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Lands End John O Groats Ride
The ultimate UK cycle challenge is here...
Eleven days riding nearly 1000 miles, climb and descend over twice the height of Everest and have over 100 hours in the saddle gets you from end to end of the British isles mainland and all done by human power!
You've heard about it, you've thought about it now why not go for it! Let Adventure Cafe guide you through spectacular UK scenery and help you achieve a great cycling ambition.
Day 1: Arrive in Penzance
Arrive for reception at our designated accomodation and enjoy the atmosphere and anticipation of the great adventure to come.
Day 2: Lands End to Bude - 80 miles
Departing from Lands End we head immediately northwards to the North Cornwall taking in the spectacular North Cornish coastline visiting many pictuersque fishing villages and enjoying magnificant Atlantic Ocean scenery finishing in Bude.
Day 3: Bude to Watchet - 70 miles
From Bude we continue up the Atlantic Highway over the North Devon coastline and of course rise over the north Exmoor fringe presenting spectacular views across the Bristol Channel to the South Wales coastline.
Day 4: Watchet to Symonds Yat - 96 miles
Leaving Watchet on the North Devon coast we then head on a lateral bearing towards Bridgewater before heading Northwards again and Cheddar Gorge! From here we skirt around historic Bristol, over the magnificent River Severn, cross the border into Wales and wind are way up through the glorious Wye Valley to our destination Symonds Yat.
Day 5: Symonds Yat to Whitchurch - 85 miles
Leaving behind the beautiful Forest of Dean we head for the glorious rolling hills of the border counties and famous Tudor towns of Shropshire and a visit to the world famous Iron Bridge.
Day 6: Whitchurch to Garstang - 90 miles
Setting out from Whitchurch we now head for the historic cities of Chester and Liverpool. Prepare yourself for an avalanche of multiscape scenery from the tranquil beauty of the Cheshire countryside to modern development of mersyside docklands. Catching the ferry across the Mersey will have you all in fine voice to your days destination Garstang.
Day 7: Garstang to Carlisle - 78 miles
Prepare yourselves as the ride begins to become higher and wilder. Heading up one of the highest roads in the UK over Shap Fell we have the Lake District to our left and the Yorkshire Dales to our right. If that wasn't good enough, we then head up the old roman road through Inglewood Forest and finally crossing the border into Scotland into the high country!
Day 8: Carlisle to Edinburgh - 65 miles
Don't let the fact this is the shortest stage lead you to believe this is the easiest. The second of the tough climbing stages on this tour through the breath taking forests and hills of the Scottish borders.
Day 9: Edinburgh to Aberfeldy - 79 miles
An early morning cruise through Scotlands capital, Edinburgh, and the sea breeze from the Firth of Forth will have us in the mood to head back out to the country. Once over the famous Forth Bridge we're back on the high road and it's 400 miles of big country.
Day 10: Aberfeldy to Aviemore - 68 miles
Another short leg, however, we're now entering the highlands proper. It's everything you imagine and more. Through the Glen Garry pass we join the river Spey and head for our days destination at the stunning location, Aviemore.
Day 11: Aviemore to Lairg - 90 miles
We wind our way out of the Cairngorms and dive into Scotlands highland capital, Inverness. Our path takes us around the Cromarty Firth before diving Northwards into the Ross-Shire hills and our destination town Lairg.
Day 12: Lairg to John'O'Groats - 96 miles
The final stage and a chance to catch our breath and weave our way Northwards through the wild North uplands of Scotland to the north Atlantic coast. As we ride along the roof of the British Isles to our final destination and the end of the road, the dream of achieving a truly epic ride is now becoming a reality. Congratulations… you made it. Transfer to Wick and your first night in clean sheets for over a week… bliss.
Day 13: Depart from Wick
Depart with fond farewells and magnificant memories… this is truly a classic UK adventure you will remember for the rest of your life.
2 x Nights B+B
10 x Nights tented accomodation using selected campsites on route.
Good quality "two-man" tents will be provided with one "communal" tent. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag.
What is a Level 4.0 Cycling Challenge Like?
You are now moving into the realms of serious cycling challenges. Cycling days will be up to 10 hours, or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. You should have very good cycling fitness, with good leg strength, and you should be used to putting in regular training rides most weekends - with some good long rides. Most folks will consider these rides very long, and very challenging. Expect a mixture of length and terrain (think hilly!).
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.0 ‘Bike Ride’?
To participate in these events you need to be in good cycling fitness. You probably are capable of riding at high speeds for 2 to 2.5 hours, around 23 - 25 km/hr. And you should be used to riding long distances and over hilly terrain. If you do not cycle regularly you must be of very high fitness level - and should think about converting as soon as possible and getting on to a bike - you will need to develop your specific strength and cycling technique. Do not come on these challenges without having spent plenty of time in the saddle. Training rides should be up to 60 or 70 miles, and you should have done a few like this. You should be getting out on your bike most weekends in the run up to your event.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Included In Trip
Qualified Cycling Leader.
Support Vehicle and Driver.
Accomodation (12 nights - 2 x B+B, 10 x Camping).
Excluded From Trip
Lunches and Evening Meals.
Transport to Penzance.
Transport from Wick.
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike / Mountain Bike (with Touring Tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf
Small Rucksack (or small pannier)
Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Lamps (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Under Saddle Pouch (recommended - can be used to carry asterik* items)
Duck Tape (small folded piece off the reel)*
Puncture Repair Kit*
2 x Inner Tubes*
Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc
Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Medium Weight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat
Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts
Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (Dryflo type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable)
Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
1 Set Casual Evening Wear
1 Pair Cotton Trousers
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Camera, Memory Card
Wallet, Credit Card, Cash
Sunglasses, Mobile Phone
Penknife, Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip
A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure..
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.
Being in the UK we should be prepared for anything. Whilst not wishing everyone to bring heaps of equipment we should be prepared for both poor weather and scorching hot weather.
Bring both equipment to protect from hot sun, and also to protect in case it rains. It is unlikely to be cold.
Notes on Cycling Events
This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss!
Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions
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Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions
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