The plan so far
My route has been devised utilising as much off road and National Trails as possible, trying to stick to beautiful countryside, but also visiting lovely friends down the country! I plan to ride for 5-6 days and then have a rest stop for 2, to allow Marilyn to have some downtime and stock up with grass. We will be covering between 12-25 miles in a day, depending on terrain and grazing/camping opportunities.
Starting at John o' Groats on 29th April, the first month will be spent in Scotland heading down the central highlands past Loch Ness, Ben Nevis and Loch Lomond to Stirling, before crossing the Scottish Borders and reaching Hadrians Wall near Haltwhistle.
The next section is through Northumberland and Cumbria to join the Pennine Bridleway at is Northernmost end, near Ravenstonedale. I will then follow this National trail all the way down to the southern part of the Peak district before heading on the Sabrina way to Telford, round the western side of Birmingham and down to the beautiful Malvern Hills. From there I head south east to Cirencester, then south crossing Salisbury plain.
The final month sees me joining the Wessex Ridgeway and riding west into the Blackdown Hills, entering Devon near Tiverton. Down crossing Dartmoor and going past Bodmin Moor, following the Kernow Way all down through Cornwall to the final destination of Lands End.
Accommodation for me will be a combination of camping, staying with friends, and relying on the kindness of strangers - the important thing is that Marilyn has some decent grazing and is safe. Some stops are already organised, but many will have to be arranged on the route - thank goodness for social media!
Completed 1,332.9 miles between April 29th and July 31st