Point to Point
A cycle ride from Britain's most easterly point
to the most westerly point in Scotland
By John Hopkins and Gordon Leadbeater
In 2004 John cycled from Land’s End to John o’Groats (The End to End as it is affectionately known) and immediately became a member of the Land’s End John o’Groats Association. A few months later he wrote a book about his journey entitled “Follow the Yellow Gorse Road”.
In early 2005 John met Geoffrey De'Ath – who has written the foreward for this new book – for the first time at the Association’s annual prize giving event. Over a drink Geoffrey mentioned that, whilst he had enjoyed his two End to End rides in 1986 and 1996, he had also completed the East/West ride in 1997 which, as a pure cycle ride, had appealed to him even more.
This conversation obviously sowed a seed in John’s mind for in 2008, having planned his route, he set out with his wife Rachel accompanying him in the car. This second book – Point to Point – retells John's journey from Ness Point in Lowestoft to the tip of the Ardnamurchan peninsula in Scotland. These two points – the most eastern and western in Britain respectively – are merely the start and end of what is a fascinating and inspiring trip dissecting the British countryside and this book uncovers what can be found in between.
John's eclectic take on the route, as well as the history, the people and places encountered along the way, is an enjoyable read, made all the more pleasant for the reader by not having to experience the pains endured by the cyclist himself on this 650-mile route.
114 pages long, this book is illustrated with stunning photography from Gordon Leadbeater, Canon photographer and long-term EOS magazine subscriber, who sadly passed away in 2017.
Riding to help others
The handsome sum of £9,500 was raised for charity by this cycle ride, which was then split between two causes close to John's heart. Water Aid received £5,000 to further improve clean water supplies in third world countries such as Ghana and the balance of £4,500 was donated to the Sheffield Family Holiday Fund (of which John is Chairman of trustees). This worthwhile cause helps local disadvantaged families enjoy a holiday which they otherwise wouldn't be able to afford. 11 families have benefiited to date, with a week by the seaside.
Point to Point is John's second book. His first title, Follow the Yellow Gorse Road, covers his cycle adventure on the famous Land's End to John o'Groats challenge and is also available as an eBook.
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Part of the proceeds from the sale of this eBook and the first title Follow the Yellow Gorse Road will go to support John's chosen charities – Water Aid and the Sheffield Family Holiday Fund.