Lands End to John O'Groats map online
With 29,500 routes and growing, BikeRadar is fast becoming a bible for cyclists searching for new adventures. But some contributors go into more detail than others.
UK cyclist Simon Berry has mapped the traditional Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge using GPS technology and posted it online. This week the 51-year-old will be riding the 1,260 mile route from End to End, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of cycling charity Sustrans.
Mr Berry has laid out his map here where you can download GPS route and waypoint files for free. You can also find the next phone box, the next Post Office and other local points of interest along the way.
He has signed up another three cyclists to join him on his journey, departing from Land’s End, including his son Luke and two other people, who contacted him through his website. The group have given themselves just 12 days to complete the challenge.
Mr Berry cycled the well worn traditional End to End route in 2006 and blogged the whole experience from the saddle. His blog was described by Ian Clare of the The Ultimate Links List of Land’s End to John o’ Groats Cycle Trips as “possibly the most detailed account ever.”
This time Mr Berry will be using his mobile phone to send pictures and updates to a new blog site about his new route, which exclusively follows the National Cycle Network. The NCN is a collection of cycle paths and low traffic routes across the UK. It was started by Sustrans, which built the first official link, the Bristol to Bath Railway Path. It has now spread across the country with more routes added all the time.
“I did the ride last year but just doing the conventional route as quickly as possible,” Mr Berry told BikeRadar. “I used GPS and recorded it. And then I met John Grimshaw, the founder of Sustrans. The experience of the GPS, and the experience of the National Cycle Network, which is so dreadfully signposted in places, made me think I could use the GPS to record an NCN route. If you’re doing a long trip you’re going to add a couple of pounds in the weight of the maps.
“The other thing was that it is Sustrans 30th anniversary this year, so I thought it could be all these things, so I would do it one last time. Even though I said I wouldn’t do it again after last year!”
Mr Berry and the team expect to average 10 miles an hour on their journey, giving them 10 hours a day in the saddle. “As I’m going along I will be recording the track log so the actual route that we take. The actual GPS will be available, so I will gladly upload it to BikeRadar when it’s done,” he added. “The main aim of the ride is to raise awareness of the joy of cycling, the fact of the National Cycle Network and all that can be seen along the way.”
Mr Berry is CEO of RuralNet UK, which helps local communities make a difference to their own lives. He will be raising money for the RuralNet Participation Fund which pays for community groups and activists to attend the RuralNet UK conference and receive consultancy and advice for free on how to become more autonomous and support their community. So far, he has collected some £1,000 in sponsorship for the challenge.
You can follow Simon Berry and his chums on his blog, or buy them a beer along the way.
To find out more and to contact them visit the route website or go to the RuralNet page for the challenge, which shows the detail for every section and where the group will be each day.