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Land’s End to John O’Groats

Land’s End to John O’Groats

£2,245 per person

Grade 4 Cycle TourIntroduction

We are proud to offer our 16 day, 1000 mile, classic Lands End to John o’Groats cycle tour. You will receive a fully supported, leisurely approach to this epic journey.

You’ll follow country lanes and national cycle network paths wherever possible, avoiding main roads. We ride at a pace that is well within the reach of a fit and competent cyclist. You’re perfect for our Lands End to John o’Groats tour if you’re a newcomer to cycling or returning after a break, although is still open to everyone.

Cycling

You’ll start each day of the ‘LEJOG’ at around 8.45am with a morning briefing. The tour leader will explain the day’s route and the traffic and weather conditions that you are likely to encounter. You will also be briefed on the place where we will be having our lunch stop – we usually provide a healthy picnic/sandwiches or if the weather is bad we will make use of one of the many cafes and pubs that lie along the route.

The support van will be available on each day and, towards the end of each day, will transport your luggage to your accommodation. Wherever possible during the course of each day we stop the van in a safe place and offer hot drinks and snacks. On the final day of the tour we have a shortish 51mile ride from Bettyhill to John O’Groats and then a coach journey down to Inverness for our final meal in the Capital of the Highlands. Everyone leaves on the Sunday morning. We can arrange to get your bike shipped home at the end of the tour for a small extra fee.

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Highlights

  • Beautiful English countryside
  • Cycling through Wells, Shrewsbury, Lake District, Scottish Highlands
  • Finishing it!!

Accommodation

Your accommodation, on a twin share bed and breakfast basis, will be in family run hotels and good quality bed and breakfasts. We endeavour to accommodate you (as a group) in the same location however on occasions this might not be possible.

Single accommodation is available for a supplement of £575.

Meals

The hotels will provide breakfast whilst the support team will provide a pack-up lunch, this will depend on what is available on the day and could include a mix of fresh sandwiches, pasties or easy grab and bites sourced from local bakeries. If weather doesn’t permit outdoors we will get into cafes for quick lunch.

​You will need to purchase your own evening meals, which are usually eaten communally although of course you are free to opt out if you wish.

We will carry emergency energy gels and bars in the support van but you are advised to bring along your own preferred sports nutrition to fuel your ride. There will be water refills, fruits bars etc provided to keep you hydrated.

In the Tour Plan, (B, L, D) refers to meals included in the trip cost i.e. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Bike Transfers

We will happily transport your bike to Penzance and back from Inverness at no extra charge. If you drop your bike off at our Sheffield office up to two days before departure we will carefully pack it in the support van, drive it to the start and then return it to Sheffield ready for you to collect.

If that isn’t convenient then depending where you live we may be able to collect your bike on our journey from Sheffield to Penzance. Please get in touch with us to discuss arrangements, any other arrangements will be for an agreed fee.

While we will take all reasonable care while handling your bikes, using padded covers and making sure they are securely stored, we are not liable for any loss or damage during transportation and storage. We recommend you have appropriate insurance.

Tour Plan

The Lands End to John O’Groats tour route is flexible and should be seen as a guide only. Local conditions, weather or fitness could lead to changes in our daily plans. All times and distances are approximate.

14 days of cycling
Approx 1000 miles Age
  • Destination
    UK
  • Depart from
    Penzance, Cornwall
  • Return from
    Inverness, Scotland
  • Road surfaces
    Lots of hills. Tarmac (conditions can vary).
  • Bike Type
    Road / Hybrid / Touring Bike
  • Included
    Land’s End to John O’Groats
    Accommodation
    Lunch
    Cycling guide
    GPX files
    Vehicle support
    Baggage transfer
  • Not Included
    Domestic flights
    Evening meals (unless specified)
    Bike hire
    Travel to start & from finish
    International flights
    Airport transfers
    Travel insurance
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1
Arrival Day - Meet in Penzance
Our leaders will be on hand to meet you as you arrive in Penzance. Overnight accommodation in Penzance.
2
Cycle from Land's End to St. Austell
60 miles (97km)
A mini bus journey to the start at Lands End. Although it is not particularly long, this first day of the tour is one of the hardest of the entire journey. The Cornish hills are not hugely steep but they are numerous and will test those riders who haven’t put in the training miles.(B, L)
3
Cycle from St. Austell to Exeter
77 miles (124km)
This is a longer stage and again one of the hardest. We will be bowling along the Cornish coastline, passing through Looe and into Plymouth before heading out to Yelverton and ascending onto the rugged splendour of Dartmoor where we will catch sight of Dartmoor Prison and then make our way to our accommodation in Exeter. (B, L)
4
Cycle from Exeter to Wells
64 miles (103km)
With relief that two of the toughest days are behind us today finds us cycling through the Devonshire lanes involving some short climbs and quick descents. We will eventually find flatter ground in Somerset, cycling through parts of the beautiful Somerset Levels and staying for the evening in the lovely town of Wells. (B, L)
5
Cycle from Wells to Hereford
73 miles (117km)
A huge hill greets us just outside Wells and then some brilliant cycling as we get into our stride over the Mendips and head towards Bristol along flat lanes and cycle paths. Traversing Bristol can be a great fun before we cross the Severn Road Bridge on the dedicated cycle path and make our way into Wales. The afternoon will be spent cycling alongside the course of the River Wye, stopping for an ice cream close to the ruins of Tintern Abbey, on our route to Hereford, where we spend the night. (B, L)
6
Cycle from Hereford to Shrewsbury
66 miles (106km)
From Hereford will be taking quiet roads and lanes through the Welsh Marches as we wend our way towards our accommodation in Shrewsbury. (B, L)
7
Cycle from Shrewsbury to Leigh
65 miles (105km)
An easier day’s cycling today on flattish terrain as we head into Lancashire along quiet lanes and lush countryside. Our stop tonight is in Leigh and marks the almost halfway point of the tour. (B, L)
8
Cycle from Leigh to Kendal
80 miles (129km)
Today comprises some great cycling through quintessential English villages such as Slaidburn and a spectacular ascent along the Skaithe, regularly used by Sir Bradley Wiggins as part of his training regime. The Cross of Greet marks the summit of the Skaithe and from there we have some epic cycling to High Bentham and ultimately Kendal where we stop for the night. (B, L)
9
Cycle from Kendal to Gretna
70 miles (113km)
Today will involve some more stunning landscapes as we head through the Lake District. We will cycle through Grasmere and Keswick and push onwards to spend the night in Gretna Green. (B, L)
10
Cycle from Gretna to Hamilton
78 miles (126km)
We will be leaving Gretna and pushing on into Scotland along the dedicated cycle path that shadows the motorway. The cycling is relatively easy, later in the day we will be stopping for the evening in Hamilton. (B, L)
11
Cycle from Hamilton to Crianlarich
69 miles (110km)
Leaving Hamilton we negotiate the traffic-free River Clyde cycleway as we cross Glasgow and head towards Balloch on the banks of Loch Lomond. From Balloch the route follows the western shore of Loch Lomond and on to Crianlarich where we spend the night.. (B, L)
12
Cycle from Crianlarich to Fort Augustus
83 miles (134km)
From Crianlarich through Tyndrum today ascending onto Rannoch Moor. Choose a big gear now as we continue through the magnificent Pass of Glencoe then on to Fort William and our stop for the night, Fort Augustus.(B, L)
13
Cycle from Fort Augustus to Bonar Bridge
87 miles (138km)
Now for the best climb of the entire trip the ascent of General Wades Military Road north of Fort Augustus. Passing through Inverness we will cross the Kessock Bridge and then tackle a long and steep climb onto the ‘Struie’. (B, L)
14
Cycle from Bonar Bridge to Bettyhill
56 miles (89km)
We should be in fine form to cycle through the village of Lairg alongside Loch Shin and ascend to the finest pub in the British Isles, the incomparable Crask Inn for a cup of tea or maybe something a little stronger. From the Crask it’s downhill all the way to Altnaharra. This stretch of cycling is an hour of pure joy, downhill cycling set in the majesty of the far north of Scotland under the shadow of the towering Ben Klibreck. The route then takes us on the single-track road that runs alongside the River Naver, famous for its salmon fishing, before a quiet undulating road brings us to Bettyhill.. (B, L)
15
Cycle from Bettyhill to John O'Groats
50 miles (80km)
The last cycling day! At the start there are a couple of steep hills between Bettyhill and Strathy which will test our weary legs for the final time and nearby Thurso marks the last town of any size. The castle at Mey is the final landmark to look out for and the final few miles to John o’Groats are relatively flat. We should finish in front of the famous signpost at around 2pm. After a champagne celebration a coach will take us back to Inverness in time for a shower and a celebratory meal later in the evening. (B, L)
16
Departure Day
Final goodbyes as we help with transport to Inverness Airport or Inverness Railway Station as well as assisting with bikes which are being couriered home. (B)

CUSTOMER FEEDBACK

9.3
Superb
8.5
Accommodation
9.3
Route & Rest Locations
9.1
Food & Refreshments Provided
9.3
Cycling Pace & Time in Saddle
10.0
Tour Guide & Support Crew
9.6
OVERALL SATISFACTION

Comments:

  • John Holmes
    22 September 2023 at 21:11

    Pedal Nation did an excellent job. I also had chance to compare it with another tour company doing LeJog at the same time!

    I enjoyed the excursion into Wales with it’s beautiful, traffic-free roads. Well done Pedal Nation.

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  • Anon
    20 September 2023 at 20:56

    I enjoyed how well organised everything was so we could just enjoy the cycling.

    I would recommend Pedal Nation to others for their organisation, small group sizes, approach and environment created throughout the trip.

    Thank you, I had the best time both on and off the bike!

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  • Mike Speke
    30 September 2022 at 15:08

    I’m glad I did this challenge in a group, as the group got on well and made it easier to keep cycling when the going got tough.

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  • Tom Hunter
    24 September 2022 at 17:56

    Before going on this tour, practice going up long steep hills (10%+).

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  • HB
    21 September 2022 at 17:01

    I had trained hard for this challenge and it paid off. Not everyone makes it and some take a lift in the van when it gets too tough. I pedalled over a 1000miles with the best group of like minded people from all walks of life and ages and bicycle experience.. We had 3 female leaders over the course of the tour which was excellent inspiration for me. The tour size (max 12) was just right so that we didn’t clog the roads up and could get to know everyone.

    Accommodation was overall good and the price fair especially with the bike pick up and drop off facility, I also enjoyed the benefit of a lift to Lands end from Penzance by taxi and from JoG to Inverness. Made life very easy for onward travel at the end.

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  • Carl Owen
    24 August 2022 at 20:20

    I put a great deal of effort into the training but I was still surprised by the gradients that we faced. Perhaps each participant could get a recommended training plan?

    The whole experience was a good one. We were kept informed before the trip. Each day we had a pre ride briefing. The leaders were excellent. We were supported in riding at our own pace. I spoke to riders that were with other tour companies and their experience didn’t sound as good. In my opinion the key selling point of Pedal Nation are your staff. They are amazing and work really hard to make peoples experience a good one.

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  • Debbie Brook
    6 July 2022 at 16:25

    Staff on the trip were superb and worked incredibly hard to ensure that everything ran smoothly and without their input it would have been a very different experience. A great experience all round – thank you.

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  • Howard Rowe
    1 July 2022 at 18:43

    The “invisible” work done to help us e.g. taking our bags to our rooms must be a pain for the guides but is really valued by those who have been on out trips where this hasn’t happened.

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  • Marie
    12 July 2021 at 18:23

    Very impressed with both Ken and Graeme, they managed the logistics very calmly and effectively. I felt this enacted the inclusive philosophy on partaking in two wheeled activities that clearly underpins both Pedal Nation and is clearly shared personally by both.

    Overall – really enjoyed the trip and would recommend to others. I was impressed by how accessible it was made by Ken and Graeme, when I was looking at other options for a similar trip this was something I didn’t notice in other companies.

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  • John Pitt
    7 July 2021 at 17:49

    Graeme did a great job as catering/organisation leader. Communal lunch stops in nice places were a pleasure. Ken was a superb bike leader, knowledgeable, always helpful, entirely unflappable. Big thanks.

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  • R. Nutting
    30 September 2017 at 13:23

    A fantastic experience. Something every cyclist should aim to do. The support and advice from Nick Mitchell and Ken Woodhouse from Pedal Nation could not be better. They were very professional but also great fun. Perfect.

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