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Land's End to John o' Groats

Cornwall, Highland, Numerous

1368 km / 850 miles
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. Since the first edition in 2007 there have been many significant changes to the route itself and to vegetation and to support along the way, updated in the 2019 second edition listed below.

The LDWA/Cicerone UK Trailwalker's Handbook (Amazon may have used copies or there is a Kindle version) is a useful aid to planning the overall routing using LDPs, if footpaths are to be used.

For a comprehensive historic bibliography of the challenge see Andy Robinson's 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 Adam's Walk website 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 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 describes a walk around the coast of England & Wales (approx 2970 miles/4780 km) which provides additional alternatives in reaching the border with Scotland.


Strider News - April 2020 (Publication Update)

Updated guidebook by Andy Robinson published by Cicerone, with some route changes included.


Details:

Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Moorland
Start: SW343251 - Land's End, Cornwall View on StreetMap
Finish: ND379734 - John o' Groats, Highland View on StreetMap
User Group: Land's End to John o' Groats Association St Anthony's, Greenhill Road, SANDFORD, Somerset, BS25 5PB
Land's End to John o' Groats Association
Email: aadriancole@gmail.com
Web Sites: Andy Robinson's long distance walking website Walking Land's End to John o'Groats with Mark Moxon Adam's Walk - LEJOG Brackwalks - Land's End to John o'Groats Undiscovered Scotland - Specific Walks Scotland End to End British Walks - A Land's End to John O'Groats walk Independent Hostels UK - Land's End to John o' Groats Accommodation

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Walking the End to End Trai l: Land's End to John O'Groats on foot  (Cicerone Press  - 2019 )
Guidebook Walking e2e  (Brackwalks  - 2015 )
E-Book When I Walk, I Bounce: Walking from Land's End to John o'Groats  (Amazon Media Group  - 2009 )
Guidebook End to End  (Book Guild Publishing Ltd  - 2008 )
Guidebook Lands End to John O’Groats  (Mike Salter  - 2006 )
Guidebook John O' Groats to Lands End : the official challenge guide  (Challenge Publications  - 2004 )
Guidebook Land's End to John O'Groats Walk  (Cordee Ltd  - 2001 )
Certificate Certificate for Land's End to John o' Groats  (Land's End to John o' Groats Association )
General Interest Book Footsteps in summer : diary of an epic walk of discovery across Britain  (Matador (an imprint of Troubadour)  - 2014 )
General Interest Book LE-JOG-ed : a mid-lifer's trek from Land's End to John O'Groats  (Matador (an imprint of Troubadour)  - 2013 )

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