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John O’Groats To Land’s End (20 days self guided)

£1,299.00

TOUR REF: XJ20
TYPE: Independent Road Cycling
LEVEL: Challenging
DATES: April – September
DURATION: 20 days / 19 nights (20 days cycling)
ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: Mixed

    • 380 £

John O’Groats To Land’s End – 20 Days

Our ever popular Land’s End to John O’Groats holiday in reverse. Take on the challenge of cycling John O’Groats to Land’s End in 20 days along a scenic, quiet road route that takes you through some of the most attractive countryside in the UK.

We have been organising Land’s End to John O’Groats cycling holidays for ten years, and have helped many people realise their dream of cycling the length of the UK. However we have had many people tell us they’d like to do it the other way round so we introduced this trip. 

The route is our well established scenic route – but in reverse. Riding the ‘End to End’ in three weeks is a challenge for most people, however by starting in the north it does mean that you reach the hills of Devon and Cornwall (for most people the hardest part of the trip) at the end when you are feeling fitter, rather than the beginning of the trip. 

This is a fabulous ride!

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Tour Price includes: 

Hotel/B&B
Breakfast
Route information

Tour Price does not include:

Lunches or evening meals (except as noted above)
Snacks or drinks required during the day
Transport to Penzance or from Inverness
Cost of any optional excursions, entrance fees etc.

 

 

Itinerary (please read route in reverse):
Day 1 – 42 miles
From the tourist complex at Land’s End follow the spectacular north coast of Cornwall, through pretty coastal villages and sandy beaches to Perranporth.
Day 2 – 54 miles
A tougher day that takes you inland to Bodmin and then around the southern edge of Bodmin Moor, through the highest village in Cornwall, and across the River Taymar into Devon.
Day 3 – 48 miles
A fabulous day that takes you across the wild moors of Dartmoor National Park and then along some beautiful winding lanes.
Day 4 – 56 miles
An easier day that takes you into Somerset, over the the Quantock Hills and across the Somerset Levels to Cheddar.
Day 5 – 44 miles
The day starts with a tough climb up through the famous gorge, the route then continues around Bristol and across the River Severn to Chepstow.
Day 6 – 54 miles
The route takes you along the Wye Valley to Monmouth and then through the pretty countryside and ‘black and white’ villages of Herefordshire.
Day 7 – 48 miles
Continue north through Herefordshire and into Shropshire, passing the Long Myndd and skirting around the edge of Shrewsbury.
Day 8 – 46 miles
An easy day as you continue into Cheshire, passing through the Delamare Forest as you head towards Manchester.
Day 9 – 55 miles
Cross the Manchester Ship Canal and weave your way north through the northern industrial heartland of England, passing between Liverpool and Manchester.
Day 10 – 50 miles
Leaving behind the urban area behind the route takes you into Lancashire and across the Forest of Bowland to the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Day 11 – 50 miles
Continue north into Cumbria, passing through the picturesque villages of Kirky Stephen and Appleby-in-Westmoreland.
Day 12 – 54 miles
The route takes you along the beautiful Eden Valley, across Hadrians Wall, and into Scotland.
Day 13 – 60 miles
A long day that takes you through the hills of the Southern Uplands on some wonderfully quiet scenic roads.
Day 14 – 52 miles
A day of real contrasts as you leave the quiet countryside behind and continue through of Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. Using mainly local cycle paths you head through the centre of the city and then north to the shore of Loch Lomond.
Day 15 – 62 miles
Continue through the beautiful hills of Argyle, crossing over the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’ pass to Loch Awe.
Day 16 – 56 miles
An easy day that takes you through the Pass of Brander and along the shore of Loch Linnhe to Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the UK.
Day 17 – 54 miles
The route takes you along the Great Glen, following the Caledonian canal to Fort Augustus and then continues along the shore of Loch Ness to Drumnadrochit.
Day 18 – 50 miles
Head through the hills to Dingwall on the shore of Cromarty Firth, and then continue to Bonar Bridge.
Day 19 – 54 miles
Continue through the hills of the Scottish Highlands on some wonderfully wild and lonely roads that eventually lead to Bettyhill on Scotland’s north coast.
Day 20 – 50 miles
The final day takes you along the coast through Thurso to John O’Groats.

 

 

HOLIDAY DETAILS:

The End to End: Ever since the invention of the bicycle people have been inspired to ride the ‘End to End’. The first official time recorded over the distance is 65 days, 16 hours and 7 minutes, ridden on a penny farthing in 1880, and since then the route has been covered on everything from a bed to a motorised bar stool!! Today the record is held by Gethin Butler who in September 2001 covered the distance in an incredible 1 day, 20 hours, 4 minutes and 20 seconds. The ladies record of 2 days, 4 hours, 45 minutes and 11 seconds is held by Lynne Taylor.

There is no ‘official’ End to End route and thus no official distance. There are various published guides – they all vary in the route they take, but most make the distance around 1,000 miles. Most trips start from Land’s End, the main reason being that the prevailing winds in the UK are usually from the south-west, and so in theory you could have a tail wind all the way to Scotland. On the other hand the hardest part of the trip is generally agreed to be the hills of Devon and Cornwall. By starting in the north you do this section at the end rather than the beginning of the trip. 

The Tour: This is a fully supported holiday with a tour leader (who cycles with the group to ensure nobody is left behind) and vehicle support to carry all the luggage and provide additional assistance if necessary. The trip is designed to enable you to complete the ‘End to End’, while keeping to a route that follows minor roads as much as possible. The total distance is just over 1,000 miles, and to complete this in 15 days is a challenge that you should be prepared for. The daily mileage is between 55 and 80 miles a day, and there are no rest days. Most people do find that they get fitter during the tour (so the final few days through Devon and Cornwall, where there is alot of up and down, are less of a problem than if you are heading the other way), but there are some fairly long days through Scotland to begin with and so you need to be well prepared before you start the trip.

Accommodation & Food: This is a B&B/hotel based holiday and accommodation is generally graded 2-3* or similar. We book en-suite rooms wherever possible but this cannot be guaranteed. Single people travelling alone will be booked into a twin bedded room with another single person of the same sex – unless the single room price for the holiday has been paid. Breakfast will be provided at the accommodation each morning. Evening meals are available at nearby pubs or restaurants. 

Start: The trip starts at Inverness from where a coach takes you and your bike to John O’Groats. The coach will pick you up from either the airport or railway station, leaving Inverness at approximately 13.00 for the 3 hour journey to John O’Groats. The ride starts from John O’Groats the following morning at 09.30.

Finish: The cycling ends at Land’s End on Sunday evening. The price of the holiday includes accommodation at Land’s End that night. The following morning transport is provided to the railway station at Penzance (or you may prefer to cycle and we can meet you there with your luggage).

Cycle Transport: If required we offer a cycle transport service from your home to the start, and from the end back to you home (additional fee is payable).

Documents: Insurance is optional for this holiday for UK residents. Participants from outside the UK must have suitable travel insurance.

Bikes: All types of cycle are suitable for the trip. The most important thing is that your bike functions properly and that you are comfortable riding it. However you should make sure that it has suitable gears as there are some very steep hills on parts of the route, notably in Devon and Yorkshire. Most people will require a cycle with a triple chainset. If you are riding a mountain bike then you should fit it with narrow ‘slick’ tyres. You should also make sure that you are able to carry some spare food and clothing with you on the bike. The route does cross some wild exposed areas with little in the way of shelter and no services, and you can get very cold and wet if the weather is bad. 

 

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