Cycle Britain

Tour Overview.

This is our most challenging Land’s End to John O’Groats itinerary. Could you cycle the length of Mainland Britain in nine days? Cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats involves more than 1,000 miles (1,600km) of riding and 48,000ft (14,000m) of climbing. Not a challenge for the faint-hearted, this is an epic adventure reserved for the strongest cyclists.

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 tackle 100+ miles a day, rolling 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.

If our 9-day itinerary is too fast, check out our 14-day road bike or our 23-day e-bike tour. These allow a slower pace and more time to explore each area.

An expert team of guides, mechanics and drivers will join you, taking care of all the logistics so you are free to enjoy the riding. Our passion for cycling and our experience of leading cycle tours ensure the best customer experience. The wealth of experience possessed by Alan Little, head coach, and our tour leaders place them in a perfect position to provide any coaching you require. 

Cycle Britain

1030 miles / 9 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. 

Our nine-day LEJOG tour is fully-supported. You will ride in a small group with a maximum of twelve people. Our guides, who are qualified bike-mechanics and first aiders, will lead the way across the rich textures of Britain. We also provide the GPX and Komoot files for those adventurous souls who wish to navigate or travel at their own pace. 

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 ten 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. 

Tour Highlights.

  • High quality accommodation in single rooms for good rest
  • Quality lunch, hot drinks, snacks and sports drinks provided by the support vehicle
  • Ascending the mighty Glenshee and the Lecht Ski Hill
  • John O’Groats and views of the Orkneys
  • Bikes cleaned every day
  • First aid qualified team
  • Bags transported to your room
  • Full mechanical support
  • Organising sports massages
  • Cycle servicing
  • Free bike check each day
  • Unrivalled local knowledge
  • The very best customer service that exceeds expectation
  • Free guidance when booking a tour
  • Route access on komoot for free before you even book

Summary of the Tour.

  1. Land’s End to Okehampton (106 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. While great mountains loom ahead – the Lake District, the Scottish Highlands – today’s ride is the most demanding of all with 7,425 feet (2,260 metres) of climbing.

  2. Okehampton to Bath (116 miles)

    It’s another challenging day of undulations with a saw-tooth elevation profile, but you are richly rewarded with stunning scenery. Skirt around the wild moorlands and sulking tors of Dartmoor National Park, squeeze between the narrow walls of Cheddar Gorge. You'll stay in Bath, a historic city named after its Roman baths.

  3. Bath to Ludlow (104 miles)

    You’ll fly over the Severn Bridge, high above the Bristol Channel, and then land in Wales on the far side. From Chepstow, you’ll pedal through the heart of the Wye Valley enjoying the beautiful emerald hills. Ludlow is an old market town; you can explore its history with a stroll through the walled medieval centre.

  4. Ludlow to Wigan (109 miles)

    It’s a day of contrasts. You’ll start in the bucolic countryside of the midlands, rolling along forgotten lanes and passing scenes of everyday farming and quaint dot-on-the-map villages, and you’ll finish in Wigan in the industrial heartlands between Liverpool and Manchester.

  5. Wigan to Carlisle (128 miles)

    Leave the cities behind and head into England’s wild north-west corner. Riding through the Lake District National Park is a scenic highlight of every LEJOG tour. There’s a 14-kilometre climb to Shap, followed by a descent to Carlisle, whose proximity to Scotland earned it the nickname, the ‘Great Border Town’.

  6. Carlisle to Edinburgh (115 miles)

    Wave England ‘farewell’ and cross into Scotland. Immerse yourself in the unspoiled nature, gentle undulations and sporadic villages of the Annandale Valley for a hypnotic ride. A kind welcome is guaranteed in Edinburgh, Scotland’s hilly capital.

  7. Edinburgh to Ballater (118 miles)

    With 77 miles on your legs, you’ll battle to the Glenshee ski-lift, notable as Britain’s highest mountain pass at 2,199 feet (670 metres). Once conquered, it’s a dramatic ride through the Cairngorms National Park to Ballater.

  8. Ballater to Bonar Bridge (118 miles)

    With the finish almost in reach, continue through the majestic scenery of the Cairngorms National Park. You’ll pause for lunch in Inverness, Gateway to the Highlands, and then continue around and over coastal inlets to Bonar Bridge.

  9. Bonar Bridge to John O'Groats (106 miles)

    In the morning, you’ll enjoy one of the remotest parts of the trip as you pedal through the heart of the highlands. Expect long and empty roads, shimmering lochs and exposed mountain slopes. Your spirits can’t fail to rise as you first glimpse the North Coast. You’ll reach Tongue, turn right, and enjoy a final sprint along the rugged coastline to John O’Groats. Congratulations, you’ve made it! Bask in your achievement and in the memories forged through miles in the saddle.

Itinerary.

If you are travelling by train, we will be glad to welcome you in Penzance and offer a free transfer to Land’s End. The adventure begins the moment you arrive. 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, nine 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 to 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.

  • 12th June -
    20th June 2021
    £2400

    Maximum group size of 12 staying in 3* and 4* hotels.

  • 17th July -
    25th July 2021
    £2400

    Maximum group size of 12 staying in 3* and 4* hotels.

  • 24th July -
    1st August 2021
    £2400

    Maximum group size of 12 staying in 3* and 4* hotels.

  • 18th September -
    26th September 2021
    £2400

    Maximum group size of 12 staying in 3* and 4* hotels.

  • 9th October -
    17th October 2021
    £2400

    Maximum group size of 12 staying in 3* and 4* hotels.

  • 1st October -
    9th October 2022
    £2475

    Maximum group size of 12 staying in 3* and 4* hotels.

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

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

10 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 take out insurance.

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

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

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 ten 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 5 tour, which means it is ‘designed for the cyclist who is fit and experienced.’ For these routes ‘you will need to be able to do 125 miles a day with 3500m of ascent and similar for several days.’

The average daily distance is 115 miles, and over nine days, you will climb 48,000 feet (16,600 metres).

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 leisurely pace for your LEJOG, why not try our 14-day road or 23-day e-bike itineraries?  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 clothes and leaders can take your items to a launderette.

Can I charge my phone?

We have a charging station in the support van.

What level of fitness do I need?

This is our epic road journey which requires a good level of fitness. You probably need to be riding on a regular basis, possibly a member of a club. Cycling is likely to be your main sport. 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.