LEL is defined partly by the quietest way of getting from London to Edinburgh, and partly by where the controls are. The southern section uses remnants of major roads, the old A10 in Hertfordshire is one example, and those fast roads are daisy-chained together by small lanes. Many of the southern roads are the historic ‘drove roads’, and these tend to be on high ground so as to be passable in winter. The result is that it goes through the hilly bits of North Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire, which most think of as flat. Two misconceptions about England are dismissed by LEL. We all know that England is very densely populated, and is flatter than Scotland, yet LEL goes through no town with a population of more than 15,000, and reaches 2000ft on the Cumbria/Durham border. Surprise at continental-style climbs in their own country by the English was rivalled by amazement at the difficulty of dealing with the wind on the open fells expressed by riders from North Carolina, used to climbing in the Blue Ridge Mountains.