Cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats?
Land’s End to John O’Groats (or End to End as Land’s End to John O’Groats or its reverse John O’Groats to Land’s End is often known) is a long way to cycle. In fact the shortest road route that can be cycled (according to Google Maps) is 866 miles. Most routes turn out between 900 and 950 miles.
So, whether cycling End to End has been a long term goal or is a new ambition, you are probably looking for some help.
On this website you will find all the advice and help you need to successfully complete your End to End cycle, whether in 5 days, 4 weeks or longer. It is based on my experience of cycling it 3 times: from bombing down “A” roads in my first uninitiated attempt from John O’Groats to Land’s End to a much safer (and more enjoyable) way using lanes, cycle routes and canal paths wherever possible.
Why should I look at this site?
Of course there are a number of books and various websites that give advice, guidance and different routes for getting from one end of the country to the other on what must be Britain’s most famous long distance challenge ride. Which begs the question, “Why should I bother with this one?”
In creating this website I have followed one main ethos: I am not an expert on all things cycling.
No – don’t give up just yet! This is a layman’s guide written by a layman based on his experiences of planning a ride from scratch. The content is designed to guide you through the main things you need to consider and to provoke thought in each aspect of your ride.
What level of help do I need?
Before diving into the website the first thing we need to do is work out what level of assistance you need. To do this read the following statements and see which is most applicable to you:
‘I am really keen to do an end to end but have no idea where to start.’
This statement cannot really apply to you because you have already done your most important bit of research and reached this website. You clearly have a natural instinct to cut to the heart of a problem and find the best solutions. You should dig deep into the website to find golden nuggets of perceived wisdom.
‘I have done some initial research and found a renowned and highly acclaimed book on the subject but don’t know what to do next.’
Get off the internet and go and read it [it must be one of mine].
‘I am really quite lazy and just googled, “The site I am looking for that has all the answers I need to plan and complete that Land’s End to John O’Groats [or vice versa] ride I’ve always talked about doing but never got around to”. This site came up so I clicked through.’
Never mind. Let’s try and make the best of it. Fix yourself a large mug of tea/coffee/beer/gin, settle yourself in a comfy chair and ask Google to read the site to you.
Of course, if you would rather sit back with a paperback, Kindle or PDF, I have published three books which contain all the information on the website and more. You can find out more about them here.
If you are lucky enough to secure 1st edition paperback copies of these ([possibly] soon to be) highly sought after texts you may want to consider keeping them in a dust free environment, away from damp and direct sunlight, and increasing your home contents insurance.
Does this site cover everything I need to know?
Probably not but if you can’t find everything you are looking for, just contact me and I will try and provide an answer.
That just about covers the introductions. You are now safe to proceed to the rest of the website. Good luck with your mission.