The final countdown is underway to the prestigious start of the Olympic Torch Relay. On May 19 the honour falls to Cornwall to be the starting point for this incredibly special journey. The world will watch as the Olympic Flame arrives at Lands End by naval helicopter from RNAS Culdrose where it will be transferred to the first Olympic Torch to begin its epic tour, at 7am, across the UK.
The Flame will come within 10 miles of 95% of people in the UK, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey. It will enable local communities to shine a light on the best their area has to offer – including celebrations of local culture, breathtaking landscapes and dynamic urban areas.
An average of 115 Torch-bearers a day will carry the Flame during its 8,000-mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July at the Olympic Opening Ceremony.
Go to Olympic Torch Relay Route where the interactive map will show each of the 1,019 communities the Flame will be carried through. Zoom in to see the detail of the route street-by-street. Live in the UK? Enter a postcode in the search box to find out where and when the Flame will be near you then start planning where you will stand to watch this (probably) once-in-a-life time event. The locations of evening celebrations, which take place at the end of almost every day of the Relay are also shown.
See how Newquay welcomes the Olympic Torch.Three-time Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie CBE will be the first Torch-bearer when the Olympic Flame begins its mamoth journey around the UK.