LEJOG Cycle Tour - Day 8 - Lancaster to Carlisle - 125km
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Join Will & Jon for a fortnight of cycling LEJOG, a cycle tour of the UK from Lands End to John O’Groats. The whole route will take 14 days (plus 2 days travelling) covering 1000 miles so join for as much or as little as you can face! The trip is organised as day events, allowing you to sign up to whatever days you fancy, booking your own transport and accommodation according to your budget.
DAY EIGHT - Lancaster to Carlisle
We couldn't go past Cumbria without climbing a hill, someone has put one in the way on today's route but not to worry we have 15km to climb it. We are on quiet roads as we leave Lancashire and head through Cumbria via Penrith to Carlisle.
Today is a fairly touristy day. At 33km we go past National Trust's Sizergh Castle, though to be honest that will be a bit early in the day. At 78km we go past Lowther Castle which looks impressive on their website and could be a nice spot to cycle around the grounds and grab some over priced food from their cafe. Finally at 85km we go past English Heritage's Mayburgh Henge which is free to visit and looks interesting.
The route can be downloaded from here.
Saturday 11th July accommodation suggestions in Carlisle:
- plenty to choose from including Premier Inn, Travelodge and Holiday Inn.
- Will and Jon booked into Rosalind House.
Keep costs down by getting twin rooms and sharing.
Getting there and back again
If you are joining us for the day, the nearest train station to the starting point is Lancaster..
If you are leaving us in Carlisle, the nearest train station is Carlisle.
If you have any questions regarding equipment etc email Will.Allaway@Outdoorlads.com.
A lot of useful information is included in Day 0 - Getting to Lands End.
Keep in touch
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We also have a Strava group:
What to bring
Bike: a road bike or touring bike.
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one and so does Will.
Cycling Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users. Aim to bring 3-4 sets of cycling outfits, we will have a laundry run at least every fourth night. If you choose to wash the same outfit with Lynx Africa Jon will hunt you like the animal you are.
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals. Some bike shoes are ok to walk in, but keep in mind you’re wearing them all day; a slip-on or flip-flop will be a welcome change in the evening.
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike.
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Bike lights: be seen and safe - we have long day light hours but are useful in bad weather.
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies.
Ruck sack or panniers: Some of us will be cycling for 14 days none stop. Carrying kit in a ruck sack can become tiresome, I would recommend panniers, though make sure your bike is suitable to attach them. Alternatively buy frame bags that fit behind your saddle and within the frame of your bike.
Evening wear: We will be going out for drinks and meals, an outfit other then lycra would be a bonus for your sanity.
Clothes washing liquid: Useful for freshening up your clothes.
Chamois cream - helps avoids rubbing on the bum cheeks.
GPS Computer - track your progress and go off on your own if fed up of our company
Food & drink
Please bring plenty of snacks, the plan is to stop somewhere nice for lunch.