The London 2012 Olympic flame will visit iconic landmarks including Loch Ness, Snowdon, Stormont and Stonehenge as it is carried across the UK by 8,000 torchbearers next year. In addition to these sites, the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) also revealed the 1,018 cities, towns, and villages on the route of next year’s Olympic torch relay.
On its journey, the flame will also use some more unusual modes of transport including horseback, steam train and even a zip wire, as it is carried on its way to light the Olympic cauldron during the Opening Ceremony of the London Games on 27 July 2012.
The 70-day Relay, presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, will start at Land’s End on 19 May 2012. The Olympic flame will then travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK before it reaches London. It is then planned that the flame will travel down the River Thames on 27 July 2012 as it makes its way to the Olympic stadium for the Opening Ceremony.
During the course of the Relay, the Olympic flame will come to within just 10 miles of 95 per cent of the population of the UK as it makes its way through every county in England and every Local Authority area in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
LOCOG Chairman Seb Coe said: “I’m delighted that the Olympic Torch Relay will take the 2012 Games to almost every corner of the UK and that we have achieved our ambition to take the flame to within an hour’s journey of 95 per cent of the population.
“Now everyone is invited to plan their welcome and find out where they can go to be part of this historic occasion. The Olympic Games are coming to you as the Olympic flame gives our people and places their moment to shine.”