On Friday, 7th September, 2018, Alex arrived at Penzance Station. As a prequel to the actual Land’s End to John o’ Groats, he decided to ride from Penzance to Lizard Point, the furthest South in the UK, and then to Redruth to start the actual LEJoG itinerary.
Alex set off from Redruth on Saturday the 8th of September 2018, to cycle South West (!) to Lands End to the starting point of the challenge. The route works its way East and North through Cornwall and Exeter, North through Wales and the North of England, before crossing the border and continuing North through Scotland. The route is planned by CTC cycling holidays who will be supporting Alex on the cycle.
The CTC outline itinerary to be followed followed was:-
Fri 7 Sept meet at Penzance Station. Cycle to Redruth and prepare for the cycle ahead.
Sat 8 Sept Cycle to Land’s End and back to Redruth by optional long or direct route.
Sun 9 Sept Cycle to Lostwithiel, through Cornwall’s remote rolling landscape.
Mon 10 Sept Cycle over eerie Dartmoor to Exeter.
Tues 11 Sept Cycle via the Somerset Levels to Weston-super-Mare.
Wed 12 Sept Cycle over the Avon and Severn bridge cycle paths and through Welsh border country to Ross-on-Wye.
Thur 13 Sept Cycle through ancient Ludlow and Corve Dale to Shifnall, near Telford.
Fri 14 Sept Cycle via the Manifold Valley to Bakewell in Derbyshire’s Peak District.
Sat 15 Sept Cycle through the lovely Peak District to Outlane, near Huddersfield.
Sun 16 Sept Cycle the Pennine moorland to Haworth (Bronte country), Skipton and into the Yorkshire Dales to Hawes.
Mon 17 Sept Cycle the beautiful Eden Valley to Carlisle.
Tues 18 Sept Cycle into Scotland via Greta Green to Abington via Wanlockhead.
Wed 19 Sept Cycle through the Scottish Lowlands to Stirling.
Thur 20 Sept Rest day, with the opportunity to visit Stirling Castle.
Fri 21 Sept Cycle via Crieff and Glen Cochill to Pitlochry.
Sat 22 Sept Cycle via the Sustrans cycle route up the spectacular Glen Garry and the Pass of Drumochter to Nethybridge.
Sun 23 Sept Cycle via Inverness and the Black Isle to Tain.
Mon 24 Sept Cycle via enchanting Strath Tirry and Strath Vagastie to Bettyhill.
Tues 25 Sept Cycle the northern coast of Scotland to John O’Groats.
Mileage 50 to 83 miles per day; average 63 miles