Cycle : End-to-End

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Books & Maps


In no particular order (well, OK the first three are close to my heart!) this is a listing of books about riding the End-to-End in the UK together with some other books and mapping resources.   There are others . . .  I'll add more in due course.


Books

The End-to-End Collection - Route Sheets

The End-to-End Collection of (at present 14*) different route listings.  Presented as a list of places - some very detailed, some just the overnight stops for you to plan your own route.  Available for a donation of just £5 which will go to defray the costs of running the website.  Delivered as a pdf for you to print.   CLICK HERE for details
* as additional sheets are added past puchasers (within the previous 12 months) will be sent the updated collection


Rob & Joe's JOGLE, 2005 - No 176 in the Library of Journals - the Journal, the researched routes we considered and a complete, marked route map (as Word & pdf documents) is available on a DVD/CD for a donation - order from the ONLINE SHOP.

There is also another DVD/CD of Rob & Jon's LEJOG - the story of the 2010 ride, including .gpx files for GPS users.


Wine-ding Down Through France - No 1001 in the Library of Journals - the account of Rob (the webmaster) and Jon's French End to End, riding from Calais to Montpellier in 2008.  With a foreword by Edward Enfield, author of Downhill All The Way, the inspiration for the trip, the 200+ page book comprises day-by-day accounts of the ride together with photographs and a 44 page fully detailed route map. The DVD/CD also contains an A5 landscape version of the marked map to print and use on the road. AVAILABLE NOW  from the ONLINE SHOP


Book NOW AVAILABLE

The printed book is now available (with a free CD of the detailed map) - CLICK HERE  for more details and to order your copy


End to End Cycle Guide - Land's End to John o'Groats : Cicerone Guide

A handy guidebook describing a 14-day End to End cycle route from Land's End to John o' Groats (LEJOG), largely on minor roads and cycle paths, with detailed maps, profiles, all key grid refs and GPX files. Also full listings of accommodation providers, tourist information offices and bike shops as well as tips for first-time cycle tourers.

A very good source of information. The following is the product description from Amazon Books: 

This handy pocket guidebook offers a detailed route description of an End to End cycle route from Land's End to John o' Groats, with over 350 OS grid refs included for GPS navigation. It is divided into 14 stages and contains information on where to stay, with full details of numerous B&Bs, campsites, cycle shops, small hotels, tourist information offices and hostels. The route has been designed to avoid the busier A roads as much as possible and follow minor roads and cycle paths. It also takes in some of the best landscapes of Britain from Dartmoor, the Wye Valley and the Welsh Marches, the Forest of Bowland, the Lake District through to the glorious Strathnaver Trail and the rugged coast of Caithness. Descriptions of key landmarks along the route are also included, from Tintern Abbey through to the Forth and Clyde Canal in Glasgow and beyond.


Bike Britain: Cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats : Epic Books

This book is out of print and only available second-hand at premium price - the useful route detail is in the research spreadsheet in Rob & Joe's JOGLE (see above for CD details and ordering)

An excellent book, probably 85% of Rob & Joe's JOGLE route was derived from this book.  The following is the product description from Amazon Books:

Land's End to John O'Groats is Britain's classic long-distance cycle tour. This route, from the south-west tip of England to the north-east tip of Scotland, follows mostly quieter roads and incorporates some of Britain's most beautiful and interesting areas: the Cornish coast, the Roman towns of Bath and Chester, the Lake District and Scotland's tussock covered Highlands and brooding lochs. Whether cyclists are planning a short county to county jaunt, or a tip to tip epic, they will find this unique guide valuable. The volume features: the best times to go and what to take; detailed route descriptions, including historic and geographic data; strip maps, elevation profiles and GPS points along the route; hotel, B&B, hostel and camping ground listings; and information centres and bicycle shops.


Land's End to John O'Groats: The Great British Bike Adventure

This book was out of print but is now available again ... the following is a review from Amazon Books (from 1999), I have to agree that it was pretty poor. The more recent version appears to be an improvement.

"I must admit, the introduction was by the far the best nine pages included in this book. I shared all of the author's 'dreams' covered within the introduction, only to be lead into a second rate history of Great Britain. Each of the towns/cities visited along the way were given a BRIEF historic review, not particularly relevant to the touring cyclist embarking on this mammoth trek. The maps were a little confusing and one must ask oneself if using two different shades of red for routes and major highways was a wise choice. Overall I have come to the conclusion that there was not enough relevant information in this text"


Land's End to John O'Groats Guide, by Brian Smailes 'Cyclists Challenge Edition'

Route description of a 910-mile route using A-roads for the fastest route with short selection of maps of difficult towns to navigate.   Advice on what to take. Limited accomodation information.

Reviews on Amazon for this book are for the most part critical of the value and usefulness of this book, even for the latest (2009) edition.  I have to say I would agree.


Lonely Planet Cycling Great Britain 

Not just the E2E but lots of other routes too.  The details are comprehensive but in common with most Lonely Planet books this one has an awful lot of the content taken up with general information about the country to pad it out.


CTC End-to-End Guide

The CTC End to End pack has 3 routes and is free to CTC members. Non-members can buy the Pack for £12.50.

The "pack" consists of sheets containing three photo-copied routes of varying detail and usefulness.


Bike Ride Shop

Stocks lots of books about the End-to-End as well as maps and other cycling adventure books - click the logo to go to the website and online shop  (opens in a new window)


Mapping

Memory Map

Ordnance Survey and other maps to use on a PC with comprehensive plotting and printing facilities; easy creation of files for GPS   CLICK HERE  (opens in new window)


TrackLogs

Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping.  Plan, navigate, analyse and print routes on a Windows PC  CLICK HERE  (opens in a new window)


The Map Shop, Upton-on-Severn

A fantastic source - they must have every map known to man!  CLICK HERE  (opens in new window)

 
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