Cycling Land’s End to John o’ Groats? Get the End to End pack

Will you do the LEJOG this year?
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Cycling Land’s End to John o’ Groats? Get the End to End pack

Cycling from Land’s End to John o’ Groats (LEJOG) – the entire length of the UK – is a challenge that many thousands of people take on each year. Whether it’s for charity or a personal ambition, Cycling UK’s LEJOG pack and forum will help you complete this epic ride and get the answers you need

The Cycling UK End to End pack is a detailed written guide presented on a day-by-day basis for any cyclist wishing to undertake this classic ride independently. Pack highlights include:

  • Four separate route details: a main road, fast route using busy A roads, and the more scenic B&B and YHA routes over 14-16 days
  • Background information covering how to transport your cycle to and from both ends of the UK
  • Record sheet to track your progress, allowing you to apply for a certificate/badge/T-shirt upon completion of the ride
  • Details of cycle-friendly accommodation the length of the route
  • GPX files for the main and YHA routes are available

Further information and advice about cycling Land’s End to John o’ Groats

There is also a regularly updated and very detailed thread on the Cycling UK forum about LEJOG.

The pack and GPX files are now free to download.

GPX route and download 
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I need help planning route to this years End to End attempt(solo/camping). The CTC packet helps but its not always clear. I need to be able to find campsites along the way without the internet. No GPS for me.

Last year I successfully completed the End to End cycle in 10.5 days (total 1007 miles) using good old fashioned maps and a compass. Admittedly there were times when the road systems through towns were confusing but there were always helpful locals who could advise on the best routes. First, plan where you want to visit on the way. There are numerous routes and you might as well enjoy the experience unless you are trying to break a record. My main advise is, where possible avoid the major A roads, particularly the A30 from Cornwall. Many of them are just motorways in disguise and the white line down the side is no protection at all. I found it useful before hand to read local information on particular roads and was horrified how many accidents involving cyclist there were on some (sadly including LEJOGgers). The down side is that B roads sometimes take more hilly routes but a good map can help and you are rewarded by seeing some of the most beautiful regions of Britain. Even if you don't have access to the internet on the journey it is good planning to work out where you intend to reach each day and make a list of local campsites with phone numbers and mark them on your maps. The last thing you want is to struggle to find somewhere after a long days cycle.
Check before hand what availability they have and most importantly whether they are still open. The most important thing is enjoy it. Good luck.

A good summary of a tough journey and one to be built on when planning the route.
When I travelled the route I always had a plan B and above all was FLEXIBLE.

Richard Gillanders

Thank you for the excellent info that helped me a lot on this ride by unicycle: