Category: LEJOG

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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 already set out my ten practical hints and tips that I hope will be useful to those planning a LEJOG or JOGLE journey, I’m providing my own personal reflections on our … Read More LEJOG – Final reflections

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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 intensive exercise and just like a car, needs fuel and water to keeps its engine working effectively.  Too little fuel and water and you’ll soon notice the difference in reduced energy … Read More Nutrition and hydration

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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 you’ve completed your end-to-end ride. There are four broad options to consider for you and your bike(s): Take the train Hire a van or car Fly … or cycle of course. … Read More Getting to and from Land’s End and John O’Groats

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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.  Choose your own route. This is your trip and most likely, you’ll only do it once. So read up on it first, make informed choices about where you want to go … Read More LEJOG Top 10 Tips

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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 for some celebratory photos and drinks.  After an early start, we then had enough time to cycle south to Wick to pick up the train home. Today’s journey in three words: … Read More LEJOG Day 14 – Thurso to John O’Groats

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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 compensated by some of the most spectacular and remotest scenery on our whole route.  The quiet road north from Lairg took us past the Crask Inn into lonely Strathnaver, past Ben Klibreck … Read More LEJOG Day 13 – Lairg to Thurso

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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 Ness we tackled a big hill out of Drumnadrochit to follow quieter roads past Beauly on the Black Isle.  Beyond Dingwall we rode parallel to the A9 to Tain, then headed … Read More LEJOG Day 12 – Fort Augustus to Lairg

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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 Linnhe to avoid the busy and dangerous A82.  Another ferry (the last of our five ferries) took us back across the Loch at Fort William before we followed the Caledonian Canal … Read More LEJOG Day 11 – Connel to Fort Augustus

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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 Kintyre before climbing over the hill to pick up the A83 north.  This was a day of flattish terrain interrupted by some fairly steep hills, giving the second hilliest day of our … Read More LEJOG Day 10 – Lochranza to Connel

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LEJOG Day 9 – St John’s Town of Dalry to Lochranza

Overview: 86 miles and 3,349 feet ascent. Today we crossed the remainder of Dumfries and Galloway into Ayrshire and headed up the coast to take the ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick, on Arran.  There was one fairly sharp ascent and descent along the north coast of Arran before reaching our base for the night, Lochranza Youth Hostel. Today’s journey in three words:  uneven road … Read More LEJOG Day 9 – St John’s Town of Dalry to Lochranza