Land’s End to John O’Groats
The classic challenge ride of just over 1,000 miles that takes you all the way from the tip of Cornwall, through some of the most scenic areas of the country, to the very top of the Scottish mainland. The trip starts at Land’s End, and from there the route takes you along the north coast of Cornwall, across Dartmoor and around Bristol.
After crossing the River Severn you continue north through the rolling countryside of Herefordshire and Shropshire, around Manchester and across the wild countryside of Northern England to the Scottish border. After the hills of the Southern Uplands you pass through the centre of Glasgow, and continue through the glorious scenery of the Scottish Highlands, passing Ben Nevis and Loch Ness on your way to John O’Groats.
We can offer a choice of routes on these trips; our original ‘scenic route‘ or a faster ‘main road route‘. Unless otherwise instructed we will use our scenic route for your trip.
Roads & Terrain
Scenic Routes: follows minor roads as much as possible. The first part of the route through Cornwall and Devon is challenging with plenty of short steep hills. Around Bristol it becomes easier with gentler climbs, but the north of England is again hilly with a few tough climbs. The route through Scotland has some long climbs although generally these are not too steep. The route passes through plenty of small towns and villages, as well as a few larger towns which can be busy. To keep to a fairly direct route there are some unavoidable sections on main roads, most notably in Scotland, and some of these do carry moderately heavy traffic. The route through the centre of Glasgow is on local cycle paths.
Main Road Route (XK10): follows a more direct, and slightly shorter, route as much as possible, generally using ‘B’ and secondary ‘A’ roads, but also quiet lanes and some busier main roads. You do pass through the centres of some large towns that the scenic route avoids. Inevitably roads are busier and traffic generally heavier. The route takes you through the same areas of the country as our scenic route and some of these are hilly; again most notably Devon and Cornwall. Note that the ten day trip is recommended only for very fit, experienced cyclists.