People Cycling Rides

Land's End to John O'Groats (Extra Scenic Route)..

This is a Approved Ride
Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Chris Ellison
Tour Dates
Start Location
End Location
Cost (est.)
$3600 (USD + $150.00 ride fee)
$800 (USD
Payment Due
Avg. Distance
65 mi / 105 km
Avg. Elevation
3100 ft / 945 m
Ride Description

Lands End to John O'Groats -  One of the world's great rides, from one end of the British Isles to the other, this September tour is designed for the more experienced, fitter, cyclo-tourist - it is not for inexperienced riders or beginners. There is no really flat route from Lands End (Cornwall) to John O'Groats (Scotland), expect many hills, some very steep, and although most of the route (probably 95%) is on minor rural back roads there are some town centres to ride through and short stretches of main road. The route is unusual in that it avoids the urban sprawls of Manchester and Glasgow and passes through the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District and Yorkshire Dales. It is about 1,100 miles in total. Our youngest and oldest successful riders, since 2009, have been 13 and almost 86 (The amazing Alex Menarry who is now in the Guiness Book of Records). We get quite a few female riders, as well as a steady trickle of riders returning to do it for a second, or very occasionally, third time.  (The current record holder is Irishman Garry Lee who has done it four times with us). We get slow, steady and fast riders who all usually enjoy themselves. In the last nine years, we've had a 96% success rate. To train, you need to build up to doing an 80 mile hilly day before the tour if you want to enjoy it. The average day is 65 miles and to repeat; it is hilly!  The route offers plenty of beau… (Join People Cycling to read more)

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People Cycling's Ride Rating

People Cycling has four categories for our rides – Easy, Moderate, Difficult, and Challenging. It should be somewhat obvious what these categories mean, but please become familiar with the elevations and distances that define them:

Easy rides are under 30mi/48km in average distance and 1600ft/500m in average elevation
Moderate rides are over the Easy rating but under 50mi/80km and 2460ft/750m
Difficult rides are as over the Moderate rating but under 75mi/120km and 3280/1000m
Anything over the Difficult rating

NOTE: This is not a strict guideline. There could be rides that have a day or two where the average elevation or distance exceeds the values given above. These anomalies should be outlined in the ride description. It is recommended that you read it carefully.

About People Cycling

People Cycling is a bicycle touring club, which you can join for free. We offer Domestic and International Cycling Tours which are led by volunteer Ride Leaders. Our tours are made up of a small group of participants (typically 15-20 or so) who want to ride an average of 30 to 55 miles a day over a one or two week period in interesting regions of the world. Our tours range in price from frugal getaways to luxurious adventures. We travel road, gravel, or mountain bike styles, and all bicycle types – including e-bikes, recumbents, and tandems are typically allowed.

Our ride leaders are volunteers and do not financially profit on tours they lead. They are also given broad discretion on how to lead their tours, and we consider them our greatest asset.

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