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Land's End to John O'Groats

1368 km / 850 miles

Cornwall, Highlands, Numerous
There is no set route for this, one of the ultimate walking challenges in the UK and whatever the chosen route, it will not be less than 850 miles. There are inherent dangers in using lanes/roads but there are various established long distance routes of which advantage can be taken to avoid such hazards.

The Andy Robinson Cicerone book 'End to End Trail: Land's End to John O'Groats on Foot' provides off-road options for walkers in outline, mainly using named long distance paths (LDPs) but including descriptions of linking sections not on LDPs.

The LDWA/Harvey Maps Long Distance Paths Chart (still available from the LDWA Shop or Amazon online on this website or direct from Harvey Maps) and the LDWA/Cicerone UK Trailwalker's Handbook (see side-bar to purchase) are other useful aids to planning the overall routing using LDPs, if footpaths are to be used.

For a comprehensive historic bibliography of the challenge see the Andy Robinson 'longwalks' website below. This includes reviews. Several recent authors describe their experiences of walking LEJOG in a selection listed below, often with some humour. Mark Moxon's book is also available to download as an E-book or PDF. Robin Richards describes his mid-life walk with a light touch and shot through with gentle humour.

A recent 2012 book called Scotland End to End listed below is Cameron McNeish's description of a walk from Kirk Yetholm to Cape Wrath. McNeish dubs this route the 'Gore-Tex Scottish Mational Trail', the project being supported financially by the Gore-Tex clothing company. This route option is about 470 miles and includes Edinburgh and uses in part the canals across the Central Lowlands and the coast via Kinlochewe. The book includes a travelogue rather than providing a detailed route description. It includes parts of promoted marked and unmarked trails, such as St Cuthbert’s Way, the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals and the Rob Roy Way, but is not waymarked in its own right, except by plaques at the start and finish.

An older publication from Andrew McCloy (listed) describes a walk around the coast of England & Wales (approx 2970 miles/4780 km) which provides additional alternatives in reaching the border with Scotland. John Merrill's earlier classic is also still available secondhand.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Challenging; Moorland
SW343251 - Land's End, Cornwall
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ND379734 - John O'Groats, Highland
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User Group: Land's End to John O'Groats Association
  18 Coberley Ave, Davyhulme, MANCHESTER, M41 8QE
Web Sites: Land's End John O'Groats Association
  Mark Moxon's Land's End to John o'Groats Site
  Andy Robinson's long distance walking website

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Paperback: Walking e2e (Brackwalks - 2015)
Paperback: End to End Trail: Land's End to John O'Groats on Foot: Walking from Lands End to JohnO'Groats (Cicerone Press - 2007)
Paperback: LE-JOG-ed: A Mid-lifer's Trek from Land's End to John O'Groats (Matador - 2013)
Paperback: Footsteps in Summer: Diary of an Epic Walk of Discovery Across Britain (Matador - 2014)
Paperback: Land's End to John O'Groats Walk (Cordee Ltd - 2001)
Paperback: John O'Groats to Land's End: The Official Challenge Guide (Challenge Publications - 2004)
Paperback: Lands End to John O'Groats Cycle Guide (Challenge Publications - 2004)
Certificate: Trophy for Land's End to John O'Groats (Land's End to John O'Groats Association)
Paperback: Long Distance Walkers' Handbook (LDWA Merchandise - 2002)
Paperback: UK Trailwalker's Handbook (Cicerone Press - 2009)
Paperback: When I Walk, I Bounce: Walking from Land's End to John O'Groats (Mark Moxon - 2007)
Paperback: End to End (Book Guild Publishing Ltd - 2008)
Hardback: Scotland End to End - Walking the Gore-Tex [registered TM] Scottish National Trail (Mountain Media - 2012)
Paperback: Coastwalk: Walking the Coastline of England & Wales (Andrew McCloy - 1997)
Book: Turn Right at Land's End (John Merrill Foundation - 1979)

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Other Paper Maps:
Map (Other): Long Distance Paths Chart (Harvey Maps - 2002)

Walking Support Providers:

Support Providers: Baggage Handling (Luggage Transfers)

Connected Paths:

National Trails (England & Wales): Cotswold Way National Trail; Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail; Offa's Dyke Path National Trail; Pennine Way National Trail; South West Coast Path National Trail
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Scotland's Great Trails: Great Glen Way; West Highland Way
Paths Marked on OS mapping: Heart of England Way
Significant un-waymarked paths: Coast to Coast (Wainwright)
Other Paths: Coleridge Way; North to the Cape; Somerset Way