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There are many ways to walk from Land's End to John O'Groat's. Martin Hockey's website gives an excellent overview of the main options.

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Land's End to Bath: Our route took us through the centre of Cornwall to Bath. Mark Moxon's website gives some excellent variations to the often quoted Andrew McCloy route through South West England. We were guided by Mark's route through most of this section, as well as some Pennine Way variations.

Bath to Edale: From Bath following the Cotswold Way for 2 days to Cam. A toe injury forced a few days rest at Cam and a change to an easier terrain to allow healing. So, from Cam we walked down through Slimbridge to the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, then followed the Severn Way to Bewdley. We then followed the Worcester Way to Kinver, then a series of canal tow paths and other paths North to a point just East of Wolverhampton. We then (with some variation to get to accommodation) followed; Staffordshire Way, Limestone Way to Thorpe Cloud, then a series of Dales e.g. Dove Dale, through to Castleton and Edale.

Edale to Jedburgh: Then the Pennine Way (with shortcut variations) to Dere Street in the Cheviots, then down Dere Street to Jedburgh.

Jedburgh to Edinburgh: We pretty much followed McCloy's route (McCloy's book, The Land's End to John O'Groats Walk, is a very popular guide to the LEJOG walk) to Edinburgh. Click the link for more detailed description of our route.

Edinburgh to Inverness:  A fairly direct Northerly route was taken via: Perth, Pitlochry, Dalwhinnie and Aviemore to Inverness.

Inverness to John O'Groats:  From Inverness we crossed the bridge to the Black Isle following lanes to the Cromarty Bridge and across. Then (across a very rough path) to the minor road to and through Ardullie and through to; Evanton, Alness and Tain.   From Tain around Dornoch Firth across Dornoch Bridge and through Lonemore to Dornoch. We then followed a dismantles railway leading to lanes along the shore of Loch Fleet then the A9 for a short period over The Mound to leave the A9 to cross the railway at Kirkton then a path through Balblair Wood. Turning NNE along the sealed lane following the links to Golspie. From Golspie; we managed to find an off road way between the railway and the sea all the way to Helmsdale. Note: Beware of deep burn crossings if the weather has been wet, also, high tides might be hazardous. We strongly recommend the reader obtains local information before attempting this coastal section.

From Helmsdale; we followed the A9 until the Badbea path. From Badbea, we followed the wall parallel to the cliff tops to the track by Inver Hill, then headed for the Towers South of Berriedale, then followed the fence down to a gate and onto the A9 at Berriedale. The rest of the way was via the A9 and A99 via Wick to JOG. See section logs for more detail.

The Land's End to Bath section was quite complex to navigate, so there is also a detailed log page for this section plus photographs and links to a mapping website. Click hyperlink to see this: Detailed log from Land's End to Bath.

There are no rules unless you want to get a certificate (we didn't), in which case you will need to follow the rules set by the issuing body e.g. Ramblers Association. We set ourselves one simple rule: to walk all the way from Land's End to John O'Groat's (Duncansby Head to be exact). Did this mean we would never ride a bus or train? We started out determined to avoid using any mechanised transport at all. However, we soon found this to be impractical due to lack of availability of accommodation close to our chosen route. So, the rule became: if we needed to take a bus etc we would always return to the point where we caught the bus then continue our walk. We did not skip any part our LEJOG by using mechanised transport.