View from Occumster, northern Scotland

A typical touring bike

Lands End to John o'Groats by bike (LEJOG / JOGLE)

A typical touring bike

Whether you're just dreaming about doing this iconic trip one day, or whether your bags are already packed, this website is packed full of tips and advice to help you along your way.

Thousands of like-minded cyclists complete this end-to-end bike ride each year - from speed challenges in as few as 5 days, to the more leisurely trips that are done for the sheer enjoyment of exploring the UK. And it's not only for the superfit - anyone who can ride a bike can manage this iconic end-to-end challenge!

I put this website together after cycling from Lands End to John o'Groats (known as LEJOG, or JOGLE when ridden from north to south) in July 2016 to help anyone else thinking of doing this iconic ride. More recently (Aug 2018) I completed a 5 week cycle tour from Leeds to Amsterdam, via London & Paris, and have incorporated the lessons learnt from that trip into the advice on this site too.

So whether you're aiming to do this ride fast or slow, solo or in a group, or unsupported or with a backup driver, this website will hopefully be of use to you!

If you're looking for route files then click here to download my Lands End to John o'Groats cycle route.

Heading north out of Inverness

Heading north out of Inverness


What is the Lands End to John o'Groats bike ride all about?

The LEJOG cycle ride is the grand daddy of all cycling challenges in the UK, starting (or finishing) at Lands End in Cornwall (the extreme southwestward point in mainland Britain) and ending (or starting) at John o'Groats in northern Scotland - very close to the most northerly point of mainland Britain.

The shortest LEJOG route possible by bike (avoiding motorways) is around 900 miles, whilst avoiding major roads brings this up to over 950 miles. Once you factor in any detours or deviations, such as to your accommodation each night or avoiding the worst hills, then most people ending up riding around 1000 miles on their challenge.

There is no "official" path and people take all sorts of routes; when I rode it I went via Leeds (my home city) cycling 1,060 miles in total.

All sorts of different bikes have been used to ride LEJOG or JOGLE over the years, from recumbents to tandem bikes, from fixed gears to mountain bikes, and even from unicycles to penny farthings! The challenge isn't just limited to bikes either - hundreds of people each year choose to walk the route, many people drive or motorbike it, and some people even use several modes of transport including kayaks!

Cocklawburn beach, Northumberland

Cocklawburn beach, Northumberland


Planning a LEJOG / JOGLE ride?

When planning my trip I had hundreds of questions and didn't know where to start. What I should pack? Where would I stay? How do I plan a safe LE JOG route? I wasn't even sure how I was going to get to Lands End or John o'Groats, let alone with my bike!

I learnt a lot whilst planning the ride - and during the trip itself - so I've created this website to pass on my experiences and hopefully help make life easier for everyone else. I've arranged it into following sections:

If you have any feedback on the site, perhaps any tips from your own experiences of riding LEJOG or JOGLE, then I'd love to hear please! Please contact me at: andy@cyclelejog.com

Seahouses, Northumberland

Seahouses, Northumberland