While there is no single route for cycling Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) – or John O’Groats to Land’s End (JOGLE) for that matter – there are Land’s End to John O’Groats Cycle Guide Books. These offer a variety of routes, from country lanes to fast A-roads.
There are no signposts along the way, so a guide book is very useful. I have offered advice on the four guides below, as each will suit a different type of end-to-end cycle ride.
Another option is to use the Sustrans pocket-sized series of maps; 15 of them will take you from one end of Britain to the other.
The best website I have seen recently on cycling Land’s End to John O’Groats is https://www.cyclelejog.com/. It has information on route-planning and navigation, equipment, getting to and from the start/finish, fitness and safety. For more detailed information, I would then suggest a guide book:
The Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle guide books and maps
- Cicerone’s ‘Cycling Land’s End to John O’Groats Cicerone guide book’: 14-day End to End cycle route from Land’s End to John o’ Groats (LEJOG). With detailed maps, profiles, all key grid refs and GPX files. Advice: The route is largely on minor roads and cycle paths but uses A-roads to shorten the overall distance (just under 1,000 miles). The maps in the guide book are perfectly good.
- Phil Horsley’s ‘Land’s End to John O’Groats – Great British Cycling Adventure’: Route description and maps to a 977-mile route, with nearly 500 miles of alternative routes, with quieter routes available, rather than just main roads. Advice: While you could just possibly use this guide book without extra maps, I would advise proper maps (probably the Sustrans series) to go along with it.
- Brian Smailes’s ‘Land’s End to John O’Groats Guide’: Route description of a 910-mile route using A-roads for the fastest route with short selection of maps of difficult towns to navigate. Advice: You would need separate maps to use this, the fastest route.
- Sustrans Land’s End to John O’Groats on the National Cycle Network. NOTE: not currently available. A spiral-bound guide book with maps showing a possible route using Sustrans NCN cycle routes. Advice: This is probably the most pleasant way to cycle from one end of the country to the other. BUT you will need plenty of time to do this route because it uses Sustrans routes as much as it can, which adds to the distance as well as potentially slowing you down. Total distance: 1,188.9 (mostly very pleasant) miles.
- Sustrans Maps for Land’s End to John O’Groats: these 15 pocket-sized maps will take you on a western route through Britain.
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Or you can order all 15 Sustrans maps for LEJOG or JOGLE:
- South Devon
- South East Wales
- Herefordshire, Worcestershire and North Gloucestershire
- Shropshire, Staffordshire and the Black Country
- Merseyside and Manchester
- South Cumbria
- North Cumbria and Dumfries
- Lanarkshire and the Scottish Borders
- Glasgow and Stirling
- Oban, Kintyre and the Trossachs
- Great Glen and Loch Ness
- John O’Groats and the North Scottish Coast