Proposed Route

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We will follow unclassified roads, B roads or cycle paths where possible because we are doing this for fun, not trying to break any records and trying to stay safe. You can see that we have tried to avoid some of the biggest hills but the route overall still involves cycle climbs higher than Mount Everest!

The total end to end distance is about 1000 miles. We expect to complete between 50-80 miles per day at an average speed of about 10-14 mph. The record time for this epic bike ride is apparently 1 day 20 hours and 4 minutes! We expect it will take us between 14 and 21 days.

We are carrying all our own stuff and are not supported. We will stay in pubs, B&Bs, YHA or wherever. We are not booking accommodation in advance to give ourselves maximum flexibility in the distances we travel each day.

Our proposed route heads up the north coast of Cornwall, through Devon, south of Exmoor and then up towards Bristol. We will cross the Severn Bridge and follow the Wye valley along the border between Wales and Shropshire up to Shrewsbury.Our route then heads north, east of Chester, across the Mersey at Runcorn and onto the Lancashire plain. It continues north between the Lake District and the Pennines up to Carlisle.

Next comes the Scottish Southern uplands and then on to Gourock, west of Glasgow, where we will take the ferry across to Dunoon. It then progresses onwards through the Grampians towards Fort William and then turns northeast towards Inverness alongside the Caledonian canal.The final stretch takes us up the north east Scottish coast then inland at Helsmdale and north up to the coast. The last leg turns east past Thurso and then on to John O'Groats.

None of the many write ups on this epic journey explains how to get to the start or indeed how to get back again with cycles which can be tricky! We intend to get to the start with a one way hire car from Watford to Penzance. At John O'Groats we will get a ferry to the Orkneys and then a further ferry back to Aberdeen where we will again use a one way car hire to get back home.

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