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Lands End to John O'Groats

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by SJN, 8 Jan 2008.

  1. SJN

    SJN New Member

    Just joined 'Cycle Chat'
    I have been riding off road since 1990 and my brother and i are planning to ride Lands End to John O'Groats in May.
    We reckon 10 to 12 days riding ,Staying in Youth Hostels and we want to stay on 'B' roads or smaller.
    We got a Satmap system two months ago, which is great, and i'll be on a 2007 Dawes Ultra Galaxy and my Brother on a old, but good, Raleigh Record Ace.
    Has anyone done a route thay can recommend?, or have any other hints or tips?.
    Thanks
     
  2. redfox

    redfox New Member

    Location:
    Bourne End, UK
    Hi and welcome SJN!

    The most obvious place to look is 'The Ultimate Links List of Land's End to John o'Groats Cycle Trips', with more routes than you can shake a stick at.

    Since you ask, I may as well mention my route, which was mainly on B roads, though not if an A road was considerably shorter or less hilly.
     
  3. longers

    longers Veteran

    Hello SJN,

    What redfox said.

    The Touring and Expedition area is perhaps more geared to that sort of ride.

    There's a good few people who have ridden it and some who haven't in there.
    I'm going to give it a go this year, so have been getting lots of ideas about how and how not to do it.
     
  4. redfox

    redfox New Member

    Location:
    Bourne End, UK
    Good point, I should pay more attention when using the new posts button. Will move to Touring and Expedition.
     
  5. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Friendly Warning
    Don't mention or respond to any comments from bonj about m*d*u*r*s :biggrin:
     
  6. ransos

    ransos Usual suspect

    Good for you. If you're planning to stay in hostels, the CTC do a specific route linking them together. I would suggest you also check out the independent hostels and bunk houses in Scotland - I think they're better value and more comfortable.

    10-12 days is fairly ambitious if you're avoiding main roads. I took 12 days, averaging 75 miles per day, but there were a fair few main roads in my route.
     
  7. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    Have a look at the CTC web site www.ctc.org.uk. They have just set up a LEJOG specific forum.
     
  8. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

  9. longers

    longers Veteran

    That looks like a useful site Bonj, thanks :blush:.
     
  10. ransos

    ransos Usual suspect

    Bonj is right :biggrin:

    Just be careful though - for example it doesn't know that there's a cycle path on the Severn bridge, so will try and route you via Gloucester instead!
     
  11. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    It also doesn't know about the cycle path over the Humber Bridge....
     
  12. OP
    OP
    SJN

    SJN New Member

    Thank you everbody for some good advice, we'll now start planning our route
     
  13. Amanda P

    Amanda P The CycleChat user formerly known as Uncle Phil

    Me and Mrs Uncle Phil did it in July 2006. You can see our route, loosely based on one of the CTC's route sheets, here. We were camping, though, so didn't need to stop in towns; on the other hand, you'll probably go faster than we did.

    One bit of route I'd highly reccommend is (I think) the NCN 74 from Gretna to Glasgow. It runs along the old A74, which is now replaced by the M74, and is a really splendid bit of road - quiet (thanks to the M74, which you don't even hear most of the time, but which takes all the traffic), fast and well-graded (i.e. there are hills but you don't notice them much because they're not steep). We did 79 miles that day, well over our usual heavy touring average, largely because of this excellent road.
     
  14. ransos

    ransos Usual suspect

    It's less appealing when you're faced with a fierce headwind and driving rain! Boy did I suffer that day - 95 miles from Lockerbie to Loch Lomond.

    If you want to keep off the main roads, when you get to the end of the NCN74, head through Hamilton for Glasgow, and south of Glasgow centre you can pick up the Clyde to Loch Lomond cycle path, which is completely traffic free. Just make sure your tyres resist broken glass...
     
  15. Amanda P

    Amanda P The CycleChat user formerly known as Uncle Phil

    There are one or two potholes, as well.

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