The End to End Trail

Land's End to John o' Groats on foot

By Andy Robinson

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A practical guidebook for walking from Land's End to John o' Groats. The 1956km (1215 mile) long-distance route, known as the End to End Trail, follows paths and tracks rather than road, and takes to the hills whenever it can. The route is presented in 61 daily stages averaging just less than 32km (20 miles).

Seasons

Seasons

Recommended from April to the end of June... for more hours of daylight, fewer midges, and to avoid the shooting seasons and winter weather in Scotland.
Centres

Centres

Land's End, Barnstaple, Knighton, Hebden Bridge, Jedburgh, Fort William, John o' Groats
Difficulty

Difficulty

A two-month walk at an average of 20 miles per day (an alternative three-month schedule is also provided). The recommended route keeps to hills where possible. For experienced walkers only: includes some remote mountain areas; navigation skills are necessary.
Must See

Must See

The best of Britain's hill country, coastal scenery in Devon/Cornwall, the Peak District, the Highlands
ISBN
9781852849337
Availability
Not Yet Published
Available
15 Sep 2019
Edition
Second
Pages
408
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 2.2cm
  • Overview

    This guidebook to UK's ultimate challenge walk, the End to End, describes a 1956km (1215 mile) walking route from Land's End in Cornwall to John o' Groats in Scotland's far north – the two points on mainland Britain that are the furthest apart. The recommended route avoids road walking as much as possible and frequently takes advantage of existing long-distance trails, including the South West Coast Path, Pennine Way and West Highland Way. Passing through remote terrain at times and keeping to the hills where practical, it is intended for experienced hill-walkers.

    The guide includes route description and maps, concentrating on the 'gaps' between the major long-distance trails covered in other Cicerone guides. There is also a wealth of advice to help you prepare for and undertake your walk, covering equipment, safety, supplies and facilities. Notes on history, geography and local sights, along with anecdotes from those who have successfully completed the journey, add interest and inspiration.

    The route is presented in 61 daily stages (each averaging around 32km), divided into 6 sections; an alternative three-month schedule is also provided. The End to End Trail promises a magnificent adventure through some of the best the British countryside can offer, and a unique sense of achievement on completion of your walk.

  • Contents

    Map key   
    Route overview map
    Preface to the second edition

    INTRODUCTION

    Using this guide
    The route
    Geography and history
    Safety
    When to go
    Planning your schedule
    Equipment
    Maps
    Carrying food
    Money
    Accommodation and services

    SECTION 1 THE SOUTH WEST COAST PATH: LAND’S END TO BARNSTAPLE
    The start    Land’s End
    Day 1    Land’s End to Zennor
    Day 2    Zennor to Gwithian
    Day 3    Gwithian to Perranporth
    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
    Section 1    Strip maps

    SECTION 2 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
    Section 2    Strip maps

    SECTION 3 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 Youlgreave
    Day 26    Youlgreave to Hathersage
    Day 27    Hathersage to White Gate
    Day 28    White Gate to Hebden Bridge
    Section 3    Strip maps

    SECTION 4 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
    Section 4    Strip maps

    SECTION 5 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
    Section 5    Strip maps

    SECTION 6 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 the Overscaig Hotel
    Day 57    The Overscaig Hotel to the Crask Inn
    Day 56L    Oykel Bridge to Lairg
    Day 57L    Lairg to Loch Choire
    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 Duncansby Head and John o’ Groats
    The end    John o’ Groats
    How to leave John o’ Groats
    Recognition of your feat

    Section 6    Strip maps

    Appendix A    Route summary tables
    Main schedule
    Alternative three-month schedule

    Appendix B    Bibliography
    Appendix C    Other sources of information

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Andy Robinson

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.

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