Cycle Britain

Tour Overview.

To cycle from Land’s End to John O’ Groats (LEJOG) is to embark on a legendary cycling challenge, 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.

LEJOG will test you, and it will reward you. Our 23-day e-bike itinerary is planned to allow a slower pace – roughly 45 miles (70 kilometres) per day – and to open this route to a wider range of cyclists. This is one of the only e-bike LEJOG tours on the market! This lower mileage ensures you savour the charming villages and breath-taking scenery we journey through. Seeing the sense of achievement on our client’s faces as they stand in John O’Groats is always one of our highlights.

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!

If you can’t complete it in one go, you can split the trip into 7, 10 or 14-day sections and tackle this journey over several months or years!

Cycle Britain

1030 miles / 23 Days

This is a fully-supported cycling journey in a small group with a maximum of 12 people. We provide full mechanical and qualified first aid support. For navigation, we provide the GPX file and Komoot turn by turn navigational aids as well as providing a guide to lead the way.

We start with a night in a hotel and an evening presentation informing you all about the route.  We finish with a  celebratory evening meal on the last night.  Training guidance and advice on sports nutrition are just some of the added extras we provide.  Our team have planned a route that travels on quiet country roads for the majority of the tour.  There are many climbs and great descents leading us through lots of open countryside.

There is no better way to complete one of the world’s greatest cycling challenges. From the rolling hills of Devon and Cornwall to the Highlands of Scotland, we undertake the journey staying in great accommodation. Alan Little and our tour leaders are experienced leaders of this challenging tour and provide any coaching you may require.  This is a trip of a lifetime and will be 1000 miles you will never forget.

Tour Highlights.

  • Visit beautiful National Parks: Dartmoor, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, Loch Lomond.
  • Ride through Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB): Mendip Hills, Wye Valley, Shropshire Hills.
  • Cycling along cycle paths, where possible, or beautiful, low-traffic roads.
  • The Scottish Highlands and north coast.
  • The satisfaction of reaching John O’Groats.
  • Making new friends and enjoying the camaraderie of riding in a group of 12.
  • Experience a cross-section of England, Wales and Scotland.
  • A celebratory banquet in John O’Groats on the final night.
  • An amazing post-lockdown experience.
  • Full mechanical support.
  • Free bike check and bike wash each day.
  • A free guide to fitness training and preparation for your challenge.
  • Everything is organised and planned so you can concentrate on cycling.

Summary of the Tour.

  1. Land’s End to Newquay (50.1 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 enjoy a day of Cornish villages and rolling countryside. Finish in Newquay, which was voted ‘One of the Nation’s Favourite Seaside Towns’.

  2. Newquay to Launceston (45 miles)

    While great mountains loom ahead – the Lake District, the Scottish Highlands – today’s ride is, perhaps, the most demanding of all. With 4,300 feet of climbing (more than any other day), the elevation profile resembles a saw as the road alternates from sharp climbs to fast descents, and back again. You’ll have earned a relaxing evening in Launceston, once the capital of Cornwall.

  3. Launceston to Exeter (46.5 miles)

    It’s another hilly day as today’s ride skirts the wild moorlands and sulking tors of Dartmoor National Park. Stop for lunch in Okehampton, a mediaeval wool town turned Dartmoor’s outdoor centre, and then continue up and over the moors. Finish in the vibrant student city of Exeter.

  4. Exeter to Taunton (37.7 miles)

    With Cornwall behind, there is less climbing today; ‘only’ 1,875 feet across rolling Devonshire countryside, and into Somerset. A stretch of traffic-free cycling along the Grand Western Canal towpath is a particular highlight. You’ll stay in Taunton; take the chance to visit the 10th-century monastery and Taunton Castle.

  5. Taunton to Cheddar (44.6 miles)

    It’s a shock to emerge from Somerset’s tranquil countryside into Glastonbury, one of England’s strangest towns where myth, history, New Age culture and an overpowering whiff of incense collide! From Glastonbury, the scenery is breath-taking as you pedal across the Mendip Hills and squeeze between the walls of Cheddar Gorge.

  6. Cheddar to Chepstow (40.8 miles)

    Leave Cheddar via the disused ‘Strawberry Line’ railway, which is now a traffic-free cycle path. After a section hugging the Bristol Channel, you’ll fly high above it on the Severn Bridge and land in Wales on the far side. Spend the night in Chepstow and admire its imposing castle, reputedly Britain’s oldest surviving stone castle.

  7. Chepstow to Hereford (40.3 miles)

    It’s a day of green hills and river-carved valleys. From Chepstow, you’ll pedal through the heart of the beautiful Wye Valley and to the quaint Welsh village of Monmouth. Next, follow the River Monnow back across the border into England to finish the day in Hereford.

  8. Hereford to Church Stretton (47.7 miles)

    This is rural England at its finest; ride on forgotten country lanes through bucolic landscapes dotted with quaint villages. Near Onibury, you’ll enter the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is a place of transition, where the English lowlands meet the Welsh uplands. At the heart of the Shropshire Hills is the picturesque village of Church Stretton, where you’ll stay the night.

  9. Church Stretton to Nantwich (46.5 miles)

    Continue pedallling through the laidback tranquillity of the midlands. Punctuating these rural farmlands are the many historic towns and villages where seemingly every second building is timber-framed. This culminates in Nantwich, where you overnight, which boasts the highest concentration of listed buildings in England.

  10. Nantwich to Wigan (47.8 miles)

    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 cycle paths and quiet roads, uncovering a wealth of greenery and open spaces. The Sankey Valley Greenway is a particular highlight.

  11. Wigan to Lancaster (46.9 miles)

    This is one of the flattest days of your LEJOG journey as you follow cycle paths beside the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, through the Cuerden Valley Park and then, finally, along the Lancaster Canal. Lancaster is a student city situated on a hilltop with views overlooking the River Lune.

  12. Lancaster to Appleby-in-Westmorland (51.9 miles)

    For 39 miles, today’s route traverses the River Lune Valley, rolling over emerald hills and crossing vast sweeps of open moorland. This corner of the country is England at its wildest, skirting the edge of two National Parks and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; The Lake District NP, the Yorkshire Dales NP, and the North Pennines AONB. This is a ride you won’t forget anytime soon. Appleby-in-Westmorland is a charming market village.

  13. Appleby-in-Westmorland to Carlisle (41.1 miles)

    Picturesque cycling abounds as you continue north with the mountains of the Lake District on your left, and those of the Pennines on your right. This is a remoter section with fewer villages and more wilderness, finishing in the historic town of Carlisle situated near the Scottish border.

  14. Carlisle to Moffat (44.4 miles)

    Leave England behind and cross into Scotland at Gretna, following the footsteps of countless young, loved-up and eloping English couples. Today’s route continues along cycle paths, allowing you to focus on the beautiful nature of the Annandale Valley. As a coaching stop, Moffat has been serving travellers for generations and the charming town promises to extend this practiced hospitality to you.

  15. Moffat to Lanark (38.2 miles)

    There’s no chance to warm up; a challenging climb begins as soon as you leave Moffat. After pedalling to 1,055 feet, the reward is a day of unspoiled nature, gentle undulations and sporadic villages. Just before reaching the bustling market village of Lanark, take a moment to savour the impressive view of the Falls of Clyde waterfalls.

  16. Lanark to Dunblane (48.3 miles)

    Thread through the middle of stunning wilderness in the gap between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Pass through Stirling, a former capital of Scotland, and nicknamed ‘Gateway to the Highlands’ and prepare for the scenery to become a whole lot more special.

  17. Dunblane to Tyndrum (48.2 miles)

    From Dunblane, the route swings west towards the jaw-dropping scenery of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs NP. Here, villages are few and far between, and it is the majestic mountains and brooding lochs which accompany your riding. Tyndrum translates as ‘the house on the ridge’ and is a popular stop for hikers on the West Highland Way.

  18. Tyndrum to Fort William (46.4 miles)

    Prepare to feel shrunken as the mountains and landscapes grow into giants. By the end of today’s ride, you’ll sleep at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain (Ben Nevis), but before that, you’ll cross the desolate expanse of Rannoch Moor and enjoy six miles of downhill through claustrophobic valleys into Glencoe.

  19. Day 19: Fort William  to Foyers (45.8 miles)

    It’s a flat ride to Fort Augustus, along the lapping shores of Loch Lochy and the Caledonian Canal. From Fort Augustus, however, begins a formidable climb up to a foreboding and treeless altitude of 1,240 feet, before descending back to Foyers.

  20. Foyers to Alness (44 miles)

    For 11 miles, ride beside Loch Ness; keep your eyes peeled for any strange, monstrous activities. Inverness is the United Kingdom’s northernmost city and is considered the capital of the Highlands. Take the chance to explore the city and resupply before continuing around coastal inlets to Allness, whose pretty high street has won many flower-decorating awards.

  21. Alness to Altnaharra (50 miles)

    One of the remotest sections of Land’s End to John O’ Groats, you are now firmly in the heart of the Highlands. You can expect long and empty roads, shimmering lochs and exposed mountain slopes. Altnaharra is a tiny hamlet; except for the welcome from its luxury hotel, the surroundings would appear an imposing and hostile place.

  22. Altnaharra to Portskerra (41.7 miles)

    It’s the penultimate day of your trip! Your spirits can’t fail to rise as you first glimpse the North Coast. From Tongue, you’ll turn right and begin pedalling along the road that will lead you to John O’ Groats. Breath-taking beaches and emerald hills characterise this section, and the barren desolation of previous days is soon forgotten.

  23. Portskerra to John O’ Groats (37.4 miles)

    Congratulations! Today’s the day you cross the finish line of the UK’s most epic cycling challenge! Savour the final landscapes which feel a world away from Cornwall, where this grand journey began. Quiet roads, brown heather, and a rugged coastline studded with distant islands of the Orkneys.  

Itinerary.

The adventure begins from the moment you arrive in Land’s End. At 7 pm on your 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’s 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, 23 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.

  • 6th June -
    28th June 2022
    £4200

    (23 Days) - Double or twin room based on two sharing for the whole of the Lands End to John Groats 23 day tour.

  • 6th June -
    28th June 2022
    £5700

    (23 Days) - Single room for one person for the whole of the Lands End to John Groats 23 day tour.

  • 6th June -
    12th June 2022
    £1735

    (7 Day Tour) - Single room for one person for week one of the Lands End to John Groats 23 day tour.
    Single room for single occupancy.

  • 6th June -
    12th June 2022
    £1285

    (7 Day Tour) - Twin room for people for week one of the Lands End to John Groats 23 day tour.
    Twin room for twin occupancy.

  • 12th June -
    16th June 2022
    £1240

    Cycling section of the LEJOG. 12th - 16th June. Guided tour including 5 nights bed and breakfast accommdation with 5 nights sole occupancy accommodation. Lunch, drinks, baggage transfer and full support included. Set up for David on request.

  • 13th June -
    19th June 2022
    £1735

    (7 Day Tour) - Single room for one person for week two of the Lands End to John Groats 23 day tour.
    Single room for single occupancy.

  • 13th June -
    19th June 2022
    £1285

    (7 Day Tour) - Twin room for people for week one of the Lands End to John Groats 23 day tour.
    Twin room for twin occupancy.

  • 20th June -
    28th June 2022
    £2235

    (9 Day Tour) - Single room for one person for week one of the Lands End to John Groats 23 day tour. Single room for single occupancy.

  • 20th June -
    28th June 2022
    £1650

    (9 Day Tour) - Twin room occupancy person for the last 9 days of the Lands End to John Groats 23 day tour. Twin room for shared occupancy.

Route.

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

What’s Included.

Accommodation

24 nights of high-quality accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels or equivalent independent B&B's. We select places where rest and comfort is guaranteed.

Route Plans

We are an official Komoot partner. Our full route notes will become available as soon as you are booked onto a tour.

Expert Support Team

Our guides and mechanics are available to support your trip and answer any questions.

The Alex Wagon.

Our support driver, Alex, is never far away. He’ll carry your bags, provide water and snacks, and can offer you a ride if you are unable to complete a section.

Nutritous 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.

Live Tracking

Our live tracking allows you to share your adventure in real-time with friends, family and supporters.

Castelli Cycle Jersey

We’ll supply you with a professionally-designed Castelli shirt to commemorate your LEJOG adventure.

Luggage Transfer.

We carry your bags so you don’t have to! You will arrive to your hotel to find your bags already waiting in your room. We also carry your day-bag and ensure it is available throughout.

Unrivalled knowledge of cycling in Britain.

We pride ourselves as being the experts on British Cycling.

Nutrition, training and bike setup guides.

To help you prepare for this demanding tour, we provide information on what to eat, how to train, and how to setup your bike.

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.

Microsoft Teams Tour Groups

We use Microsoft Teams to help you get to know your team before your departure.

Free use of soft bike bag if needed

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

Celebratory final evening banquet

We love to conclude our trips with a celebratory meal on the final evening.

What’s Not Included.

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.

Transport to Land’s End/ from John O’ Groats.

We can arrange pick-up and drop-off in Edinburgh, London, Heathrow, Leeds, Manchester, Carlisle, Exeter and Penzance. From £150.

Travel Insurance.

We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.

Evening Meals.

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

Bike Transfer.

Up to £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.

Accommodation.

We provide 24 nights of high-quality accommodation in comfortable 3* and 4* hotels or equivalent independent B&Bs. We book private rooms to guarantee optimum rest and recovery, howevere 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 3 tour, which means it is suitable for ‘regular cyclists who enjoy regular cycling whether training indoor or outside.’ The focus is on a ‘half day of cycling with fun stops and sightseeing.’

The average daily distance is 43 miles and the route includes steep gradients. Over 23 days, you will climb 48,625 feet (14,820 metres).

If you want a faster pace for your LEJOG tour, check out our 9-day or 14-day itineraries?

If you can’t tackle 23 days in one go, we are happy to split it into separate sections tailored to your availability. Get in touch, and we will create a package that works for you!

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 clothes and leaders can take your items to a laundrette.

Can I charge my phone?

We have a charging station in the support van.

What level of fitness do I need?

This is a Grade 3 tour, which means it is suitable for 'regular cyclists who enjoy regular cycling whether training indoor or outside.' The focus is on a 'half-day of cycling with fun stops and sightseeing.' 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.

How do I charge my e-bike batteries?

All accommodation has been selected because it has the facilities to charge e-bike batteries overnight.