Cycling Land's End to John o' Groats
LEJOG end-to-end on quiet roads and traffic-free paths
A concise guide to cycling the length of Britain, from Land's End to John o' Groats (or vice versa). As well as describing an optimal safer route of around 1000 miles, there is helpful advice on how to get to and from the start and finish, accommodation options and facilities, plus tips on how to prepare for the challenge.
SeasonsBest ridden between March and October when the weather is better and the days are longer with late summer being preferred for those needing time to build their fitness.
CentresLand's End, Penzance, Fowey, Crediton, Clevedon, Worcester, Nantwich, Garstang, Penrith, Moffat, South Queensferry, Pitlochry, Aviemore, Inverness, Lairg, Tongue, John o' Groats
DifficultyRiding an average of 70 miles per day over 14 consecutive days clearly requires a reasonable level of fitness but it is well within the grasp of anyone of any age who is well-prepared. Alternative schedules are included for those wanting to ride faster - or slower.
Must SeeThe 'optimal' route for this classic ride, following quieter roads and traffic-free paths without much meandering. The route covers 1000 miles and can comfortably be completed in a fortnight. Passes through Dartmoor, the Somerset Levels, the Severn Valley, the Lake District, the Cairngorms and the remote Flow Country.
A concise guide to cycling LEJOG - Land's End to John o' Groats - describing an idyllic route that follows quieter roads and traffic-free paths but without too much meandering. Covering 1000 miles, the route is divided into 14 stages and can be comfortably ridden in two weeks.
Easy-to-follow route descriptions are accompanied by clear mapping and useful gradient profiles, together with route highlights and points of interest, of which there are many. Invaluable tips and tricks are also included from preparing yourself to preparing your bike, together with logistical advice such as getting to and from the start and finish, accommodation options and more.
In addition to the main 14-stage schedule (which includes an alternative option through Central Scotland), longer and shorter schedules are also suggested, making it easy to prepare a personally tailored adventure.
The route, which passes through a diverse range of landscapes, from almost sea level across the Somerset Levels to over 1400ft through the magnificent Cairngorm Mountains, showcases some of Britain's best cycling. It is a must for anyone who's ever been remotely tempted to take on this iconic end-to-end challenge.
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Richard Barrett spent his working life as a professional marketer, but still found time for climbing, winter mountaineering and sea kayaking. He first visited the Harris hills as a teenager and became a regular visitor. He lived in North Harris for a number of years, where he and his wife ran a guest house and, although now a city-dweller, he still makes frequent forays to the Hebrides, reconnecting with the wilderness and catching up with old friends.View author profile
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