Land’s End to John o’Groats is an iconic long distance ride. It spans the length of mainland UK from the gorgeous beaches of Cornwall to the stunning countryside of northern Scotland.
If you undertake this fantastic cycling challenge you’ll pass through some of the most picturesque landscapes in the UK. Not to mention you'll have the bragging rights of having completed one of the most challenging rides the UK has to offer.
There is no official route from Land's End to John o'Groats (also called LEJOG, JOGLE or End to End), instead there are many routes detailed in various guides and websites. At approximately 1,200 miles for the most direct route these options are roughly 200 miles longer than using A- and B-roads but will be more varied and arguably more enjoyable.
In January 2017 Sustrans published its official LEJOG guide to riding the route using the National Cycle Network. This guide details a 1173-mile signposted route that is traffic-free or on quiet roads.
If you are considering taking on this challenge and would like some guidance and motivation, you could take part in our guided fundraising ride.
Alongside Saddle Skedaddle we run a guided trip from Land’s End to John o’Groats over 16 days. Signing up means you don’t need to think about finding accommodation or arranging transfers and can concentrate on enjoying your trip.
If you'd rather plan the trip yourself read on for our advice.
Route options and maps required to cover each section
1. Land's End to John o'Groats on the National Cycle Network guidebook and accompanying GPX files
Accommodation - useful links
- Beds For Cyclists
- Cyclists Welcome
- Youth Hostel Association
- Scottish Youth Hostel Association
- Independent Hostels, also available as paperback The Independent Hostel Guide.
- Independent Hostels in Scotland.
- Lands End John o’Groats Association
- Lands End to John o'Groats online Cycling Guide
- LEJOG or JOGLE - The Great British 'End to End' Cycling
- End to End.
If you're settting off on an epic long distance ride perhaps you could consider raising money for us? As a charity, people's support is vital to maintaining and expanding the National Cycle Network and fundraising through sponsorship is a very rewarding way of doing this.