September 14, 2018

St Just’s (Pre Tour Party)

Long Trip down to St Just's and a few beers before the start.

The Wellington Hotel,

Market Square,

St. Just

TR19 7HD

01736 787319

September 15, 2018

DAY 1, 87 miles Lands’ End to Saltash.

First day is one of the toughest of the trip with over 6,653ft of climbing.

 

Places of interest along the route:

 

Penzance Jubilee Pool Lido Art Deco design opened in 1935

St Michael Mount, previously a monastery, fortress, and country house. It was used as a garrison by the Royalists in the civil war. Donated to the National Trust in 1954 by the St Aubyn family.

King Harry Ferry, one of a handful of working chain Ferry’s in England, has been a crossing at the site for over 500 years, the current vessel is the 7th since 1888

HMS Raleigh, not on our actual route but can be found in Plymouth

Accomodation Night 1

The Cardinal Hatt,

Hatt,

Saltash.

PL12 6PJ

01752 845888

September 16, 2018

Day 2, 82 miles - Saltash to Taunton

Another tough day with over 5,828ft of climbing.

Places of interest along the route:

Dartmoor Prison, built in 1805 to house French prisoners from the Napoleonic wars, these were later joined by Americans from the war of 1812. After standing empty for years it was rebuilt and recommissioned as a convict gaol and has been in use since 1850

St Marys Church in Stoke St Mary contains a beautiful stained glass window installed in 2000, the work of Patrick Reyntiens, one of Europes finest stained glass artist.

 

Burton Pynsent Monument, a 42m high Roman-Doric style tower, designed in 1765 by Lancelot “Capability” Brown

Accomodation Night 2

Taunton, Town House,

St Georges Sq.

Taunton TA1 3RX.  

September 17, 2018

Day 3, 92 miles Taunton to Monmouth

A long day nearly 100 miles with over 4,498ft of climbing.

Places of interest along the route:

Invite by Wendy Briggs and Bella for breakfast and Lemon Drizzle to go

Glastonbury Tor, the remains of the 14th century St Michael’s Church on the summit

 

Wells Cathedral, there has been a religious presence recorded at Wells since AD705. The cathedral is built from limestone quarried at nearby Doulting.

 

Chew Valley Lake, situated at the foot of the Mendip hills, the lake supplies much of the drinking water to the city of Bristol.

 

Clifton Suspension Bridge, 414m long, constructed in the 19th century at a cost of around £100,000

 

Severn Road Bridge, the first bridge in the world to use streamlined, aerodynamic deck and inclined hangers. It cost £7.9 million and took 5 years to build.

 

Tintern Abbey, founded in 1131 by Cistercian monks from L’Aumone in France. Worship ceased in 1536 with the Dissolution of the Monasteries, all valuables including the lead roof were weighed and submitted to King Henry VIII treasury, which resulted in the ruins seen today

Accomodation Night 3

Riverside Hotel,

Cinderhill St.

Monmouth

NP25 5EY

01600 715577

September 18, 2018

Day 4, 81 miles Monmouth to Shrewsbury

A steady day  with over 4,460ft of climbing.

Places of interest along the route:

Hereford Cathedral contains a priceless cultural artefact, the Hereford Mappa Mundi, it uses hundreds of pictures and inscriptions to depict geography and natural history in the 1300’s

 

Mortimers Cross, site of a battle between the House of York and the House of Lancaster in 1461 which the Yorkists won after chasing the Lancastrians back to Hereford where many were executed in the market square.

 

Clun Castle is a fine example of a motte and bailey castle parts of which are believed to date back to the 12th century

 

Hope Valley an 18.5 hectare nature reserve owned and managed by the Shropshire Wildlife Trust for 30 years

Accomodation Night 4

Sydney House,

Cotton Crescent,

Shrewsbury

SY1 2LJ

01743 354681

September 19, 2018

Day 5, 92 miles Shrewsbury to Trafford Hall, Chester

A steady day  with over 4,142ft of climbing.

Places of interest along the route:

 

Quantum Leap, a 120 tonne 9m x 15m work of art honouring the life and ideas of the naturalist and scientist Charles Darwin

 

Welfare kennels at Ruthlin, John Evans & Ricki Grigor

 

Country Canines Hydrotherapy, Sian Haigh-Brown

Accomodation Night 5 

Trafford Hall,

Ince Lane,

Wimbolds,

Trafford.

Chester.

CH2 4JP

01244 300246

September 20, 2018

Day 6, 77 miles Trafford Hall, Chester to Wigglesworth

A steady day  with over 4,229ft of climbing.

Places of interest along the route:

Wainwright Bridge, Blackburn. Named after Alfred Wainwright the author of the seven-volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells

 

Forest of Bowland. A 312 square mile AONB encompassing North Yorkshire and Lancashire. The area is internationally important due to its heather moorland, blanket bog and rare birds.

 

Accomodation Night 6

The Plough,

Wigglesworth

BD23 4RJ

01729 840243

September 21, 2018

Day 7, 77 miles Wigglesworth to Threlkeld

Another big climbing day  with over 5,700ft of climbing.

Places of interest along the route:

The Skaithe, a tremendous road that ascends to the moorlands beyond Slaidburn. This route provides an opportunity to observe a variety of species of birds, including Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcons, Buzzard, Ring Ouzel, Stonechat, Curlew and Red Grouse.

 

Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery, Grasmere

 

Harrop Tarn, Wild swim location at Thirlmere

Accomodation Night 7

Horse & Farrier Inn,

Threlkeld,

Keswick

CA12 4SQ

01768 779688

September 22, 2018

Day 8, 75 miles Threlkeld to Moffat

A steady day, great for a ride along,  with over 3,111ft of climbing.

Places of interest along the route:

Carlisle Castle, built on the site of a previous Roman fort (AD72) the main part that can be seen today is the Outer Gatehouse built in 1160

 

Arched House Museum, Celebrating Ecclefechan as the birth place of Thomas Carlyle, writer, philosopher and historian.

 

Grethna Green, boarder England/Scotland

Accomodation Night 8

The Stag Hotel,

21-22 High Street,

Moffat,

DG10 9HL

01683 220343

September 23, 2018

Day 9, 78 miles Moffat to Balloch

A steady day, great for a ride along,  with over 2,782ft of climbing.

Places of interest along the route:

Chatelherault County Park, covers nearly 500 acres and was once part of Hamilton Palace

Glasgow Green one of the oldest public parks in Scotland, home to the 44m tall Nelson monument

Clyde Auditorium an iconic landmark affectionately known as the Armadillo

The Glenlee, is known as the tall ship in Glasgow harbour and is one of only five Clyde built sailing vessels still afloat

Accomodation Night 9

Sunnyside B & B

Main Street,

Bonhill,

Alexandria,

Balloch

G83 9JX

01389 750282

September 24, 2018

Day 10, 78 miles Balloch to Ardgour

A tough day but still great for a ride along,  with over 4,066ft of climbing.

Places of interest along the route:

Loch Lomond

Glenco

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Accomodation Night 10

Inn at Ardgour,

Onich,

PH33 7AA

01855 841225

September 25, 2018

Day 11, 90 miles Ardgour to Dingwall

A tough day  on a par with the first two days,  with over 4,944ft of climbing.

Places of interest along the route:

Calendonian Canal, a fine example of 19th century engineering, construction started in 1803 designed and built by Thomas Telford at a cost of £900,000.00 taking nearly two decades to complete

Achnacarry Castle, used as a training base in WW2 for British, Amercan, Dutch and Polish servicemen where they undertook a gruelling commando course.

Loch Ness, look out for Nessie

General George Wade'sMilitary Road, built by the General between 1725 and 1733 in the wake of the Jacobite rebellion, this will be our steepest and no doubt hardest climb of the entire route

Kessock Bridge, crosses the Moray Firth was opened by Queen Elizabeth 2nd on 19 July 1982 

Accomodation Night 11

Garfield Guesthouse,

6 Station Road,

Dingwall.

IV15 9JX

07999 866187

September 26, 2018

Day 12, 84 miles Dingwall to Bettyhill

Last tough day  but we can nearly see the finish,  with over 3,899ft of climbing.

Places of interest along the route:

Crask Inn, set in the middle of nowhere the Inn has built a reputation for beingthe most remote in Britain, with the  warmest welcome.

Strathnaver Museam, houses artifacts that focus on the local crofting life, the Highland clearences and Clan Mackay. 

Accomodation Night 12

Farr Bay Inn,

Bettyhill,

KW14 7SZ

01641 521230

September 27, 2018

Day 13, 57 miles Bettyhill to John O’Groats (Via Dunnet Head)

Last day  is the easiest of the lot with just 3,037ft of climbing.

Places of interest along the route:

 

Dunnet Head, the most Northerly point of Great Britain, involves a 9 mile detour

Castle of Mey, thought to have been built between 1566 and 1572, it was almost in ruins when bought by the Queen Mother in 1952, who went on to fully restore the castle prior to bequeathing it to the Queen Mother Castle of Mey Trust.

Accomodation Night 13

Bed & Breakfast at No. 4,

4 Princes Street,

Thurso

KW14 7BQ

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