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Take on a classic challenge and see the country from the saddle.
Starting at Land's End on the southwesterly tip of England, we pedal our way through Cornwall, over Dartmoor and north along the Welsh border, skirting the Lake District into Scotland, via lochs and mountains to the North coast and John O’Groats. In all we will cover almost 1000 miles in 12 days.
This is a tough challenge, but a fabulous way to see the width and breadth of the country, and one of the most rewarding things you will ever do!
Day 1: Land’s End – Liskeard (approx 80 miles)
Start on winding Cornish roads as we head east towards Penzance, the terrain is mostly undulating but there are a few longer climbs and some shorter steep ones!
Day 2: Liskeard – Tiverton (approx 77 miles)
Today we cross Dartmoor. We cycle over rolling hills into Devon and through Tavistock, where we have a steep climb onto Dartmoor itself.
Day 3: Tiverton – Chepstow (approx 87 miles)
Continuing north, we cycle mainly on quiet, rural roads as we cross into Somerset, passing Wellington. On back-roads again, we cycle towards Cheddar, enjoying the typically English rural scenery.
Day 4: Chepstow – Shrewsbury (approx 93 miles)
Our day begins through the forested Wye Valley, enjoying the fabulous views, including the beautiful ruin of Tintern Abbey.We follow the Wye River to Monmouth, where we head north into Herefordshire, leaving Wales behind. We bike on to enjoy the lovely scenery of the Hope Valley.
DAY 5: Shrewsbury – Preston (approx 92 miles)
We head north, turning onto a quiet country road and passing through the small market towns of Wem and Whitchurch. Our route is mainly flat and the miles pass quickly.
Day 6: Preston – Carlisle (approx 90 miles)
Today is long, but our last full day on English soil! We follow our route through the attractive town of Lancaster, cross into Cumbria and Kendal, renowned for its energy-boosting mint cake!
Day 7: Carlisle – Kilmarnock (approx 100 miles)
We head north from Carlisle through the small village of Longtown, just before the border with Scotland. Nearing Kilmarnock, the roads grow busier but our hotel lies just the other side of town.
DAY 8: Kilmarnock – Inveraray (approx 80 miles)
The road is hilly as we cycle along the coast to Gourock, where we get the ferry to Dunoon. We pass the world-renowned oyster-beds of Loch Fyne and approach Inverary on flatter roads.
DAY 9: Inveraray – Loch Lochy (approx 95 miles)
We leave Inveraray and cycle around the ruins of Castle Kilchurn, enjoying fantastic views of the coast. We bike to Fort William and hopefully see Ben Nevis before ending the day in Loch Lochy.
Day 10:Loch Lochy – Brora (approx 97 miles)
Today we cycle along the edge of the famous Loch Ness. Heading north, we tackle a couple of hills before reaching Dornoch Firth and Tain, home to the Glenmorangie whisky distillery.
DAY 11: Brora – Thurso (approx 65 miles)
Our last full day's cycling starts with a 30 mile ascent through the moors, beautiful views but tough! We pass several small lochs and forested areas before we reach the lovely North Coast.
DAY 12: Thurso – John O’Groats (approx 30 miles)
Passing Dunnet Bay, and taking a short detour to Scotland's most northerly point, we take the fairly flat route onto the finish line. We celebrate our achievements in Inverness this evening.
DAY 13: Depart Inverness