The cycle trek we decided to take for our LEJOG route with Peak Tours was to cover 990 miles, however due to a few wrong turns we managed to break the 1000 miles in total. A Lands End to John O’ Groats cycle can be achieved in 874 miles, however this requires keeping to the busy roads, something we were not too interested in, however the positive would be a lot less hills!
We opted for following the National Cycle Network (NCN) to provide us with the cycle route of choice as we meandered through the countryside of England, Wales and Scotland. For anyone looking to encounter a pleasant a cycle route as possible, I would definitely recommend the countryside views, even if it means having to cycle an additional 30 miles or so to achieve LEJOG.
The LEJOG route provided by Peak Tours was to take 14 days of cycling, starting our cycle at around 8.30am and ending at 4.30 each day. This included a break for lunch where Peak Tours provided an excellent packed lunch, usually provided within a pub car park, so access to a quick pint at lunch was always available – should you even want to consider it.
Our 14 day cycling adventure would see us cycle through some of the most fantastic countryside in the UK via the LEJOG Route but this also had its issues as “fantastic countryside” = hills. The route taken is listed below and also provided is a LEJOG diary of events for each day:
LEJOG Day 1: Land’s End to Fowey: 64 miles
LEJOG Day 2: Fowey to Moretonhampstead: 60 miles
LEJOG Day 4: Glastonbury to Monmouth: 65 miles
LEJOG Day 5: Monmouth to Clun: 57 miles
LEJOG Day 6: Clun to Runcorn: 80 miles
LEJOG Day 7: Runcorn to Slaidburn: 64 miles
LEJOG Day 8: Slaidburn to Keswick: 75 miles
LEJOG Day 9: Keswick to Moffat: 72 miles
LEJOG Day 11: Loch Lomond to Glencoe: 66 miles
LEJOG Day 13: Inverness to The Crask: 66 miles
LEJOG Day 14: The Crask to John O’ Groats: 82 miles
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