We set off on Sunday. A few people have asked me about the route. It would be wonderful to see you on the way. We don’t know exactly where we will be each day so please check this blog every day and we will give you an update and expected ETA at various places. At the moment we have 2 alternatives each day (yellow and orange)and we will decide each night exactly which route we will take. Sometimes we have a choice between a flatter but busier main road or quieter back roads which tend to be more pleasant but harder work.
Fortunately we have a van and a driver to meet us each evening, take is to our accommodation and then drop us back where we left off the following day. The support team will be Penny, Don, Philippa and Alice. We really appreciate their involvement. Otherwise it would be a lot tougher.
I have added links to plotaroute which is a great website which can show the routes, distance, elevation etc
Sunday 24th May.. Day 1 Lands End to Redruth
We are due to leave Ramsbury at around 8am so wont be setting off from Lands End much before 2pm. So we are planning around 30 miles (50km) to Redruth but with a total ascent of 727metres it wont be that easy on the yellow route. The orange route looks a bit easier at with a 678m ascent. Accommodation booked overnight in Truro
Lands end to Redruth (Yellow)
Lands End to Redruth (Orange)
Monday 25th May..Day 2 Redruth to Holsworthy or Okehampton
The yellow route is scenic and involves taking the ferry across from Padstow to Rock. Both Orange and yellow go through Newquay. Yellow route is 128km and has a massive 2072m of climbing. Orange is 110km and 1738m of climb. Yellow route goes to Okehampton via Launceston whilst Orange route stays further north and goes to Holsworthy via Camelford. Although the orange route looks less painful, the routes join up again the following day at Taunton and Okehampton to Taunton looks a better ride than from Holsworthy. Accommodation booked at Bude.
Redruth to Padstow and Rock to Okehampton (Yellow)
Redruth to Holsworthy (Orange)
Tuesday 26th May..Day 3 Holsworthy or Okehampton to Taunton
This is quite a short day so ideally we should aim to get past Taunton by the time we stop as the following day is going to be quite tough. If we start from Okehampton (orange route) via Crediton it is 89km and 1200m of climb or from Holesworthy via Chumleigh and Tiverton it is 113km and 1536m.
Okehampton to Taunton (Yellow)
Holsworthy to Taunton (Orange)
Wednesday 27th May ..Day 4 Taunton to Monmouth
This is going to be an interesting choice. The yellow route follows a B road through the Forest of Dean whilst the orange route follows the A466 along the Wye. Orange route has 1624 metres of climb but may be a busy A road, the yellow route has 2002m of climb. I am told day 4 is a tough day of a long distance ride as cumulative tiredness sets in so I know which one I am voting for!!
Taunton to Coleford (Yellow)
Taunton to Monmouth (Orange)
Thursday 28th May ..Day 5
At the moment it is likely that we will have a rest day in this beautiful part of the Welsh border country.
Friday 29th May..Day 6
Another choice between a flatter A road route (orange)following the A49 through Hereford Leominster Ludlow and Shrewsbury or back roads along the yellow route with more climb a few miles to the east of the main road. We will see how we feel.
Coleford to Wellington (Yellow)
Monmouth to Whitchurch (Orange)
Saturday 30th May ..Day 7
Not many options to avoid main roads between Warrington and Preston but again the yellow route takes the back roads where possible whilst the orange route sticks mainly to the A49. Either way this is one of the flattest days of the trip
Wellington to Orrell (Yellow)
Whitchurch to Lancaster (Orange)
Sunday 31st May..Day 8 to Carlisle
This is probably stretching expectations to get to Carlisle by the end of day 8. I suspect we will be several miles short. We have an interesting choice today either taking the yellow route through the Lake District or go east of the M6 through Kirkby Lonsdale, Sedbergh and Appleby in Westmorland. Either way its back to the hills after some flatter days since Monmouth.
Orrell to Ullswater and Carlisle (Yellow)
Lancaster to Carlisle (Orange)
Monday 1st June..Day 9 to Ardrossan
Across the border and no choice today. Heading towards the west coast via Kilmarnock to Ardrossan. We want to complete 1000 miles so have added a few miles by heading west to take in the beautiful west coast. Lets hope the weather is not too bad and we have some insect repellent. Its 184km so again we will do well to get this far. We will probably be behind schedule by then but there are some shorter days ahead so we can catch up.
Carlisle to Dumfries and Ardrossan
Tuesday 2nd June..Day 10 to Oban or Inverary
2 ferries today as we head across the Isle of Arran to Kintyre and up the Scottish west coast to Oban if we take the Orange route. Alternatively an equally stunning route and shorter a total of only 45 miles to Inverary taking the ferry across the Clyde from Gourook.
Brodick to Lochranza and Claonaig to Oban (Orange)
Ardrossan to Gourook and Hunters Quay to Inverary (Yellow)
Wednesday 3rd June ..Day 11 to Fort William
Yellow and orange routes meet up again at Fort William. Shorter days again now.
Oban to Fort William (Orange)
Inverary to Fort William (Yellow)
Thursday 4th June to Dingwall
Surprisingly considering that the day is mostly alongside Loch Ness this is a heavy day of climbing with over 2000m of ascent for the first time since day 4.
Fort William to Dingwall
Friday 5th June to Bettyhill
We reach the North Coast at the top of Scotland today. 94 miles if we get that far on one day.
Dingwall to BettyHill
Saturday 6th June to J O G
The last 50 miles. Hooray. Now lets head for home.
BettyHill to J O G