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Walking Land's End to John o'Groats with Mark Moxon

Overview of the Route

Land's End to John o'Groats route map
How I walked the scenic route from Land's End to John o'Groats, covering the 1111-mile route in 89 days

One of the delights of walking from Land's End to John o'Groats is that you can make up your own route; the only criterion for being able to say you've done the End-to-End is that you get from one to the other in one continuous journey, but it doesn't matter how you do it. For people whose geography is a little shaky (that's me!) there is help available, and I based my route on the book The Land's End to John o'Groats Walk by Andrew McCloy. I didn't follow it religiously, especially when it seemed to add extra distance for no perceivable gain, but it was a great help in planning my walk.

If you'd like to see the route I took in map form, then you can see it in both two dimensions and in three dimensions, thanks to those nice people at Google Maps and Google Earth.

My route followed as many long-distance paths as was sensible, as noted below. Sometimes this was a good idea, and sometimes not; in the rain a convenient minor road can be a lot more pleasant than a hike through yet more boggy fields, but if you've got the right maps you can pick and choose. Anyone who sticks rigidly to their planned route for three months is either very lucky or very stubborn; allow for changes to your route and you can't go wrong.

So here's my route, designed to take in the beauty spots of Britain while avoiding too much meandering. I recommend this as a good starting point, especially if you've never done any of the long-distance walks it incorporates. It covers 15.9 miles per walking day, of which there are 70. I took 19 rest days, which felt about right, though you should of course tailor the schedule to your own capabilities.

Walk Rest Section Miles Total Path(s)
1   Land's End to Penzance 11.0 11.0 -
  1 Rest day in Helston - - -
2   Penzance to Pengoon Farm 17.0 28.0 -
3   Pengoon Farm to Truro 17.0 45.0 -
4   Truro to Tregolls Farm 21.0 66.0 -
5   Tregolls Farm to St Breward 11.5 77.5 Camel Trail
  2 Rest day in St Breward - - -
6   St Breward to Trecollas Farm 14.5 92.0 -
7   Trecollas Farm to Launceston 10.5 102.5 -
8   Launceston to Bridestowe 17.0 119.5 Two Castles Trail
9   Bridestowe to South Zeal 12.0 131.5 Granite Way
Tarka Trail
  3 Rest day in Okehampton - - -
  4 Rest day in Okehampton - - -
10   South Zeal to Crediton 14.5 146.0 -
11   Crediton to Tiverton 14.5 160.5 Exe Valley Way
12   Tiverton to Taunton 24.0 184.5 Two Counties Way
13   Taunton to Street 22.0 206.5 -
  5 Rest day in Taunton - - -
  6 Rest day in Taunton - - -
  7 Rest day in Taunton - - -
14   Street to Midsomer Norton 16.0 222.5 -
15   Midsomer Norton to Bath 16.0 238.5 Limestone Link
16   Bath to Old Sodbury 19.0 257.5 Cotswold Way
17   Old Sodbury to Cam 16.0 273.5 Cotswold Way
  8 Rest day in Cam - - -
18   Cam to Painswick 12.0 285.5 Cotswold Way
19   Painswick to Gloucester 7.0 292.5 -
20   Gloucester to Tewkesbury 13.5 306.0 Severn Way
21   Tewkesbury to Worcester 19.5 325.5 Severn Way
22   Worcester to Bewdley 17.5 343.0 Severn Way
23   Bewdley to Pattingham 18.0 361.0 Severn Way
24   Pattingham to Penkridge 16.0 377.0 Staffordshire Way
  9 Rest day with parents - - -
  10 Rest day with parents - - -
25   Penkridge to Abbots Bromley 17.0 394.0 Staffordshire Way
26   Abbots Bromley to Air Cottage 21.0 415.0 Staffordshire Way
Limestone Way
27   Air Cottage to Waterloo Inn 13.0 428.0 Limestone Way
28   Waterloo Inn to Edale 11.0 439.0 Limestone Way
29   Edale to Crowden 17.5 456.5 Pennine Way
30   Crowden to Standedge 13.0 469.5 Pennine Way
  11 Rest day in Standedge - - -
31   Standedge to Hebden Bridge 15.0 484.5 Pennine Way
32   Hebden Bridge to Lothersdale 18.0 502.5 Pennine Way
  12 Rest day in Lothersdale - - -
33   Lothersdale to Kirkby Malham 13.5 516.0 Pennine Way
34   Kirkby Malham to Horton-in-Ribblesdale 15.5 531.5 Pennine Way
  13 Rest day in Horton-in-Ribblesdale - - -
35   Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Hawes 14.0 545.5 Pennine Way
36   Hawes to Keld 12.5 558.0 Pennine Way
37   Keld to Baldersdale 15.0 573.0 Pennine Way
38   Baldersdale to Middleton-in-Teesdale 8.5 581.5 Pennine Way
39   Middleton-in-Teesdale to Langdon Beck 6.5 588.0 Pennine Way
40   Langdon Beck to Dufton 13.0 601.0 Pennine Way
41   Dufton to Alston 19.5 620.5 Pennine Way
  14 Rest day in Alston - - -
42   Alston to Haltwhistle 14.0 634.5 South Tyne Trail
43   Haltwhistle to Bellingham 19.5 654.0 Pennine Way
44   Bellingham to Byrness 15.0 669.0 Pennine Way
45   Byrness to Jedburgh 21.5 690.5 Pennine Way
  15 Rest day in Jedburgh - - -
46   Jedburgh to Melrose 16.5 707.0 St Cuthbert's Way
47   Melrose to Peebles 24.0 731.0 Southern Upland Way
  16 Rest day in Peebles - - -
48   Peebles to West Linton 14.0 745.0 -
49   West Linton to Edinburgh 18.5 763.5 -
50   Edinburgh to Linlithgow 22.0 785.5 Millennium Link
51   Linlithgow to Kilsyth 21.5 807.0 Millennium Link
52   Kilsyth to Drymen 23.5 830.5 Millennium Link
West Highland Way
  17 Rest day in Drymen - - -
53   Drymen to Rowardennan 11.5 842.0 West Highland Way
54   Rowardennan to Inverarnan 14.0 856.0 West Highland Way
55   Inverarnan to Tyndrum 12.0 868.0 West Highland Way
56   Tyndrum to Kings House 18.5 886.5 West Highland Way
57   Kings House to Kinlochleven 9.0 895.5 West Highland Way
58   Kinlochleven to Fort William 14.0 909.5 West Highland Way
  18 Rest day in Fort William - - -
59   Fort William to South Laggan 22.5 932.0 Great Glen Way
60   South Laggan to Alltsigh 21.5 953.5 Great Glen Way
61   Alltsigh to Drumnadrochit 11.0 964.5 Great Glen Way
62   Drumnadrochit to Inverness 18.0 982.5 Great Glen Way
63   Inverness to Dingwall 16.0 998.5 -
64   Dingwall to Alness 9.0 1007.5 -
65   Alness to Dornoch 20.0 1027.5 -
66   Dornoch to Brora 17.5 1045.0 -
67   Brora to Helmsdale 11.0 1056.0 -
  19 Rest day in Helmsdale - - -
68   Helmsdale to Dunbeath 15.0 1071.0 -
69   Dunbeath to Wick 21.0 1092.0 -
70   Wick to John o'Groats 19.0 1111.0 -
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