Cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats?
Whether riding end to end (as Lands End to John O’Groats or its reverse John O’Groats to Lands End is often known) has always been a dream or it’s a new ambition you may need help with finding out about:
- How far it is from Lands End to John O’Groats
Where you are going to sleep
What you need to take with you – equipment
Nutrition – what you should eat and drink
How much training you need to do
- A narrative of somebody else’s end to end journey, to get a feel for the experience and practical pointers on how to deal with some of the problems you may encounter
‘…I was finding the lack of information in a single source frustrating and then found this! Completely inspired me, made me feel like this is something I can achieve and gave me a laugh along the way. Excellent read for potential End to Enders!…’ – amazon.co.uk
What is cycling Lands End to John O’Groats all about?
One of the great thing about cycling end to end is that it is a big, bold and ambitious challenge that everybody can understand (which helps if you are trying to raise sponsorship for charity) and that most people can achieve if they spend the right amount of time on the ride for their level of riding ability. The concept is quite simple, get on your bike at one end of the country and ride to the other end (hence end to end).
The problems start when you come to actually start thinking in detail about planning an end to end cycle. It suddenly looks a whole lot more complicated. Which is probably why you are here, looking for some advice.
So, how can this site help?
This site covers everything you need to know to plan and train for your epic bike ride.
You could lose days of your life searching the web. I know because I did! True, I eventually found everything I needed (or learnt the hard way on the road) but it took a long time.
I just wished that someone had written a planning guide which summarised the whole process for me. So I decided to write it myself: a comprehensive Land’s End to John O’Groats planning guide full of top tips.
It’s a great tool to get your dream tour under way. But don’t take my word for it, the whole book is set out on this site. Find content in the menus or use the quick links at the bottom of the page.
Some people find it more convenient to buy the content in book form, either electronic or paperback. Below are some comments from reviews posted on Amazon.co.uk:
- ‘…if you’ve never planned a ride like this before I would highly recommend this book…’
- ‘…really helpful and amusing enough to overcome my woefully short attention spa…’
- ‘…full of very practical tips and advice…’
- ‘…it’s worth every penny…’
- ‘…I keep my paperback in the toilet – that way I get to read it at least once a day!…’
- ‘…excellent read for potential End to Enders…’
- ‘…the best by far of all that I have read; informative, practical, thoughtful and best of all humorous and entertaining…’
- ‘…I was finding the lack of information in a single source frustrating and then found this!…’
- ‘…enough detail and humour to leave the reader with the optimism that they too can meet the challenge themselves…’
- ‘…packed with useful information and practical guidance…’
- ‘…this book really aided my planning and training…’
I’m not going to lie, it also has some scathing bad reviews but if you browse through the website you will be able to come to your own conclusions.
End to end hat-trick
Since my original ride from John O’Groats to Lands End (JOGLE) I have ridden end to end twice more, this time in the more traditional direction from Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG). The purpose was to produce a route that is safer and more enjoyable than the original route that I used. My original route was built for speed, not (in hindsight) for safety or, indeed, pleasure.
The first LEJOG followed a route generated by Google Maps when they first started beta testing mapping for cycles. The plan was to follow the route no matter what to see how good a job Google did. This time I took lots of notes and pictures. I have written up the whole experience as a book that is available for download direct from this site as a pdf, .mobi or .epub file. This gives a much greater insight into what you might expect to experience along the route. You can access a free sample here or find more details here.
The second LEJOG was to create a Safer Way route. This is based on the Google route but with all the bad bits re-routed. It essentially consists of a set of 18 GPX files (for use with a navigation device, such as a Garmin) with an accompanying book. You can find more details here.
So, there are three books relating to the site available to purchase. All are available in paperback or ebook formats. Click on the image below for more details about each book and to find out about a 3 for 2 discount.
For more help with your end to end planning click on a link in the left hand menu or one of the quick links to the most popular pages below:
- Site/book contents
- Introduction (recommend you start here)
- Route creation
- How to get to/from the start/finish?
- Where am I going to sleep?
- End to end narrative
- Buy a Book