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John O Groats to Lands End in 14 Days
John O 'Groats
Grace, a friend from Devon, asked me to join her on the End to End this year. Having lived at Lands End all my life, I have always wanted to see John O Groats and this was a wonderful opportunity not only to see it, but to cycle back home!
John O Groat’s reminded me of Lands End many years ago, a hotel with a shop and the signpost! However it does have a harbour and ferries run from here across to the Orkneys. What surprised me most everything was closed because it was Sunday, I could not buy a postcard!
Highlands of Scotland
Our route went across the top of Scotland to Bettyhill, then down the middle to Alness and eventually ending up in Edinburgh. From Edinburgh onto Carlisle, down the West Coast of England skirting the big cities onto Hereford and Chepstow.We then went around Bristol, over the Mendips and down through Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. Most of the roads we used were either quiet A roads or B roads, unclassified roads and as much as possible were taken on the Sustan Cycle routes.
Cycling was wonderful all the way down, we cycled through forests, valleys, mountains, climbed over hills (we never seemed to go around them!), cycled along streams, rivers, locks.
Anderton Boat Lift
We saw the corn being harvested, potatoes being lifted, cows being milked, sheep being moved and barges quietly going down stream by the Anderton Boat Lift.
Severn Bridge
Crossed 5 bridges,:- Bonnar Bridge, Forth Bridge, Chepstow Old Bridge, Severn Bridge and Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Grace in Scotland
Cycled on main roads, back lanes, cycle tracks and gravel tracks! We cycled 989 miles in 14 days, averaged 10.2 m.p.h. with a top speed 32.2 m.p.h. The longest day was 90 miles and the shortest day 52 miles.
Lands End !

There were 15 in our group, plus Colin our Leader and Jimmy driving our backup vehicle.


Grace and Wendy
Cycling into Lands End was wonderful, the weather was perfect and we could not believe that we had all arrived safely and felt so fit at the end of the ride. I would recommend this to anyone.
The tour was organized by Colin Langdon, for the Cycle Touring Club, for further details log onto his site.

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