8 days of torrential rain, battling the prevailing winds, wild camping, solo, self-supported, cycling 80 miles with one leg – all made for one of the hardest challenges I’ve attempted; a true test of mental and physical strength.
Land’s End to John O’Groats is a, renowned and iconic, long-distance cycle ride which traverses the length of mainland Britain. The route traditionally starts in the South West and finishes in the North East, passing through some of the most scenic landscapes in England and Scotland. Every year, hundreds embark on the cycling experience that, no doubt, leaves a lasting impression of an unforgettable experience.
Cycling End to End had been on my mind for some years, after all it is one of the most iconic long-distance rides in the world. The appeal was not only the challenge of travelling such an epic distance under my own steam, but to also see the beautifully diverse landscape throughout the United Kingdom. For logistical reasons, mainly living in Exeter, I decided to complete my journey from top to bottom, going the wrong way; not giving much thought to why everyone goes Land’s End to John O’Groats.
I wanted to take a more scenic route and immerse myself in the whole experience, rather than race to the end. I planned my trip over 18 days, using the national Cycle Network of quiet roads and tracks. With my noble steed (old mountain bike), I set off for John O’Groats to start on a solo, self-supported adventure that would cover the breadth of Britain. My End to End cycle adventure would turn out be one of the hardest tests of mental and physical challenges I’ve endured.
I’ve set out to create this book to provide information on every part of cycling JOGLE /LEJOG should you wish to undertake the challenge. It includes my account of each day giving you a feel for of the experience. Unlike traditional route books, I haven’t included maps, you will find links to resources where you’ll be able to download GPX files or purchase route books.
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