Tag: Cycling


LEJOG Packing List – Camping/other gear

Making sure you’ve carefully chosen everything you’ll need for an extended cycle tour is an important aspect of the planning process.  In this second of two articles on my choice of gear to take on my LEJOG cycle trip I’m focusing on camping and non-cycling equipment.  I’ve listed the kit I’m planning to take below and I’ll update this article on my return to … Read More LEJOG Packing List – Camping/other gear


Lessons in buying a touring bike

The trials and tribulations of finding a decent shop selling touring bikes When I decided to cycle end-to-end I didn’t have a suitable bike and therefore started out by finding out what bikes other people use to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats (and other cycle tours). The only real parameters I had at this stage were that I’d already discovered from talking to … Read More Lessons in buying a touring bike


Cycling in Lanzarote

A week away in the sun seemed the perfect antidote to the stresses of work and so last week we headed off for sunnier climes in Lanzarote.  We’d hired a villa with a private pool in the small resort of Playa Blanca, on the south coast of Lanzarote overlooking the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura. I’d thought that not only would it be a break from work … Read More Cycling in Lanzarote

Our LEJOG route

Our route from Land’s End to John O’Groats takes us up the west coast of England and Scotland via Arran.  At 1,005 miles it’s not the shortest route possible, but should give a scenic journey that avoids busy A roads as much as we can manage, while still keeping within our 14 day total.  By the time we reach Patterdale in the Lake District … Read More Our LEJOG route


LEJOG route planning and route options

So you know where the start and finish points are but what route should you take in between ?  The great thing is, there is no ‘official’ or definitive route,  and there’s a huge amount of enjoyment to be had (and hours spent researching) in finding a route that’s suited to your trip. Route options When I set about researching my route I knew that I didn’t … Read More LEJOG route planning and route options


Planning an end-to-end cycle ride

So if you’ve already decided to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats (or JOGLE if you prefer) you’ll now be wanting to find out as much as you can about the journey. In this article I’ll cover the best resources I’ve found for planning your ride including books, websites, online forums and blogs. One of the best things about LEJOG is that there’s … Read More Planning an end-to-end cycle ride


Why cycle LEJOG ?

Cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats is frequently cited as one of the world’s great cycle rides.  It may not be as long the TransAmerica  or the EuroVelo routes but the UK offers such a great variety of landscape that makes LEJOG such a popular and iconic route. Of course, it has to be said that not everyone goes with the prevailing wind and … Read More Why cycle LEJOG ?

Product Review – Merino Neckwarmer Buff

  Whether you use it to reduce the wind chill in Winter or keep the sun off in Summer, I think a buff an essential part of every outdoor person’s kit list. I’ve been testing out a merino wool neckwarmer, part of the Buff headwear range, and in this cold, wintery weather it has really come into its own. If you’re not familiar buffs … Read More Product Review – Merino Neckwarmer Buff


In praise of great cycling cafes

    Cycling is thirsty work and so in the middle of a long ride there’s nothing more motivating than looking forward to that next pot of tea and a cake.  Ride for a couple of hours, stop for a cuppa, ride for a couple more, have another … Cycling cafes are a bit of a tradition.  I’ve often noticed groups of cyclists at … Read More In praise of great cycling cafes



As hopefully most of you will know by now, I’m planning to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in May with my nephew. “Er, why?”, I hear you say.  Good question. But rather than answer that question right now I wanted to make “Why cycle LEJOG?” the first part of a new section to this blog.  You see, the plan is to build … Read More My LEJOG Blog

14 for 2014 #12 – Compete in the Applecross Duathlon

I’d long wanted to go to Applecross in North West Scotland and needed a good excuse to visit.  So when I came across the Applecross Duathlon when researching adventure races it was an easy decision to include it as one of my ’14 for 2014′. This post is in three parts.  Anyone who’s ever been to Applecross will tell you about the infamous road over the … Read More 14 for 2014 #12 – Compete in the Applecross Duathlon


Book review: Lands End to John O’Groats travel books

When considering a major new project, whether it’s a holiday, a big purchase or a new hobby, I’ll always turn to books and websites to do my initial research.  And so it is with one of my next big planned adventures, an end-to-end cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groats (or John O’Groats to Lands End if you prefer the wind in your … Read More Book review: Lands End to John O’Groats travel books