11 May to 26 May, 2019
LEJOG 14 Day Tour
Per person based on 2 people sharing. Single Room supplement +£500.
3 Countries, 14 Days, 1000 miles, 50,000ft of ascent, 3000 calories burnt daily.
Seeing the most spectacular scenery & nature Britain has to offer up close from the comfort of your saddle.
Experiencing the regional changes in culture, tradition, and accents as you progress from county to county.
From Cornish pasties, Cream Teas to Haggis and everything else in between enjoy splendid food.
The genuine camaraderie that develops between riders as they strive to complete the challenge.
Incredible sense of achievement that overwhelms you on reaching John O'Groats and you become an End to Ender.
The Ultimate Road Cycling Holiday in the UK!
That really is the only way to describe our Lands End to John O'Groats tours.LEJOG is a classic challenge across the entire length of mainland Britain that every cyclist should experience at least once in there lifetime.
In all we will cover roughly 1,000 miles, encompassing some of the UK's most stunning and remote countryside in just 14 days of exhilarating cycling!
It's tough, an adventure, hard work, you'll get a puncture or two, but its one of the most rewarding things you will ever do!!
Perfectly Designed Route
Our carefully designed route avoids heavy traffic and busy towns as much as possible and takes us well off the beaten track along quiet country lanes and specific NCN routes.
We travel north from Land's End in order to take advantage of prevailing winds, we follow the Cornish coast, ride over the wilds of Dartmoor and follow the River Wye on the Welsh border. Heading further north we pass through the Lake District and cross the border into Scotland. Before long we're passing through the Trossachs, Loch Lomond and Grampian Mountains to Inverness before heading for John O'Groats.
0: Arrive in Penzance, Cornwall (Transfers to Lands End)
1: Lands End to St Austell (60 miles)
2: St Austell to Moretonhampstead (71 miles)
3: Moretonhampstead to Wells (79 miles)
4: Wells to Hereford (76 miles)
5: Hereford to Shrewsbury (68 miles)
6: Shrewsbury to Leigh (71 miles)
7: Leigh to Kendal(70 miles)
8: Kendal to Gretna Green (68miles)
9: Gretna Green to Larkhall (76 miles)
10: Larkhall to Tyndrum - via Lock Lomand (79 miles)
11: Tyndrum to Fort Augustus - on Loch Ness (80 miles)
12: Fort Augustus to Invergordon (62 miles)
13: Invergordon to Bettyhill (82 miles)
14: Bettyhill to John O’Groats (50 miles) - Transfer to Inverness to Celebrate!!
15: Depart > Transfers to Inverness Airport & Train Station
See detailed information of each day within the Itinerary tab above
Being a fully guided and supported cycling tour, you are provided with a detailed route booklet and for those with Garmins GPX files, allowing you to take things at your own pace.
What's more, we'll carry your luggage and feed you along the way, luxury!
Whilst our emphasis is always on safety, we aim to provide a relaxed approach to touring, there is no better way to soak up the UK's distinct culture, see its wildlife and its people than by bike.
Your trip will be led by experienced guides, going the extra mile for customers is not an obligation, its just how we roll at Pedal Britain.
Our goal is to facilitate a fun and enjoyable tour with many laughs and memorable moments along the way. After all, it is a holiday!!
DAY 1: Lands End to St Austell (60 miles)
Our journey begins at the famous signpost on the southwestern most tip of England, Lands End. Where its dramatic coastline forms the backdrop for the obligatory photos. Then on winding Cornwall roads we head towards Penzance, cycling along the sea as we pass St Michael's mount. The first day is perhaps, one of the toughest. The hills in Cornwall are not particularly high, but they are steep and there are a lot of them!! We end the day the Cornish town of St Austell.
DAY 2: St Austell to Moretonhampstead (71 miles)
Another tough day starts with a little more 'Cornish cycling', short and steep accents followed by quick decents. We continue into Devon via the Plym Valley before a steady climb up onto Dartmoor National Park. On a clear day this is a truly spectacular section although it can get very bleak if the weather is bad!
DAY 3: Moretonhampstead to Wells (79 miles)
The next day of our adventure will begin with some hilly cycling as we negotiate the back roads towards Exeter. After lunch, as we will be wending our way through gentle, quiet country lanes across the Somerset Levels to bring us via Glastonbury to the historic cathedral city of Wells.
DAY 4: Wells to Hereford (76 miles)
A sharp climb out of Wells is rewarded with some fine cycling across the plateau of the Mendip Hills, before dropping down to Chew Valley Lake. We will cycle over the iconic Clifton suspension bridge before heading through Bristol and over the Severn Bridge into Wales. The afternoon is spent cycling along the Wye Valley passing Tintern Abbey... a truly memorable days cycling before stopping in Hereford.
DAY 5: Hereford to Shrewsbury (68 miles)
The fifth day of the journey is perhaps the easiest but the scenery is stunning with the Black Mountains away in the distance. Cycling on undulating country lanes, passing fields and picture postcard villages onwards through the Welsh Marches, eventually stopping for the night in Medieval Shrewsbury.
DAY 6: Shrewsbury to Leigh (71 miles)
A scenic, undulating road takes us from the historic white & black timbered buildings of Shrewsbury north on flat & quiet roads along the Cheshire plains. Some tricky navigation towards the end as we enter the busier urban conurbation requires concentration. However the reward in Leigh is an optional refreshing sports massage to sooth those aching limbs.
DAY 7: Leigh to Kendal (70 miles)
Leaving Leigh we will be weaving through the Manchester / Liverpool conurbation. The cycling is flat but with a number of busy roads, roundabouts and town centres, navigation is tricky. As we head up on to the Moors close to Tockholes the countryside beckons again. The terrain becomes hilly as we cycle up through the Forest of Bowland skirting the Yorkshire Dales to Kendal.
DAY 8: Kendal to Gretna Green (68 miles)
After an easy start we encounter a number of stiff hills further north as we pass the beautiful Lakeland towns of Windermere, Ambleside and Grassmere (be sure to sample its energy boosting local gingerbread) One last climb awaits as we continue up Dunmail rise with more stunning views as we descend into the town of Keswick. It is then realtively flat as we cross the border into Scotland to stay in the famous Gretna Green village.
DAY 9: Gretna Green to Larkhall (76 miles)
Terrain in the Scottish Lowlands is relatively flat making for easy cycling to start as we weave our way along lush green river valleys north towards the outskirts of Glasgow. Some hilly cycling in the afternoon around Moffat tests the legs before decending towards Larkhall.
DAY 10: Larkhall to Tyndrum (79 miles)
At Larkhall on the southwest of the city we join the Clyde Corridor Cycle Route, and as we traverse the city we will be enjoying a traffic free ride alongside the River Clyde, with the Trossachs ahead of us, we will be heading for Loch Lomond. Cycling the full length of this majestic span of water in contrast we end the day in Tyndrum surrounded by stunning mountain peaks.
DAY 11: Tyndrum to Fort Augustus (80 miles)
As the long steady, ascents open up we will have glorious views of the Grampian Mountains. As we travel north the views become even more majestic taking in the West Highland Way, before tackling a stiff climb up onto Rannoch Moor and into the spectacular and historic Pass of Glencoe. The towering Three Sisters mark the last miles before Glencoe Village. From here we ride the eastern shores of Loch Linnhe to Fort William and on to Fort Augustus which lies on the banks of Loch Ness.
DAY 12: Fort Augustus to Invergordon (62 miles)
A steep and lengthy climb onto General Wades Military Road is rewarded with breathtaking views. We then weave along the infamous Loch Ness to Inverness. A stunning ride away from Inverness takes you over the Kessock Bridge and alongside the Beauly Firth to the Muir of Ord before resting in Invergordon on the Cromorty Firth
DAY 13: Invergordon to Bettyhill (80 miles)
Just out of Dingwall brings another ascent onto what the locals call the 'Struie'. As we reach the top of the 'Struie' we will be amply rewarded with impressive views of the Dornoch Firth and away in the distance Loch Shin. The after descending down to Bonar Bridge its then a steady climb to Lairg but not before visiting The Crask Inn, arguably the finest and friendliest of pubs in the UK. Some of the finest cycling of the trip begins with some 'free miles' descending from the Crask Inn with the dazzling backdrop provided by Loch Naver and Ben Klibreck. A truly unforgettable day ends as we sight the Atlantic Ocean at Bettyhill.
DAY 14: Bettyhill to John O'Groats (50 miles)
The final morning will be spent making progress along the stunning northern coastline of Scotland. As we approach our journeys end the terrain flattens out and we are rewarded with an easy ride to the finish line at John O'Groats by around lunchtime, where the champagne corks will be popping.
You will generally be sleeping in Hotels, plus occasionally B&B's so be prepared for some variety. Wherever possible we try to put everyone in the same place as this further helps social dynamics of the group.
However this is not always possible in every location where we might be spread across several properties due to availability of our preferred accommodation.
We specially select our hotels and B&B's on basis that they offer a warm welcome to cyclists and provide comfort required after a long day in the saddle.
1. Sharing a Double or Twin En-suite* Room
If you book to be on the trip one your own, with a friend or relative then you will be sharing a twin room each night of the tour. If you are travelling with a partner then you will have a double each night of the tour.
2. Single Room Option (Additional supplement applies, numbers are limited)
If you would like your own space then choose this option. You will be guaranteed a single room each night of the trip. Almost always have an en-suite however there might be the odd occasion where you have a separate bathroom.
Examples of Hotel Accommodation
The White Hart Hotel, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park
The Bettyhill Hotel, Bettyhill, Scotland
- 15 nights shared twin (or double) room in Hotels or B&B (usually en suite)
- Fully supported tour service including at least one guide that is qualified in First Aid & bike mechanics.
- Daily baggage transfer between accommodation
- Back-up van on hand to provide assistance, just stop to phone or tap helmet as we pass if you need anything.
- 15 breakfasts (Choice of cereals, toast, Full English & Scottish, fruit juice tea, coffee)
- En-route sustenance from Pedal Britain Pop Up Café (snacks, water, tea, coffee, fruit, biscuits, energy bars & anything you specifically request)
- 14 lunches which are a mix of rolling buffets in pubs and cafes or a picnic served from the Pedal Britain Pop Up Café usually in a very scenic spot.
- Detailed route notes and maps so you can cycle at your own pace
- GPX files for Garmin or other GPS Navigation systems
- Pedal Britain APP that turns your Smart Phone into a GPS unit with turn by turn route navigation.
- Pedal Britain Live Tracker allows family & friends to see how well your progressing. Same tracker helps us keep you safe and also ensure your following the route!!
- Evening Meals (although group bookings will be made at local restaurants attendance is optional, however payment isn’t!!)
- Travel Insurance
- Transport to Penzance & from Inverness
- Easy Bike Transfer (available for a fee)
- Single Room Option (limited number available for additional fee)
- Entrance fees to historical or cultural sites
- Cycle Hire (available for a fee)
Our first night is spent at accommodation in Penzance a lovely Cornish town around 9 miles from Lands End.
You can make your way directly to the Hotel if being driven by family or friends who are travelling to wave you off on your adventure.
Or our accommodation is just 2 minutes from the train station. Let us know when your arriving and our guides can meet you helping to take your bike and luggage to the Hotel.
Getting to Penzance
The M5 will take you as far as Exeter, there you can join the A30 which will take you all the way to Penzance.
If you are hiring a car there is a Euro-car depo at Penzance train station where you can leave your hire car.
There are frequent trains from London, Paddington and major stations along the way.
NB. If you are bringing your bike on a train please make sure you also book it a space on your train as many services have restricted capacity for cycles.
You can fly to Cornwall by taking a flight from London to Newquay Airport. The journey takes around one and a half hours. From Newquay you can take a coach or train onwards to Penzance. If taking the train to Penzance ensure you change at Par station.
For visitors coming from Europe there are ferry links from Roscoff, in France or Santander, in Spain, both to the nearby port of Plymouth. A train or coach can then be taken to Penzance.
What happens on the first day?
We will have a group evening meal at 19.30 at our Hotel so you can socialize and meet your fellow LEJOGer’s. So if you arrive early in the afternoon you’ll have plenty of time to explore Penzance.
What Happens at The End?
On the final day we finish cycling on Saturday around 1pm. Once the champagne corks have been popped a coach is booked to transfer everyone to our Hotel in Inverness where we will have a celebratory meal.
If you are taking you bike with you we will transport your bike to Inverness, or if you choose the ‘Easy Bike Transfer’ option then your bike will be packed and couriered back to your home address.
Pedal Britain will be around on Sunday morning to help organise getting to the airport whilst the train station is located 3 mins away from our Hotel.
I’m afraid we are unable to offer transfers at the end of trip back to Penzance / Newquay.
Easy Bike Transfer Option
Getting Your Bike to the Start
We will if you live on or near our route to Cornwall collect your bike free of charge and have it waiting for you at your accommodation.
Alternatively our optional ‘bike transfer service’ means that we can arrange for your cycle to be safely delivered to the start line, saving you a struggle on the train with both luggage and bike - a hassle free start.
Returning Your Bike from the End
Your bike will be then also be boxed up at John O’Groats and returned to your chosen destination in the UK for a relaxing end.
Single Room Supplement: £500
Bike Hire: From £150
Bike Transfer Service:
To Land's End: £55
From John o'Groats: £75
Full Service: £130
These extras will be added to your invoice as costs seperate to the price of the tour.
How Fit Do I Need To Be?
You don't need to be super fit as our Pedal Britain tours are designed to attract people of all ages and levels of fitness.
LEJOG is a challenging ride. Therefore the more training you do beforehand will increase your overall enjoyment. Our section on training offers some great tips and a template structured plan to adjust to your own needs.
However, please do not hesitate to call if you have any specific concerns or want further advice on training.
What Sort of Cyclist Comes On Your Tours?
We have a mixture, from keen club cyclist through to newcomers looking for a challenge.
How Fast Do We Ride?
That is completely up to you. No one on a Pedal Britain tour gets left behind as our guides ride at the back sweeping people along.
The average touring cyclist will normally travel at 10-12mph. What we find is naturally 2-3 groups form and you'll always find one that suits your pace.
What Are The Groups Like?
There is no standard group. But generally people that undertake such challenges are a fun, friendly and adventurous lot.
Ages can range from 18-65 (but skewed normally to those 35 ) Groups also tend to be split 50:50 between those traveling alone or part of a group be it pairs of friends or occasionally larger ones from a cycling club.
Women only tours are something that we are looking to launch in 2017.
What Kind of Bike Should I Use?
For LEJOG we do recommend road, touring or hybrid cycles, although Mountain bikes with slick tyres is also an option.
But it's entirely up to you what type of bike you use, so long as it's in good working order. It's worth putting bike in for a full service before the trip.
Key thing is your comfortable, have trained with it or something similar and you're confident that on it you will get to the end.
As the road surfaces are variable we suggest 25mm width wheels, with good quality tyres that have plenty of tread.
Do I Need To Be a Good Bike Mechanic?
We don't expect you to be CYTEC certified!! You're cycling up to 1,000 miles therefore a few skills would be of benefit to you.
You are most likely to encounter a puncture or two on route, so knowing how to fix one is essential. Best to carry 3-4 spare inner tubes, pump, or CO2 gas cylinders with you, good set of tyre levers and a Multi-tool.
It would be useful if you knew how to change brake pads, adjust brake cabling and gears, but really not essential. Our qualified guides will help with adjustments and repairs along the way.
If you suffer a major mechanical breakdown we will loan you a spare bike and get your bike to a nearby cycle shop for repair (at your own expense)
The support vehicle does carry a limited range of spare parts. However within your day bag it's useful to have spare set of plastic cleats & appropriate sized speed link for chain (9,10 or 11)
How Much Luggage Can I Bring?
Please bring what you need to make your holiday relaxing and comfortable. We do request that you limit this to one item of luggage per person and that this is clearly labeled.
We also recommend you bring a ruck sack that can be left in the support vehicle as a 'day bag' to hold sun cream, waterproofs, extra gels etc. This helps limit what you carry and will be accessible at every break.
What Happens to My Luggage Each Day?
We want your holiday to be as hassle free as possible. So for you comfort we transfer your luggage each day to the next accommodation.
All we ask is that on setting out each morning you leave your fully labeled luggage and day bags in the reception. Don't worry we'll provide you with labels.
What Are The Group Sizes?
At Pedal Britain we want to ensure you receive the highest level of support possible. To this end we have a minimum of 10 people, but unlike other operators we also cap the group size at a maximum of 16 people.
We feel this ensures there is always enough in the group for good company, but not too many for it to feel overcrowded and your just part of a herd.
Do We Have Back Up Support?
Our back up van will pass the group at various times during the day and so help is never far away. We have spare bikes for serious mechanicals and carry a wide range of spares for any en-route repairs.
What are The Lunches Like?
They generally rolling buffets from between that are hosted in either local cafes or pubs. On some days Pedal Britain's pop up cafe will provide a substantial picnic lunch. Don’t worry if your cycling slowly we always make sure there is enough food for everyone.
If you want to have lunch at your own leisure we can provide you with a packed lunch. But please give advance notice of this so arrangements can be made.
Where Are the Evening Meals?
Whilst Evning Meals are not included in the cost of the holiday, Pedal Britain will make reservations each day for a group evening meal, so you don’t have to worry. These meals provide a great opportunity for socializing together and swap tales of the days events.
However attendance is purely optional and for each day a list of trip advisor rated alternatives will be provided so you can make your own choice.
Where Can We Do Our Laundry?
To remain social over the 14 days it’s advisable that you wash your kit at regular stages of the tour.
Pedal Britain will provide a FREE laundry service at a couple of points that will mean your kit is ready for collection the following morning. Some proprietors (we’ll let you know who) also kindly offer to wash a days kit for you, normally for free or occasionally a small fee.
Do I Need Insurance?
It’s highly recommended that everyone take out adequate insurance to cover against personal accident, loss of belongings and cancellation cover.
What Kind of Clothing & Equipment is Needed?
Once your signed up Pedal Britain will send you a detailed ‘Kit List’ of what you should bring along, however do feel free to ask if you need further clarity.
"Absolutely superb, could not be faulted. The organization was brilliant!! Darren and Paul were amazing, so encouraging, helpful and always their when you needed them. An awesome team, THANK YOU SO MUCH!! Could not have done it without them"
R. Molloy (Aug 2016)
"The route took me to places I'd never been too, taking in the country lanes and using cycle routes to avoid main roads. I thought it was excellent, thank you Darren. This tour far exceeded my expectations. The whole group gelled together and the support team couldn't have been more supportive and encouraging"
David Large (Aug 2016)
"Simply brilliant, amazing 2 weeks. Would definitely recommend!"
G. Barber (Aug 2016)
"Pedal Britain is just fantastic. Darren, from the first emails to the support on the tour, you were always going beyond call of duty to ensure trip ran smoothly. I would highly recommend and will look out for your new routes in Europe."
Sheila Hale (Sept 2016)
"My first supported tour and it was the experience of a lifetime. Thanks Darren for making my cycling dream come true."
John Searle (Sept 2016)
"Simply loved everything about it. From the lovely picnic lunches, fun evening meals and the always happy smiling faces of Darren & Paul. Will be recommending to all my friends in the States"
A Sparkes (Sept 2016)
"Wow!! An experience I'll never forget. From the great guides, amazing route and excellent organization. I will definitely be recommending you to friends. Thank You"
Mary J Harris (Sept 2016)
"Group size was spot on. Met loads of new cycling buddies. Whole thing was organized brilliantly with guides doing a fantastic job."
Jason Barker (Sept 2016)
" I have just completed the 14 day LEJOG experience with Pedal Britain. Wow!! This has to be one for the 'bucket list' of cycling experiences. So much beauty in the 1000 miles.
Alan Muller (June 2017)
"If you fancy a challenge, enjoy beautiful scenery and good company then this is the trip for you. The 14 Days are extremely well organised, nice hotels and excellent support crew. Darren and Paul couldn't have been more helpful getting my bike fixed and generally being charming company. I would definitely recommend this trip"
Anne Chambers (June 2017)
"This is one of those trips of a lifetime. Its not easy but the scenery and riding experience are worth the effort. Darren and his Team's professionalism and knowledge are second to none."
Jamie (June 2017)
"Just returned from the LEJOG ride, perfectly organised, the PB team couldn't do enough for us. A wide range of abilities are catered for - so don't be scared - I'm a big slow rider - the team (I include in that the other riders) helped get me through. I'm left with a terrific sense of achievement - Go for it!"
Jules Kelly (June 2017)
"A wonderful 14 days cycling. Pedal Brtiain have struck an excellent balance between informality and structure in a supported ride. The scenery is stunning and the cycling challenging without detracting from enjoying the trip. Darren and his team are friendly, organised and helpful."
Hayley Toal (June 2017)
"My wife and I have just completed this fantastic trip. Great company , great scenery, great value and truly well organised throughout. We have no hesitation in recommending the crew for making this trip memorable."
Doug and Pat (July 2017)
"Really well organised tour through fantastic scenery by Darren and Paul, two cyclist who understand the challenge, what it takes and what makes a difference to those taking part. Leaves you to focus on achieving the challenge...no small feat in itself! Highly reccomended"
Pete P (July 2017)
"What an amazing 14 days cycling this is!! I cannot recommend it highly enough for anyone looking to do a cycling challenge. Wild Atlantic organised everything fantastically from the transfers, great lunch stops, through to top class accommodation.
Darren and Paul cannot do enough for you to make it an enjoyable experience, with great banter thrown in for free. Thanks for a memorable time guys."
Dave B (Aug 2017)
Sarah and I completed LEJOG 14 day tour in Aug 2017. Best adventure we have ever had, the fantastic memories will stay with us for a long time. Thank you for the level of organisation that made the whole trip rum so smoothly can't wait for our next trip!
Sarah and Chris (Aug 2017)
Finished LEJOG with PB. Recommend these guys as organisers.Felt safe, secure & in experienced hands over the 14 days. Great guides, great accommodation, great group & some fab memories of a great ride
Jon Lamont (Aug 2017)
Generally the standard of accommodation was excellent. Beautiful, well planned scenic route. Excellent, very well organised. The tour guides were excellent. Very knowledgeable and considerate. Great fun too! Have already recommended Pedal Britain to my friends. Keep up the good work!
Pete D (Aug 2017)
Amazing an outstanding and rewarding challenge, thanks Pedal Britain for helping me make it all the way.
Peter Wheeler (June 2018)
Just returned from Land’s End to John O’Groats with Pedal Britain. It was an amazing 2 weeks made even better by Darren’s care and attention to detail and our guide Paul’s help and sense of humour. The routes were well put together with the brew stops always popping up at the right time and place. I would recommend this trip to anyone.
Suzanne Perkins (June 2018)
I have recently returned from the July LEJOG. This trip has surpassed itself. Darren's organisation made all the tedious logistics disappear and all we had to do is pedal and enjoy the ride. The routes worked well and we were treated to 'brew' stops approximately every 20miles with the offer of delicious treats to keep energy levels up. Accommodation worked well and the luggage was waiting for you at the end of the ride making showering and kit washing available immediately. I big thanks to the Ride leader Paul too for keeping us on the right route.
Julia Kay (July 2018)
Having just returned from the July LEJOG would like thank Darren for an impeccably organised event - nothing was too much trouble and he always greeted us with a smile at every tea stop regardless of conditions. If your thinking of doing LEJOG I cannot recomend Pedal Britain highly enough.
Clive Ely (July 2018)
We have just completed the July LEJOG with pedal britain and I have to say it has been an amazing experience. We were both concerned that as relatively new cyclists (we bought our bikes in June 2017) we may struggle to complete the tour.
Darren and Paul put us at our ease and supported us all the way. Darren's organisation was faultless. We had an absolutely brilliant two weeks. We felt valued and cared for and both Paul and Darren went out of their way to ensure we had a positive experience. I would definitely recommend pedal britain to anyone considering this adventure. Thank You to you both!!
David & Sharon Heron (July 2018)