In May 2013 I set out to cycle end to end, from John O’Groats to Lands End.
I firmly believe that challenges such as this are completed in the mind. Or if you’re anything like me, the mind has to find a way of overcoming what the body can just about cope with.
I completed the cycling in 15 days, although there were at least 3 half days within that so you could easily complete it in a fortnight off work. I used a couple of bank holidays to my advantage and completed the 15 days cycling over the course of 3 weeks, enabling me to enjoy some long weekends away en-route.
There is no official end to end route, and I took a slightly more circuitous approach heading out and over the Isle of Arran and then back through the forest of Galloway, rather than the more direct route via Glasgow. The cycle route from Fort William to Oban was one of the best bits of the trip, but the two days which followed were undoubtedly the toughest.
In contrast the section from Windermere to Bath was comparatively easy (i.e. flat), before it got considerably tougher again in Devon and Cornwall.
What follows are the original blog posts from the trip.