Wednesday, 2 March 2011

The Route

I've spent many hours over the last month planning the route. I have looked at other blogs for inspiration but decided that the best way was to plan the route using as many B roads as possible, and by looking at the shortest distance.

I have used memory map software to help me, this can then be transferred to my old Etrex Summit GPS. The great advantage of this program is being able to look at the elevation profile, this enables me to plan suitable detours to avoid the biggest hills.

Last year Paul and I did trips to Skegness and Southwold using this planning process. It worked well and allowed us to pass through some beautiful small villages that we would never see, if travelling by car.

The GPS which is normally used when hill walking has not got any maps preloaded due to its age gave us good directions and enabled us to cycle without referring to maps too often.

Day From To Miles Km Ascent Descent
(m) (m)
1 Land's End Bude 92 147 2372 2402
2 Bude Weston Super Mare 108 172 2387 2406
3 Weston Super Mare Bromyard 93 149 992 1002
4 Bromyard Winsford 91 146 1209 1135
5 Winsford Millness 91 146 993 949
6 Millness Moffat 99 159 747 638
7 Moffat Inverbeg 91 146 896 1005
8 Inverbeg Fort William 74 118 2008 2047
9 Fort William Evanton 81 129 2151 2124
10 Evanton John O'Groats 108 172 1657 1684
Total 928 1484 15412 15392
AVERAGE 93 148 1541 1539

A grand total of 1 487Km or in old money 928 miles, plus a total of 15 412m of climbing !!!!

I don't think it is possible for me to get the memory map route onto the blog site, if anyone knows how to do this please let me know. I think I may have to use a site such as Mapmyride to do this.


  1. are you direct to bude from lands end,on the day you set off ill be on my last leg heading from lizard.are you including lizard point and dunnit head,or just the shortest route

  2. Hi there. It's a pity I've not worked out how to put the map on the blog yet. Our route is Sennen, Penzance, Hayle then the coast road, Illogan, St. Newlyn East, St. Colum Major, Bodmin, Camelford and Bude. Which ever way I plotted it's going to be hard on the legs especially around Bodmin. I have tried to plot the shortest/least hilly way, but Devon and Cornwall are difficult. I'm the wrong side of 18stone so the challenge of 10 days is going to be tough

  3. well i started at near on 20 stone and im using a recumbent(its a comfort thing),and taking 20 days,and i think thats going to be hard so good luck at 10 days.iv dropped two and a half stone but i dont think its made a difference.but putting the miles in certainly makes a hugh sticking to the coast road down the atlantic highway(a39)across redruth on to lizard thought whille doing the end to end, may as well do top to bottem as im going,

  4. You may have seen the new post. The first day's route is now on the blog.