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Country: UK
Begins: May 8, 2013
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Date: Thu, Jan 24th, 2013

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Lands End, Western Cornwall, UK



I intend to average between 15 to 20 miles each day and I should take approximately 10 weeks to complete the 1,200 mile walk. I am fortunate that I will be using hostels, Inns and Bead & Breakfasts during this journey - so no tent, sleeping bag and stove.

I am walking about 10/12 miles twice per week and I am doing a lot of core exercises as well. I will increase the walking to 10/15 miles per day and in my last few weeks before starting the walk and will be wearing a rucksack that weighs about 5 kg to simulate the weight that I will be carrying.

Full kit list and Itinerary to follow.

Further background information on the LEJOG can be found on Wikipedia as follows:


The first recorded end-to-end walk (actually from John o' Groats to Land's End) was undertaken by the brothers John and Robert Naylor in 1871.[1] Since then the walk has been undertaken many times, more particularly since 1960, after a well-publicised road walk by Dr Barbara Moore. In 1960 the entrepreneur Billy Butlin organised a road walking race, which gave further impetus to the idea.

Since the 1960s, walkers have mostly chosen off-road routes, using the growing network of long-distance footpaths. A classic account is from 1966 by the travel writer John Hillaby.[2] Off-road walkers usually complete the journey in two to three months. There is a considerable choice of off-road routes, but all are much longer than the shortest road distance, usually 1,200 miles (1,900 km) or more. The walk is still undertaken by road walkers, often doing the walk, like Sir Ian Botham, for charity, or as a "challenge walk". They typically take a month or even less.

There is no continuous long-distance path from Land's End to John o' Groats. There are long-distance paths for substantial sections of the route, and where they do not exist walkers connect them by rights of way and minor roads. Most walkers broadly follow these routes:[3]

from Land's End to Exmoor by the South West Coast Path; or by a shorter inland route through Cornwall and Devon by minor roads and paths, the Two Castles Trail and the towpath of the Grand Western Canal
across Somerset by parts of the Macmillan Way West, the Samaritans Way South West[4] or the Limestone Link
to the Peak District either by
an eastern route using the Cotswold Way, the Heart of England Way (or the Severn Way), the Staffordshire Way and the Limestone Way; or
a western route across the Severn Bridge then by the Offa's Dyke Path, the Maelor Way and the South Cheshire Way
to the Scottish Borders by the Pennine Way
by St. Cuthbert's Way and a section of the Southern Upland Way to the Pentland Hills, then by
a western route using the towpaths of the Union Canal and the Forth and Clyde Canal, then by the West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way to Inverness; or
an eastern route across the Forth Road Bridge to Perth and Pitlochry, then by Glen Tilt and the Lairig Ghru to Speyside and the old Wade road to Inverness.
from Inverness to John o' Groats, there is no long distance footpath, so the route is mostly on roads with a few stretches of coast walking; to avoid road walking, some walkers head north west from the end of the West Highland Way at Fort William using parts of the Cape Wrath Trail, then head northeast through the Flow Country of Caithness. However, this route is through remote country and requires wild camping.

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