Lands End to John O’Groats Cycling Guide

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Cycling Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) or its reverse John O’Groats to Lands End (JOGLE) is one of the UK’s most popular cycling challenges.  Generically, it is often referred to as an end to end cycle.

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Whether cycling end to end has been a long term goal for you, or it’s a new ambition, you are probably searching for some help with:

Dig deep into the menus on this website to find all the advice you need to help you successfully complete your end to end cycle, whether in 5 days, 10 days, 4 weeks or longer. It is based on my experience of cycling End to End 5 times: from bombing down “A” roads in my first uninitiated attempt from John O’Groats to Lands End to a much safer (and more enjoyable) way using lanes, cycle routes and canal paths wherever possible on a more traditional Lands End to John O’Groats cycle.  This route was certainly a ‘Safer Way‘ and I later completed it with my son on a tandem, to raise money for a charity dear to his heart.

My son and me at the John O'Groats Signpost having just completed our tandem end to end cycle

What do I need to know to cycle Lands End to John O’Groats?

When I planned my first End to End cycle, from John O’Groats to Lands End, it was very difficult to find all the information I needed. Eventually, through lots of searching and asking around I did but it was hard work and took a great deal of time. I wished that someone had put all the information together for like minded cyclists in one website but they hadn’t. So after that first ride I set about doing just that. Four Lands End to John O Groats cycles later, the site is as you find it but it is constantly evolving with new information being added to make it the most comprehensive single source of advice on cycling end to end.

However, cycling End to End is a personal adventure and everybody is seeking something slightly different from it. So the website cannot cover every permutation but it is a very good starting point and will get your mind working on the issues relevant to your own cycling adventure.

How long does it take to cycle from Lands End to John O Groats?

7 to 21 days

Why so wide a time scale?  Well, it is a long way from one end of the UK to the other (874 miles or 1,407 km according to the sign) and those doing the cycling vary greatly in strength, fitness and purpose.  There is no set route and everyone will pick a way that suits them, so the distance will also vary.  I have cycled several different routes ranging from 880 miles to around 1000.  If you are riding as a challenge you might want to pile the miles in each day, riding dawn till dusk, but if you are touring you might prefer to meander and take in the sights at a more leisurely pace.

The record is less than 2 days! and many people take a few weeks. But the average is around 7-14 days – a week or two’s holiday with a day for travel each end.

You should also check out the Lands End to John O’Groats Cycling Guide Facebook page for more information and interaction with other riders who have an interest in completing a Lands End to John O Groats cycle.

Of course, if you would rather sit back with a paperback, Kindle or PDF, I have published three Lands End to John O’Groats books which contain information from the website and much more, including gpx route files. You can DOWNLOAD FREE SAMPLES or find out more about them here.

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Where to next?

The most popular pages on the site concern planning your End to End, including training for long distance cycling, thinking about the cycling equipment you will need, how to look after your bike, what you should be eating and drinking whilst cycling and how to create a route for your Lands End to John O Groats cycle. Or you can read my own account of cycling End to End to get some idea of what to expect.

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