THE GARBAGE RUN
5th - 12th AUGUST 2023
LAND'S END to JOHN O'GROATS
- The ultimate UK adventure -
WHAT IS IT?
Founded in 2017, the original Garbage Run is a Land's End to John o'Groats adventure taking in the most scenic roads the UK has to offer, with manageable days and sticking as far away from the motorway and major A roads as possible. It's aimed at people on all sorts of machines, and is intended to show how easy and enjoyable motorcycle travel really is.
WHEN DOES IT START?
The ride commences Saturday morning at 8.30am from the Land's End signpost. You will need to stay in the vicinity the night before, with a campsite booked a short ride from Land's End. Campsite fee for Friday night not included in the price.
WHEN DOES IT END?
The ride ends the following Friday evening at the John o'Groats sign post, giving you the weekend to get back home.
WHO IS IT FOR?
The Garbage Run Rally is for anyone who wants to ride the full length of Britain with like-minded people with no emphasis on speed and rushing. With riders encouraged to ride their own pace, it suits novice riders and more experienced riders alike.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
For 2023 the format is being tweaked slightly, changing from a fully guided trip with option to self navigate to a road rally format where riders take responsibility for their own navigating from the outset A recommended route will be provided, both in paper and digital formats, with riders able to enter and ride as teams, ride solo, or be paired up with like minded individuals prior to the event.
There will be nightly camp spots and places to aim for for lunch, with back up riders in case anything goes wrong along the way. The route is entirely on Tarmac.
HOW LONG ARE THE DAYS?
Daily mileage is between 180 and 220 miles, with option to shorten or lengthen it depending on your preference. Total mileage for the route will be around 1400 miles, with an additional 800 or so for the journey down to Land's End and back from John o'Groats.
WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING?
You'll need a well serviced and reliable machine, with anything from 90cc scooters up to large capacity adventure bikes having completed the run in the past. It's also worthwhile having breakdown cover in case you need recovering from the darkest reaches of Scotland.
For camping you'll need a sleeping bag, tent, roll mat and a stove if you want to make your own breakfast or dinner, although we will always camp where there is access to food.
Any bike will do, as long as it's reliable. In the build up to the event any solo riders who want to join a group will have the chance to be partnered up with similar powered machines.
HOW MUCH IS IT?
£360 per person. £100 for a pillion
WINTER SPECIAL: BOOK BEFORE END OF FEB TO RUN FOR £295!
Book on with a £50 deposit.
All route maps and guides. Seven nights camping and souvenir t-shirt.
IS THERE OPTION TO HAVE MY BIKE SHIPPED BACK FROM JOHN O'GROATS?
Unfortunately not. Experience dictates that the easiest way back down from John o'Groats is to ride the bike back down, and after 7 days in the saddle it doesn't seem as daunting as it does at the start.
The map to the left gives a rough guide to the route, but there's always room for change and update in the time inbetween, with over 400 riders riding variations of the Classic Garbage Run route over the last five years.
Some of the highlights will include:
- Devon and Cornish coastline
- Welsh Borders and Brecon Beacons
- Peak District
- Cumbria and Yorkshire Dales
- Scottish borders
- The incredible NC500
For illustration purposes only
'THE HALF JOG'
JOIN IN THE PEAK DISTRICT
For those unable to make the full run, there's an option to join at the Peak District (point D) on the Monday night, completing the rest of the journey up to Scotland and John o'Groats. To book this option just click to register on the button below and select the Half Jog option. Price £240.