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Land's End to John O'Groats Grand Tour (LEJOG)

Land's End to John O'Groats Grand Tour (LEJOG)

September 2021

The classic British ride which should be undertaken by all cyclists at least once in their life! Our Grand Tour version is not the easiest nor the shortest route but passes through sublime countryside on its way from south to north. Highlights (which are difficult to select as there are so many) include the pretty Cornish coast with its tiny fishing harbours; crossing Exmoor; Cheddar Gorge; the Lake District; and once into Scotland the mesmeric and addictive beauty of the West Coast which may well start a lifelong love affair with this stunning region, including some island hopping to Arran and Mull amongst others.  This ride is certainly a challenge as you experience the glorious countryside of three countries in 17 days of riding but you will have our customary support to keep you going and the knowledge that everything has been taken care of leaving you to simply ride your bike.

 

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Accommodation is in good quality independent establishments and these are always a feature of our cycling tours. As most companies offering this route do not include an evening meal in their prices on any nights, neither have we (unlike our continental tours). In this way our prices should compare favourably to others taking this into account. Green Jersey are also always very keen that all of our guests stay together in one hotel rather than a selection of B&Bs and our route has been formulated accordingly; many riders join these trips expecting to enjoy the company and camaraderie of others and we do not feel it is right that someone travelling alone should be put in a B&B two miles away from everyone else (even if you do want to go to bed early and enjoy some peace and quiet, that choice should be yours not ours!).

Your Next Adventure Awaits

What you need to know...


Start Location
Lands End


Finish Location
John O'Groats


Country/Region
End to End (UK and European rides)


Grading
Expert


Shortest Day
60


Longest Day
85


Total Days
19


Total Miles
1255

Departure Dates & Prices

MonthDatesTour PriceSingle Supplement*Bike Hire FromEnquireBook
September 202111th to 29th September 202111/9/21 to 29/9/21£2,995£895Check AvailabilityBook Now

*A single supplement is only payable if you would like a guaranteed room to yourself. If you are happy to share with another traveller of the same gender, no supplement is payable.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Penzance and transfer to our hotel for the night. Tonight is an opportunity to meet your fellow riders and us, and to check bike set-up and assuage any concerns you may have about the ride. We do our overall safety briefing which also guides you through the general way we operate - each morning we then have a more detailed briefing about what to expect that day, when we look at the maps and most importantly tell you when to expect to stop for coffee and cake!

Day 2

A warm up ride takes us to Land's End where we will of course take the obligatory photo of you raring to go! We then take a southerly route following the coast past Penzance to Mounts Bay, where we pause for coffee and to admire the beautiful St Michael's Mount - time for a photo (in fact on this ride you will probably be taking lots of photos!). We then ride east through wonderful countryside on quiet lanes, with some fantastic views, to our overnight stop in Newquay. (50 miles). 

Day 3

 From Newquay we strike out north east with some fine views of the north Cornish coast, before cutting inland to a delightful village inn across the Devon border. (74 miles).

Day 4

From our hotel we head north to Exmoor, another great part of the southwest but subtly different. There are some long ascents, a couple of which are steep, but pace yourself right and use an easy gear and the top will come. From the roof of Exmoor you will enjoy really lovely views. You will catch a glimpse of Dunster Castle in a fold in the hills and we stay in this lovely small town in a nice hotel which was once a coaching inn. (52 miles).

Day 5

Today is a day of great contrasts as we ride off the moor and eventually drop down onto the Somerset Levels. At the far end of this flat watery landscape is the iconic Cheddar Gorge. It’s not actually that steep or long but does have few moments! It’s a popular road for the Tour of Britain and other races so you can see how you size up to the pros if you use Strava! At the top the dry stone walls of the Mendips are a lovely sight with animals quietly grazing before we tun due northe to aour hotel south of Bristol. (60 miles).

Day 6

From Bristol we use the flatlands adjoining the Severn to reach Gloucester for the night, passing dramatic Berkeley Castle on the way and seeing the Cotswold escaprmment to our right, where it stays, and Wales on our left. A straightforward day allowing you time to relax in the afternoon and evening. (55 miles).

Day 7

Glorious countryside today as we ride through the border country to beautiful Ludlow. It's a very unspoilt area and we are sure you will like the route, the roads and the countryside. (55 miles).

Day 8

Today's ride takes you inot Cheshire and with quiet roads and not too many hills is one you will enjoy. You are really making progress now and after a week on the road will be feeling strong and fit, relishing the challenge and confident that this ride is attainable. (60 miles)

Day 9

Navigating between Manchester and Liverpool is our goal today; undoubtedly more built-up but a long distance tour will always have one day like that. Our route makes the best of it and once clear of here, there are no major conurbations left to navigate on your epic journey! (60 miles).

Day 10

Today's ride is like a ‘Greatest Hits’ tour of stunning British scenery. Riding north we pass the Vale of Eden before reaching the Lake district. Where could be better to spend the night that on the banks of one of the great lakes with the soaring heights of the mighty Helvellyn behind you and the blue waters immortalised in prose and poetry for centuries? (65 miles).

Day 11

After coffee on the shore of a lake and lunch in Carlisle, a new country beckons as you cross the border into Scotland.. It is undeniable that the distances are longer north of the border but everyone always finds it easier riding by far once they get here and manages brilliantly. (70 miles).

Day 12

We have already diverged from the well-worn LEJOG route south of the border, but today is where we take an entirely new perspective that makes this route so unique. Heading west we ride up the coast in Galloway, before a ferry ride conveys us to Arran and our island hopping begins. There will be a number of ferries in the coming days as you experience the immense beauty – matched by equally immense skies – of the west coast of Scotland. Overnight on Arran in a comfortable hotel. (76 miles).

Day 13

After a short ride after breakfast we take another ferry back to the mainland and head north, with water never far behind. The lochs and inlets of Scotland never cease to maze with their backdrops of mountains and this is a day you will enjoy, riding to the pretty coastal town of Oban with its famous quayside for the night. (75 miles).

Day 14

Leaving behind the view of Mull that you have enjoyed overnight, you are now back on the mainland and some very remote roads (not to worry - our vans are always close at hand) take you through some of the most achingly beautiful countryside in Scotland. You may well see eagles and birds of prey and herds of red deer. This opens up a whole new aspect on the LEJOG experience as this is a route seldom taken as most routes take as direct a line as possible (Why? Most people will only ride LEJOG once. It is so beautiful and whilst it adds a coupe of extra days to the ride it adds experiences and scenery you will never forget!). (80 miles).

Day 15

An early ferry takes you onto Skye and we you will have fine views to either side as we ride to the bridge back to the mainland. The romanticism of this part of Scotland, well chronicled in verse, and the sublime scenery and cycling, will make ordinary life seem a million miles away. Today will be one of your most memorable day’s riding ever as you are able to lose yourself in your thoughts in such magnificent surroundings. Your overnight stop here may well be in one of the most wonderful locations you will ever visit. (80 miles).

Day 16

You may recognise our coffee stop as it is in one of the most photographed locations in Scotland! Long, wide roads are the order of the day after lunch but there is not much traffic, especially at the times of year we visit.We overnight in the fishing town of Ullapool, well known for its beauty and remoteness – but don’t worry, we are with you every pedal stroke of the way. (73 miles).

Day 17

The end is approaching as you turn the last ‘big’ corner onto the north coast of Scotland. Our hotel lies in a spectacular position and you can enjoy a short walk along the coastline nearby. It has been a challenging ride but the hard work is done and everyone finds extra energy for the final push! (80 miles).

Day 18

The day you have been working towards for months is now here. Whilst the last day is hilly you will find extra reserves of energy and will be elated at the prospect of getting to John O’Groats where there will be champagne, hugs and probably some tears as you can now relax and bask in your achievement. You will have ridden over 1,250 miles and seen the very very best of what our wonderful islands have to offer! After arrival we transfer to INverness for the night to allow maximum flexibility for you onward travel arrangements (71 miles).

Day 19

Departure. You can book your return train as early as you like as our hotel is a 5 minute walk from the station.

Some Tour Photos...

Travel Information

Departure from Penzance which is on the mainline from Paddington. From the Midlands / North, you can change at Exeter St Davids. Return is  from Inverness airport / station where we will drop you off. We offer a bike return schedule dropping bikes off at locations near Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, London and Bristol or for collection from our premises.

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