The End to End Trail
A long-distance trail from Lands End to John O'Groats
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A practical guidebook for walking from Lands End to John O'Groats. The 1935km (1200 mile) long-distance route, or end to end trail as it is also known, follows paths and tracks rather than road, and takes to the hills whenever it can. The route is divided into 61 daily stages averaging just less than 32km (20 miles).
SeasonsRecommended April to end of June... for longer daylight, fewer midges, and avoiding the shooting seasons and winter weather in Scotland.
DifficultyTwo-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 SeeSeeing the best of Britain's hill country; coastal scenery in Devon/Cornwall; the Peak District; the Highlands; the people; the solitude. Reaching the end!
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.
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
Ordnance Survey mapsWith the possible exception of the South West Coast Path, neither this guidebook nor any other should be relied on without having relevant Ordnance Survey or equivalent maps with you as well. Guidebooks are fine while you are on the right path, but rarely give you the information you need to find it again when you have lost it. At least when you have a map and get lost, you are probably still on the map.
The relevant OS maps are listed in the Maps box at the beginning of each section, and under the heading Recommendations are my suggestions for what to actually take.
Strip mapsWhen some or all of the day’s walking is not covered by another guidebook, my own strip maps are provided (grouped together at the end of each section), annotated with useful information to help you to follow the route without going astray.
The strip maps are not intended to be a substitute for Ordnance Survey maps, however. There are no contours marked, so they do not show the lie of the land, and they only show the recommended route and a narrow strip on either side. The strip maps should be used alongside OS maps, and one way of doing this is to transfer the route onto your OS maps with a soft pencil (2B or 3B), which can easily be erased later.
Many walkers will be relieved to hear that all the maps are oriented with north at the top of the page. This makes navigation easier, and since the Trail is overall south to north, for quite a lot of the time you will be holding the book the right way up as you follow the route.
Each map page has a named start and end point, and these are intended to let you know approximately where the walking starts and ends on the page. Not every page actually starts and ends exactly in a spot named on a map, so the name given reflects the nearest significant place with a name – this place could be just before or just after the actual page end point, or slightly off to the left or right. The named location is usually shown on one or other of the map pages (before or after the page break), but not always.
The text on the maps is usually in a series of numbered paragraphs on each page, and each paragraph is as close as it can be to the part of the map it relates to. This means that when looking at the map pages, expect to start reading paragraph number 1 near the bottom. If there are a number of strips of the map on one page, where practical the first is lowest down, and the higher ones follow on.
ScaleThe strip maps are on a scale of 1:25000 as far as the point where the Trail joins the Pennine Way, then at 1:50000 from the Scottish border onwards. The reason for using two different scales is that on a 1:50000 map it is almost impossible to show the detailed route-finding information needed to navigate intensive farming areas, such as you will meet in Somerset and Staffordshire. On the other hand, in the Highlands of Scotland there are generally far fewer features to show on a map, and using a 1:25000 scale would have resulted in many map sections showing nothing but a dotted line across a featureless page, which would be of little use for navigation.
Walking the length of the country is a daunting enough prospect without all the planning and route choice decisions that go with it. This is where a guidebook such as this is invaluable and an ideal companion to tuck away in the top of your rucksack.
Andy has divided the route into 61 days, and has included detailed route maps backed up with information about accommodation and services.
Illustrated with images that will inspire, this is a guidebook which gets you to think: "I'll do that, one day."
(Westmorland gazette / June 2007)
'Apart from tackling a walk around the coastline of mainland Britain, the ultimate challenge for most people is to walk from Land's End to John O'Groats. The books is an ideal planning tool for anyone undertaking this epic walk and included are suggestions about preparation and safety aspects as well as information about accommodation and other services. He also recognises the fact that many walkers would not follow the route described in its entirity and so provides tips on how to design your own route.
So if it is your intention to take up the challenge to walk from Land's End to John O'Groats you will find this book most helpful in your preparations.'
(Strider / December 2007)
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Andy Robinson has been walking around the hills and mountains for more years than he cares to admit to, and is a mean hand with a map and compass. He has a habit of setting off on unreasonably optimistic expeditions and usually gets away with it. But not always. His family is very supportive and puts up with a lot, but he's not quite sure why.View Guidebooks by Andy Robinson
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