Land’s End to John O’Groats a.k.a. LeJoG. Traditionally it’s 874 miles, 814 by the shortest road route, 837 miles by the quickest and 603 as the crow flies.
Take that quickest route and you could be at your destination fourteen and a half hours after waving goodbye to Land’s End but what’s fun about that? You’ll have ‘enjoyed’ the A30, M5, M6, A74(M), M74, M73, M80, M9, A9 and A99; some of the most traffic-packed roads in Britain. Our route B-road will by-pass all of that and though it is going to take us much longer we’ll see far more of England’s green and pleasant land and Scotland’s peaks and glens.
It’s not possible to follow B-roads or unclassified roads all the way so we will have to divert on to A-roads now and again but we’ll use them as little as possible; major trunk routes will be avoided altogether.
We’ll use a GPS trip-meter app to measure distance travelled and navigate by tulip diagrams. These ‘dot and arrow’ drawings of junctions were first used in the 1950s and indicate which way to turn. Provided the distances between turns are known, navigation should, we hope, be a ‘doddle’.
Accurately measuring those distances in competitive classic events is done by expensive equipment calibrated using a measured mile. Our smartphone app performs the same function with one huge advantage, it’s free, we like ‘free’.
We won’t be hurrying, this is most definitely not a speed event. We estimate our average speed will be between 30-35 mph. You may think that’s very slow but it isn’t, not when you take into account stops for fuel (finding some might be a problem on our B-road route), food, photographs etc.