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#42735 - 15/11/07 05:57 PM Land's End to John O'Groats *****
sparnel Offline
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Registered: 01/03/05
Posts: 56
Loc: scotland
I did this walk two years ago and was wondering if anyone is gearing up for it next year. My route took me through central Cornwall & Devon; The Cotswold Way; Heart of England Way; part of the Penine Way; through Lancashire; over the border at Gretna Green & up westwards through central Scotland to pick up the WHW; Great Glen Way (part of); East coast to Wick & finally JOG.

If anyone wants any info, I would be pleased to reply. Would like to hear of other's experiences.

Sparnel

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#42736 - 16/11/07 11:39 AM Re: Land's End to John O'Groats
AlanCS Offline
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Registered: 28/11/05
Posts: 46
Loc: Colchester
How long did it take and at what kind of pace? What were the high and low points? Alan

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#42737 - 17/11/07 06:59 PM Re: Land's End to John O'Groats
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Loc: scotland
Hi Alan - the walk took me 69 days which included 5 'rest' days where I did no walking. I can't say I had any real low point; I felt the walk through Cornwall was taking me forever. It's a big long county and coupled with Devon, I was going eastwards for what I thought was ages.

Throughout the walk I felt on a high; I was mentally prepared for this expedition. For the two & a half months it took me I was totally focused on doing it. I was a little sad when I finished at JOG! It was particularly good to have a friend and then my brother walk with me for a few days.
Trust this answers your question.

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#42738 - 17/11/07 07:01 PM Re: Land's End to John O'Groats
sparnel Offline
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Registered: 01/03/05
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Loc: scotland
Just noticed I didn't reply about the pace. I averaged 16 miles per day. I do not walk fast and rested up wnever the opportunity arose. It's difficult to get on the road much before 9am when staying at B&B's. I used these a lot. I'm not a fast walker - and definitely not a speed man!
I enjoyed stopping & looking a lot too.

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#42739 - 18/11/07 09:58 AM Re: Land's End to John O'Groats
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Registered: 16/11/01
Posts: 90
Loc: Knottingley, nr Pontefract Yor...
Hi sparnel,what time of year did you do the lejog? Did you time it to miss the dreaded midges in Scotland? Would it be best to walk north to south then you could miss the midges by starting in late spring and get the early summer weather in England as you progress southwards?.....one day
Robin.H.

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#42740 - 18/11/07 12:37 PM Re: Land's End to John O'Groats
sparnel Offline
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Registered: 01/03/05
Posts: 56
Loc: scotland
Hello Robin,

I live in Scotland. I often think there's too much made of the Scottish Midge - it's not as bad as it's made out to be, and if you are walking, literally on the move, it won't be too much of a problem.
I started the walk early April (the 4th) and walked south to north. I wanted to feel the sun on my back and also wanted to feel I was heading 'homewards'.

The most extreme weather I encountered was one of the Monday Bank holidays in May. I had camped near Lichfield; temp was nearly 30 degrees during the day and then came a massive thunder storm that night with torrential rain! Survived ok but made the following day a rest day in Lichfield.

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#42741 - 19/11/07 08:00 AM Re: Land's End to John O'Groats
Bliss 60 Offline
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Registered: 02/05/07
Posts: 273
Loc: Birmingham
I have it in my mind to do Lands End to John O Groats, but I'm sorting of planning to do it starting in April 2009. This is because I have not yet done walking and camping and so I want to check out how I get on with that first (so probably planning something relatively easy with a tent like the Dales Way in 2008). Plus I need that long to plan how to get 2 to 3 months off work!

I was sort of inspired by the Cicerone End to End Book - which takes a route similarish to yours except it cuts across the Severn and goes up the Offas Dyke Trail. I guess there's probably a number of different ways.

I think if I do get to do it, you 69 days and 16 miles a day sounds about right to me. And I like the idea of rest days as and when needed.

Incidentally, the Cicerone book recommends doing the End to End trail starting from the South in April - because that means avoiding the midges as best as possible, and also potentially means that you are fitter for the bit at the top when there is no alternative but camping.

Its a hell of an idea - hope I get to do it.

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#42742 - 19/11/07 09:58 AM Re: Land's End to John O'Groats
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Registered: 29/04/05
Posts: 1328
Loc: North Yorkshire
Bliss 60,

Read this account of the walk:-
http://www.ukendtoend.com./

I found it really informative, I am tempted having walked the SWCP this year. If I do then I'll walk it South to North via the SWCP, Offa's Dyke, Pennnine Way then I am not sure which way after that.

I hope that you do walk it, I met a guy who was walking it and as preparation he went off for a week with a full pack, including tent etc, and walked 20 miles a day to see how he felt. The only thing you need to do in preparation is to make sure that some of it is "undulating". Although I have never used walking poles I would for a walk of this distance, my knees were knackered after the SWCP.

Good luck, keep us up-to-date with preparations.
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#42743 - 19/11/07 07:02 PM Re: Land's End to John O'Groats
sparnel Offline
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Registered: 01/03/05
Posts: 56
Loc: scotland
Hi Bliss & Others,

All comments noted. As I've said on this forum at another time, you need to be prepared mentally to undertake a walk of this magnitude. I built up to this by making it the most important event I was going to do at that time; I told friends/relatives that I would not be returning for weddings, funerals (within reason), celebrations, etc, and that this walk was my priority! Be serious from the initial planning stage on this. Thereafter, I don't think you need to 'start' getting into training. If you walk regularly then treat it as a continuation of a 'normal' long distance walk, but just keep going!

I hope you can follow me on this. It changed my life dramatically - made me a more confident person; altered my outlook on life and made me realise there are more things to life than work, eat & sleep!

Go ahead, get ready for it!

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#47185 - 24/05/09 08:42 PM Re: Land's End to John O'Groats [Re: sparnel]
smay Offline
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Registered: 24/04/09
Posts: 9
It's my dream to do this walk, I would love to link up as many footpaths as possible, especially the pennine way as i really enjoyed it.

Unfortunately i can't get the time off work to do it, My walking partner and i have seriously considered giving up our jobs (it means that much) just so we can do the walk, but during these testing times that just wouldn't be sensible.

I have sat down and worked out approx how much it would cost to do (B&Bs, meals etc.) but can anyone who has done the walk please tell me what their budget was?

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