I'm starting LEJOG on Tuesday. Got a 9 day plan, all accommodation (hotels and B&Bs) booked so we can't change our routes that much, but if anyone has any comments on the following I would appreciate it:
LE to Okehampton: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26943611
Okehampton to Bristol: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27475771
Bristol to Ludlow: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27476876
Ludlow to Haydock St Helens: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27480575
Haydock St Helens to Penrith: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27664580
Penrith to Largs: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26948303
Largs to Fort William: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26943221
Fort William to Inveran: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27147126
Inveran to JOG: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27147339
We're doing it with very minimal luggage (large saddlebags), unsupported, on road bikes.
Enjoy the descent after Fort Augustus :)
Is there any reason you're going via Beauly after Inverness? You can get to Dingwall crossing the Beauly Firth at Inverness, then on to Dingwall via Tore, to knock a good few miles off. There's a small stretch of cycling on a segregated cycle path alongside the A9 but otherwise some pleasant country lanes:
Will take a closer look at your other routes over lunch.
And good luck!
Got a week or so off at the start of July and thought about doing this ride but just borked at the train fare. £180 seems to be the going rate to JOG. Do people just book a lot further in advance?
No reason really I don't think - I was thinking about that! I will probably amend that route, thanks :)
Just to add that there is a really lovely road right along the north side of the Firth between North Kessock and Muir of Ord - a bit further but bit more scenic than the A9 bike paths
Most of the major diversions between your route and what we did recently involve going round hilly bits, which is fair enough. I'm glad we did Dartmoor and the Lake District, but I'd probably choose something a bit more direct for a 9-day trip.
One minor point of suggestion is a Plan B option approaching Fort Augustus; if the A82 is particularly busy, the path up the side of the canal from Bridge of Oich up to FA is flat, pretty smooth fast surface and very quiet w.r.t. other cycle/pedestrian traffic. Save something for the climb up General Wade's Military Road. Well worth the effort for the views at the top!
Day 2, your route goes up a hill (coming into the Quantock's) called Cothelstone. It's a beast. Like Toys from the South.
Looks like a good route. Enjoy, I still have incredibly fond memories from our 2014 trip.
I rode the north side of Loch Ness and really didn't find it that bad. Traffic was considerate, fast and straight road, lovely views. Hear mixed things about the roads on the south side, if you're doing a big day I wouldn't hesitate to ride on the north. The bits after Inverness up and over to Bonar Bridge were an absolute highlight of the whole trip so wouldn't want to be doing them late/rushed...
Have fun. You might see these boys. I know 2 of them, and they are making decent progress
Well I had a bloody great LEJOG. Wrote a little bit about it here:
Best bit was Scotland, obv. Really glad we decided to take the road to the south of Loch Ness. Was the best bit of the entire trip!
South side is gorgeous. I love the bits where you find yourself at water level with only a little stone wall between you and the water. And near the end when you go winding through this, what feels like, and ancient woodland with lots of lush green. Fantastic road, and super quiet too.
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