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Complete LEJOG route map

Creating your best LEJOG cycle route (or JOGLE) can take an incredible amount of time - it's very easy to underestimate just how long it takes! Give yourself a massive head start and save countless hours by downloading a route that's already been proven.

The Land's End to John o'Groats cycle route that's available here (all 1,035 miles of it) is the one that I cycled in July 2016. It's been designed to avoid as as many hills as possible and to follow quiet roads, roads with cycle lanes, and traffic-free cycle paths where it can. There are times that it necessarily goes along some major roads (it's impossible to fully avoid these) however at no time did I feel in danger when cycling any of these. The (very few) sections that I wasn't comfortable with I've since changed, so the routes you're downloading here will now avoid these busiest sections.

By downloading these files you know you're getting a route that works, that is safe & avoids some of the most dangerous roads such as the A30 in Cornwall, and which is scenic too!

I live in Leeds and took my route east of the Pennines so that I could call in at home at the halfway point. Even if you would prefer to stay west of the Pennines well over half of the whole route is still valid - including from Land's End all the way to Bristol & Gloucester (291 miles), and from Edinburgh up to John o'Groats (again about 290 miles).

If you're cycling John o'Groats to Land's End this download will also work as a JOGLE cycle route - just simply reverse it!

LEJOG Cycle Route

The route covers 1,035 miles and is split into 29 sections:

  • Through Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset....
LEJOG Route map for Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset
  • Section 1: Penzance to Lelant, via Land's End (28.1 miles)
  • Section 2: Lelant to Perranporth (22.4 miles)
  • Section 3: Perranporth to Bodmin (29.4 miles)
  • Section 4: Bodmin to Colacott (30.4 miles)
  • Section 5: Colacott to Okehampton (24.8 miles)
  • Section 6: Okehampton to Tiverton (35.4 miles)
  • Section 7: Tiverton to Bridgwater (37.9 miles)
  • Section 8: Bridgwater to Bristol (37.9 miles)
  • Section 9: Bristol to Cheltenham (44.4 miles)
  • ...to Leeds via Nottingham...
LEJOG Route map for Cheltenham to Leeds
  • Section 10: Cheltenham to Brandon (near Rugby) (54.9 miles)
  • Section 11: Brandon to Long Eaton (Nottingham) (44.8 miles)
  • Section 12: Long Eaton to Austerfield (53.4 miles)
  • Section 13: Austerfield to Leeds (49.0 miles)
  • ...through Northumberland & up to Edinburgh...
LEJOG Route map for Leeds to Edinburgh
  • Section 14: Leeds to Thirsk (41.8 miles)
  • Section 15: Thirsk to Sedgefield (40.2 miles)
  • Section 16: Sedgefield to Guide Post (42.1 miles)
  • Section 17: Guide Post to Belford (44.1 miles)
  • Section 18: Belford to Eyemouth (29.6 miles)
  • Section 19: Eyemouth to MacMerry (38.7 miles)
  • Section 20: MacMerry to South Queensferry via Edinburgh (22.8miles)
  • ..and on to John o'Groats!
LEJOG Route map for Edinburgh to John o'Groats
  • Section 21: South Queensferry to Perth (34.9 miles)
  • Section 22: Perth to Pitlochry (32.3 miles)
  • Section 23: Pitlochry to Newtonmore (42.5 miles)
  • Section 24: Newtonmore to Carrbridge (21.3 miles)
  • Section 25: Carrbridge to Inverness (26.6 miles)
  • Section 26: Inverness to Invergordon (28.1 miles)
  • Section 27: Invergordon to Brora (33.9 miles)
  • Section 28: Brora to Lybster (33.4 miles)
  • Section 29: Lybster to John o'Groats (30.1 miles)

Alternative Scotland route...

If you'd prefer to completely avoid the A9 north of Inverness then you can cycle through the centre of northern Scotland up to the north coast. These additional route map files follow an extremely popular route for LEJOG'ers; it's over 50 miles longer but quieter than following the east coast and is extremely scenic too.

These route files also take you via Dunnett Head, the most northerly point on the British mainland, however it's easy to avoid this (and save 9 miles) if you'd rather go direct to John o'Groats.

LEJOG Route map for Inverness to John o'Groats
  • Alt. section 26: Inverness to Bonar Bridge (41.8 miles)
  • Alt. section 27: Bonar Bridge to Bettyhill (55.5 miles)
  • Alt. section 28: Bettyhill to John o'Groats, via dunnett Head (58.5 miles)

What you'll get

This entire LEJOG route map is downloadable as a zip file, containing 29 individual GPX route files (plus the 3 optional alternatives) and a "read me" text file. They're ready to use straight away on many GPS devices, including all Garmins (see here for a guide to easily importing them).

You will almost certainly still want to tweak these files slightly for your own needs, for example to take the route via your overnight stops, or to combine them into longer days. To do this you can upload them to online tools such as RideWithGPS (which is the one I recommend, although it costs $8-10/month) or komoot.com (£30 one-off fee for worldwide map access). And if you just want to view them they can be easily imported into Google Maps too - see our guide here for doing this.

If you come across a website that only accepts 'track' .gpx files then the website www.alltrails.com can quickly and easily convert the files for you. That website will also help in the rare case that your GPS needs the files in a non-standard route format.

How to download this LEJOG route

The GPX route files are available to download for just £3.99 which goes towards helping to fund the hosting of this website. If you've found the content on this website useful (all of which is free apart from these files!) then I'd really appreciate your suppport. Thankyou 😉

These route files represent well in excess of 50 hours of work (let alone the rest of the website) - save having to do all of this yourself for just the small cost of a pint of beer!

On clicking the link above you'll be redirected to a page hosted by Payhip.com. After successful payment (it's handled by Stripe so it's all secure!) you'll be redirected to a page where the files will be available for download. You should also receive a download link by email too (this will be from contact@payhip.com).

To reassure you about the security of your payment, my day job is as a cyber security consultant & I also wrote the website BeCyberSafe.com to help people to stay safe online, including when shopping online. Payments for the route files are handled by Stripe who are a very well respected payment organisation with an excellent security track record.

If you have any difficulty or any questions at all please contact me at andy@cyclelejog.com.