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End to End Cycle Route: Land's End to John O' Groats (Cycling) (Cicerone Guides) Paperback – 15 Mar 2012

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852846704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852846701
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.3 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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Several thousand people cycle this route every year

About the Author

Nick Mitchell is a passionate long-distance cyclist and a veteran of numerous End to Ends with comprehensive knowledge of the route. When not in the office writing up cycling routes, he can be found out on the road guiding long-distance tours.


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I've just completed LEJOG and did it solo / unsupported, using this book (and the GPX files from the Cicerone website) as my sole reference guide.

Ultimately I don't think there is a better guide to use as a reference for LEJOG, and I would certainly recommend this book to anyone considering cyling "End to End", however I did have a few issues with it along the way.

I think the biggest issue, and I am surprised no other reviewer has commented on this, is the terrible format of the book with regard to how the routes are detailed. I have another Cicerone cycle route book (C2C) which is formatted in a similar way, so I suppose it may be the house style rather than the author's fault, however if I was writing this book, I would insist the route directions are given in a clear, numbered order, not written as if you're reading a novel. If you are following this book and are not using GPX files, then to avoid missing turnings along the way you really have to write out the directions properly in a numbered order, as indeed I noticed other End to Enders had done who were following the book without the GPX files.

It also doesn't help that the historical and direction notes are often written together, sometimes in the same sentence. Given the way the directions are written I suppose this is largely unavoidable but it is unhelpful. I do appreciate that some historical descriptions are self-contained in their own boxes, but that is only when a longer description is given.

I also found some of the historical notes a little arbitrary, although I suppose what the author decides is of interest will always be somewhat subjective.
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I really enjoyed Nick Mitchell's End to End Cycle guide. We based our End to End trip off of it and followed the routes pretty much in their entirety. Overall, it was a lovely, well explained route which avoided the most busy roads while taking us through the best parts of Great Britain.

A few things to be aware of are:

- The city navigation is often a bit confusing. We found ourselves having to consult the book multiple times through the cities or even using the SatNav in our mobile phones.
- Some of the trail riding can be a little much for road bikes particularly in adverse weather. We found ourselves with multiple punctures and on some quite slippy, debris covered farming paths a few times.
- We used the routes provided by the guide, but compressed them down from 14 days to 9.5 days. It was definitely possible to do so, but we thought that in the end it would have been more enjoyable to have taken more time to enjoy the ride.

Again, a great guide for the End to End cycle trip. Well written book and amazing trip.
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Nick's guide is inspiring: as someone who's never previously considered doing this route, reading the guide made it sound all too tempting and I found myself wondering when and how I could possibly fit it in! Quite a conversion. Dipping into the bits of the route that pass through places I've cycled in a lot, I can see how thoroughly researched it is. This gives me lots of confidence that I'd be able to rely on it in areas I don't know - not something you can always take for granted with cycling guides as I have learnt all too well over the years!

Knowing how thoroughly Nick has researched and ridden the route I'd have every confidence in it anyway. A great guide that I'd really recommend to anyone planning to do the route (or even people not planning to ... but easily tempted!
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I have just returned from LEJOG and used both Nicks guide book and GPX downloaded turn-by-turn directions from Cicerone onto my bicycle Sat Nav.

Congratulations to Nick on the well researched route that thankfully avoided many very busy roads. From studying the guide book there were occasions when it would not always be possible to travel on quiet roads . For that reason I planned my day of departure from Lands End to be on a Wednesday. This resulted in me travelling through Bristol on a Saturday ( avoiding the school run and workers commutes) and in Scotland I was able to cycle along the A82 to Inverness, along side Loch Ness on a Sunday. I thus cycled without the dangers of sharing a narrow road with logging lorries and other commercial vehicles.

I did make the mistake of not following Nicks advice about booking a room in the Runcorn holiday Inn ( which is so conveniently located alongside the route) having found somewhere less expensive to stay in in Runcorn which (a) was awful and (b) miles away from the route. So my advice is - follow Nicks guidance ! The best place I stayed at was a B&B in Scotland at Altnaharra which is mentioned in Nicks book that is owned by a delightful couple who provided a 3 course evening meal that was both welcomed and wonderful. When I reached John O' Groats for the traditional signpost photo I then cycled back to the Castle of Mey for a value for money celebration pot of tea and Queen mothers chocolate cake, before cycling downhill to the quiet and clean railway station at Thurso 20 miles away for my train home.

The GPX downloads worked very well and the story of my ride can be found at harlechjoe.wordpress.com.
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