You will be riding through some of the most inspiring scenery the UK has to offer. From coastal towns, through glorious countryside and remote highland villages, this ride truly does take your breath away!
Travel down to Lands End, arriving in time for an evening meal and briefing from your pie event manager. You will also have the opportunity to meet the rest of the pie team, including your guides and support crew.
We rise early to begin our journey to the north of Scotland, 10 days away. Today’s route sees us ride from Land’s End to Launceston, passing through Penzance and past Newquay, before heading inland. With 2322m of ascent, Cornwall is hillier than you think!
We leave Cornwall and spend the day cycling along the spine of Devon. There is slightly less climbing today, with a fairly flat final 30km. Those with eagle eyes may be able to make out Glastonbury Tor in the distance as we enter Somerset and make our way to the overnight stop at Burnham on Sea.
Our longest day so far although thankfully with less climbing. We follow the coast north, passing Weston-Super-Mare and skirting round the west of Bristol. From here it’s a relatively flat cycle towards our overnight stop at the cathedral city of Worcester.
We continue to make our way through the Midlands, avoiding built up areas and passing through some wonderful countryside. The highest hill of the day is to the west of Telford, but at only 178m, it shouldn’t cause too much of a problem.
Later on, we pass through Market Drayton and Nantwich, before finishing the day at Winsford to the north of Crewe.
Today is one of the shortest days on the trip, at ‘just’ 80miles, and under 1000m climbing. We’ll summit the biggest hills before each of our three rest stops, as we cycle round the west of Manchester, through Warrington, Wigan and Preston, before turning slightly inland at Lancaster towards the Yorkshire Dales.
Day 5 is half-way through the ride, and we celebrate our success with a lovely meal in a local restaurant.
Another short day, but with almost double the climbing of the previous day…. We flirt with the borders of both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District as we continue our journey north. For much of the journey, our route is flanked by dry-stone walls and sheep grazing in the fields.
The scenery soon changes as we cycle through Penrith and onto the floodplain of the River Eden at Carlisle. We end the day by crossing the border into Scotland and immediately turning west at Gretna, with the final few kms along the coast to the town of Annan. Don’t forget your passports!
After the obligatory “Full Scottish Breakfast”, we begin our first full day’s riding in Scotland with a long, gradual climb until our afternoon tea stop to the east of Prestwick. Once again, the scenery is quite simply stunning as we make our way north, through Kilmarnock and on to our overnight stop near the town of Dunlop.
Our shortest day! Most of the climbing is achieved after the afternoon tea stop, so don’t forget to leave some energy in the tank for later!
We start the day with a short climb, but it’s well worth the effort as we are rewarded with a breath-taking view of Glasgow, followed by a fast descent into the city itself. It’s only a flying visit though, as we soon make our way out of the city, and over the Erskine Bridge.
We cycle the length of beautiful Loch Lomond before the climbing starts after our afternoon tea stop. Once again, we are rewarded with fantastic views as we make our way deeper into the Grampian Mountains, and our overnight stop at the Bridge of Orchy. The Scots are proud of their country, and today, you really see why!
Quite simply, one of the toughest days of the ride. With over 100miles to ride and 2670m climbing, solace must be taken in the fact that this is our penultimate day, and the end is (almost) in sight! Once again, the scenery soon takes your mind off the miles as we cycle through the mountains, passing remote farmhouses and snowy peaks.
The middle part of the day is spent cycling along the shores of Loch Lochy and the world famous Loch Ness, before we turn inland again towards the small town of Beauly.
This has all the makings of an epic end to the trip, with our longest day in the saddle.
After a hearty breakfast, it’s back on the road again, but this time in the knowledge that in a few short hours, we will be standing as far as we can get on mainland Britain from Land’s End! Our route takes us up the east coast of Scotland, the North Sea ever present on our right hand side as seagulls fly overhead. As you may expect, the rugged coastline leads to a profile akin to the blade of a hacksaw. The end is most definitely in sight and you will only need a little encouragement to keep the wheels turning to get you to the end.
Mercifully, the final stretch of the ride is downhill, with the road seemingly dropping off the cliff into the sea. Congratulations are due all round, before transferring to our accommodation and celebration meal.