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 ?


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

My Challenges for 2015

First of all, may I wish you all a Happy New Year !  Thanks to everyone who’s subscribed, followed, commented and liked my Wild about Scotland posts on WordPress and Twitter over the last year and I hope that 2015 brings you everything that you wish for. As regular readers will know, I like challenges.  Setting a goal is a great motivator and drives me … Read More My Challenges for 2015


Dawes Galaxy Plus Touring Bike

Auspicious timing ?  Taking delivery of my new bike on the day the Tour de France started from Yorkshire ?  Probably not, but I’m certainly looking forward to some great new adventures, even if I’ll always be an amateur rather than champion cyclist. I recently set a new goal to cycle the length of the UK from Lands End to John O’Groats, which I’m … Read More Dawes Galaxy Plus Touring Bike


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