United Kingdom

Land's End to John O'Groats Explorer

Guided Electric Bike Holiday

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Duration

22 days

Prices from

£4,845 P.P.

E-BIKE HOLIDAY

This holiday has been designed as an e-bike tour allowing you to experience more on two wheels whilst riding with like-minded Skedaddlers. Confident cyclists will enjoy the boost from a battery for those cheeky climbs and longer distances. With less effort required on the bike, you’ll have more energy at the end of the day for off-the-bike activities.Remember to select your e-bike hire when you book your holiday with us.  

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The ultimate cycling holiday in the UK - that really is the only way to describe our epic Land’s End to John O’Groats ride. 
With nearly 20 years of experience running our iconic LEJOG, we're excited to be introducing an e-bike only version. We believe just about every cyclist should make this journey at least once in their lifetime, and our new e-bike exclusive departures open up the route to even more riders! This is a great option for any couples or friends with differing levels of fitness to ride together on this iconic end to end journey, by adjusting the power of the bike according to personal preference.
  
Starting in Land’s End and making the most of the prevailing wind, we skedaddle off on a 1,000 mile plus adventure through 3 countries in just 19 days of riding. Leaving the Cornish coast we pass through the wilds of Dartmoor, before crossing the River Severn and into Wales. Riding further north we skim the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, over the border into the dramatic scenery of Scotland, through Edinburgh and then up past Inverness to finally arrive at John O’Groats. 
 
This is a fully guided and supported electric bike tour, with GPX files provided (GPS units available on request). We carry your bags and feed you along the way too, so all you have to do is focus on conquering the miles each day. The longer distances involved each day can be tackled more easily on our e-bikes and you’ll certainly feel the comfort of the boost up some of the cheeky climbs along the way. The group can sometimes find itself spreading out and riding at different speeds throughout the day. Although managed by the riding guide to ensure regular meet ups, giving you the GPX files to navigate the routes yourself gives a little bit more flexibility to ride at your own pace.
 
We’ve been leading Land's End to John O'Groats tours since 2006. Our experts have carefully crafted the route based on years of experience. We provide a journey that showcases the very best of Britain, from the best roads, to the most remote landscapes. Learn more about what makes our route so special in our dedicated 'story behind' blog, including insights from legendary guide Peter Eagan who has led over 20 LEJOG tours for us.
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Holiday Highlights

  • 3 countries in 19 days of riding
  • 1,000 miles of Britain at its best – Riding an e-bike the length of Britain from toe to tip and declaring yourself an ‘End to Ender’
  • Cornish pasties to haggis and everything in between
  • Experiencing the regional changes in tradition, culture and accents as you progress from county to county
  • Enjoying spectacular scenery from Cheddar Gorge to the Cairngorms

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival: Penzance / Land's End
Non Riding Day

You will be met on arrival and transferred to the coastal town of Land’s End where we will spend our first evening. For anyone wishing to arrive by car, accommodation details will be provided in advance of the departure date (please note that we will not be transferring back to Land’s End at the end of the tour).

A midday/early afternoon arrival will be necessary in order to allow enough time for the group transfer to Land’s End and for those bringing their own bikes to rebuild them. We will also use this time to make sure that anyone renting a Skedaddle bike is fitted to one of appropriate size with any necessary adjustments made.

The rest of the day is yours to relax before the evening when we will eat out as a group in the hotel restaurant, an opportunity to get to know the rest of the party and to discuss the programme with your Skedaddle guides.

Day 2
Land’s End to Truro
40 Miles / 64 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,000 Metres Approx

We’ll start our journey heading along the coast from Land’s End to Penzance, before heading inland to test our navigational skills through the Cornish country lanes.

We finish in Truro, one of the smallest cities in England, where we will be staying tonight.

Day 3
Truro to Launceston
55 Miles / 89 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 1,350 Metres Approx.

Make sure that you have a hearty breakfast today – our e-bike gears will come into their own today as the route is longer than yesterday’s and it’s a hilly one! A few miles into our second day in the saddle sees us riding along an incredibly beautiful stretch of south west England’s countryside. Onwards and upwards (and of course occasionally downwards!) through Wadebridge we will tick off our first hundred miles! From here we ride inland, towards the small town of Launceston where we spend the evening.

Day 4
Launceston to Tiverton
54 Miles / 87 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,250 Metres Approx.

Today is spent cycling through lovely countryside and small villages as we wind our way to our destination for the evening, the town of Tiverton, wonderfully positioned on the River Exe.

Day 5
Tiverton to Cheddar
63 Miles / 101 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 1,050 Metres Approx.

Our last day of traversing cross country before we start chomping our way north. Travelling through the vale of Taunton and Deane we pass over the flat lands, from where we can spot in the distance the imposing and infamous Glastonbury Tor. From here it’s on to the large village of Cheddar on the edge of the Somerset Levels.

Day 6
Cheddar to Tintern / Clearwell
48 Miles / 77 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,200 Metres Approx.

Today we head north via the outstanding Cheddar Gorge to the city of Bristol. Here we can take a number of routes through or round Bristol and across the River Severn, and up the Wye Valley passing the wonderful Tintern Abbey on the Welsh border enroute to Tintern or Clearwell, where you will stay for the evening.

Day 7
Tintern / Clearwell to Worcester
57 Miles / 92 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 1,000 Metres Approx.

From Clearwell or Tintern we pass through the picturesque and unspoilt Forest of Dean. After taking on some battery powered climbs we skirt the River Severn, then travel east of the Malvern Hills and on to Worcester, with its iconic cathedral.

Day 8
Worcester to Ironbridge
46 Miles / 74 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,050 Metres Approx.

Today is a relatively short ride following the River Severn north and passing through the old towns of Bewedly (stopping for a rest and a coffee down by the river) and Bridgenorth – time for further sustenance! We pass through the small town of Much Wenlock, the place famous for the origins of the modern Olympic Games (the London 2012 Olympic mascot was called Wenlock!) Our destination for the day is the ‘birthplace of the industrial revolution’ – Ironbridge.

Day 9
Ironbridge to Hartford
54 Miles / 87 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 800 Metres Approx.

We start by climbing out of Ironbridge, passing the Wrekin and along the line of the Shropshire Union canal. We pass through Nantwich and Winsford to our overnight accommodation in Hartford.

Day 10
Hartford to Mellor
50 Miles / 80 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 800 Metres Approx.

Today is a dramatic change in scenery as we pass through some of the more urban and industrial areas of England. This is in great contrast to what lies before us on this epic cycle ride.

Day 11
Mellor to Kirkby Lonsdale / Casterton
45 Miles / 72 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 1,200 Metres Approx.

We break free of the urban areas and head for the stunning open moorland and fells of the Trough of Bowland around Slaidburn and Ingleton (we are approximately halfway through the entire trip now!). We then descend to the beautiful town of Kirkby Lonsdale for a relaxing afternoon stop before passing over ‘Devil’s Bridge’ to get to our accommodation.

Day 12
Kirkby Lonsdale / Casterton to Talkin / Hallbankgate
60 Miles / 96 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,550 Metres Approx.

A stunning ride through unspoiled towns and villages of the fells. Alongside rushing rivers and rolling hills we head for Talkin or Hallbankgate, near Brampton, and our quiet overnight stay.

Day 13
Talkin / Hallbankgate to Cardrona
76 Miles / 122 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 1,800 Metres Approx.

One of the most rewarding day’s cycling of the trip, over hills, through valleys and forests giving stunning ascents and the bliss of some awesome downhills, before we arrive at our resting place in Cardrona for the night and the following day.

Day 14
Rest Day: Cardrona
Non Riding Day
  • Meals: Breakfast

Some time to relax and take in the views or perhaps wander around Cardrona and its surrounding countryside. The more adventurous may want to visit either the Innerleithen or Glentress mountain bike centres, or maybe you just fancy a walk alongside the River Tweed. Peebles is a bustling border town with good shopping opportunities for souvenirs. Staying 2 nights here presents a great opportunity for catching up on laundry and also allows us to spend a little time caring for our bikes and, if necessary, pay a visit to one of the well-equipped local bike shops.

Day 15
Cardrona to Kinross
58 Miles / 93 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,100 Metres Approx.

Today we travel onwards, through the country borders and onwards to Edinburgh. We cycle through the city, stopping for coffee on the way before meeting up with the support vehicle at Queensferry, with spectacular views of the Forth road and rail bridges. Refreshed we head off on a challenging little jaunt to Kinross.

Day 16
Kinross to Bridge of Cally
39 Miles / 63 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 750 Metres Approx.

Travelling through rolling countryside we cycle through Perth passing the historic Scone Palace and on to Blairgowrie. We are now in strawberry country – though not a traffic jam in sight! Climbing out of Blairgowrie with the help of our E-bikes, we head for the Bridge Of Cally, where you will be staying this evening.

Day 17
Bridge of Cally to Tomintoul
60 Miles / 96 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 1,700 Metres Approx.

A memorable ride that you will be proud to have accomplished. With time to stop in Braemar and catch glimpses of Balmoral Castle, today you will have ticked all the boxes. This is a day of classic Highland scenery, and the miles to Tomintoul will fly by with the epic views!

Day 18
Tomintoul to Inverness
52 Miles / 84 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 850 Metres Approx.

We are now in whisky country, crossing Spey Bridge into Grantown-on-Spey. Next we stop at a beautiful little picnic spot at Dulcie Bridge and onto Inverness. Time allowing you may wish to visit Cawdor Castle (Macbeth) and the battle fields at Culloden. Tonight you are free to look round Inverness and take in the sights and flavours.

Day 19
Inverness to Lairg
56 Miles / 90 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 950 Metres Approx.

Today we take in some spectacular scenery that will bring all your senses to life! With stunning views over the Cromarty Firth we’ll then cycle along the banks of the Durnoch Firth to Bonar Bridge and the Kyle of Sutherland. From here we pass the leaping salmon at Shin Falls, riding through forest to our destination, Lairg.

Day 20
Lairg to Bettyhill
45 Miles / 72 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 650 Metres Approx.

Yet more fantastic mountain scenery, open moorlands and awesome views as we head towards the north coast. This afternoon’s ride follows a wonderful salmon and trout fishing river so keep an eye out for ospreys! Finishing the day’s relatively short ride into Bettyhill gives us an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come and rest ahead of tomorrow’s ride.

Day 21
Bettyhill to John O’Groats
50 Miles / 81 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 900 Metres Approx.

The final push along the ancient barren coastline passing through Thurso and then John O’Groats. For those with time, a trip to Dunnet Head will gain more brownie points. At John O’Groats we stop for a picture and celebrations, before heading to our accommodation and getting bikes ready for the next day’s transfer. Then into the restaurant for a well deserved meal and several pats on the back. Congratulations! You’ve Skedaddled from Land’s End to John O’Groats!

Day 22
Departure: Inverness
Non Riding Day
  • Meals: Breakfast

We depart at approx 09:00 for the 3 hour transfer to Inverness. If travelling by train, please do not arrange your train home any earlier than 13:30. If travelling by plane your flight should not depart before 15:00.

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The Cycling

Terrain

We have picked quiet country roads wherever possible. There are, of course, lots of climbs and descents, and while your e-bikes should help take the sting out of these, the route is not for beginners. Given much of the route is on the road, this holiday is best suited for those with some experience riding on roads shared with various forms of vehicular traffic. There are some sections through urban areas, but the majority of the route takes us through open countryside. Some of this will be lowland, agricultural areas, and some will be over high and exposed hill country – especially in the North of England and Scotland.

This tour is for e-bikes only. We highly recommend that participants have prior e-bike experience and do some pre-trip training, including riding an e-bike, to fully enjoy the holiday. You should be confident in your ability to cover the daily distances and spend full days in the saddle for consecutive days.

For more information about riding an electric bike on our holidays please click here

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Leisure Cycling Grade

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Grade 3-4 : Moderate/Active

Moderate/Active – Aspects of both our grade 3 and 4 holidays. Suitable for the leisure cyclist who rides frequently, and who’s comfortable with some moderately challenging climbs. Some of the terrain may vary, potentially including sections of uneven or unpaved ground.

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Holidays that are graded as a 3-4, will have aspects of both our grade 3 and 4 holidays. These tours are suitable for those who keep themselves relatively fit and maybe enjoy an afternoon out on the bikes at the weekend. Your preference may be for flatter terrain, but you don’t mind tackling some hills, the occasional steep climb and some varying terrain (forest tracks, gravel paths etc.). It might be however that on some days the distances will be longer than a standard grade 3 trip, or some of the climbs may be quite challenging. You may also require some previous experience of tackling some uneven / unpaved ground to comfortably and safely ride certain sections of the route.

For more information about the grading of this holiday in particular, please check out the terrain section which will give you some specifics of what to expect on this tour.

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Dates & Prices

Secure Your Holiday With A Deposit

Book now with a £300 deposit and nothing more to pay until 60 days before departure. Choose a date to start your booking and see all prices, including bike hire and single room supplements.

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Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
19/04/2025
Return Date
10/05/2025
Duration
22 days
Price
£4,845.00
Start Date
21/06/2025
Return Date
12/07/2025
Duration
22 days
Price
£4,845.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double rooms)

B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Full support service including a Skedaddle support driver and Skedaddle riding guide

D) Unless stated, at least one leader qualified in First Aid

E) Support vehicle and luggage transfers

F) GPX files provided (GPS units available on request)

G) Access to phone app for holiday information

H) Train station transfer on scheduled arrival day from Penzance train station

I) Airport/train station transfer on scheduled departure day to Inverness airport (INV) or Inverness train station

J) Financial Protection through ABTOT

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Meals not stated in the itinerary

D) Single room (available if required)

E) Travel insurance

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route

I) Airport/train station transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days

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Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

The Essentials

Travel Options

Group train station transfers from Penzance to the first hotel are included in the holiday cost. If travelling by train we ask that you arrive into Penzance train station by 16:15 in time for the group transfer departing at 16:30. London is the closest international travel hub and is around 6 hours by train from Penzance.

At the end of the trip we will depart John O‘Groats at 09:00 so will not arrive into Inverness before 13:00. Please bear this in mind when booking train/flight tickets home. Inverness has limited international flight options but is connected to larger airports by flight or train.

Please check with us before making any travel arrangements to make sure we have reached the minimum number required to guarantee your holiday and to ensure your arrangements fit with our scheduled transfers and logistics.

Please note If you make alternative travel arrangements, which fall outside of the planned train station transfers, there may be an additional charge for individual transfers.

Accommodation

The accommodation on the tour consists of well-appointed B&Bs, inns and family-run guesthouses that are cycle friendly, with towels and linen provided.

Where possible we prioritise locally owned businesses and those offering locally sourced food, drink, and speciality products. This all promotes sustainability in-line with our responsible travel policy.

Most provide en-suite facilities, though there may be times when only shared facilities are available. We will inform you when booking if this is not available.

All our UK trips are operated on a double/twin-share basis. Single occupancy rooms can be provided for a supplement and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have e-bikes available to rent.

The e-bikes are typically Giant Dailytour E+ pedal assist bikes (or equivalent) with hydraulic disc brakes and batteries suitable for the daily distances on this holiday. E-bikes come with step through frames as standard.

If you do decide to rent and would like us to provide a helmet, please let us know at the time of booking, otherwise you should bring your own helmet with you. Please let us know if you plan on bringing your own saddle, but please note clipless pedals cannot be used on our electric bikes. Flat pedals are fitted as standard on both bikes.

Our bikes are provided with at least one bottle cage, a bike pump, and a seat-post bag containing a multi-tool, a spare inner tube, and a puncture repair kit.

This holiday has vehicle support and the riding group will meet the support vehicle at regular intervals, however a set of pannier bags are fitted for you to carry any ride essentials.

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