Edinburgh. A great ride through Edinburgh city centre leads you over the iconic Forth Road Bridge over the Firth of Forth and onto Kinross.

    Wednesday: Kinross to Ballater (80 miles) Elevation Gain: 1604m / 5262ft           
    Continuing north you will skirt round Perth and cross the River Tay. A lovely ride takes you onto Blairgowrie and Glen Shee. A notable climb up to the ski resorts at Glenshee is followed by a long descent to Braemar. Further along you will pass by the Queens country home at Balmoral and finish the day in the vibrant highland town of Ballater.

    Thursday: Ballater to Inverness (73 miles) Elevation Gain:  1695m  / 5561ft          
    A tough start takes you up and over the Lecht before descending to Tomintoul. You will pass ski resorts, castles and stunning scenery as you continue through the Grampian Mountains before arriving at the capital of the Highlands, Inverness. This is another truly memorable days cycling although a tough ride and your legs will be ready for a rest by the time you reach Inverness.

    Friday: Inverness to Crask (66 miles) Elevation Gain: 1106m / 3628ft
    A stunning ride away from Inverness takes you over the Kessock Bridge and alongside the Beauly Firth to the Muir of Ord and Dingwall. Just out of Dingwall brings another ascent onto what the locals call the ‘Struie’. As we reach the top of the ‘Struie’ we will be amply rewarded with impressive views of the Dornoch Firth and away in the distance Loch Shin. The final few hours are spent descending down to Bonar Bridge and then the steady climb to Lairg and beyond which is our destination for the evening, The Crask Inn, arguably the finest and friendliest of pubs in the UK.

    Saturday: Crask to John O’Groats (82 miles) Elevation Gain: 1163m / 3815ft
    A freewheeling descent from the Crask Inn and the dazzling backdrop provided by Loch Naver and Ben Klibreck will make this morning truly unforgettable. As Loch Naver gives way to the famous salmon runs of the River Naver, we will be enjoying some of the finest cycling of the whole journey. Around lunchtime we sight the Atlantic Ocean at Bettyhill and the final afternoon will be spent making progress along the northern coastline of Scotland towards John O’Groats. The final few hours of the afternoon will find the terrain flatten out and we are rewarded with an easy ride to the finishing line at John O’Groats, where the champagne corks will be popping.

    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.

  • 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, Lands End to John O’Groats Cycle Shirt, 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

    You have a choice of staying in a mixture of hostels and B&B’s or B&B’s only sharing a double or a twin room. If you would like your own space then you can choose the single room option, or sole occupancy of a double. Most of the rooms are en-suite however there maybe a few nights where your room isn’t en-suite (Sole occupancy of a double room is guaranteed e/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 guide if you prefer or you can cycle at the back with the tour guide 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 road and hybrid bikes available for hire if you need one. At the end of your trip we can arrange for your bike to be sent to your address (£70 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.

  • 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 Saturday 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 20:00 on the Saturday 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 and 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.

    Do I need to be super fit?

    No, you don’t need to be super fit but a good level of fitness is important as the 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 and adventurous bunch. There will be people of all ages and from all walks of life. We tend to get quite a few older riders although there will always be a few younger riders as well. So far our youngest rider was 13 & the oldest 84. 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 foldable 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. We hold a training weekend in April so that you can meet with others in the group, ask any questions you may have and also test yourselves amongst the challenging hills of the Peak District.

    What bike should I use?

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

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

    If you are riding a mountain bike then it is advisable to use slick tyres or if you are using a lightweight racing bike it would be better to use a wider tyre if possible as the route does include narrow lanes and some roads have a lot of pot holes. Tyre inflation and rubber composition is important & a tyre width of 25mm or more is recommended for this tour. 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 and also bring 3-4 spare inner tubes, pump, puncture repair kit and 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 front and rear lights on your bikes and 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.

    What is the male / female ratio?

    This varies with each group. There are usually more guys than gals but an average would be about 1/3rd ladies and 2/3rds gents.

    What are the Accommodation Options?

    We have tried to offer a variety of accommodation options to cater for different budgets and to offer a few alternatives for anyone that wants to join us for a Lands End to John o’Groats tour. Throughout the tour we stay in fifteen different locations and may use up to seven different B&B’s in each location (sometimes we will all be in the same hotel). The standard of each B&B will be different in each place but I always try to be fair when allocating rooms as some rooms are better than others. Please have a read through the following information to ensure that you choose most suitable option for you.

    A mixture of hostels and B&B’s
    This is the most cost effective option as you will stay in hostels on approximately four or five nights of the tour and B&B’s on the remaining ten or eleven nights of the tour. Whilst you are staying in a hostel you are likely to be staying in a dormitory room of 4-8 people (same sex). Usually the hostels that we use are in old historic buildings and are full of character. There is usually a good social atmosphere in the hostels and they all have hot showers, bedding, communal areas and breakfast is provided. The downside is that you are sharing with others and there is a higher chance that there may be more snorers so ear plugs are recommended and also a towel. You don’t need to be a YHA member to book this option as we have a group membership.

    B&B’s only option
    It is fairly obvious that if you choose this option then you will stay in a B&B/hotel every night. If you are with your partner then you can have a double room each night of the tour. If you are with a friend/relative then you would have a twin room each night of the tour. If you are travelling alone and choose this option then you will be roomed with other members of the group (same sex) and stay in a twin (occasionally a triple) room throughout. Usually you will have an en-suite bathroom but occasionally you have a separate bathroom.

    Single room option
    Here you are guaranteed a single room each night of the trip. You will have a mixture on en-suite rooms and rooms that have a private bathroom or a shared bathroom. Sometimes you will have sole occupancy of a double room.

    Sole use of a double room option
    Here you are guaranteed single occupancy of a double room. You will almost always have an en-suite but there may be the odd occasion where you have a separate bathroom.

    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 two types of road bike and three types of hybrid/touring bikes bike available. 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 mudguards (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.

  • Booking

    To book a tour please send a completed booking form and (a) Deposit of £250.00 per person for tours of 7 days or longer or £50.00 for all other tours or (b) The full holiday cost. If only the deposit is paid at time of booking then full payment of the holiday is required no less than 8 weeks before the start of your holiday. No further reminder is sent. If you book your holiday within 8 weeks of the holiday start date, the full holiday cost is required at time of booking.

    Cancellation by Us

    In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the tour you will be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid or we will move you to a different tour date if you’re able to do so. If the tour is cancelled because the minimum number of people required to operate this tour hasn’t been reached then you will be notified no less than 3 calendar months before the departure date. If the tour is cancelled by us we will not be responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred such as travel expenses, visas etc & no compensation will be paid to cover these expenses.

    Cancellation by You

    If you have to cancel your holiday then please notify us as soon as possible. We always try to be fair and will always try to move you to different tour date if possible. If you cancel your tour less than 8 weeks before your tour start date then you will lose all monies already paid. It is for this reason that we strongly recommend that you take out adequate travel insurance to cover cover this.

    Notice of Cancellation Charge (% of Full Price)

    Length of time before the tour is due to startCancellation Charge
    More than 60 days before start dateDeposit
    Less than 60 days before start date100%

    Cooling Off Period

    If you decide to cancel your tour after receipt of your booking form you will be entitled to a 14 day cooling off period. During this time you will be entitled to a full refund of any monies paid.

    Accommodation

    B&B Option – double or twin

    If you chose 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 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 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 trip. 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 tour. There may be a rare occasion when you have a separate bathroom but this is very unlikely.

    YHA (Youth Hostel) Option

    This option is only available for the 14 day LEJOG tour. If you chose the YHA option you will stay in a mixture of hostels, hotels & B&B’s staying in single sex dormitory rooms, single rooms, twin rooms & triples.

    Support

    On tours with 8 people or less in the group then there may only be one tour guide with you who will drive the back up van each day. Tours with 8 – 15 people in the group will have two tour guides with one guide driving the back up van and the other guide cycling with the group or both guides driving a back up van each. Tours with 16+ will have a guide that cycles with the group plus two back up vans do provide support.

    Cycle Hire

    If you choose the cycle hire option you will be provided with your bike at the start of your tour. The bike comes with everything you need for your trip although some people like you use their own saddle, peddles and/or helmet (just let us know beforehand). At the end of your tour you can simply hand your bike back to us when you finish cycling. Please see the additional cycle hire sheet for details of the bikes we have available.

    Minimum Number

    If the minimum number of people required to run the trip is not met then we will have to cancel the trip. You will be notified at least 3 calendar months prior to the start date of the trip if the minimum number (usually 8 people) hasn’t been met & you will receive a full refund of all monies paid.

    Consumer Protection

    In order to comply with EU Travel Regulations 1992 your deposit & final payment will be held in a separate account until your holiday is completed. This is to ensure the financial security of your holiday.

    Insurance

    It is compulsory that you take out adequate holiday insurance including medical cover, personal accident, loss of belongings & cancellation cover. We cannot be held responsible for your own illness, injury or loss/damage of your bike or belongings while on holiday.

    EHIC – European Health Insurance Card (for EU nationals travelling in Europe)

    This card entitles you to greatly reduced or free state medical services throughout Europe, including Switzerland. We recommend you send off for one of these before the trip and carry it with you. It’s important to bear in mind that these cards are not a substitute for travel insurance and adequate travel insurance is compulsory for this tour. This link will give you all the information you need about the EHIC. www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC

    Safety

    Cycling is a potentially dangerous activity & the risks involved should be considered before undertaking such a trip. We will be cycling mostly on quiet back roads however there will be times when we cycle on busier roads where traffic density is higher. All persons undertaking this tour do so at their own risk & Peak Tours cannot be held responsible for any accidents that may occur whilst on the trip. For further details please see our risk acknowledgement statement here which forms part of these conditions.

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  • Route: Absolutely brilliant, quiet roads, interesting and variety of terrain. Sometimes challenging especially through towns/cities but guides and fellow cyclists very helpful and supportive. Brought us together as a group.

    Gave us the confidence and support to achieve the whole tour, especially when you are unsure that you can do it. Absolutely would recommend to friends, brilliant enjoyable challenge.

    Mary Veltom, July/Aug 2017

    The accommodation was above my expectations, consistently comfortable and nice rooms. The fact that many of the B&B owners are regulars at hosting LEJOG groups was an added bonus as they were so welcoming and understood the whole experience – and often had some good stories about previous groups to entertain us!

    I’m amazed at how little time we spent on big, busy roads (though I think I might have missed one of the busier days). The route was brilliant – a mixture of different terrain, challenging enough without being overwhelming for someone like me who’s not been cycling for long. And stunning scenery! Seeing the landscape change as we travelled north was one of the things I was really looking forward to about the trip, and it didn’t disappoint.

    Despite my stupid accident, the LEJOG trip goes down as one of my favourite ever holidays (and I’ve had some pretty good holidays); getting to spend all day every day on my bike, being outside in amazing scenery, being surrounded by a group of great people…and all in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere that the Peak Tours guys all helped to set.

    Normally I love an opportunity to provide suggestions on improving things but I’m struggling to think of anything. Keep doing what you’re doing! It’s great.

    Ali Turnbull, July/Aug 2017

    To get a 1000 mile route through the UK with achievable distances each day is a feat in itself! I thought it was a very good route with different types of challenges each day. Some stunning scenery on the way (despite the rain and headwinds!) Never knew there were so many different types of tarmac… or sheep…

    About 25 in the group – great group of people and quickly meant the ‘hares’ got to know the tortoises more! Size about right – meant there was a chance to recognise others early on and therefore watch out for and support one another en route. Also, not to large a group from a logistics point of view.

    Everything appeared to run as planned and nothing seemed too much trouble for Dave, Hamish and Mark – very calm and supportive. Any problems that may have arisen en route were dealt with well. Breaking each day down into brew and lunch stops helped a great deal, especially on some of the harder days. And having the luggage in the room on arrival was great!

    The group also helped with the organisation by supporting the guides too with the daily logistics and from what I could see not causing any major problems.

    Very calm, well organised team that appeared to work well together. Very supportive and encouraging  and fun to be with.

    I had not ridden such distances each day for over 30 years and it was a huge personal challenge, but the support from your team, the group and also from family and friends got me through it. Tough at times, but it is advertised as a challenge! But also loads of fun too and really enjoyed it. So chuffed I made it.

    Catherine Richardson, Sept 2017

    Good mix of group dinners and freedom to do your own thing. Breakfasts were spot on and the mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks did the job.

    At first I thought the group size was too big but it wasn’t an issue. Enjoyed socialising, meeting new people, hearing their story for doing LEJOG and having a laugh.

    Very impressive getting so many people from one end of the country to the other over a two week period.

    Really warm feeling that we were in safe hands every step of the way. Dave, Mark and Hamish  are great guys and did a great job.

    Great experience and lifelong memories. Peak Tours helped me achieve something on my bucket list and I’m very grateful. The tour was very good. Pity about the weather but you can’t blame Peak Tours for that!

    John Carr, Sept 2017

    The brew stops were an excellent idea and our guides went out of their way to ensure an excellent range of snacks. Simply exceptional. Thank you for an amazing experience.

    The three support works Dave, Mark and Hamish were exceptional. They were supportive, knowledgeable and facilitated a memorable tour. I cannot speak highly enough of them all. Thankyou.

    Robert Giles, Sept 2017

    All accommodation was very good, with some excellent places. Nice variety of accommodation.

    It was great passing through pretty small villages but also seeing sights such as Edinburgh, Balmoral, Severn Bridge etc. Good mix of important sights and lesser known but equally enjoyable sights!!

    The brew van was always welcome and snacks provide were plentiful and appropriate. Lunch stops were variable but on the whole pretty good, with some excellent.

    I would have no hesitation in recommending this tour.

     

    Shiela Mair, Sept 2017

    The route was really good. I’ve never cycled that far and on so many consecutive days before – so I found it quite hard some days and very challenging. Just what I wanted and needed.

    Good mix of abilities. Good total number. I don’t think anybody who wanted to had a problem finding somebody to cycle with at their own level.

    I couldn’t fault the organisation. I’ve never done anything like this before so not sure what to expect, but more than met my expectations.

    All three of our guides were excellent. Helpful, supportive and helped us keep our sense of humour in some pretty dreadful weather. Three great guys!

    Brilliant. Outside of family stuff – weddings, births etc probably the one of the best things I’ve ever experienced and done.

     

    Kevin Grainger, Sept 2017

    We would strongly recommend your tours and have already done so.

    Roger and Maureen Pool, Sept 2017

    This was the first organised cycle tour I have done after many years of self-supported touring. Loved it! You have it sorted, well done.

     

    Glyn Copperwheat, Sept 2017

    [The organisation] was faultless. Never any doubt as to what was happening and where we needed to be. Bag transfers were seamless, team meals perfectly organised, briefings and restaurant recommendations very useful. Bike maintenance when required was efficient and dealt with with a smile.

     

    David Giles (Henry), Sept 2017

    Lunch times were excellent and so were the mid -morning / mid-afternoon stops. Pete did a fantastic job with his flower displays! Well looked after and Pete also had the cups filled as we got off the bike! Fabulous service from Pete, Hamish and Bill with our bags – what a team!

     

    Alison Mallorie-Lewis, June 2017

    Brew stops mid morning and afternoon provided were very welcome refreshment. Thanks to Peter and Hamish for excellent variety. Lunch stops were also very good.

    The group seemed to gel very well providing great camaraderie.

     

    Andrew Baxter June 2017

    Superb route – avoiding busy roads as far as possible. Good phasing in of mileage for earliest days as you get used to back to back days.

    Ran like clockwork, very positive and friendly (even managed to crack a smile on Peter’s face on occasions!) Nothing was too much trouble: mechanical issues dealt with by Hamish superbly who went way beyond what I expected in his own time- he’s a major asset!

    A great experience, not something that I would have completed unsupported. I will recommend to others and will probably be back for more.

     

    David Butchers, June 2017

    Brew stops were fantastic – a great selection of healthy and not so healthy options to keep us going. Lunch stops were on the whole excellent too although a couple left us a little hungry till the afternoon brew stop.

     

    Lynne Hargran, June 2017

    10/10

     

    Peter Webster. June 2017

    Well supported by an outstanding team: Bill, Peter and Hamish. Beautiful country.

     

    Jim & Sara Shull, June 2017

    Fantastic experience, best bike ride ever!

     

    Rod Matheson, Sept 2017

    I still don’t know how you managed to create such an interesting and varied route- Brilliant!

     

     

    Kev Jones Aug 2017

    Absolutely perfect

     

     

    Hilary Collins Aug 2017

    The planning organisation and execution of the challenge by PT  and tour leaders set the perfect tone, took care of all the detail and allowed the group to get on with the challenge. First class.

    Peak tours LEJOG was exactly as it said on the label. Clearly a homely non corporate organisation that succeeds primarily by getting a lot of little things right. Ultimately the success depends on the people – who were excellent -  I will definitely recommend PT and hope to join the 14 day French trip next year.

     

    Ian May August 2017

    Enjoyed cycle paths and city centres. Route reflects careful honing over the years. I was impressed!

     

    Tom Rossiter June 2017

    I loved the whole experience and think it was well organised and delivered from start to finish. I enjoyed the variation from wild barren landscapes to city centres. It showed the diversity of the country and that’s what I wanted to experience.

     

    Jenny Greene July 2017

    I loved this trip – it surpassed my expectations and I would not hesitate to return on another tour or recommend to a friend

     

    Lynne Whittaker July 2017

    This is the first organised, led tour I have ever been on. It has been one of the best vacations ever. I think we were lucky to have such a good group. The logistics to do this on our own would be very difficult and we do difficult rides,trips, hiking and back packing on our own.

    The route was absolutely perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing. A nice mix of challenging roads, terrain, hills, scenery, quiet roads, etc. A+ for this category

     

    Anonymous July 2017

    Ingenious, carefully thought out and memorable route

     

    Peter Wilson July 2017

    The tour seems to have been refined/fine tuned over time to a point where it is hard to see how it could be better.

     

    Robert Edwards July 2017

    Fantastic. Best holiday yet. So well organised!

     

    Carole Patterson July 2017

    It was such a treat to be able to ride on the country roads without traffic, which is becoming increasingly difficult to find in various countries. Fantastic scenery all the way.

     

    Minna Hayman July/Aug 2017

    I did LEJOG with a different company in 2014,this route was better.

     

    Neil Smith July/Aug 2017

    Overall I thought the tour was Fabulous. Much, much better than anticipated.

     

    Mike Blades July/Aug 2017

    Very happy. Thank you very much for organising it all and for making this experience so memorable.

     

    Dave Godfrey July/Aug 2017

    The scenery and views were stunning. We loved the quiet roads, only using busier roads where necessary. The route was beautiful and gave us an amazing overview of this stunning island we live on.

    The tour organisation was great in every way. Everything was managed well, everything we needed was provided for, we never felt rushed- the timings of the start of the day, brew stops and lunches, all excellent. Bags always in rooms at the end of the day was a heart warming sight.

     

    Dick and Isabel Quimby July/August 2017

    Best Holiday ever! Will definitely be using Peak Tours again.

     

    Helen Pitchford July/August 2017

    Still recovering however my recent 14 day LEJOG was the best  cycling experience of my life to date. Chapeau to you and your team!

    Phil Loftus July/August 2017

    I will be returning a feedback form in due course, but just wanted to drop a separate line to say thanks, I have just had the best two weeks of my life. Your tour guides did a great job, Dan, Sam and Pete were great but Jim and especially Dave deserve extra praise - Dave in particular for helping out sensitively with some of the accommodation arrangements.

    Thanks again - the level of organisation was just right. There was another group at Land's End who were being ordered around like schoolchildren - again, always knew we'd gone with the right bunch.

     

     

    Daniel Darkens July/August 2017

    I just want to tell you the ride was great. The leaders were always helpful and willing to assist with anything. The group was exceptional and all were very friendly. The brew stops were well stocked and they offered a wide variety of foods.

    I found the accommodations were good also. I enjoyed the hostels and the B and Bs.

    I would highly recommend Peak Tours to others.

    Mark Tobin, July 2017

    Well back in reality today after LeJog. Can I just say Rob, Johnny and Matt did a great job looking after us. The whole experience was bloomin' marvellous. I'll be thumbing the options for the next one!

     

    Peter Thompson, July 2017

    A great trip and a fantastic set of people to cycle with. I cannot praise Peak Tours highly enough.

    Will be looking at your French tour for next year.

     

    Graham Langstone, July 2017

    By nature and by profession (I'm an auditor) I'm a very critical person but I have nothing but praise for the organisation of this trip and for the three guides. In short, the epitome of an excellent "product"

     

    Richard Barr, July 2017

    Iconic end to end routes like LEJOG are a big challenge for everyone.  If anyone can help you succeed, it is Peak Tours.  They have the knowledge, devote the right resources and have the ethos to help you achieve your dream.

    LEJOG – What an experience! What a way to see the UK!  Thank you Peak Tours for making it possible for me to achieve such a major challenge.

     

    Graeme Nicol, June 2017

  • 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). Leonard Daly (July 2013), Jane Cullen (May 2014), Colin Mcgregor May/June 2014, Vajrin Malin (June 2015), Pauline Bedwell (Aug 2015), Stephanie Small (Aug/Sept 2015)

    Our latest blog has been written by Martin Levoir who completed his LEJOG in July 2016 along our new route, read all about his journey here: Martin Levoir blog July 2016

    For the first time we had three generations from one family complete the tour in 2016 – Andrew Tweed (Grandad) put together a short video of their ride here

  • 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 May 2014 May/June 2014 June/July 2014 July/August 2014 August 2014 August/September 2014 May 2015 June 2015 June/July 2015 August 2015 August/September 2015 Best of 2015 LEJOG May 2016  May/June 2016  July 2016 August 2016 May 2017 June 2017   July 2017 July/August 2017 August 2017 September 2017

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