Starting in 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 and CP1 fairly quickly before heading North towards the Cotswolds.
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 Snowdonia.
Heading East out of Wales across to the Peak District you once again head North for some more stunning riding. Continuing North, you then come to the Yorkshire Dales which you will travel through in a North Easterly direction before entering the Lake District where more stunning scenery and challenging climbs await you before reaching CP 3, the final one before the finish.
Now clear of the Lakes, Scotland looms…. Heading up the Western flank of the country through more beautiful rolling countryside you will ultimately skirt around 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 early June 2020.