Thursday, 20 August 2009

What's the perfect LEJOG Route?

Just been adding some route maps to my 2003 Land's End to John O'Groats (LEJOG as it's rather sweetly abbreviated) blog and it occurred to me that the route, which I took many months to plan, was pretty useless!

I went through Avonmouth, surely one of the worst places to cycle in Britain, when I could have gone via Bristol, I road through Widnes and Runcorn, along dual carriageways and past chemical works, and I went a long way West in Scotland.

So I thought, with the idea of riding it again, what is THE best route to take?

When I was planning 6 years ago, I started with a guide which was full of hand-drawn illustrations and mainly following B roads. A lot of that went straight out of the window as soon as I was cycling along, knackered, and realised there was a far more direct A road. And I did everything I could to avoid hills, as well as hugging the coast as often as I could.

While there can't be one perfect route to suit everyone, there must a route that balances speed with beauty, directness without dual carriageways and coasts without too many hills.

Anyone have any suggestions?

If you want to take a look at my original route, just click on Land's End to John O'Groats in the 'label cloud' to the right