Land’s End to John O’Groats

Distance: approximately 1,000 miles (1,609km)!

Cycling via any route from the tip of Cornwall to the top of the Scottish mainland. Land’s End to John O’Groats — the length of mainland Britain — is an ambition which many cyclists aspire to. The total distance depends on whether you want to take the scenic route or go by the most direct and less hilly route using largely ‘A’ roads.

A typical route would go from Land’s End, along the north Cornish coast, across Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor, and up through Cheddar Gorge. After crossing the River Severn, cyclists would pass through Herefordshire and Shropshire, and then head through the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria before crossing the border into Scotland. Here, they would pass Loch Ness on the way to John O’Groats on the northern tip of the Scottish mainland.

How difficult is Land's End to John O'Groats route?

A good degree of fitness is required, as a typical journey will see you covering an average of around 65 miles per day over 15 days. The hillier stages are mainly near the start of the journey. You’ll also have to remember to plan your accommodation along the way in advance — so a good degree of thought needs to go into your ride as well.

Distance: approximately 1,000 miles (1,609km)!

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