You’d be forgiven for thinking that the iconic Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) cycling route is only a road route. Cycling UK wants to change that by helping to create a truly traffic-free off-road adventure route. Senior Campaigns and Communications officer, Sam Jones, explains what this means..
Similar to most people when I think of LEJOG, (and JOGLE or LEJOGLE), the picture of someone looking either smiling and excited or elated and exhausted beneath the iconic finger posts springs to mind. Invariably, they’re accompanied by a hybrid, road or touring bike – or occasionally a Brompton.
Rarely is this photo with a mountain bike. I’ve probably seen more pictures of people on tandems or even Penny Farthings than on mountain bikes – and that’s despite mountain bikes being the type of cycle most likely to be sold in the UK – 30% of cycles sold are MTBs.
That’s something Cycling UK would like to change through the creation of an official off-road LEJOG trail.
If you want to tackle LEJOG on road, there are plenty of resources to help you such as Cycling UK’s own advice, routes and helpful forum. You’ll find GPX routes and books to cater for all riders – whether you want to take the quietest route or the fastest.
Thinking about doing it off-road though, and it is much more difficult.
Of course there are some intrepid explorers like Cycling UK members James Spencer and David Broddle who have pieced together a semblance of a route using a combination of OS maps, internet trawling and optimism. However, most of these accounts feature obstacles like stiles and footpaths which will break up your ride, or could force you into a volte-face.