Land’s End to John o’ Groats with Saddle Skedaddle

Last year I guided the first half of this epic journey, now the time had come for me to complete it.

This trip had another element to it: all participants were completing the challenge in order to raise money for Sustrans.

Below is a brief series of my photographs; if you want a more detailed account of the journey, I can recommend having a look over at my co-guide Jayne’s blog.

The group at Land's End
The group at Land’s End
St Michael's Mount
St Michael’s Mount
Rainy moor crossing
Rainy moor crossing

Lining up at Land’s End for the traditional photos and rolling out past St Michael’s Mount in beautiful sun was contrasted wonderfully by the slightly damp second day of riding.

Bishop's Palace, Wells
Bishop’s Palace, Wells
The Iron Bridge, Coalbrookdale
The Iron Bridge, Coalbrookdale

Working our way up through England (and briefly Wales), we passed several iconic buildings and structures from across the ages.

The descent to the Lune valley from Cross of Greet
The descent to the Lune valley from Cross of Greet
Looking to the Howgills
Looking to the Howgills

The landscape varied from sharp coastal hills to flat plains to more undulating terrain. I was naturally excited to reach the stages local to me, through the Forest of Bowland and into Cumbria, where markedly more contours were encountered.

Passing Kagyu Samye Ling
Passing Kagyu Samye Ling
Dark skies contrast with evening sun near Traquair
Dark skies contrast with evening sun near Traquair

Crossing the border into Scotland (or was that Tibet?) gave way to more expansive scenes, fewer cars and wonderful cycling.

Descent to Pitlochry
Descent to Pitlochry
Descent from Cadha Mor
Descent from Cadha Mor
Traversing the beautiful far north of Scotland
Traversing the beautiful far north of Scotland

Heading further north, the country increasingly opened itself up, offering majestic vistas before us.

Sunrise on the final day starting at Bettyhill
Sunrise on the final day starting at Bettyhill

Seeing all the riders reach the end, I was really happy to have helped them on the way to their amazing achievement. I can’t remember the last time I rode 16 days back to back!

Raising a glass at John o' Groats
Raising a glass at John o’ Groats

The story shouldn’t end without a mention of how great it was to meet various supporters of the group along the way, from waving off to supplying coffee and cake!