Cycle Britain

Tour Overview.

To cycle from Land’s End to John O’ Groats (LEJOG) in a small group is to embark on a legendary cycling challenge in style, to commit to a thousand miles of Britain you’ll never forget. England, Wales and Scotland will all roll beneath your wheels on this route which showcases the best and most varied landscapes available.   We will plan everything and ensure the best epxerience including any coaching and support you need.  We are here to esnure you have an amazing time.

LEJOG will test you, and it will reward you. This is our 14-day itinerary which is perfect for cyclists who are looking to enjoymcycling but also ejnoy time to enjoy the sights. Cycle Britain has plotted a stunning route based on our personal experiences. We combine beautiful scenery with quiet roads and cycle paths and with towns and villages that ooze character. After setting off from Cornwall, we roll across England, Wales and Scotland, taking in their most beautiful sights. There are countless highlights – we’d love to mention them all! – but instead, we’d prefer to show you in person! Come and join us in the wild sweeps of Dartmoor, the claustrophobic Cheddar Gorge, the meandering Wye Valley, the intersection between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales and in the Scottish Highlands. LEJOG packs a scenic punch you’ll never forget riding through.

We also offer a 23-day e-bike tour, allowing extra time to explore the areas we pass through and a 9-day tour for those who want to push themselves even more!

Cycle Britain

1020 miles / 14 Days

Cycle Britain tours offer the best customer experience. This means we always go the extra mile, whether it’s our daily bike-wash policy, complimentary Castelli jersey, pre-tour presentation evening or celebratory banquet in John O’Groats. Every decision is made to create an experience you will remember and treasure forever.

This tour is fully-supported. Ride in a maximum group size of 12 and enjoy the support of our expert team of guides, mechanics and drivers who’ll carry your bags, distribute snacks, help with repairs and lead you along the route while sharing stories that bring each day’s riding to life!

A support van will lift your morale as it offers delicious lunches and snacks throughout the day. It will carry a day-bag with any necessities and have your main luggage waiting in your room when you arrive.

We provide 15 nights of high-quality accommodation in comfortable 3* and 4* hotels or equivalent independent accommodation. We book private rooms to guarantee optimum rest and recovery, however, room-sharing discounts are possible on request.

Tour Highlights.

  • Cycling and experiencing the length of Great Britain.
  • Quality lunch, hot drinks, snacks and sports drinks provided by the support vehicle
  • High quality accommodation in single rooms
  • Spectacular scenery including the Cheddar George, Lake District and the Cairngorms
  • An amazing post-lockdown experience in a small group of 12
  • The experience of cycling three countries in 16 days
  • Full mechanical support
  • Free bike check and bike washing each day
  • Expert cycling guides who also can provide free coaching tips
  • A free guide to fitness training and preparation for your challenge
  • Detailed route information provided
  • Exceptional service that goes beyond your expectations
  • Organising sports massages
  • Everything is organised and planned so you can concentrate on cycling
  • Small Group Guarantee - Our maximum group size is 8

Summary of the Tour.

  1. Land's End to Bodmin (62 miles)

    A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single pedal stroke. Begin from the much-photographed white signpost on the tip of the Penwith Peninsula and plunge into the rolling Cornish countryside.

  2. Bodmin to Tiverton (73.6 miles)

    While great mountains loom ahead – the Lake District, the Scottish Highlands – today’s ride is the most demanding of the tour with 7,425 feet (2,260 metres) of climbing and an elevation profile resembling a saw. You are rewarded, however, with stunning scenery, as you skirt around the wild moorlands and sulking tors of Dartmoor National Park.

  3. Tiverton to Wells (50.2 miles)

    With Cornwall and Devon behind, you’ll enjoy flatter cycling through the tranquil countryside of Somerset. You’ll pass Glastonbury – its Tor visible from afar – and enjoy one of England’s strangest towns where myth, history, New Age culture and an overpowering whiff of incense collide! You’ll stay in Wells, on the fringes of the Mendip Hills.

  4. Wells to Hereford (70.5 miles)

    It’s a thrilling start to today’s ride; you’ll pedal across the Mendip Hills then squeeze between the walls of Cheddar Gorge. After Bristol, you’ll fly over the Severn Bridge, high above the Bristol Channel, and then land in Wales. Pedal through the heart of the Wye Valley to finish the day in quaint Hereford.

  5. Hereford to Ironbridge (51.5 miles)

    This is rural England at its finest; ride on forgotten country lanes through a bucolic landscape punctuated by historic towns and villages where seemingly every second building is timber-framed. This culminates in Ironbridge, home to the world’s first iron bridge in 1781; an icon of the Industrial Revolution.

  6. Ironbridge to Standish (82.1 miles)

    Pass Nantwich, a medieval market town that boasts England’s highest concentration of listed buildings, and then continue north. Approaching the industrial heartlands surrounding Manchester and Liverpool, it begins to get more built-up. Nonetheless, you’ll be surprised how this tour threads between these sprawling cities on quiet roads, uncovering a wealth of greenery and open spaces.

  7. Standish to Kirkby Lonsdale (51.3 miles)

    Pass through Preston, bypass Lancaster, and then enjoy riding through Lune Valley, rolling over emerald hills and crossing vast sweeps of open moorland. Kirkby Lonsdale is sandwiched between two National Parks, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. It offers welcome rest and a tantalising view of tomorrow’s ride.

  8. Kirkby Lonsdale to Talkin (57.1 miles)

    Look left for a view across the mountains of the Lake District. Look right for a view of the Yorkshire Dales. This corner of the country is England at its most dramatic with fewer villages and more wilderness. It’s a ride you won’t forget anytime soon!

  9. Talkin to Peebles (74.6 miles)

    Wave England ‘farewell’ and cross into Scotland, where things about to become even more remote. Today’s ride mostly unfolds along quiet B-roads where you can immerse yourself in the unspoiled nature, gentle undulations and sporadic villages of Scotland.

  10. Peebles to Perth (64 miles)

    Things get busier as we navigate around Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, before crossing the Firth of Forth, enjoying an impressive view of the Forth Bridge, a Scottish icon and UNESCO site. The afternoon is back on quieter roads, skirting Lomond Hills Park and Loch Leven Nature Reserve.

  11. Perth to Ballater (68 miles)

    Battle your way uphill for eight kilometres to the Glenshee ski-centre, notable as Britain’s highest mountain pass at 2,199 feet (670 metres). Once conquered, it’s a dramatic ride through the jaw-dropping scenery of the Cairngorms National Park and past Balmoral Castle to arrive in Ballater.

  12. Ballater to Inverness (74.3 miles)

    Continue through the majestic Cairngorms. You’ll start with a tough climb over the barren expanse of the Gairn Glen (1798 feet, 548 metres), enjoy a relaxing and picturesque descent, and then struggle up steep slopes to the Lecht ski-centre (2,090 feet, 637 metres). You’ll recover in Inverness, nicknamed 'Gateway to the Highlands'.

  13. Inverness to Lairg (49 miles)

    It’s the penultimate day of your trip! You’ll pedal through beautiful countryside, and cross bridges over, or navigate around, vast firths – coastal inlets – as you progress north. Stop to admire the Falls of Shin, before finishing in Lairg, situated on the lapping shores of Loch Shin.

  14. Lairg to John O'Groats (87.6 miles)

    Keep the sea on your right and enjoy a final sprint towards John O’Groats. Congratulations, you’ve made it! Bask in your achievement and in the memories forged through miles in the saddle. Savour the final landscape – of a rugged coastline studded with the distant islands of the Orkneys - which feels a world away from Cornwall, where this grand journey began.

Itinerary.

If you are travelling by train, we will be glad to welcome you to Penzance and offer a free transfer to Land’s End. The adventure begins the moment you arrive. At 7 pm on the first evening, we host a presentation about the LEJOG experience and what you can expect. This is a chance to ask any questions and to meet your support team and fellow adventurers. 

The next morning, we’ll point our bikes north and begin pedalling for the other side of the country! Cornwall and Devon offer stunning scenery, but also some of the toughest climbs of the entire trip. You will enjoy gorgeous coastal landscapes and the wild moorland sweeps of Dartmoor. 

We pass the Mendip Hills and Cheddar Gorge and then fly over the Severn Bridge into Wales for a beautiful day of riding through the Wye Valley AONB. 

Our time in Wales is short-lived. We’re soon back in England, where we find ourselves squeezed between the English lowlands and the Welsh uplands. This is a scenic region of bucolic countryside and historic villages that pass in the blink of an eye. 

We thread between Manchester and Liverpool, cycling along a tightrope of green parks, canal towpaths and cycleways that offer an escape from these grand cities. Explode from these industrial heartlands into England’s wild north-west corner, where the mesmerising national parks of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales collide. 

Your LEJOG adventure has saved its best for last; everything is larger, wilder and more remote in Scotland. The moors are more barren, the shimmering lochs stretch over the horizon, and huge mountains command the landscape. This is cycling you will never forget. 

At last, 14 days after you began, you will arrive at the end of this landmass. The sea blocks any further progress, the Orkney Islands dot the horizon, seagulls squawk above you, and a white signpost points to Land’s End, 874 miles away. You have arrived in John O’Groats with a more intimate understanding of Britain, a collection of memories forged in the saddle, and a deep sense of achievement. 

Dates and Prices.

  • 24th July -
    6th August 2022
    £2800

    14 Days of Cycling including 14 nights of accommodation. Double or twin based on two sharing.

  • 24th July -
    6th August 2022
    £3600

    14 Days of Cycling including 14 nights of accommodation. Single room for one person.

Route.

All our routes are available to our Komoot followers.  Follow Cycle Britain on Komoot.

What’s Included.

Fully supported tour

The Alex Wagon is the name of the Cycle Britain support vehicle. It is named after our amazing lead support manager, Alex. He's there to help with anything you may need and will track you on your journey to ensure you have the support required.

Nutritious breakfasts, lunches and snacks.

After a hearty breakfast, the Alex Wagon becomes a pop-up cafe providing nutritious lunches, snacks, and sports drinks throughout your ride.

Cycle Britain tour guide, komoot mapping & detailed route notes

We are an official partner with komoot and make your route available to you once you have booked so you can check the full details of the tour. We provide GPX and TCX files. These can be transferred onto Garmin and Wahoo. When you attend a tour you will receive all the route notes and our free guide as a PDF. Information is also provided in our navigation notes to read on arrival. With detailed trip notes, komoot mapping and your guide, you can't go far wrong.

Live tracking

Our live tracking allows you to share your journey.

Microsoft Teams tour groups

We make use of Microsoft Teams to help you get to know your team before you depart.

Castelli Cycle Jersey

We provide a high-quality and professionally-designed Castelli Jersey for your tour.

Free use of soft bike bag if needed

Storage bag for your bike if required to take it into your hotel.

Accommodation

15 nights accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels and inns. Unless requested otherwise, we book single rooms to ensure the best rest and recovery.

Expert staff

We are available to support your trip and answer any questions.

Route plans

Accessible as a GPS track on your phone before you even leave. All you need is your phone to use our turn by turn navigation.

Daily luggage transfer

We carry your bags between hotels so you don’t have to! When you arrive at the hotel your bags will be waiting in your room for you. We also manage your day-bag and ensure it’s available when you need something.

Unrivalled knowledge of cycling in Britain

We pride ourselves on being the experts on cycling in Britain.

Free guide to nutrition, training and bike setup

To help you prepare for this demanding tour, we provide you with free guides on what to eat, how to train and general bike setup tips.

What’s Not Included.

A bike and helmet

Please provide your own bike and helmet for this trip. Get in touch if you have any questions regarding whether your equipment is appropriate.

Travel insurance

We highly recommend you arrange insurance.

Transport to start at Penzance or home from the finish in Inverness

We have a preferred partner who picks up and drops off in Edinburgh, London, Heathrow, Leeds, Manchester Airport train station and Carlisle, Exeter and Penzance. Transport back from Land's End is £150 bookable.

Easy bike transfer

£50.

Bike service

Send your bike to us and we will transport it to the start and ensure it's in great working order. From £50.

Evening meals

We prefer to give you flexibility for your dinners. We do, however, include a celebratory banquet on your final evening.

Accommodation.

We provide 15 nights of accommodation in comfortable 3* and 4* hotels or equivalent independent B&Bs. We book private rooms to guarantee optimum rest and recovery, however room-sharing discounts are possible on request. 

The final evening is, for example, in the legendary Seaview Hotel where we celebrate your success with an evening banquet.

‘John O’Groats is Scotland’s most iconic destination and Seaview Hotel offers the perfect welcome to visitors as they reach the end of the road. All year you can marvel at the stunning views across the Pentland Firth, watch the vast array of shipping that passes daily, walk along the scenic coastland to the impressive Stacks of Duncansby and sample the many attractions both locally and throughout the county of Caithness. Seaview Hotel with its northerly location is an ideal vantage point to capture the Aurora Borealis. Seaview Hotel is family-run hotel, renowned for its hospitality.’

Trip Suitability.

This is a Grade 4 tour, which means it is suitable ‘for those that want a challenge.’ These routes ‘provide a challenge to complete climbs and steep descents’ and involve ’60 – 100 miles per day.’

Leading up to your trip, we would be glad to help with your training program;
– We hold regular Zwift sessions which are a great opportunity to get bike-fit and meet fellow cyclists. 
– We provide training weekends in the Peak District led by qualified coaches. 
– We can tailor a training plan to your fitness, requirements and schedule. 
For any of these training plans, check out our coaching packages or contact us. 

If you want a more challenging pace, why not try our 9-day LEJOG itinerary. For a more leisurely adventure, check out our 23-day e-bike LEJOG itinerary?  Or for another challenge altogether, we offer the North Coast 500

Gallery.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Do you cater to vegan and vegetarian diets?

Absolutely! Inform us in advance of any dietary requirements and we will be glad to cater to you.

Will we be able to wash our clothes on the trip?

There will be opportunities to wash your clothes and leaders can take your items to a launderette.

Can I charge my phone?

We have a charging station on the support van.

What level of fitness do I need?

This is a Grade 4 tour, which means it is suitable for ‘for those that want a challenge.’ These routes ‘provide a challenge to complete climbs and steep descents’ and involve ’60 – 100 miles per day.’ Check out our coaching section for more info.

What level of ability do I need?

A high level of ability and experience is required for steep ground and long descents.

What level of support is offered?

This trip has full vehicle support meaning everything you need is taken care of. We provide breakfasts, lunches and snacks and can offer advice on nutrition, equipment, preparation and training. We provide detailed route notes and GPX files.