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 as you pass first through the Brecon Beacons, CP2 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 towards Edinburgh through more beautiful rolling countryside you will then swing West across to Glasgow before riding through the Trossachs and then the spectacular Glencoe. Next up is the first of the ferry crossings and all of a sudden you are not completely in control. From Mallaig the Ferry takes you to the Isle of Skye and here you will do a mini-divide of the island before looping back and taking the second ferry trip on a very small and unusual ferry across the Sound of Sleat back to the mainland and the village of Glenelg.
It’s the final push now but you are deep in the Highlands and there is plenty more to do including climbing the Bealach na ba to Applecross, which is the provisional finish of the Divide. There may be some amendments to this when the final route checks are completed. Applecross is pretty remote and we may actually add some distance to get you closer to Inverness and much easier travel connections. We will confirm this in the Spring once our final rides are done – we don’t want to be seen as going all soft and fluffy right at the end!!
Full GPX files for the route will be shared with all participants in late May/early June 2021.