What I’m doing and why
When hiking The Pennine Way in 2007, I bumped into a couple who were walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Since then it’s been an ambition of mine to do this walk.
Now that I have retired this has become possible and on the 10th of May I will set out from John O’Groats heading south! My planned route avoids roads wherever possible and uses 3 of the UK’s long distance trails - The Pennine Way, Offa’s Dyke Path and the South West Coastal Path - in addition to shorter sections of other way-marked routes. The walk is nearly 1,200 miles long and, barring injuries, will take 62 days to complete. It has cumulative ascent and descent of approximately 140,000 feet.
The End to End Trail Guide and most other books I’ve used to plot the walk start from Lands End and finish at John O’ Groats. I decided to attempt the north to south route to hopefully avoid the midge season in Scotland. The plan is to leave Scotland on day 22, after 430 miles, having suffered no or very few insect bites!
As part of this adventure I’m pleased to be raising money in support of 2 local charities with which I have worked closely. The Peter Pan Centre, based in Stoke, helps to give children with special needs the best start in life. Visyon, based in Congleton, is a mental health charity that supports children and young people. There are links to both charities on this website if you would like to find out more about them together with a link to Just Giving if you would like to make a donation. I did want to do an automatic 50:50 split between the charities but that’s not possible with Just Giving. The page enables you to donate to either or both charities. Thank you for your support.
I’ll keep this website updated with photos and brief update reports so that you can follow my progress.