A midsummer’s wild camp

  Sometimes a quick trip to the hills doesn’t need much planning: it’s just a case of deciding where to go, packing some essentials and taking off.  A ‘microadventure’ accurately describes a quick… Continue reading

LEJOG – Final reflections

  So much has been written by others who have cycled end-to-end.  Everyone has their own story to tell and the range of experiences are so broad that generalisations are meaningless.  However, having… Continue reading

Nutrition and hydration

It’s difficult not to underestimate the importance of good nutrition and hydration when  undertaking any exercise, but particularly if you’re undertaking a long cycle ride.  Your body burns calories and dehydrates quickly with… Continue reading

Getting to and from Land’s End and John O’Groats

Unless you’re planning a full-on fundraising expedition complete with your own support vehicle you’ll need to think about how you’re going to get to the start point and then back home again after… Continue reading

LEJOG Top 10 Tips

  If you’re at the stage of planning an end-to-end cycle ride you may appreciate some hints and tips from someone who’s already been through the planning process and completed the ride. 1. … Continue reading

LEJOG Day 14 – Thurso to John O’Groats

Overview: 19 miles and 883 feet ascent. We made it !  We started today by visiting Dunnet Head, the most northerly point in the British mainland, before the final stretch to John O’Groats… Continue reading

LEJOG Day 13 – Lairg to Thurso

Overview: 84 miles and 4,174 feet ascent. This is our last full day of cycling and we’re (almost) on the homeward stretch.  It was another big day of 84 miles but more than… Continue reading

LEJOG Day 12 – Fort Augustus to Lairg

Overview: 91 miles and 4,535 feet ascent. Day 12 saw us reaching northern Scotland with a big day of over 90 miles and 4,500 feet height gain.  After 20 miles cycling along Loch… Continue reading

LEJOG Day 11 – Connel to Fort Augustus

Overview: 67 miles and 4,037 feet ascent. Today took us up the Great Glen, following the new cycle path to Ballachulish before taking the Corran Ferry over to the west side of Loch… Continue reading

LEJOG Day 10 – Lochranza to Connel

Overview: 75 miles and 5,049 feet ascent. Day 10 started with another ferry, the third of our trip (but not our last).  We took the short CalMac crossing from Lochranza to Claonaig on… Continue reading