CYCLING LEJOG / JOGLE

View from Occumster, northern Scotland


A typical touring bike

Land's 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 if your bags are already packed, this website has lots of tips and advice to help you along your way.

I cycled from Land's End to John o'Groats in July 2016. It was my first cycle tour and so I didn't really know how to start planning it - I had hundreds of questions: What I should pack? Where would I stay? How do I plan a safe LEJOG route? I wasn't even sure how I was going to get to Land's End or John o'Groats, let alone with my bike!

Heading north out of Inverness

Heading north out of Inverness

I learnt a lot from doing the trip and so built this website afterwards to help anyone else thinking of doing this iconic ride.

I've also made 2 further major trips since riding LEJOG, and have incorporated the lessons learnt from both of those trips into this site too. In the summer of 2022 I cycled 2,570 miles around the coast of northern UK (www.cyclingtheuk.com), and in August 2018 I completed a 5 week cycle tour from Leeds to Amsterdam, via London & Paris. Cyle touring can be addictive!

Planning a LEJOG / JOGLE ride?

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.

The site is arranged 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

And - just for fun - I've created a Cycle Touring Bingo card (PDF file) to take on your trip! Cycle touring is all about the memories, so tick each box off as you travel and see how many you can get. If you're touring with friends see who can be the first to get a row or full house!

Cycle touring bingo

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What is the Land's 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 at Land's End in Cornwall (the extreme southwestward point in mainland Britain) and ending at John o'Groats in northern Scotland - very close to the most northerly point of mainland Britain.

Thousands of like-minded cyclists complete this iconic 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, anyone who can ride a bike can manage this world famous end-to-end cycle ride. You don't have to be superfit to do it either - I certainly wasn't!

Many people ride it as part of a charity challenge to raise money for a cause they're passionate about, whilst for others it's a bucket list item to complete. Some people also choose to cycle it from north to south instead; this is often referred to as 'JOGLE' (ie, John o'Groats to Land's End).

Seahouses, Northumberland

Seahouses, Northumberland

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 to avoid 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, although most people tend to stay west of the Pennines and thread up between Liverpool and Manchester.

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 or run the route, many drive or motorbike it, and some people even use several modes of transport including kayaks! Remarkably it has even been swum a few times too, most recently in October 2022.

Cocklawburn beach, Northumberland

Cocklawburn beach, Northumberland