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.
Route options and maps required to cover each section
1. If you're thinking about tackling this mammoth cycle route, make sure that you purchase Land's End to John o'Groats on the National Cycle Network guidebook and accompanying GPX files - they're guaranteed to be a lifesaver on those country roads!
2. The first option for taking on the ride is via Central Midlands and the East Coast (south to north) - this route will take you through Bristol and then Middlesborough and beyond
3. If you're after a coastal ride, why not take on the challenge via the West Coast (south to north)? This route will take you through the stunning landscapes of the Lake District in Cumbria before wowing you with the lochs of Scotland.
Accommodation - useful links
Of course, the LEJOG ride will take place across several days and you will more than likely be wanting a comfortable bed to lay your head down at night and get some much-needed sleep. Take a look at the list below for a few useful links for accommodation options along the ride.
- 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.
If you're after further reading about the LEJOG, the below websites may come in useful.
- 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 thinking about setting off on the LEJOG but need a bit of a push to actually take on the challenge, perhaps you could consider raising some 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.