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by hilloverthehill
8 May 2017, 3:48pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Solo LEJOG, June/July, a few questions
Replies: 20
Views: 12281

Re: Solo LEJOG, June/July, a few questions

Hi Seb I did the Great Glen Way from Abriachan (start of the off road) to Fort William on my JOGLE end of Oct/Nov 2015 . I used a standard road tourer (Dawes Galaxy) with normal road tyres, not ideal but certainly do-able. There was probably only a few hundred metres that I didn't ride, with reasona...
by hilloverthehill
22 Sep 2016, 8:09pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: May / June 2017
Replies: 33
Views: 21937

Re: May / June 2017

Navigation - do you mean you carried physical copies of your maps? Like laminated sheets? Yes physical maps, bit old fashioned but I've never got round to GPS. Apart from atlas sheets I had about 30 A4 print-outs of 1:50000 OS maps. I didn't bother laminating as the map case on the Ortlieb handleba...
by hilloverthehill
20 Sep 2016, 9:48pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: May / June 2017
Replies: 33
Views: 21937

Re: May / June 2017

1. Don't even worry about fitness! I lost half a stone on my JOGLE in November! 2. Power. I took a smartphone, and Strava'd my route every day. When I camped I always wild camped and carried a wee backup unit that gave 3-4 charges. I'd try and do a coffee stop late morning and would get a recharge i...
by hilloverthehill
11 Sep 2016, 2:46pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJOG - Quiet, scenic and long
Replies: 12
Views: 6685

Re: LEJOG - Quiet, scenic and long

Hi I did a JOGLE in Oct/Nov last year, about 35% off road, and the rest mostly backroads. It was really hard work, back roads very hilly, but well worth the extra effort. I managed to follow canals pretty well from Lancaster to Coventry, very slow at times on a road bike, knobby tyres would have hel...
by hilloverthehill
21 Jul 2016, 9:03pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: wild camping the LeJog
Replies: 13
Views: 7052

Re: wild camping the LeJog

Hi I did JOGLE in November mostly wild camping plus a few pubs when i was absolutely soaked. Managed around 35% traffic free using canal systems and cycle paths. No problems camping wild in England, though it was usually getting dark by the time I stopped. If you want to check my route my blog's hil...
by hilloverthehill
20 Jul 2016, 8:44pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Some route advice please
Replies: 8
Views: 4197

Re: Some route advice please

Hi I used the canal system when I did a JOGLE in November last year. Some of it was great, such as Carnforth to Lancaster, but the canals further south were a bit grim - Trent & Mersey especially. The towpaths were generally good as you reached urban areas. The Bridgewater Canal wasn't too bad. ...
by hilloverthehill
19 Jul 2016, 10:06am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Cicerone guide, hang on a second!!
Replies: 7
Views: 4105

Re: Cicerone guide, hang on a second!!

If I'm around when you come through inverness you're welcome stay at my place. I'm on Warm Shower, based in Kirkhill
by hilloverthehill
17 Jul 2016, 6:56pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Is wind really an issue?!
Replies: 10
Views: 4442

Re: Is wind really an issue?!

I did a Jogle in November last year and had headwinds every day for 23 days, culminating in Storm Clodagh for last day and a half. Grim!
by hilloverthehill
15 Jul 2016, 9:50am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Cicerone guide, hang on a second!!
Replies: 7
Views: 4105

Re: Cicerone guide, hang on a second!!

Hi 9queens If you really want to go traffic-free you could check out my route which I did November last year. From JOG end I took forest roads to Forsinain, Great Glen Way, Ballachulish-Oban cycle path, cycle paths from Ardross, canals from Carnforth to Coventry, Kennet & Avon Canal, Collier's W...
by hilloverthehill
1 Jul 2016, 10:02am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Return from JOG via Orkney
Replies: 8
Views: 3960

Re: Return from JOG via Orkney

If you arrive on South Ronaldsay from JOG I'd visit the Tomb of the Eagles and the nearby Tomb of the Otters. Really good.
by hilloverthehill
6 Jun 2016, 2:12pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Uddington to Lesmahagow
Replies: 15
Views: 5832

Re: Uddington to Lesmahagow

Hi Jonny I did the section heading south from Abington to Carlisle in November 2015, and there were a lot of on-road sections which were quite scary with large trucks, particularly around Lockerbie where there's a truck stop. It was the worst day of my JOGLE, and I wished I'd taken the unclassified ...
by hilloverthehill
9 May 2016, 7:52pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: How important is it that I choose a definite route?
Replies: 20
Views: 2216

Re: How important is it that I choose a definite route?

Hi I completed a JOGLE in late October/November, after just a week of planning.....despite that it went very well! If you're carrying a tent I wouldn't worry about pre-booking accomodation. I 'wild camped' in England half a dozen times with no bother, using woods, edges of fields and canal towpaths,...
by hilloverthehill
9 May 2016, 7:43pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LE to Bristol - Stick to Coast?
Replies: 34
Views: 2551

Re: LE to Bristol - Stick to Coast?

Hi I completed a JOGLE in November, mostly camping and on back roads or off road wherever possible (I was taken out by a tractor a couple of years ago on an A road and have had an allergy to them ever since!) I managed quite a lot of off-road through Cornwall/Devon/Dorset by following the Cornish Co...
by hilloverthehill
9 May 2016, 7:31pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: My Preliminary Proposed LEJOG Route
Replies: 16
Views: 1297

Re: My Preliminary Proposed LEJOG Route

Hi Day 22 Fort Augustus to Inverness - avoid the A 82 up the west side of Loch Ness, very busy and bendy. Take the road up the east side of the loch to Inverness. I did a JOGLE in November, mostly camping, and trying to go off-road or on minor roads where possible to escape the traffic. If you're in...
by hilloverthehill
9 May 2016, 7:24pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: American wants to do LEJOG - equipment and accommodation?
Replies: 30
Views: 2803

Re: American wants to do LEJOG - equipment and accommodation

Hi I did a JOGLE in November, camping most of the time but taking refuge in B&B etc after particularly bad soakings. Folk generally say you can't wild camp in England, but I had half a dozen nights of stealth camping alongside canals, woods and fields with no problem. No shower either though! I'...