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This Bike End to End, Lands End to John o' Groats holiday vacation can be booked by individuals but is very suitable for family groups or friends wanting to share a new experience together.
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The bike ride experience of a lifetime. Bicycle from the far west of Cornwall, through Wales back into England and then over the Border into Scotland to finish in the far North-east corner. September 4th - 25th 2010. A 21 night supported bike tour from End to End across the United Kingdom. Bed and Breakfast plus 50% lunches provided. 19 days biking and 1 rest day. Vehicle support and guide. Luggage transfer. Collection from Newquay Airport or Penzance to the starting point. Transfers from John O'Groats to Inverness rail station or airport on the final morning.
From toe to tip, the entire length of Britain, and the ultimate great British bike challenge - that’s the only way to describe the Land’s End to John O’Groats ride. Starting in Land’s End, to take advantage of the prevailing wind, we skedaddle off on a 1,000 mile plus adventure. We commence our journey by biking along the north Cornish coast, passing the wilds of Dartmoor, crossing the River Severn into Hereford. As we progress further north we pass through the Yorkshire Dales, over the border into the dramatic scenery of Scotland, along the shore of the Moray Firth, past Inverness to arrive at John O’Groats. Lasting three weeks including a rest day, you will be supported all of the way by our Skedaddle guides. This trip is an epic tour of mainland UK, tough but manageable and something you will not forget it for a long, long time!
WHAT THE PRICE INCLUDES: Bed and Breakfast accommodation (twin or double share basis). Full tour service including support vehicle staffed by person(s) qualified in First Aid and bike maintenance. Breakfast, 50% of the lunches and all enroute refreshments including non-alcoholic drinks. Luggage transfers between accommodation. Transfers from Newquay airport to Penzance and from Penzance to starting point. Transfers from finishing point to Inverness train station or airport, as appropriate. Route maps and route notes.
WHAT THE PRICE EXCLUDES: Bike & helmet hire (if required, £200). Personal clothing and equipment. Insurance (if required, £18). Evening meals. 50% of the lunches. Single room option (if required, £475) - Due to the remote locations involved, there may be some nights were sharing a twin room may be required.
This bike tour is operated by Saddle Skeddadle from Newcastle upon Tyne in England.
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DAILY and OVERNIGHT SCHEDULE of the 21 Nights Bike End to End, Lands End to John o' Groats tour:
These are the usual booked overnight stays and rides, we occasionally may have to make a late change, if so, you will be advised ahead of time or at your first guesthouse. The guided tours may be adjusted at the leaders discretion, due to weather and groups ability.
START: Land's End in the south-west corner of Cornwall, England.
FINISH: John o' Groats, in the north-east corner of Scotland.
Saturday September 4th 2010: At Land's End. The meeting point for the tour is either Penzance Train Station or Newquay Airport from where you will be transferred to your first night's accommodation in St-Just-in-Penwith. Once booked into your accommodation we meet you to assemble bikes and for those hiring bikes this is the time to 'size you up'! Later that evening we will meet to discuss the cycling ahead, and hand out route maps for the days ahead. Overnight St Just-in-Penwith near Land's End, England.
Sunday September 5th 2010: Land’s End to Truro - Distance approx. 51 miles. An early start this morning to allow enough time for us to load the bikes onto the vehicle and transfer to Lands End where our epic adventure begins. This is a short but challenging ride initially along the coast from Land’s End to Penzance before heading inland to test your navigational skills through the Cornish country lanes. Finishing in the smallest city in England, Truro, where we will be staying tonight. Overnight Truro, England.
Monday September 6th 2010: Truro to Launceston - Distance approx. 63 miles. Heading out of Truro, we make our way to Wadebridge. We skirt Bodmin Moor via Camelford to reach the small town of Launceston and its fine Fish and Chip shop and their award winning female fish fryer no less! Overnight Launceston, England.
Tuesday September 7th 2010: Launceston to Tiverton - Distance approx. 52 miles. Today is spent cycling through lovely countryside and small villages. On the way we’ll have the ‘obligatory’ stop at Okehampton for tea and coffee, before heading off into the rolling countryside and our destination for the evening, the town of Tiverton, wonderfully positioned on the River Exe. Overnight Tiverton, England.
Wednesday September 8th 2010: Wednesday - Tiverton to Glastonbury - Distance approx. 53 miles. Our last day of traversing cross country before we start chomping our way north. Travelling through the vale of Taunton and Deane we pass over the flat lands to the mythical and historical town of Glastonbury. Here you will have the night to yourselves to eat and explore, this wonderful town. Overnight Glastonbury, England.
Thursday September 9th 2010: Glastonbury to Tintern Abbey - Distance approx. 58 miles. Today we head north via the outstanding Cheddar Gorge to the city of Bristol. Here we can take a number of routes through or round Bristol to the wonderful Tintern Abbey, where you will stay for the evening. Overnight Tintern, Wales.
Friday September 10th 2010: Tintern Abbey to Fernhill Heath - Distance approx. 65 miles. From Tintern Abbey we pass through the picturesque and unspoilt Forest of Dean. After a few stiff climbs we skirt the River Severn, then travel east of the Malvern Hills and via Worcester to our night stop in Fernhill Heath. Overnight Fernhill Heath, England.
Saturday September 1th 2010: Fernhill Heath to Ironbridge - Distance approx. 40 miles. Today is a relatively short ride following the River Severn north passing through the old towns of Bewedly (stop for a rest and a coffee down by the river) and Bridgenorth - time for further sustenance. Finally, via a steep descent into the heritage town of Ironbridge and our hotel overlooking the river. Time to rest and enjoy! Overnight Ironbridge, England.
Sunday September 12th 2010: Ironbridge to Northwich - Distance approx. 60 mile. We start by climbing out of Ironbridge, passing the Wrekin and along the line of the Shropshire Union canal to Nantwich to our overnight at Hartford in Northwich. Overnight Northwich, England.
Monday September 13th 2010: Northwich to Garstang - Distance approx. 64 miles. Today is a dramatic change in scenery as we pass through some of the more urban and industrial areas of England. This is in great contrast to what lies before us on this epic bike ride. A prudent time to check you have your waterproofs. Tonight’s accommodation is in the UK’s first Fair Trade town – Garstang. A place also famous for producing the world’s biggest Lancashire Hotpot in 2007! Overnight Garstang, England.
Tuesday September 14th 2010: Garstang to Sedbergh - Distance approx. 43 miles. We break free of the urban areas and head for the stunning open moorland and fells around Slaidburn (approximately halfway stage of your entire trip now!) and Ingleton. Eventually climbing out of Deepdale and riding into the cobble village streets of Dent. We finish you off with a brisk ride into to Sedburgh and there our warm home for the night. Overnight Sedbergh, England.
Wednesday September 15th 2010: Sedbergh to Longtown - Distance approx. 63 miles. A stunning ride through unspoilt towns and villages of the fells. Alongside rushing rivers, sheepdog trials and rolling hills we head for Brampton and Talkin, and our quiet overnight stay. Overnight Longtown, England.
Thursday September 16th 2010: Longtown to Glentress - Distance approx. 62 miles. One of the most rewarding day's cycling on the trip, over hills through valleys and forests giving stunning ascents and the bliss of some awesome downhills, before we arrive at our resting place for the night and the following day. Overnight Glentress, Scotland.
Friday September 17th 2010: Glentress near Peebles. Rest Day from touring. A time to relax and take in the views. The more adventurous may visit the Glentress Mountain Bike Centre or go for a hill walk. This is also a good time to visit Peebles and get up close and personal with your own hygiene requirements, laundry etc. and use the fantastic barbers situated in the local bike shop. Time and weather allowing there is no rest for the wicked, so your guides will set about dealing with any bike problems you may have. Later on this evening, we’ll meet back up and during our meal, and discuss our assault on Edinburgh. Overnight Glentress, Scotland.
Saturday September 18th 2010: Glentress to Kinross - Distance approx. 56 miles. Today we travel through the borders passing the Roslin Church (DaVinci Code fame) and on into Edinburgh. Cycling through the city stopping for coffee before meeting up with the support vehicle at Queensferry, with spectacular views of the Forth road and rail bridges. Refreshed we head off on a challenging little jaunt to Kinross. Overnight Kinross, Scotland.
Sunday September 19th 2010: Kinross to Spittal of Glenshee - Distance approx. 53 miles. Travelling through rolling countryside we bike through Perth passing the historic Scone Palace and on to Blairgowrie. We are now in strawberry country – though not a traffic jam in sight! Climbing out of Blairgowrie we head for the Bridge Of Cally (superb scones and hot chocolate), then on through the Forest of Alyth to the Spittal Of Glen Shee and the warming log fires of our accommodation. Overnight Glenshee, Scotland.
Monday September 20th 2010: Spittal of Glenshee to Tomintoul - Distance approx. 47 miles. A short riding distance, but a memorable ride that you will be proud to have accomplished. With time to stop in Braemar and catch glimpses of Balmoral Castle, today you will have ticked all the boxes. For those looking for an end of day ‘snifter’ then our accommodation boasts an array of whiskies, that it would take a lifetime to taste. Overnight Tomintoul, Scotland.
Tuesday September 21st 2010: Tomintoul to Inverness - Distance approx. 49 miles. We are now in whisky country, crossing Spey Bridge into Granton on Spey. Next we stop at the beautiful little picnic spot at Dulcie Bridge and on to Inverness. Time allowing you may wish to visit Cawdor Castle (Macbeth) and the battle fields at Culloden. Tonight you are free to look round Inverness and take in the sights and flavours. Overnight Inverness, Scotland.
Wednesday September 22nd 2010: Inverness to Crask Inn - Distance approx. 80 miles. A long riding day, taking in some spectacular scenery, that will bring all your senses to life. With stunning views over the Cromarty Firth we head for Tain and the home of The Glenmorangie. We’ll then bike along the banks of the Durnoch Firth to Bonar Bridge and the Kyle of Sutherland. From here we pass the Salmon leap at Shin Falls riding through forest and moor lands to our final destination of Crask Inn. Today you may well be glad of you moisturising creams and midge repellent. Overnight Lairg, Scotland.
Thursday September 23rd 2010: Crask to Bettyhill - Distance approx. 33 miles. A short ride through yet more fantastic mountain scenery along one of two possible routes. This short ride will give you time to reflect on the unbelievable achievement this ride is. If you arrive at the hotel early, there will be time to take in the clean cream coloured sands of Torisdale Bay. Overnight Bettyhill, Scotland.
Friday September 24th 2010: Bettyhill to John O’Groats - Distance approx. 50 miles. The final push along the ancient barren coastline passing through Thurso and then John O’Groats. For those with time a trip to Dunnet Head will gain more brownie points. At John O’Groats we stop for a picture and celebrations, before heading to our accommodation and getting bikes ready for the next days transfer. Then into the restaurant for a well deserved meal and several pats on the back. Congratulations….you’ve Skedaddled from Land’s End to John O’Groats! Overnight John o' Groats, Scotland.
Saturday September 25th 2010: The tour finishes after breakfast with transfer to Inverness airport or rail station.
USEFUL TRAVEL INFORMATION to join the Tour Bike End to End, Lands End to John o' Groats:
TRAVEL BY TRAIN FROM EUROPE: There is a fast frequent Eurostar rail service to the new Eurostar Terminal at London St Pancras (next to Kings Cross and Euston) from Paris, Bruxelles and Lille. These stations are linked with the rest of mainland europe (France, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Italy). Check Eurostar and TGV across Europe Tickets times and fares by the fast convenient Eurostar. Book your ticket in advance, turn up at the rail station and go! In the time you are waiting at an airport you can be at your destination with much less stress - travel by train. You could even bring your car with you.
AIR TRAVEL from LONDON to NEWQUAY (NOT included in tour price): Newquay is the nearest airport. Direct flights are offered by Air SouthWest. You will be collected from the airport and transferred to the accommodation.
RAIL TRAVEL from LONDON to ST-JUST-IN-PENWITH (NOT included in tour price): The nearest railway station is Penzance served by frequent trains from London (Paddington). You will be collected from the station and transferred to the accommodation.
RAIL TRAVEL from INVERNESS to EDINBURGH and LONDON (NOT included in tour price): We will transfer you to Inverness on the final morning. The nearest rail station is Inverness. There is a train every hour from Inverness to Edinburgh and onwards to London. Presently the 10:40am arrives Edinburgh at 14:03pm (direct). There is also an airport at Inverness with flights to Glasgow and Edinburgh.
ARRIVING and DEPARTING by EUROLINES or NATIONAL EXPRESS COACH: This is by far the cheapest option for long-distance travel in England, Scotland, and Wales. There are very convenient buses from each major airport. National Express carries over 16 million passengers to 1000 different places in the UK every year, and thousands more from destinations across Europe and Ireland. You can purchase an e-Ticket where you print your travel ticket online in a matter of minutes OR you can obtain an m-Ticket and have your travel ticket sent to your mobile phone - no paper ticket required. You then present this to the driver on arrival.
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GRADE and CLOTHING INFORMATION:
This Bike End to End, Lands End to John o' Groats is Grade 3 and 4. You can check the tour grade is suitable for you by viewing our Tour Grade page.
GRADE 3 - 4 (biking): Our Biking Holidays have been graded by using four basic categories. We calculate our grading based on distances covered, combined with route conditions (routes may include biking on road or unmade tracks), climate and on the amount of altitude gained. They are intended as a guideline, to check your suitability for a specific tour, please feel free to contact us. This trip is graded at between 3 and 4 where Grade 3 is Moderate - For those who bike regularly. Includes some steep climbs. Distances of between 25-50 miles/40-80 kms per day. It also includes some days at Grade 4 - Challenging - For regular bicyclists who are looking for longer distances of between 40 and 70 miles/ 65-120kms per day.
INSURANCE (MEDICAL and TRAVEL):
We think it is essential for clients to take out their own personal accident and travel insurance before they arrive. This can be booked on-line using the links from our pages or contact your own local insurance broker.
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