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Land's End to John o' Groats

1368 km / 850 miles

Cornwall, Highland, 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 and may be much longer. 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) and the last LDWA/Cicerone UK Trailwalker's Handbook (now sold out but Amazon may have used copies) 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 contemporary account of a recent walk (by LDWA member Adam Dawson for a charity) is on the adamswalk website linked below and includes detailed information and route mapping. This uses a substantially longer route than the minimum, that included the national tops of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis, so would take a little longer than a more direct route.

A 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 National 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. Subsequently a website for this walk that includes a stage-by-stage route description has been published under the umbrella of Walk Highlands and is listed below as 'Scotland End to End'.

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.


Details:

Path Type
Other Paths
Attributes
Challenging; Moorland
Start
SW343251 - Land's End, Cornwall
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Finish
ND379734 - John o' Groats, Highland
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User Group
Land's End to John o' Groats Association
 
St Anthony's, Greenhill Road, SANDFORD, Somerset, BS25 5PB

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Paperback
Walking e2e (Brackwalks - 2015)
Paperback
Land's End to John O'Groats Walk (Cordee Ltd - 2001)
Paperback
Paperback
Lands End to John O'Groats Cycle Guide (Challenge Publications - 2004)
Certificate
Certificate 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
End to End (Book Guild Publishing Ltd - 2008)
Paperback
Book
Turn Right at Land's End (John Merrill Foundation - 1979)
Booklet
Lands End to John O’Groats (Mike Salter - 2006)

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Maps:

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

Walking Support Providers:

Support Providers
Baggage Handling (Luggage Transfers)

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