The Route

There is no official set route for Land’s End to John O’Groats. the traditional distance by road is 874 miles (1,407 km); the record for running the route is nine days. The official record for rider on a conventional bicycle is 44 hours, 4 minutes and 20 seconds, set by Gethin Butler in 2001, don’t reckon I will be a threat to that!

Our route is calculated as 986 miles which is tempting me to try to build in another 14 miles to break the 1,000 mile mark…

There seem to be two different strategies available to the cyclist – the first to do the ride as quickly as possible – typically 8 days riding all main roads and covering up to 150 miles a day! I’m not one of these riders.

My strategy was always to take 12-14 days and enjoy the changing British countryside from the comfort and delight of minor roads.

We will be riding supported by Discover Adventure.  There are many ride support companies however Discover Adventure are highly recommended, ride my preferred route up the west side of the UK and provide a great value supported ride experience for not much more money than it would cost me to ride unsupported.  Having a team in support removes all worries about booking accommodation and dealing with mechanicals or other incidents on route.

Route dates and start and finish locations are below…I’ll publish more detailed daily routes and profiles in due course:

Image taken from the Discover Adventure Website