Starting near the village of Bridge, a few miles South East of Canterbury, Kent the route immediately takes you into the Garden of England. The North Downs Way and then cross-country to Eastbourne for the South Downs Way. You reach Winchester fairly quickly before heading into the New Forest and CP1 in Lyndhurst. A loop of the forest sends you up towards Salisbury Plain and then on to the outskirts of Bath.
From here you will head West and into Wales where the challenge starts to ramp up, as does the elevation. Straight after CP2 you pass first through the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Cambrian Mountains and then on to the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.
Heading East out of Wales there is a about 120km of quiet roads across to the Peak District – not the most exciting bit of the route but the first half is fairly flat and it will give you a break after Wales and before hitting the Pennine Way. Once here you again head North for some more stunning riding. Continuing North, you then ride through the Yorkshire Dales and onto CP3, the final checkpoint before the finish. From here you will travel to the East of the Lake District and then through the North Pennines and Northumberland National Park where more stunning scenery and challenging climbs await.
Next Scotland looms…. Heading up through the middle of the lowlands via the Pentland Hills towards Edinburgh through more beautiful rolling countryside. The route swings West across to Glasgow via the Caledonian Canal path which offers up another section of respite before once again heading North. The route changes here for the 2022 edition and only uses a short section of the West Highland Way with a different section that has much less hike-a bike but is nonetheless tough and remote that takes our riders to Fort Augustus before turning south for a finish in Fort William. Having been forced to move the finish to Fort William after the awful weather in 2021 we have made the decision that this works really well logistically for all concerned and the Isle of Skye and Applecross sections have been removed.
Full GPX files for the route will be shared with all participants in early June 2022.