This feels a little odd, I've been reading your site for a while now, but I suppose its as good a time as any to introduce myself.
Also I am insane. I'm not particularly fit, or really fit at all and the I've done very little long distance walking in the past. I have a meager budget of £1,200 for food and accomidation and therefore cannot afford B&Bs or hostels and will be camping throughout.
However, before you cry out in despair, I have at least been preparing. Every other day I head off into the woods around Shropshire, walking between five and fifteen miles with a heavy pack. I'm planning on heading into the woods for a few solo camping trips and before Easter I am going to walk Offa's Dyke between Hay on Wye and Knighton with all of my equipment to get a good idea of how this will all play out.
I have been using your route as a basic outline. Your resources are very useful, so I must say thankyou for that. Your travelogue was highly enjoyable.
Any advice for the trail? Thanks again for the site, its been endlessly helpful. Look forward to hearing from you.
Subject: Walking LEJOG
Sorry for the delayed reply - I was on holiday in Rome until yesterday, so I've been out of touch for a week.
> This summer I am walking from Lands End to John O'Groates
Great stuff! It sounds like you've got everything sorted - lots of training, practice camping trips, friends joining you, decent gear, charity fundraising going well... in fact, I can't think of anything else to suggest, so all that's left is for you to go ahead and do the walk. 😀
I guess the only bit of advice I could give would be not to push yourself too far, too early on. Only you will know the kinds of distances you can comfortably walk each day, but doing those distances day after day over such a long period is quite a different matter. When you finish the walk and tell people you just walked from Land's End to John o'Groats, they'll be impressed by the fact that you've finished the walk, but they'll be less bothered by how long you took... so if you need to take a break, or do some shorter distances, then listen to your body; if you push yourself too fast, you risk injuring yourself and not finishing at all, and that would be terrible. It's more common than you think - probably half of the LEJOG walks I heard of last year ended in failure due to injury, and that's a hard thing to handle.
Besides, taking your time means you have more time to appreciate what you're seeing, which is always a good idea.
Not sure what else I can suggest, except have fun! If you'd like to ask anything else, just drop me a note; I'm happy to help. And if you keep a blog or online diary, I'd be happy to add a link to my Useful Links page, so just let me know the link if you're interested.
Subject: Good luck!
It sounds like you're doing a great job of preparing. Getting used to walking with a heavy pack was definitely one of the most useful things I did before my walk.
As usual Mark gives excellent advice. The only thing I would add is that when you're on the walk you should just take it one day at a time, only plan two or three days ahead and never commit yourself to deadlines. Just concentrate on the immediate job in hand, not the big picture. Break it up into small goals, there's no point worrying about how far it is to the finish line, just make sure you get to the next town, then you can take it from there.
If you complete your walk it will be one of the best experiences of you life. Good luck!
Gary (2010 JOGLE walker)
Subject: Baby steps
Excellent point, Gary. This quote sums it up pretty well:
'Take an empty pint bottle and add one-and-a-half teaspoons of water to the bottle each day; when the bottle is full, then that's how long it takes to walk from Land's End to John o'Groats.'
Wise words, indeed. 😀
Subject: Hi Tom
Myself and a friend aare also JOGLE'ing in the summer and £1,200 is definatly a do-able budget. Were hopefully doing it in less than £2,000 for the both of us! (depending on fundraising) We are also training on Offa's Dyke starting easter sunday so we may weven see you in training!
Good luck with thwe walk 😀
Ive been reading many blogs and the brilliant information each one has, in constanly making notes. I have been looking at the http://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/ with alot of interest and looking at how i can work a couple of these into my walk when i eventually get round to doing it. 😂
Im always looking at freebies i can use to ease costs and there are a few around to be had.
Bothies are awesome - highly recommended for an atmospheric spot to spend the night, so if you can work any into your route, it's a great idea. It sure beats camping when it's raining!