Land's End to John o'Groats (LEJOG)

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. The route follows greenways, cycle paths and country roads, and runs on the National Cycle Network for over three-quarters of its length.

The route:

1189 miles

1913 kilometres

Practical tips

  • All-terrain bikes, touring bikes and hybrid bikes will manage fine when following this Land’s End to John o’Groats route.
  • Prepare for your ride and check your bike is in good condition using our 11-step M check.
  • There’s no definitive list of what to take with you, but remember you’ll need to pack gear for your bike, suitable clothing and toiletries including insect repellent.

The route can be split into 5 sections

Grass-covered cliffs with sea and sun shining through the clouds

The South West

355.5 miles / 571.2 kilometres

Using National Cycle Network Routes 3, 32, 304, 4, 41, 45

The route in the South West also uses the West Country Way, the Cornish Way and the Avon Cycleway

From: Land’s End, Cornwall

To: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Starting at the most westerly point in England, you’ll pass through sheltered Cornish harbours, rolling Devon hills and the Somerset Levels, as well as the cities of Bristol and Gloucester.

Cathedral and green trees

The West Midlands

129.5 miles / 208.4 kilometres 

Using Routes 41, 45, 46, 55, 552, 551, 5

From: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

To: Nantwich, Cheshire

The gradients get gentler here, and there’s much to see along the quiet country lanes, riverside trails and canals that feature on the route, including the spectacular Ironbridge Gorge.

The North West

235.4 miles / 378.7 kilometres

Using Routes 551, 5, 62, 6, 69, 70, 68, 71, 7

The route in the North West also uses the Pennine Cycleway, the Cheshire Cycleway and the Lancashire Cycleway

From: Nantwich, Cheshire

To: Gretna, Dumfries & Galloway

After bustling Manchester, demanding climbs await you in the Forest of Bowland, and there’s rugged terrain as you reach South Cumbria.

View of inland loch with woods and hills surrounding it

Southern Scotland

213.6 miles / 343.9 kilometres

Using Routes 7, 74, 75

The route in Southern Scotland also uses the Lochs and Glens Way

From: Gretna, Dumfries & Galloway

To: Pitlochry, Perthshire

The route here is filled with classic Scottish scenery, with sparkling lochs, waterfalls, forests and castles all greeting you along the way. Meanwhile, the understated sophistication of Glasgow is an urban highlight.

Cyclist on gravel path  with heather either side, plus forest and mountains in the distance

The Scottish Highlands

254.9 miles / 410.2 kilometres 

Using Routes 7, 1

The route in the Scottish Highlands also uses the Lochs and Glens Way and Inverness to John o'Groats

From: Pitlochry, Perthshire

To: John o’Groats, Caithness

Ancient forests and remote moorlands rich in wildlife. This final section is the most remote of the route. Snap your picture next to the John o’Groats sign and revel in your accomplishment of completing the UK’s most iconic ride.

 Fun facts

  • Land’s End to John o’Groats is also called LEJOG, JOGLE or End to End.
  • The traditional route follows from south to north.
  • Your cycle journey doesn't have to stop at John o'Groats. In the summer, take the ferry to South Ronaldsay and enjoy cycle routes on Orkney and the Shetland Islands.

Accommodation

Take a look at the list below for a few useful links for accommodation options along the ride.