Published on 18 May 2011 Sections ,

Interactive map: London 2012 Olympic torch route

Is the Olympic torch coming to a town near you? Use the slider bar to change the date and time, navigate the map and see where the Olympic flame will be on its journey across the UK.

The Olympic torch will take an 8,000 mile journey across Britain when it arrives from Greece, in exactly one year’s time.

The relay will begin in Land’s End, Cornwall, and continue for 70 days until the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on 27 July.

Organisers have announced the route and details of how the public can apply to be one of 8,000 torchbearers. They want the torch to travel within an hour’s travel time for 95 per cent of the population and take in famous sports venues, historic sites and areas of outstanding natural beauty on the way.

London 2012 Chairman Sebastian Coe said: “The Olympic flame will shine a light right across every nation and region of the UK and showcase the very best of who we are and where we live.

“The first locations on the route confirmed today give a flavour of the reach the Olympic torch relay will have around the UK and how extensive the opportunity for starting to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games will be.”

London 2012 Olympic torch route revealed

Torchbearers wanted

There will be six island visits for the torch – the Isle of Man, Guernsey, Jersey, Shetland, Orkney and the Isle of Lewis. The torch may also visit Dublin in Ireland.

On most days, the Olympic flame will travel for 12 hours, ending in an evening celebration. Organisers are looking for 8,000 people to carry the Olympic flame. Click here for details on how to nominate a torchbearer.

Olympics minister Hugh Robertson said: “The Olympic torch relay brings London 2012 to the doorsteps of the UK giving everybody the chance to celebrate the London Games.”

There will be no international torch relay – the International Olympic Committee decided to make it a domestic event only after the controversial Beijing torch relay in 2008, where protesters used the event to demonstrate against China’s human rights abuses.

London 2012 torch relay: facts and figures
- The Olympic flame will go to within an hour's travel of 95 per cent of the population.
- Six islands will be visited: the Isle of Man, Guernsey, Jersey, Shetland, Orkney and the Isle of Lewis.
- 8,000 Torchbearers will carry the flame. Applications can be made from 11am today.
- Talks are under way about taking the Olympic flame to Dublin.
- The total distance the flame will travel (including to the islands) is estimated to be 8,000 miles.
- The relay will start at Land's End in Cornwall on May 19, 2012.
- It will take 70 days to complete.
- The Olympic flame will travel for 12 hours each day, and on most days ending in an evening celebration event.
- The arrival of the Olympic Flame at the opening ceremony in London on July 27 2012 will signify the start of the Games.