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Cycling UK has just announced the Great North Trail in the UK. The end plan seems to be to link the North and South of the UK with a mostly continuous trail route. Which is a cool objective, right?
Today’s announcement is for an 800-mile stretch which goes from the middle of England (Derbyshire) to John O-Groats at the Northern tip of Scotland. A challenge in itself.
800 miles, in this case, means 1,186km and over 16,600 metres of ascent. That should be a demanding challenge to rival the road-based John O’Groats to Lands End route and I’m certain the trail route will be immensely pretty.
I’ve attached a route file with elevations and TBT instructions. Of course, if you live vaguely near any part of the route you can do parts of it.
NB: This route goes to Cape Wrath rather than John O’Groats – there are two options at the end. I’m assuming the JOG option is via road.
I’m looking for a trail challenge for 2020 and beyond. Paris-Brest seemed interesting, more so than LEJOG. Any ideas?