It's one of the classic cycling routes you hear of people doing for charity - well, you get more for your money that someone lying in a bath of custard - from (approximately) the southernmost to the northernmost points of the British mainland.
It was a total of 964 miles and I took 14 days to do it - I was being a cautious with distances as I'd never done anything like it before (save for cycling down to London on the canal towpath - I wouldn't recommend it, too bumpy!). The record for the route is under 2 days (how, with rockets attached?!).
In some ways the most fun part (and I've found this with other tours) was the planning - poring over maps and guidebooks to work out the route, choose stopping points and finding B&Bs.
I didn't initially plan to do the ride for charity, but my wife Clare persuaded me to use the opportunity to raise some money, £1,500, split between Multiple Sclerosis and Motor Neurone Disease.
Here's a rough map of the route:
|I've just noticed how odd this map is, it includes tiny towns in Northern Ireland, plus places such as |
West Bromwich and North Allerton, but there's no room for Birmingham or Leeds...
Day 1 - Land's End to Padstow
Day 2 - Padstow to Crediton
Day 3 - Crediton to Wells
Day 4 - Wells to Monmouth
Day 5 - Monmouth to Ludlow
Day 6 - Ludlow to Chester
Day 7 - Chester to Lancaster
'Day Off' around Windermere
Day 8 - Lancaster to Carlisle
Day 9 - Carlisle to Sanquhar
Day 10 - Sanquhar to Arran
Day 11 - Arran to Oban
Day 12 - Oban to Fort Augustus
Day 13 - Fort Augustus to Golspie
Day 14 - Golspie to John O'Groats