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

Land's End to John O'Groats Grand Tour (LEJOG)No Fly Tour

September 2019 | September 2020

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 Dartmoor; Cheddar Gorge; the Gospel Pass on the Welsh border; the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and 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 Skye amongst others. We throw in visits to the southern and northermost points on the UK mainland too for good measure (the Lizard and Dunnet Head)! 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.

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, we have only included them where there is no alternative to half-board at our hotel and this is shown on the relevant daily description. 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


Region of France
End to End (UK and European rides)


Grading
Expert


Shortest Day
65


Longest Day
80


Total Days
19


Total Miles
1255

Departure Dates & Prices

MonthDatesTour PriceSingle Supplement*Bike Hire FromEnquireBook
September 20197th to 25th September 20197/9/19 to 25/9/19£2,395£795£250Check AvailabilityBook Now
September 20205th to 23rd September 20205/9/20 to 23/9/20£2,395£795Check 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! (Dinner included).

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 to admire the beautiful St Michael's Mount. Keeping right, we ride until the road runs out and we are at the UK's most southerly point, The Lizard. Time for another 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 Falmouth. (65 miles). 

Day 3

 After some more lovely coastal views we cross the Tamar and enter our second county, Devon, to skirt north of Plymouth and onto Dartmoor which offers great cycling - up and down but always beautiful - and is an atmospheric place. Granite outcrops known as Tors rise from the moorland. A great day’s cycling across one of the south’s last great wildernesses. (75 miles). (Dinner included).

Day 4

From Dartmoor we head north to Exmoor, another great part of the southwest but subtly different. There are some long ascents but the gradients are not too harsh so you won’t be puffing away in your easiest gear. 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. (66 Miles). (Dinner included).

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 arrive in Bath for the night. (70 miles). 

Day 6

From Bath we skirt the very southern fringe of the Cotswolds – not enough to really appreciate them sadly, before crossing the Severn Bridge into Wales - always a landmark point, and worthy of another photographic stop. Instead of the busier route up the Wye Valley we take wonderful quiet lanes to the market towns Usk and Crickhowell (with one of the oldest, and certainly one of the prettiest, bridges in Wales) before starting the ascent of the Gospel Pass, a road which features heavily in cycling folklore. As it levels out you will enjoy sublime views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains that will live with you for a long time – this is why we come this way – and then your enjoyment will be in the long descent into Hay on Wye for the night, a wonderful border town of great character. (75 miles). (Dinner included).

Day 7

Delving deeper into Wales we ride to Llandrindod Wells, where if you have time you could pop into the National Cycling Museum, and then continue north through the fantastic scenery of the  Welsh Marches to Oswestry with its half-timbered Tudor buildings, castle mentioned in the Domesday Book and narrow streets reminiscent of its position as a border town. (72 miles). 

Day 8

Today we head for the Peak District on peaceful roads well away from the towns linking two beautiful areas of the country. The Peak District is one of our finest National Parks and understandably so - you will not be disappointed. There will be some climbs, but you will not fault the scenery! (75 miles).

Day 9

From the Peaks top the Dales, a wonderful day in the saddle with plenty pretty scenery to enjoy! This is a hilly day but sensible pacing will mean you can enjoy the views and we will of course be near at hand to administer coffee and cake. Although the route takes us east a little, it is well worth it as you pass through yet more of Britain’s best countryside. (80 miles).

Day 10

Today continues in the same vein as yesterday; first the Dales and then Lakes on what is like a ‘Greatest Hits’ tour of stunning British scenery. 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? (70 miles).

Day 11

A new country beckons as you cross the order into Scotland and although there are still 7 riding days left, you begin to realise that the challenge is achievable. It’s an easier day than the last few, so you can take it a little easier as you savour the differences north of the border. (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). (Dinner included).

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). (Dinner included).

Day 14

Leaving behind the view of Mull that you have enjoyed overnight, our ride continues north beside Loch Linnhe before the short ferry across from Corran. 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). (Dinner included).

Day 15

You will visit Skye today. 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. (80 miles). (Dinner included).

Day 16

Back on the mainland we again track the coast and you will see many places you may recognise as this is some of the most picturesque countryside ever! We overnight in the fishing town of Ullapool in the Wester Ross region, 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 it is much flatter from hereon, added to which everyone finds extra energy for the final push! (80 miles). (Dinner included).

Day 18

The day you have been working towards for months is now here. First though, we visit Dunnet Head to tick off the most northerly point on the mainland (remember the Lizard? It will seem more than a fortnight ago!). It is a short ride from here 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! (71 miles). (Dinner included).

Day 19

Departure.

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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