What's new for 2025?
The next edition of London Edinburgh London starts on Sunday 3 August 2025 and we are really excited about our plans for the event. We've worked hard to bring you glorious new roads, new controls and some extra support along the way that we think you will love.
So, what's new for 2025?
There are over 600 kilometres of new roads along the route. We have a brand-new route in Yorkshire that passes through the same peaceful villages that served as a backdrop to the legendary 2014 Tour de France stages in Yorkshire. A gentle route from Malton to Richmond soon gives way to the gorgeous, challenging hills of the Yorkshire Dales before we return to more familiar climbs such as the legendary Yad Moss.
We've also made radical changes to our route through Scotland. We say farewell to the Forth Road Bridge, but we still reach Edinburgh using the much-loved cycle track from Roslin to the south of the city. Before that, though, we have some incredible new roads. From Brampton, we head east to Newcastleton and a gentle but spectacular climb to reach the town of Hawick, before another climb and traverse across moorlands to the spectacular St Mary's Loch on the way to Moffat. After that we take the classic 2017 route from Moffat to Edinburgh and back to Brampton, along the remote yet sheltered Esk Valley back south to the English border.
Compared to 2022 the route is flatter and gentler, but with enough serious climbs to offer you the very best of northern England and Scotland. You will absolutely love it.
A new start point
In 2025 we will start and finish at Writtle Agricultural College, just outside the village of Writtle, which has all the traditional elements of an English countryside village – including a village green and duck pond.
Set in 40 acres of gardens and fields, the college provides a spectacular start and finish to your ride. Despite its rural location, it's only a 30-minute train ride from London to nearby Chelmsford. From Chelmsford, a traffic-free cycle track takes you all the way to the college. If you wish to drive, we'll have parking spaces for over 300 cars.
Stay with us!
Set in a stunning, landscaped campus, Writtle Agricultural College features nearly 400 bedrooms for you to stay in before and after your ride. Your room will be yours for the entire event, so you can safely leave all your stuff in your room. When you get back, it's a short walk to a shower and a comfy bed. Bliss!
The bedrooms also come with common rooms with small kitchens, so you can cook simple meals and relax with your friends. We'll also have plenty of camping spaces, including toilets and showers, for up to 400 people; ideal if you want to bring your tent, caravan or campervan.
Writtle College also features a large canteen which will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner before and after the event. As always, we'll provide you with a meal at the start and end of your ride. There is also a bar on site, and we will hold social events throughout the campus before the event and a festival to celebrate your return. All in all, it will be a great place to make new friends before your ride, and to relax afterwards.
We have three more new controls in 2025, and welcome back two controls that we've used before. Sadly, we are no longer visiting Barnard Castle, but instead we will call at Richmond Academy, a spacious and welcoming school with impressive modern facilities. We also welcome Northstowe College just outside Cambridge to our host schools for 2025.
We are delighted to announce the return of Spalding Grammar School and Gracemount Academy, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, to the event.
New refreshment stops
Between nearly every pair of controls we will now have a refreshment stop that will be open 24/7 while the event takes place. Here you can buy sandwiches, cakes, hot and cold drinks, and maybe a sausage roll or some haggis pakora. These pop-up stops will be a combination of cafés or village halls, which we hope will give you a flavour of the spirit of UK randonneuring.
Entries open Friday 3 January 2025. But if you're keen you can guarantee your place with a £150 deposit. Simply enter our early entry ballot on Friday 3 November 2023 and you can secure your place on Britain's greatest cycling adventure. Click here for more details.