LONDON TO GLASGOW CYCLE RIDE - OUR ITINERARY
Our 500 mile cycling route from London to Glasgow to see 'the biggest cycling event ever' - the first ever multi-discipline World Cycling Championships.
We depart from East London, on a route which takes us close to the London Olympic Park, where so many medals were won by the British Cycling team in the 2012 Olympics. We continue through the ancient woodland of Epping Forest, then head north through the gentle lanes of Essex and Cambridgeshire. We pass through historic St Ives and towards Peterborough.
We head across the Lincolnshire fens. Some parts of them may be below sea level, so enjoy the extra oxygen and lack of hills! We then ride on through quiet countryside, with Lincoln Cliff on our left and the Lincolnshire Wolds to our right. We will then stop for the night close to the mighty Humber Bridge.
We set out across the Humber Bridge, 12th-longest suspension bridge in the world and the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world that can be crossed by bicycle. Once in Yorkshire, we go through Anglo-Saxon minster town Beverley and across the Yorkshire Wolds, much beloved by painter David Hockney. We skirt round the base of the North York Moors - look out for the famous White Horse carved from the hillside at Kilburn.
As we travel up the beautiful countryside of the Vale of York, we pass through the market towns of Thirsk and Northallerton. When we meet the river Tees, we head west and follow it upstream into County Durham and towards the northern Pennine hills. Our destination for the day is Barnard Castle, famous for its medieval castle (and more recently as the destination for Dominic Cummings’ mid-pandemic trip).
We climb steadily along the upper Tees valley, where the famous waterfalls of High Force and Cauldron Snout are found, along with a number of picturesque villages. As we pass into Cumbria we reach the highest point of our route, an altitude of 589 metres.
As we enjoy our hard earned descent, we even pass a small ski station at Yad Moss, and pass right above the dramatic waterfall Ashgill Force. 40km of mostly downhill roads bring us close to Carlisle and then across the border into Scotland, and Gretna, the marriage destination of choice for eloping couples.
Our final day’s ride takes us through Dumfries and Galloway, and then the picturesque hills of South Lanarkshire. We plan to regroup on the outskirts of Glasgow and make the most of its traffic free cycle routes into the city. We will arrive to a much-deserved warm welcome and a very special venue, where there will be food, drinks and selfie opportunities aplenty available!
Locations of overnight stops are yet to be confirmed. The route may change due to unforeseen circumstances such as road closures or weather conditions.