LAND'S END TO
JOHN O'GROATS

View from Occumster, northern Scotland


A typical touring bike

Cycling Great Britain from end to end!

A typical touring bike

Whether you're just dreaming about doing this classic cycling challenge one day - or even if your bags are already packed - this website has lots of tips and advice to help you along your way.

Land's End to John o'Groats (LEJOG) is the most iconic of all long-distance cycle rides within the UK. Travelling the full length of the country it starts from Land's End (the extreme southwestward point of mainland Britain) before ending at John o'Groats (very close to the most northerly point) about 1000miles later. Thousands of cyclists are drawn to lure of the LEJOG challenge every year - some have even ridden it multiple times!

I cycled 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 back again from 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 others who may be thinking of doing this iconic ride (do it - you won't regret it!).

Since cycling LEJoG I've also completed 3 further major tours of over 1,000 miles each, and have incorporated the lessons learnt from those trips into this site too. One of these rides, in the summer of 2022, was a 2,570 mile tour around the coast of northern UK (www.cyclingtheuk.com) which included re-visiting sections of my LEJoG trip in Northumberland and northern Scotland. Cycle 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, and 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


LEJoG and JoGLE souvenirs

And - just for fun - I've created a Cycle Touring Bingo card (PDF file) to take with you while you ride across Britain! 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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How far is it from Land's End to John o'Groats?

The shortest Land's End to John o'Groats 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.

Thousands of like-minded cyclists complete this iconic "end-to-end" ride across Britain each year. From speed challenges cycling end to end 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 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 cycling end to end is 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

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