Land’s End to John O’Groats

May 2011

Over the Easter holiday’s Brain Chase Coles’ Trainee Solicitor, Daniel Woolnough successfully cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats (this direction being termed LEJOG). The 876 mile ride was completed on 1 May 2011 and took 10 days. The trip was completed on a hastily borrowed bike and was graced with brilliant weather with it only raining 3 times. Daniel stayed at a combination of campsites and youth hostels, which meant that he had to carry camping equipment in panniers attached to his bike.

Daniel says that “it was a trip of a lifetime, brilliant to have taken in so much countryside and one of the best things about having done it, is that I will not have to do it again”.

Land’s End is the most South-westerly point in Great Britain and John O’Groats is the most North-easterly point in Great Britain. The first few days of the route are the most difficult with the small, steep and frequent hills of Cornwall, Devon and surrounding counties. Somewhat surprisingly the Lake District and then Scotland, whilst having larger hills, offer gentler climbs and swift long descents with astonishing views of the surroundings landscape. Over the course of the 10 days over 7000m in altitude was gained (and of course lost).

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