Category: Day by day

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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

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LEJOG Day 8 – Patterdale to St John’s Town of Dalry

Overview: 97 miles and 3,672 feet ascent. After yesterday’s relatively short day of only 61 miles today was the highest mileage day of the whole trip.  After a short climb up from Ullswater it was a gentle descent all the way to Carlisle along quieter roads and a flat cycle around the Solway Estuary.  At Longtown we made a sharp left instead of the … Read More LEJOG Day 8 – Patterdale to St John’s Town of Dalry

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LEJOG Day 7 – Garstang to Patterdale

Overview: 61 miles and 3,740 feet ascent. Now this is a day we were both looking forward to.  Not only did it see us getting to the half way point but we also planned this route to take a welcome diversion from the main LEJOG thoroughfare through the Lake District.  It started with a flattish ride for 30 miles through Lancashire before crossing into … Read More LEJOG Day 7 – Garstang to Patterdale

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LEJOG Day 6 – Whitchurch to Garstang

Overview: 76 miles and 2,799 feet ascent. I suppose folk from the south of England would say that this was the day we reached “the north” but for us it’s well south and not even half way up the country.  We continued as yesterday left off on the A49 for another 40 miles all the way past Warrington, where the traffic would become busier.  … Read More LEJOG Day 6 – Whitchurch to Garstang

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LEJOG Day 5 – Ledbury to Whitchurch

Overview: 84 miles and 3,280 feet ascent. Day 5 was, like yesterday, also a higher mileage day on flatter terrain.  It was also a day on A roads, following the line of the Welsh border past Ludlow, over a high point in the Shropshire Hills AONB, then bypassing Shrewsbury to reach our campsite at Whitchurch.  We were keeping our fingers crossed that the A413 … Read More LEJOG Day 5 – Ledbury to Whitchurch