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Sustrans end to end

Discussion in 'Lands End to John O'Groats (LEJOG)' started by Ice2911, 3 Apr 2017.

  1. Ice2911

    Ice2911 Senior Member

    Hi all
    I'm still planning my route for LEJOG. I was reading a magazine which mentioned the Sustrans route. It looks to be about 1200 miles which would mean I would need more time, but if it was worth it I could probably work it. Has anyone used this route? I would be very interested in your thoughts before I pay any cash to look at the book. Thanks in advance.
  2. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    If you have the time, and there is a bit of the explorer about you, someone who likes the feeling of being where few LEJOGers have gone before, give it a try. It would be a little more demanding from the navigation point of view and may take you on unsurfaced tracks at times but would certainly be more peaceful than the more direct routes favoured by the majority of end to enders.
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  3. KnackeredBike

    KnackeredBike I do my own stunts

    Presumably your bike will determine if it is a possible route, no road bike will survive that distance of off-road routes.
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  4. robgul

    robgul Guru

    There's not a lot new under the sun - in 2006 a chap called Simon Berry attempted to ride LEJOG using (almost) only Sustrans routes . . . he found that the poor surfaces, endless gates and illogical tortuous diversions slowed him to the point that he was so far behind schedule by about a third of the way he had to abandon the idea and continue with a non-Sustrans route. He was riding a Moulton - there's some stuff about him and a link here http://www.cycle-endtoend.org.uk/index. ... &Itemid=61

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  5. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    I had a click around the linked journal and searched a bit for Sustrans and didn't find it. From looking at the maps of the route near Bristol, I'm not sure you've linked to the right ride as it doesn't look very Sustrans-y.

    Anyone have a link to the official Sustrans route for this? I'm guessing it's Route 3, then 33 (which still has a gap!), 4, 41, 45, 55, 552, 551, 5, 562, 62, 6, 70, 68, 76, 1, 775, 77, 7, 1.
  6. I've got the book here...

    (LE) 3, 32, 3, 304, 3, (Bristol) 4, 410, 41, (Gloucester) 45, (Worcester) 46, (Droitwich) 45, 55, 552, 551, 5, (Northwich) cut across to RR 70, cut across to 62, (Manchester) 6, (Accrington) cut across to RR91, RR90, 6, (Kendal) 70, 68, 71, 7, (Gretna), 74, 75, (Glasgow), 7, (Inverness) 1, (JOG).
  7. byegad

    byegad Guru

    NE England
    You have ridden Sustrans routes in the past. Certainly my experience of the variable surfaces, signage and vague routing suggests that you are making the ride at least twice as difficult as a road route.
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  8. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    304 or the 344 Tiverton bypass?
  9. 304 as in the inland route to Bude, rather than the very hilly coastal one. It was signposted as an alternate braid of NCN 3 when I rode it a few years ago but I presume it's been restickered since!
  10. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    I didn't find it on the Sustrans website so I wasn't sure of its status.
  11. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    Could be a different way of doing the ride, but my experience of Sustrans routes is of variable surfaces - everything from on road to shared paths to rough tracks and bridleways that you need a mountain bike for, especially if it's been raining.