Tag: LEJOG

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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

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LEJOG Day 4 – Cheddar to Ledbury

Overview: 84 miles and 3,340 feet ascent. Today started with a stiff climb up and over the Mendip Hills from Cheddar before a fast descent.  Fortunately the rest of the day was pretty flat and allows us to get a few more miles under our belt.  Once we navigated through Bristol’s suburbs we headed for Gloucester at the head of the Severn Estuary (a … Read More LEJOG Day 4 – Cheddar to Ledbury

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LEJOG Day 3 – Crediton to Cheddar

Overview: 67 miles and 2,545 feet ascent. After a big day yesterday, today was deliberately designed to be quite a bit easier since by now our muscles are beginning to feel it.  Today’s challenge was less about distance and height gain and more about navigation.  We followed many quiet lanes through Devon (including along what’s known as Rob’s Passsage between Crediton and Bickleigh), past … Read More LEJOG Day 3 – Crediton to Cheddar

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LEJOG Day 2 – St Columb Major to Crediton

Overview: 79 miles and 5,170 feet ascent. This may well turn out to be our toughest day, with the distance rising to 79 miles and a whopping 5,170ft of height gain, the highest of the whole trip.  The short, sharp hills of Cornwall and Devon are notorious for taking their toll on eager LEJOGers, a sharp reminder that this is no stroll in the park. Today … Read More LEJOG Day 2 – St Columb Major to Crediton

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LEJOG Day 1 – Land’s End to St Columb Major

Overview: 52 miles (plus 10 miles to get to Land’s End).  3957 feet of ascent. Day 1 started with a 10-mile ride from Penzance YH to Land’s End.  We then stopped for the obligatory photos at the famous Land’s End signpost then retraced our steps back to Penzance.  We followed National Cycle Route 3 for much of the morning past Hayle and Camborne, avoiding the … Read More LEJOG Day 1 – Land’s End to St Columb Major

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LEJOG – Getting into Training

I remember the first time I cycled into work.  It’s only just over seven miles but I distinctly recall walking down a short flight of steps feeling my thigh muscles cry out in pain.  Like anything, if you suddenly subject your body to some new exercise then it certainly feels pretty tough. But guess what ?  Building up that exercise – slowly – gradually builds strength … Read More LEJOG – Getting into Training

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LEJOG – Accommodation options

If you’re just starting out to plan an end-to-end cycle tour then you may be thinking about where on earth you’re going to stay along the route.  Let me give an overview of the various options and also provide some hints and tips to plan your own route. There are essentially five main options – or a combination of these: B&Bs / Hotels Youth hostels Campsites … Read More LEJOG – Accommodation options

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LEJOG Packing List – Cycling Gear

If there’s one topic more likely than route options to spark debate among end-to-enders then it’s what gear to take.  In advance of our trip I thought I’d share my own kit lists, this one covering my bike and associated gear and the second covering our camping and non-cycling gear.  I’d be interested in any feedback – and will update this post after we arrive … Read More LEJOG Packing List – Cycling Gear

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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