Walking from Land's End to John O'Groats

Q. Dear Country Walking (!)

Could you tell me if anyone works routes out for people.

I would like to know if there is a route from Land's End to Edale and from Kirk Yetholm to John o'Groats.

Thus making a walk of the full length of Great Britain.

Yours faithfully

Rita Linford


A. This is a project not to be sniffed at lightly (!). Given that to be successful, you're going to have to draw deeply on your reserves of resilience and self-sufficiency, it follows that the best route for you will probably have been designed by your very own hand.

My pal did this walk last year, covering about 1500 miles in 3 months (ish), and he used a Fugawi Digital Mapping software (though you could use the more expensive Memory-Map or Anquet) to work out the route and print off maps.

He basically joined up the public footpaths in Cornwall and Devon - didn't want to do the Coast path for some reason (probably because it is so up and down) - followed by long-distance routes around Bristol and up through the Midlands to Derbyshire, the The Pennine Way to Hadrian's Wall, Borders Hill paths, the Clyde walkway, West Highland Way, Great Glen Way, then the main road from Inverness to John O'Groats.

Soooo - best thing to do is get some digital mapping software and get creative and join up the dots.

Good luck - I'm looking forward to the book...

Mike Knipe, Crook


A. Did you do the walk and did a book get written?

David Grimshaw, Silsden


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