Lands End to John OGroats Cycle Challenge

Lands End to John OGroats Cycle Challenge

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Cycle touring 13 days Cycle touring - Land's End to John O'Groats, UK UK
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Challenge yourself by taking part in the Lands End to John O'Groats cycle ride and help Marie Curie help people living with terminal illnesses.

Cycle touring - 13 days
Land's End to John O'Groats, UK
13 days
Team entries:
Suitable for teams
May not be suitable for novices - please check
Under 18's:
May not be suitable for under 18's - please check
Women only:
No - mixed challenge
Level 5
Payment options:
Minimum sponsorship option:
£250 registration fee + min sponsorship
Self funder option:
Self fund option not available

Cycle the length of the UK on this iconic bike ride. Discover some of England and Scotland’s most spectacular countryside as you conquer this 986 mile cycle challenge.

Why cycle with Marie Curie?
By taking on this once in a lifetime challenge for Marie Curie you will help us care for more people living with a terminal illness. When you join us you will benefit from:

  • Training guides, hints and tips to get you ready for the big challenge
  • Lots of fundraising ideas in your welcome pack
  • Access to a local community fundraiser who will advise you and help you smash your target
  • Two Marie Curie representatives who will cycle the entire journey, join you on a training day and organise a post-cycle reunion
  • A brightly coloured Marie Curie cycle jersey
Itinerary at a glance:
Day 1: Land’s End – Liskeard. 80 miles
Our journey starts on winding Cornish roads as we head east towards Penzance, cycling along the sea for a short stretch.

Day 2: Liskeard – Tiverton. 77 miles
Today we cross Dartmoor, which is one of the most challenging sections of the ride.

Day 3: Tiverton – Chepstow. 87 miles
Continuing north, we cycle mainly on quiet, rural roads as we cross into Somerset, passing the busy town of Taunton. On back-roads again, we cycle towards Cheddar, then head up through Avonmouth to the Severn Bridge, cross the bridge and celebrate our arrival in Wales.

Day 4: Chepstow – Shrewsbury. 93 miles
Our day begins with one of the most scenic parts of our route as we follow the rolling road through the forested Wye Valley to Monmouth, where we head north into Herefordshire.

Day 5: Shrewsbury – Preston. 92 miles
Our morning starts with a gentle cycle through the medieval town of Shrewsbury.

Day 6: Preston – Carlisle. 90 miles
The hills of the Lake District rise to our left as we head towards Shap Fell; at over 1000ft it’s the most notable climb since Dartmoor.  A fabulous long twisting descent now takes us through to Penrith and on to Carlisle.

Day 7: Carlisle – Kilmarnock. 100 miles
We head north from Carlisle through the small village of Longtown, just before the border with Scotland. Crossing over into Scotland, we pass the famous blacksmith’s forge at Gretna Green.

Day 8: Kilmarnock – Inveraray. 80 miles
We turn onto quieter roads as we head west to the Firth of Clyde via Irvine and Kilwinning. We cycle along the coast to Gourock, where we take the ferry across the short strait to Dunoon. We cycle north through beautiful forest and along the shores of Loch Eck.

Day 9: Inveraray – Loch Lochy. 95 miles
Our day starts with a long climb out of Inveraray. Heading west to the coast again, we cross over the iron bridge at Connell, with great views of Loch Etive to our right and the Isle of Mull across the sea on our left.

Day 10: Loch Lochy – Tain. 75 miles
Another day of beautiful Highland scenery awaits us as we head further north. We follow the Caledonian Canal and come to the foot of Loch Ness, which will be our companion for many miles.

Day 11: Tain – Thurso. 87 miles
We leave Tain, crossing the Dornoch Forth Bridge.  We climb for over 30 miles through the moors, passing several small lochs and some forested areas. From the top of the climb it’s a lovely descent to the North Coast, enjoying glimpses of beautiful, deserted golden beaches.

Day 12: Thurso – John O’Groats. 30 miles
From Thurso we pick up mileage signs for John O’Groats. We pass through the high sand-dunes of Dunnet Bay, with its beautiful white-sand beach and renowned birdlife. We then pedal the remaining miles along a mainly flat road to John O’Groats and our Finish Line!

Day 13: Depart Inverness


Find out everything you need to know about taking part in this challenge - fill in the enquiry form now and we will immediately send you an email with:

  • challenge brochure with detailed itinerary
  • tips on raising sponsorship
  • kit list & training tips
  • contact details for any questions
  • registration details

Don't panic, you're NOT registering for the challenge at this stage, just asking for details, and we will never sell your personal details.


This is a closed (or bespoke) challenge which means to take part you must raise funds for the charity above - you cannot choose your own charity. The payment options are explained below.

Minimum sponsorship option
This option requires you to pay the above registration fee at the time of booking and pledge to raise a minimum amount of sponsorship for the above charity. The charity will then cover the full cost of the challenge out of the sponsorship you raise - full details are included in the challenge information pack.

Self funder option
This option is not available for this challenge.

Full details of all funding options are included in the challenge information pack we'll send you - just complete the request form.

About Marie Curie

We provide care and support for more than 40,000 people living with a terminal illness and their families in the UK each year. Our nurses work night and day, in people’s homes across the UK, providing hands-on care and vital emotional support. Our hospices offer specialist round-the-clock care. And we help people throughout their illness by giving practical information, support from trained volunteers and being there when someone wants to talk.

Charity category: Medical & health - other conditions
Registered no: 207994
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Limited places are available from Marie Curie for Lands End to John OGroats Cycle Challenge on 17/05/2016.

Fill in the form below now to immediately receive an email with details of:

  • how to secure your place
  • tips on raising sponsorship
  • support you will get with kit & training


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