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 on the National Cycle Network follows greenways, cycle paths and country roads.
The route on the National Cycle Network:
Using Routes 3, 32, 304, 344, 4, 410, 41, 45
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.
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.
Using Routes 551, 5, 62, 6, 69, 70, 68, 71, 7 / Plus Regional Routes 70, 91, 90
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.
Using Routes 7, 74, 75
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.
Using Routes 7, 1
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.
Take a look at the list below for a few useful links for accommodation options along the ride.