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Lands End and John O’Groats are the two ends of the island of Great Britain – the two points that are the farthest apart from each other. As the crow flies they are 602 miles apart. Linking the two in a single long-distance walk gives a magnificent expedition almost exactly twice that distance.
This guidebook describes a 2000km (1200 mile) end-to-end route from Lands End to John O’Groats, through the very best of the British countryside. The route follows paths and tracks rather than roads, and takes to the hills and wilder country whenever it can.
Along the way the LEJOG route uses parts of the South West Coast Path, the Offas Dyke Path, the Pennine Way and the West Highland Way, all established long-distance walking trails. The other 60% of the route is fully covered by detailed route descriptions and maps, and many practical variations on the route are outlined as well.
Route divided into 61 days averaging just less than 32km (20 miles) each
Preparation and safety suggestions
Information about accommodation and services
This is the ideal planning tool and route companion for anyone undertaking this epic walk.
Recommended April to end of June... for longer daylight, fewer midges, and avoiding the shooting seasons and winter weather in Scotland.
Two-month walk at average of 20 miles per day. Route keeps to hills where possible. For experienced walkers only: some remote mountan areas; navigation skills needed.
- Must See
Seeing the best of Britain's hill country; coastal scenery in Devon/Cornwall; the Peak District; the Highlands; the people; the solitude. Reaching the end!
Publisher's update, April 2007
The wrong map appears on page 384. The correct map is shown below and a replacement page 384 can be downloaded as a PDF.
Download page 384 as a PDF
How to Use This Guidebook
Geography and History
Accommodation and Service
The South West Coast Path: Land’s End to Barnstaple
The Start: Land’s En
Day 1 Land’s End to Zennor
Day 2 Zennor to Gwithia
Day 3 Gwithian to Perranport
Day 4 Perranporth to Mawgan Porth
Day 5 Mawgan Porth to Wadebridge
Day 6 Wadebridge to Boscastle
Day 7 Boscastle to Bude
Day 8 Bude to Clovelly
Day 9 Clovelly to Barnstaple
Strip Maps for Section 1
The Bristol Channel and the Welsh Border:
Barnstaple to Knighton
Day 10 Barnstaple to Warren Farm, Exmoor
Day 11 Warren Farm, Exmoor to Roadwater
Day 12 Roadwater to Bridgwater
Day 13 Bridgwater to Cheddar
Day 14 Cheddar to Easton-in-Gordano
Day 15 Easton-in-Gordano to Chepstow
Day 16 Chepstow to Monmouth
Day 17 Monmouth to Pandy
Day 18 Pandy to Hay-on-Wye
Day 19 Hay-on-Wye to Knighton
Strip Maps for Section 2
Shropshire, Staffordshire and the Peak:
Knighton to Hebden Bridge
Day 20 Knighton to Craven Arms
Day 21 Craven Arms to Ironbridge
Day 22 Ironbridge to Penkridge
Day 23 Penkridge to Abbots Bromley
Day 24 Abbots Bromley to Thorpe
Day 25 Thorpe to Youlgreav
Day 26 Youlgreave to Hathersage
Day 27 Hathersage to Dunford Bridge
Day 28 Dunford Bridge to Hebden Bridge
Strip Maps for Section 3
The Pennines and Cheviots:
Hebden Bridge to Jedburgh
Day 29 Hebden Bridge to Thornton in Craven
Day 30 Thornton in Craven to Horton in Ribblesdale
Day 31 Horton in Ribblesdale to Hawes
Day 32 Hawes to Keld
Day 33 Keld to Middleton-in-Teesdale
Day 34 Middleton-in-Teesdale to Dufton
Day 35 Dufton to Alston
Day 36 Alston to Greenhead
Day 37 Greenhead to Bellingham
Day 38 Bellingham to Byrness
Day 39 Byrness to Jedburgh
Strip Maps for Section 4
Southern Scotland and the West Highland Way:
Jedburgh to Fort William
Day 40 Jedburgh to Melrose
Day 41 Melrose to Traquair
Day 42 Traquair to West Linton
Day 43 West Linton to Linlithgow
Day 44 Linlithgow to Kilsyth
Day 45 Kilsyth to Drymen
Day 46 Drymen to Inverarnan
Day 47 Inverarnan to Bridge of Orchy
Day 48 Bridge of Orchy to Kinlochleven
Day 49 Kinlochleven to Fort William
Strip Maps for Section 5
The Northern Highlands and the Flow Country:
Fort William to John O’Groats
Day 50 Fort William to Glen Garry (Loch Poulary)
Day 51 Glen Garry (Loch Poulary) to Glen Affric
Day 52 Glen Affric to Bendronaig Lodge
Day 53 Bendronaig Lodge to Kinlochewe
Day 54 Kinlochewe to Inverlael
Day 55 Inverlael to Oykel Bridge
Day 56 Oykel Bridge to Overscaig Hotel
Day 57 Overscaig Hotel to the Crask Inn
Day 56L Oykel Bridge to Lairg
Day 57L Lairg to Loch Coire
Day 58 The Crask Inn to Kinbrace
Day 59 Kinbrace to River Thurso (Dail Righe)
Day 60 River Thurso (Dail Righe) to Watten
Day 61 Watten to John O’Groats (Duncansby Head)
The End: John O’Groats
How to Leave John O’Groats
Recognition of Your Feat
The Land’s End John O’Groats Association
The Land’s End John O’Groats Club
Strip Maps for Section 6
Route Summary Tables
Alternative Three Month Schedule
Other Sources of Information
View Sample Route Map
Day 5 The Camel Estuary
Mawgan Porth to Wadebridge (28km, 17 miles)
‘After a walk of about thirty miles, reached Wadebridge for tea’ Elihu Burritt
For the first part of the day, until Treyarnon Bay, the Trail continues northwards along the South West Coast Path. Between Treyarnon Bay and Padstow you can shortcut two headlands if you want (see below) to save some distance (the SWCP takes the long way round). At Padstow the coast path meets its first major obstacle since Land’s End – the estuary of the River Camel. The SWCP takes a ferry across the estuary to Rock, so the End to End Trail follows an alternative route via Wadebridge, rejoining the coast path at Port Isaac on Day 6.
The cliffs from Mawgan Porth north to Porthcothan and beyond to Treyarnon Bay are particularly spectacular, and worth taking your time over. There are narrow headlands and inlets, and offshore stacks and islands, and it’s surprising the walking itself isn’t more strenuous.
There’s a youth hostel at Treyarnon Bay, and shortly after this you pass the end of the road up to the village of Constantine Bay. Don’t go up the road, but follow either the coastal path in the dunes, or go along the beach, and turn right two or three minutes later, immediately behind a white coastguard hut on the beach. This is the start of a short cut along the golf course to Harlyn Bridge – strip map Day 5 Map 1 shows the way. (If you want to stay with the SWCP instead, and go the long way round via Trevose Head, this will add another 4km (21⁄2 miles) to the day.)
About 1km after Harlyn Bridge, on the SWCP again, you reach the village of Trevone (if you are staying here overnight there are bed and breakfasts, a shop and a pub). Leave the Coast Path here and head up the road through the village, where another End to End Trail short cut takes you eastward directly to Padstow – see strip map Day 5 Map 2. (Again, you can stick to the Coast Path via Kellan Head if you wish – it is about 5km (3 miles) further.)
The short cut makes a beeline for Padstow across the fields, and is pleasant enough, descending to Padstow Harbour along Church Street and its continuation, Duke Street.
Padstow has all services, including a tourist information centre, and Rick Stein’s fish restaurant (for which you will need to book well in advance).
Turn right at Padstow Harbour, and across a car park pick up the start of the Camel Trail, which the End to End Trail follows all the way to Wadebridge (Day 5 Map 3).
The Camel Trail is a popular waymarked Cornwall County Council route for cyclists and walkers. It follows a disused railway line along the River Camel from Padstow to Wadebridge, and then goes on to Bodmin. The cycle track can be unpleasantly busy during peak holiday times (another good reason for doing this walk in the spring), and the walking to Wadebridge is monotonous underfoot, but fast, with the estuary full of birdlife.
Wadebridge is the first proper town on the route since Newquay. It has a TIC, plenty of accommodation, and there is a campsite at Little Bodieve Holiday Park (GR990735 – see Day 6 Map 1), although there have been mixed reports of how well it provides for backpackers.