£2,195.00 based on 2 people sharing a Twin/Double Room
($2,743.75 USD or $3,929.05 AUD)
£700.00 single room supplement
11th May to 26th May 2024
1st Jun to 16th Jun 2024
22nd Jun to 7th Jul 2024
13th Jul to 28th Jul 2024
3rd Aug to 18th Aug 2024
31st Aug to 15th Sep 2024
Having just returned from the July LEJOG would like thank Darren for an impeccably organised event - nothing was too much trouble. If your thinking of doing LEJOG I cannot recommend Pedal Britain enough.Clive Ely (July 2018)
- Seeing the most spectacular scenery and 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.
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Joining the tour
Our first night 'arrival day' Saturday is spent in Penzance a lovely Cornish town around 20 minutes from Lands End. We then transfer you to Land's End at around 8am on Sunday morning for the obligatory signpost picture.
For more detailed information please click the "Itinerary" tab below:
Challenging: For cyclists with stamina and a good level of fitness - requires training. Long days with some tough ascents.
The Ultimate Road Cycling Holiday in the UK!
|Duration||14 days cycling|
|Distance||1009 miles | 1624km|
|Av.Daily Distance||72 miles | 116km|
|Longest | Shortest||83 miles | 50 miles | 134km | 81km|
|Ascent||55,310ft | 16,858m|
That really is the only way to describe our Land's 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 their 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 National Cycle Network (NCN) routes.
We travel from Land's End following the south Cornish coast, riding over the wilds of Dartmoor, and over the Severn Bridge into Wales. Following the River Wye on the Welsh border through the stunning rural landscapes of Hereford and Shropshire.
Heading further north we discover the amazing Forest of Bowland then into the Lake District and cross the border into Scotland. Before long we're passing through the Trossachs, Loch Lomond and Grampian Mountains to Inverness, then the experience wilderness of the Scottish Highlands en-route to our final destination John O'Groats.
Summary of 14 Day LEJOG Route
|Day 1||Land's End||St Austell||60|
|Day 2||St Austell||Moretonhampstead||
|Day 3||Moretonhampstead||Wookey Hole||83|
|Day 4||Wookey Hole||Hereford||78|
|Day 8||Kendal||Gretna Green||72|
|Day 9||Gretna Green||Larkhall||76|
|Day 11||Tyndrum||Fort Augustus||82|
|Day 12||Fort Augustus||Invergordon||61|
|Day 14||Bettyhill||John O'Groats > Inverness||50|
We Take Care of Everything, You Just Pedal Britain
Being a fully guided and supported cycling tour, you are provided with a detailed turn by turn route notes and for those with navigation devices like Garmin or Wahoo you can download the relevant files from our tour app, 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!!
Arrival Day: Saturday > Penzance
Our first night Saturday is spent at accommodation in Penzance a lovely Cornish seaside town around 9 miles from Land's 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 (if we don't already have it) and luggage to the Hotel.
We ask that people try to arrive at the Hotel by 6pm latest on Arrival day. This is because at 6.30pm we normally have a tour briefing session at which important information relating to safety and general advice on how to survive 14 days in the saddle is provided.
After this we have a group evening meal at 7.30pm 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.
Day 1: Land's End to St Austell
60 miles | 97km | 5309 ft | 1646 m
Our journey begins at the famous signpost on the southwestern most tip of England, Land's End. Where its dramatic coastline forms the backdrop for the obligatory photos. Then on winding Cornish roads we head back towards Penzance, cycling along the seafront 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!! After an amazing lunch at we catch the King Harry ferry and venture further inland passing through picture perfect villages before ending the day the in St Austell.
Day 2: St Austell to Moretonhampstead
71 miles | 114km | 5561 ft | 1724m
Another tough day starts with a little more 'Cornish cycling', short and steep ascents followed by quick descents. We pass through the lovely seaside towns of Looe and Seaton to our lunch stop right on the harbour in Plymouth. We continue into Devon via the Plym Valley which is a fantastic 8 miles traffic free trail through woods, before a steady climb up onto Dartmoor National Park. On a clear day this is a truly spectacular section, with some fantastic cycling across open moorland, although it can get very bleak if the weather is bad! The reward is an exhilarating downhill section into the pretty village of Moretonhampstead.
Day 3: Moretonhampstead to Wookey Hole
83 miles | 134km | 4236ft | 1313m
Todays adventure begins with some hilly cycling as we negotiate the idyllic back roads towards Exeter. Once through the city it's quiet country lanes and the english countryside at its best. After lunch, we will be wending our way across the Somerset Levels to bring us via quirky Glastonbury to the historic cathedral city of Wells. Our overnight stop of Wookey Hole is just a couple of miles further.
Day 4: Wookey Hole to Hereford
78 miles | 126km | 4868ft | 1509m
Today you have an optional detour of 8 miles to experience the incredible Cheddar Gorge. Even if not, there is still a sharp ascent out of Wookey Hole followed by 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
70 miles | 113km | 3235ft | 1003m
Perhaps the easiest day. But the scenery is stunning with the Black Mountains brooding away in the distance. Cycling on undulating country lanes, passing fields and picture postcard villages onwards through the Welsh Marches, we eventually stop for the night in medieval Shrewsbury.
Day 6: Shrewsbury to Leigh
71 miles | 114km | 1888ft | 585m
A scenic, undulating road takes us from the historic white and black timbered buildings of Shrewsbury north on flat and quiet roads along the Cheshire plains. Another relatively easy day, we avoid most of the busy roads by spending a few hours peacefully cycling on canal tow paths. There is some tricky navigation towards the end, however the reward in Leigh an optional local swimming pool to sooth those aching limbs.
Day 7: Leigh to Kendal
78 miles | 126km | 5620ft | 1742m
Leaving Leigh we will be weaving through the Manchester / Liverpool conurbation, but being early on a Saturday we miss the heavy traffic. The cycling is flat but with a number of road junctions, roundabouts and town centres. 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 glorious Forest of Bowland and lunch in the pretty village Slaidburn. From here you steadily climb 'The Cross of Greet' giving way to stunning views across the Lakes and Yorkshire Dales. More undulating terrain to Kirkby Lonsdale is followed by a quiet back road into the lakes and Kendal.
Day 8 : Kendal to Gretna Green
72 miles | 116km | 4933ft | 1529m
An easy start as we hug the waters edge through beautiful lakeland towns such as Windermere, Ambleside and reach a brew stop in Grasmere. After a short climb we descend to take an amazing traffic free route around Thirlmere Lake. Crossing the busy A591 onto quieter back roads we reach Castlerigg stone circle and yet more stunning views as we descend into the town of Keswick. From here we leave the lakes via Uldale and the Caldbeck hills. Once we reach the outskirts of Carlisle it is then relatively flat as we cross the border into Scotland (don't forget t stop for a picture) to stay in the famous Gretna Green village.
Day 9: Gretna Green to Larkhall
76 miles | 122km | 3271ft | 1014m
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 away from our lunch stop in Moffat tests the legs before descending again towards Larkhall.
Day 10: Larkhall to Tyndrum
79 miles | 127km | 3382ft | 1048m
At Hamilton southwest of Glasgow 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 the banks of Loch Lomond.
Cycling the full length of this majestic span of water, we end the day in Tyndrum on the West Highland Way, surrounded by stunning mountain peaks.
Day 11: Tyndrum to Fort Augustus
82 miles | 132km | 4283ft | 1328m
As the long steady, ascents open up we will have glorious views of the Grampian Mountains. Travelling north the views become even more dramatic, 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. After visiting the Commando Memorial, quiet tow paths along the Caledonian Canal lead us to the quaint Fort Augustus which lies on the banks of Loch Ness.
Day 12: Fort Augustus to Invergordon
61 miles | 98km | 3188ft | 988m
A steep and lengthy climb onto General Wades Military Road is rewarded with breathtaking views.
We then weave alongside the famous Loch Ness to the Capital of the Highlands - 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 overnight in Invergordon on the Cromarty Firth.
Day 13: Invergordon to Bettyhill
78 miles | 126km | 3088ft | 957m
Just out of Invergordon brings another ascent onto what the locals call the 'Struie'. As we reach the top, we will be amply rewarded with impressive views of the Dornoch Firth and away in the distance Loch Shin. Descending down to Bonnar Bridge its then a steady climb via Lairg to The Crask Inn, arguably the quirkiest 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 | 81km | 2448ft | 759m
The final morning will be spent making progress along the stunning but hilly 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.
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 the 2hr 30mins to our Hotel in Inverness, where we will have a celebratory meal.
If you are taking your bike home we will transport it to Inverness for you to collect at the Hotel. However if you chose the ‘Bike Transfer’ option then your bike will be packed on to the van and delivered back to your home address the following week.
Departure Day: Sunday > Inverness
Pedal Britain staff will need to leave early for the long journey home. However we will beforehand arrange for transport to collect groups from the Hotel and take to the airport.
15 Nights Bed & Breakfast Accommodation
We stay in a great mix of cyclist friendly Hotels or B&B's. Where ever it is possible we all stay together in the same accommodation as a group. No need to check in Pedal Britain team will have done that for you, just collect your key and relax. Bikes are either locked in a secure area of the hotel or in your room. Breakfasts are all included with a choice of Full or Continental available.
Fully Supported Tour
The Pedal Britain support van is never far away to provide any assistance you need, be it access to your day bag, resolve a mechanical issue, report a first aid problem or just have a morale boosting chat. Just phone the driver or tap helmet as we pass if you need anything and we'll stop for you.
Daily Luggage Transfer
The support vehicle moves all of your luggage between each nights accommodation. Luxury, wherever time allows we'll even put it in your room for you. Also we recommend leaving a day bag in the support van to further reduce what you need to carry on the bike.
Includes Lunch and Brew Stop Refreshments
Lunches are a mix of rolling buffets in pubs and cafes or a picnic in a very scenic spot. The famous Pedal Britain pop up café delivers welcome brew stops at strategic points along the route to keep energy levels up providing you with water, tea, coffee, fruit, biscuits, cake, flap jacks and anything else you specifically request.
Expert Cycling and Tour Guides
Pedal Britain prides itself on having staff with a 'can-do' attitude, their entire focus is on ensuring they attend to your every need, to ensure that you have the best experience possible. They have detailed knowledge of the route, are first aid qualified and decent mechanics - but most importantly they care about you. When asked 'What makes Pedal Britain better than others?' quite simply it is our amazing staff - the one thing our competition cannot copy.
Pedal Britain Tour App & Detailed Route Notes
From here you can download the relevant file format for the daily route maps - GPX, TCX etc.. These can then easily be transferred to whatever GPS unit you are using such as a Garmin or Wahoo.
Don't have a GPS unit? No problem, just download our APP and it turns your Smart Phone into a GPS unit with turn by turn route navigation.
We also provide very detailed route notes which act as both information about the days cycling and back up to your electronic gadgets.
Live Tracking App
Pedal Britain Live Tracker app allows family and friends to see how well your progressing. The same tracker also helps us keep you safe and also ensure your following the route!!
Facebook Tour Groups
We will invite you to join a closed Facebook group for your specific tour. This enables you to get to know people before the holiday and provides a platform to share training experiences or any questions, concerns you may have before the tour.
Evening Meals - although group bookings will be made at local restaurants attendance is optional, however payment isn’t!!
Travel Insurance - We highly recommend you take out insurance
Transport to Start at Penzance or home from the End in Inverness
Easy Bike Transfer (Available for a Fee)
Single Room Option (Limited number available for a supplement of £500pp)
Fees for any Ferries
Cycle Hire (Contact us to discuss options)
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. Remember to give yourself enough time as being peak holiday time the roads can and will be very busy especially around Bristol and for the last stretch through Cornwall.
Some guests use the 'one way' drop off option offered by hire companies when travelling to the start. Best options for Penzance if you are planning to hire a car or van are:
Europcar: Their office is at Penzance Train Station very close to where we stay on the first night.
Enterprise: Their depot is just outside town at a place called Long Rock. However they will often bring you into town, but if not just let us know and we'll collect you.
There are frequent trains from London Paddington to Penzance and via numerous connections from the North such as Reading,
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. From Newquay you can take a coach or train onwards to Penzance. If taking the train to Penzance ensure you change at Par station.
Flights from Ireland - The closest major airports are Bristol or Birmingham, from here you can get the train or coach to Penzance.
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.
Getting Your Bike to Land's End and Home Again
Option 1: Customer Drop Off / Collection
FREE of Charge
If you can bring your bike to and collect from our offices in Northamptonshire then we will transfer your bike Free of Charge. No need to dismantle we'll take it fully assembled and safely secure it in the support vehicle for transporting.
We can also take helmets strapped to bikes and day bags labelled with your name.
Option 2: Bike Collection or Delivery - Pedal Britain Support Van
Cost for this service is £75.00 per bike - One Way to Start or From the End
On the Tuesday and Wednesday before a tour starts and in the week after a tour, based on geographical location of clients that have signed up for this service, Pedal Britain's support van will come to an address of your choosing, which could be work, home or cycle shop to collect / deliver your bike.
No need to dismantle we'll take it fully assembled and safely secure in the support vehicle for transporting.
We can also take helmets strapped to bikes and day bags labelled with your name.
Option 3: Bike Collection or Delivery - Transport Partner
Cost for this service is £75.00 per bike - One Way to Start or From the End
If you happen to fall outside the geographical area being covered by the support van prior to the tour then do not despair we have an alternative solution.
On the Monday before a tour starts we'll arrange for our trusted transport partner to collect your bike from an address of your choosing, which could be work, home or cycle shop and deliver your bike to Pedal Britain.
Clients will need to securely package up their own bike in a Medium size (150 x 22 x 90 cm) cardboard bike box. A local bike shop will for free or small fee provide a suitable box and much of the packing material you will need for this. Pedal Britain will return your bike the same way in the week after a tour ends.
Once we arrive in Penzance on the Saturday the Pedal Britain team will help you re-assemble your bike ready for push off on Sunday.
We cannot via this service accept helmets or any day bags packed inside the boxes.
Option 4: Bike Delivery - JOG Bike Company
Cost for this service is £135.00 per bike - One Way back Home
We use this option only when the delivery address for your bike is one that does not fit geographically into any of the routes planned for the Pedal Britain support vehicles and you do not want your bike returned via Option 3. The bikes will be packed into oversized reinforced cardboard boxes for you - saddle lowered and handle bars turned - are only adjustments made.
We'll send you a link to provide information required for this service and your bike will be delivered within 7 days of the tour ending.
Bike Transfer Service: Both Ways
Total Cost is £150.00 per bike
£210.00 per bike if using JOG Bike Transfer Company for return.
Terms & Conditions of Bike Transfer Service
- Pedal Britain cannot be held responsible for any damage that occurs in transit - although we will obviously take great care of bikes in transit
- Where a third party is being used Pedal Britain cannot be held responsible for any damage in transit
- We recommend that you have insurance in place to cover you for any accidental damage or theft during transit
Pedal Britain has always strongly recommended that clients use their own cycles wherever possible for our tours, as there is no substitute for using a bike that you are familiar with and are comfortable riding.
However we fully understand that sometimes circumstances mean this is just not possible.
Need to Hire a Bike?
We do not run our own fleet of hire bikes therefore have to source them from our trusted range of suppliers. At peak times of the year stock can be limited therefore please do let us know well in advance if you intend to hire a bike.
First step is to please email us with your measurements and preferences:
- Frame size
- Shimano group set
- Disc or Caliper brakes
- Carbon or Non carbon
PLEASE NOTE: Most road bikes run 11-28 compact gearing as they are generally set up for sportive hire. However we'll do our best to find a bike that works for you.
Once you hire the bike it will be available to use from Saturday Morning in Penzance giving us a day to make any adjustments that you may want.
Road Bike Hire:
Branded High Spec Carbon Road Bike = £350-£375 each for 2 weeks. This will be a Trek Madone SLR 6 or equivalent
Non Branded UK Built Bikes = £250-£300 for 2 weeks
Hybrid Bike Hire:
Branded High Spec Carbon Hybrid Bike = £250-£300 each for 2 weeks.
Want to Bring Your Own Bike But Need Help With Logistics?
If you currently live outside UK but are unsure about bringing your own cycle, please call or e-mail for advice. We can discuss a variety of solutions that might help you to bring a bike along.
Some of the ways we can help:
- Bike Box/Bag on Van : On each tour we have room for several soft bike bags and 2 hard case bike boxes - for overseas clients only
- Getting Bike to the Start : Also if when you land in UK you are planning to tour first / or just want to travel without bike to Penzance - we can as part of our bike transfer service collect your bike from a Hotel (Tuesday/Wednesday) before the tour and take it to the start for you.
- Staying on longer in UK after tour : Don't want a bike in tow? We can also keep bike and box with us after the tour, then by using our bike transfer service we can deliver the bike to a Hotel near London/or an Airport when you are ready to head home
Just contact us on email@example.com setting out what your plans are and we'll come up with a solution that works for you.
Pedal Britain tours are designed to attract people of all ages and levels of fitness.
To help you assess if a ride is suitable we have added a 'Cycling Level' indicator on each tour. Obviously the more training you do beforehand it will increase the overall enjoyment of any tour as you'll be more prepared.
Pedal Britain has a range of 'Training Support Resources' including a free consultation and a blog about Training Plans within which you'll find some great tips and an easy to follow framework that can be adapted for any of our tours.
We do not issue 'standard' training plans, everyone starts at different levels of experience, fitness and available time. For those confident enough, all you do is adjust our framework to suit your own needs.
However to provide another level of support, we have created with Pedal Britain guide Grant Goodman (qualified cycling coach) also of cyclingfitness.co.uk several coaching packages from Basic to Premium. You can find links to these and all our training information here: Training Resource
We have a mixture, from keen club cyclist through to newcomers looking for a challenge.
That is completely up to you. It is your holiday and so we encourage you to ride at your own pace. The average touring cyclist will normally travel at 10-13mph. What we find is naturally 2-3 groups form and you'll always find one that suits your pace.
Some people get concerned by always being at the back as they feel anxious about holding everyone up, believe us you are not!! However if that mentally becomes an issue then you can always set off 30 minutes ahead of the pack. But we will never ask you to pedal faster.
No one on a Pedal Britain tour gets left behind as our guides for the most part ride at the back, especially at the end of a day to provide encouragement and support.
There is no one standard group every tour is unique. But generally people that undertake our tours are a fun, friendly and adventurous lot with one key similarity - they love cycling!! We have people of all ages (teens through to mid 70's) and all walks of life which makes for an interesting and diverse group of fellow participants.
Groups tend to be split 50:50 between those traveling alone or part of a group be it pairs of friends/couples/family or occasionally larger ones of 3-4. We try and limit our group size to a maximum of 18 people which we think works best, providing plenty of people to socialise with during the day and evening, but also enables people to find some quiet time too.
For LEJOG we do recommend you use a road, touring or hybrid bike with a minimum of 25mm good quality tyres. But it's entirely up to you what type of bike you use, so long as it's in good working order. It's definitely 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.
Pedal Britain provides mechanical support in form of basic adjustments, or simple repairs, while your guide will also carry a reasonable tool kit to help with any minor problems on the road - the van has a more comprehensive set.
However it is essential that you are able to fix a puncture. Obviously if the guide, fellow riders or van are nearby they will assist but it maybe that the van is tied up elsewhere therefore you don’t want to be unnecessarily held up waiting.
Essential kit to carry at all times for puncture repair
It is advisable to carry on your bike at least 1 or 2 spare inner tubes, a mini pump / Co2 gas pressure pump, tyre levers and multi-tool with you each day. This essential kit can be kept either in a small rucksack that you carry or in a medium sized saddlebag.
We also ask that you take care of basic bike maintenance. Firstly having a comprehensive bike service before you arrive on the tour, then by inspecting your bike daily to ensure its in proper working order.
A work stand, track pumps, chain lubricant and cleaning materials will be available for your use on the van.
The support vehicle will carry a limited number of universal spares that are provided at cost should they be required. If your bike has any obscure or unusual parts that may not be readily available at a bike shop it is highly recommended that you bring your own set of spares with you that can be carried on the support vehicle.
We will carry a spare bike and wheel so that you can keep moving if you do have any serious bike problems.
Whilst Pedal Britain will endeavour to fix your bike issues, any major repairs will have to be co-ordinated through a local bike shop on the road, with any cost for these repairs being your responsibility.
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 labelled. Also where possible please try and keep one bag to between 15kg-18kg.
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.
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 or at the rear of the support van. Don't worry we'll provide you with labels.
At Pedal Britain we want to ensure you receive the highest level of support possible whilst you are on one of our tours.
To this end we will normally run a tour with a minimum of 10 people, but unlike other operators we limit the group size to a maximum of 18 people. We feel this ensures there is always enough people to be social, but not too many for it to feel overcrowded and your just part of a herd.
We take great pride in the level of support we give to riders on our cycling tours and is a key part of the 'The Pedal Britain Difference'.
That is why we are 5* rated on Trustpilot with many of the reviews specifically mentioning the excellent back up support we provide. You can read extracts of these on our Pedal Britain Testimonials page.
All our trips are led by at least one or two experienced leaders from the UK – one driving the support vehicle and the other cycling with the group, usually at the rear to ensure that no one gets left behind. They carry a first aid kit and a tool kit, so that if you or your bike breaks down they will if possible be there to help.
The Pedal Britain support vehicle doesn't follow the group very closely. It's main function is to once/twice a day provide the our famous 'Brew Stops', carry luggage between accommodation or if you have a problem you can jump onboard. You will also have access to the van at our lunch stop.
Also be comforted in the knowledge that the team at Pedal Britain HQ are also with you as an invisible hand, making sure everything is running smoothly.
Lunches are generally at either just before or after the halfway point of a day in terms of milage. They consist of various combinations of soup, sandwiches, crisps/chips, savouries, coffee/tea/soft drinks and cake, served as rolling buffets or set meals hosted in either local cafes / pubs.
Occasionally, depending on the weather, Pedal Britain's pop up cafe will provide a substantial picnic buffet lunch in a suitably scenic location en-route. Don’t worry if your cycling slowly we always make sure there is enough food for everyone at picnics and never leave until everyone is fed and watered.
Whilst evening meals are not included in the cost of the holiday, Pedal Britain will make reservations between 7.30-8.00pm most days for a group evening meal, so you don’t have to worry.
Also to make life even easier for you we'll sometimes take pre-orders for the evenings food in advance. We find this just helps speed things up at service to maximise your recovery time.
We tend to eat at the accommodation we are staying in that evening although we do occasionally use other local options. These meals provide a great opportunity for socialising together and swapping tales of the days events, further developing the group bonds.
However attendance is purely optional. If you prefer to eat earlier, or alone or wanted to find somewhere else, your Tour Guide can provide alternatives its no problem at all it is your decision.
On longer tours where we are staying in major towns/cities we also have several what we call 'free evenings' where we do not book anything for the group - which allows you to explore local options with smaller groups of new your new cycling buddies.
With all evening meals individuals are responsible for settling their own food and drink bills once finished.
To remain social it’s advisable that on our longer tours you wash your kit out regularly - that includes shorts - a key factor in preventing sore bottoms!!
What most people do is take with them several days worth of cycling kit to rotate through and a small bottle of liquid clothes detergent. Then as part of their daily routine use facilities in the room to wash and dry kit as many have heated towel rails.
If not fully dry the next day roll kit up tightly into a towel or hang up in back of the support van to ensure you have clean kit ready for following day.
Some accommodations do offer limited laundry services (usually just drying kit) either for a small fee or usually free, ready for collection the following morning. Your tour guide will let you know which places on your tour provide this.
Alternatively if time prevails you can use local launderettes to wash and dry clothes - your tour guide will help locate these for you.
Pedal Britain has public liability insurance cover for all of our tours.
However we strongly recommend you take out adequate insurance to cover yourself against personal accident, loss of belongings and cancellation cover.
Yellow Jersey Insurance are one company that other clients have used previously. Worth checking first what might be covered under various other policies you may have such as household and travel insurance, then plug any gaps with a specific policy.
Once you're signed up Pedal Britain will send you a detailed ‘Kit List’ of what you should bring along, however do feel free to contact us if you would like a copy sending to you or have any specific questions .