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#42356 - 16/10/06 04:57 PM The big one
AndyWalker Offline
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Registered: 08/02/06
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Has anyone here considered or doing the Lands End to John O Groats walk.

Andy

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#42357 - 16/10/06 06:32 PM Re: The big one
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Registered: 23/06/05
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We certainly have. It would take us something in the region of 8 - 9 weeks so it will have to wait until we retire which is a few years off yet! Still, that should give us ample time to prepare.

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#42358 - 16/10/06 08:09 PM Re: The big one
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Registered: 24/11/04
Posts: 848
Loc: Billingham,Cleveland
I have thought of it,but you are talking about taking weeks off work (which I can't afford to do),or waiting until you retire.
Then of course,there is winning the lottery.......... [img]http://www.coast2coast.co.uk/ubb/rolleyes.gif[/img].
Nimrod

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#42359 - 17/10/06 08:18 PM Re: The big one
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Registered: 01/03/05
Posts: 56
Loc: scotland
LeJog (Lands End to John O'Groats)

I did this last year and would gladly give anyone interested advice if they wish. It took me 69 days & I walked around 1200 miles. (Didn't take the direct route).

The first thing I would say is that you must be prepared mentally (as well as being physically fit!). I can honestly say that completing this walk changed my life - for the better I might add! Don't just talk about it - go & do it!

Sparnel

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#42360 - 18/10/06 06:23 PM Re: The big one
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Registered: 16/11/04
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I always thought I had no desire to do the LEJOG. Now I'm having second thoughts.

I have the time and somehow, the idea is compelling. At 1100 miles it remains a little shorter than the AP.


Not this summer....

Are there any fine websites with diaries/journals?
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#42361 - 18/10/06 08:16 PM Re: The big one
Nimrod Offline
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Registered: 24/11/04
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Loc: Billingham,Cleveland
Quote:
Originally posted by Arial:
At 1100 miles it remains a little shorter than the AP.

Would that be the Appalachian Way? if so,I think an ideal six months would be enough to do that one.
Nimrod

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#42362 - 19/10/06 02:49 AM Re: The big one
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6 months and a toleration for West Nile Virus, snakes, bears, and humidity.

I know the midges and mossies would be thick in Scotland, but apparently vodka is a good repellant for mossies. What about single malts for breakfast?
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#42363 - 19/10/06 08:09 AM Re: The big one
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Guys,

Agreed. Getting the time away from work is a real problem here as well, however I am hoping for a time when that won't be the case. (Hopefully before another 39 years when I retire).

Sparnel, very roughly what route did you take. Did you take in the PW and WHW on route?

Andy

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#42364 - 20/10/06 05:35 AM Re: The big one
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Who is the oldest person to complete LeJog or JOGLE?
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#42365 - 26/11/06 02:35 AM Re: The big one
Phil Slater Offline
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Registered: 03/11/06
Posts: 5
Loc: Australia
Seems to be a number of questions on walking Lands End to John O Groats, LEJOG.
Distances fitness levels, age ability and so on. Myself and my wife Marilyn walked the big one linking up mostly long distance paths.

Full details and a free e-book can be found at www.ukendtoend.com.

We are Australians who visit the UK regularly on walking holidays. This we agree was the greatest experience you could imagine..

[This message has been edited by Phil Slater (edited 26 November 2006).]

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#42366 - 26/11/06 12:55 PM Re: The big one
Nimrod Offline
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Registered: 24/11/04
Posts: 848
Loc: Billingham,Cleveland
Quote:
Originally posted by Arial:
6 months and a toleration for West Nile Virus, snakes, bears, and humidity.

I know the midges and mossies would be thick in Scotland, but apparently vodka is a good repellant for mossies. What about single malts for breakfast?


I would love to do it,but the navigation of it is supposed to be hard.
Nimrod

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#42367 - 28/11/06 08:16 AM Re: The big one
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Phil Slater - What a wonderful account of your walk. I have thought about doing this a few times, your account makes me want to do it even more although the weather on parts of the Pennine Way (which I did last year) does make me think again!

I thought that I should let you know that I have put your posting on the Pennine Way Forum so that other people who may not visit this forum don't miss it.

Thanks again.
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#42368 - 24/01/07 02:34 PM Re: The big one
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Registered: 28/08/06
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Loc: Bakewell, Derbyshire, England
Im considering doing it this summer but JOG to LE N-S, Im in the process of Planning the time off work and the route
Joe

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#42369 - 24/01/07 02:40 PM Re: The big one
joeO Offline
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Registered: 28/08/06
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Loc: Bakewell, Derbyshire, England
Phil and Marilyn,
What an inspiration you have been to me.
Iam reading your journal every lunchtime, what an experience, which I intend to replicate.
I was going to thank you on finishing the reading , but just seen you post an couldnt resist saying welldone and thanks.
I would like to make contact with you if I go ahead and do the walk, if thats ok.
Thanks again
Joe

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#42370 - 24/01/07 02:42 PM Re: The big one
joeO Offline
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Registered: 28/08/06
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Loc: Bakewell, Derbyshire, England
Sparnel
would love to check you out too, for advice.
Well Done
Joe

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#42371 - 25/01/07 05:15 PM Re: The big one
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Loc: scotland
Joe O,

I completed the walk from South to North last year. Feel free to ask me any relevant questions.

Sparnel

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#42372 - 27/01/07 04:58 PM Re: The big one
Slogger Offline
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Registered: 12/06/05
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Loc: West Lancs.
I once bumped into a guy doing the lejog. It took him 8 months to complete the walk.
Mind you, he did become the first and only one to date to do it, including all the 3,000ft mountains on the UK mainland.
Dave.

[This message has been edited by Slogger (edited 27 January 2007).]

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#42373 - 29/01/07 02:32 AM Re: The big one
Phil Slater Offline
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Registered: 03/11/06
Posts: 5
Loc: Australia
Quote:
Originally posted by joeO:
Phil and Marilyn,
What an inspiration you have been to me.
Iam reading your journal every lunchtime, what an experience, which I intend to replicate.
I was going to thank you on finishing the reading , but just seen you post an couldnt resist saying welldone and thanks.
I would like to make contact with you if I go ahead and do the walk, if thats ok.
Thanks again
Joe

Thanks Joe for the positive response, we have had over 300 copies of our Free "Walking the Length of Britain" Journal taken off the web, so the feedback to us is very much appreciated. We would be pleased to hear from you if you decide to go ahead yourself .
Best wishes Phil & Marilyn Slater
www.ukendtoend.com




[This message has been edited by Phil Slater (edited 29 January 2007).]

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#42374 - 09/02/07 02:05 PM Re: The big one
joeO Offline
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Registered: 28/08/06
Posts: 32
Loc: Bakewell, Derbyshire, England
Sparnel
Thanks,
How long did it take you and which route did you take.?
What was your average per day?
Any tips
Joe

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#42375 - 09/02/07 02:07 PM Re: The big one
joeO Offline
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Registered: 28/08/06
Posts: 32
Loc: Bakewell, Derbyshire, England
Sparnel
What time of year did you do it.
I want to try for the best time of year, but want to avoid the midges in Scotland
Joe

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#42376 - 12/02/07 10:15 AM Re: The big one
sparnel Offline
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Registered: 01/03/05
Posts: 56
Loc: scotland
Hi - I started on the 4th April and reached John O'Groats on the 11th June. I averaged around 16 miles per day. I walked approx 1100 miles, so as you can see, I didn't take the most direct route.

The weather was not good when I started the Penine Way, so I had to leave that and went west. I was not prepared for wintry weather (which was what I got the first day on the PW). I zig-zagged back & forth over the Penines, eventaully heading 'straight' north from Settle. It's a long story but I won't bore you with all the details.

I followed a more or less 'Central' route thru Cornwall & Devon. Lots of villages and country roads. Cornwall is a big county when you have to walk thru it!

I would say to anyone thinking of doing this walk is to make sure you are prepared mentally as well as physically. You have to be 100% committed. I remained that way throughout the whole walk; in fact when I reached John O'Groats, I felt a little disappointed the big adventure had come to an end. I could have walked on thru the Orkneys! (My wife didn't agree though!)

I carried a small tent which I used on only 6 occasions, finding accommodation as I went along. I would do it again, in fact I will do it again!
Best of luck & enjoy your adventure!

Sparnel

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#42377 - 14/02/07 04:33 PM Re: The big one
joeO Offline
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Registered: 28/08/06
Posts: 32
Loc: Bakewell, Derbyshire, England
Thanks Sparnel
Does anyone know when the midges arrive in Scotland

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#42378 - 14/02/07 06:21 PM Re: The big one
Slogger Offline
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Registered: 12/06/05
Posts: 2893
Loc: West Lancs.
They get bad from the end of May to September.
Dave.

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#42379 - 30/04/07 07:21 PM Re: The big one
samwatts Offline
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Registered: 02/08/05
Posts: 34
Loc: San Francisco CA
Any ideas on why it is usually done South to North?

Seems to me if you can beat the Midges out of Scotland, where the days are slightly longer anyway, that it might be better to start from the North....

Or, it it that JOG is so beautiful that it is a better place to end?

My husband and I have made a pact to do this as soon as our children have left home. In the meantime, I am slowly absorbing information...

Sam

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#42380 - 30/04/07 07:38 PM Re: The big one
Slogger Offline
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Registered: 12/06/05
Posts: 2893
Loc: West Lancs.
I frequently spot Lejog walkers on the road route as they pass through our village of Euxton Lancs on the A49 towards Preston. You can tell them a mile off, usually on their own, looking footsore and wearysom seemingly aimlessly trolling along. I think if I ever do it, and I'd like to, I'd do the LDP version. I just cant see the appeal of walking almost 1,000 mile along the tarmac, no matter how pretty some of the villages may be.
Dave.

[This message has been edited by Slogger (edited 30 April 2007).]

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