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Objective: The compass points of the British mainland, solo, camping and without logistical support.
Many people cycle from Land’s End to John O’ Groats as the ultimate British cycle ride, and Peter had already done this in reverse in 1983. So a new challenge was needed for this repeat performance nearly 30 years on. The idea of the traditional Land’s End to John O’ Groats ride is to cycle between the furthest two inhabited places on the British mainland by joining the most South Westerly point (Land’s End) with the most North Easterly settlement (John O’ Groats). Peter decided to expand on this by also visiting the other compass points that are not too far off this route, and so cycle the route illustrated on the map above and described below. This involved a cycle ride of 1,310 miles (not including the red training route).
Peter will ride on his own and carried everything he required including a tent and camping equipment. He did not have any back-up vehicles etc.
1) Lizard Point – The most Southerly point on the UK mainland
2) Land’s End – The most South Westerly point on the UK mainland
3) Ardnamurchan Point – The most Westerly point on the UK mainland
4) Cape Wrath* – The most North Westerly point on the UK mainland*
5) Dunnet Head – The most Northerly point on the UK mainland
6) John O’ Groats – The usual terminating point of the End-to-End which is a few miles from…
7) Duncansby_Head – The most North Easterly point on the UK mainland
He decided that it was too big a challenge to link up with the other two compass points in the time available, so they were visited instead on a training run a fortnight before the main ride. They are:
A) St Margret’s Bay – The most South Easterly point on the UK mainland
B) Ness Point, Lowestoft – The most Easterly point on the UK mainland