I first heard about the Land's End to John o'Groats walk in 2004, where I was working in the UK,
when somebody had mentioned that they had done it in 4 days.
Now, even with my limited knowledge of the geography of Britain, I was fairly certain that wasn't possible!
It later turned out that this was achieved by hitch-hiking from one end to the other!
Anyhoo, I decided to give it a go in the (British) summer of 2007, and out the other end popped this website.
I did the walk for two main reasons:
- because it was there, and
- for charity
So, if you find this site interesting, or had a laugh at its ugliness, or finally figured out that the
World Wide Web is,
in fact, a colossal waste of time, it would be great if you could donate to a great cause.
If you would like to get in contact with me, I can be reached here.
For those not familiar with Britain, Land's End is the south-western most point of England,
and John o'Groats is the north-eastern most point of Scotland (but is actually neither
the northern most, nor the eastern most point!).
The walk is designed to, where possible, link up a series of existing long distance walking paths to traverse from one end to the other.
The actual distance from Land's End to John o'Groats, as the crow flies, is about 970 km.
Obviously, unless you are a very good swimmer, the shortest distance that you could walk it, using roads only, is
The path I took ended up being just over 2000km.
Comparison with LOTR
So, how does this compare will the journey of Frodo in
The Lord of The Rings? Well, I'm glad you asked.
Sad to say, you can actually figure this out. The journey from Hobbiton to Mt. Doom has been
calculated to be 1779 miles.
That's 2863 km, so I was in the ball-park, although obviously I wasn't weighed down by a ring, nor was I being chased by the Nazgul.
However, on my side, Frodo didn't have to journey all that way through a rubbish English summer.
Obviously, you can take as long as you want to do the walk, but this list will give you some idea as to how little time you could do it:
- 47 minutes. Done in a McDonnel F-4K.
- 1 day, 21 hours. The current record for a push-bike.
- 10 days. The current running record, set by Don Ritchie and Richard Brown.
- 12 days, 3 hours. The current male walking record, set by Malcolm Barnish of the 19th Regiment.
- 13 days, 17 hours. The current female walking record, set by Ann Sayer.
- 26 days, 7 hours. Time taken by one person to walk it backwards.
- 71 days. My current record. Never to be beaten by me!
If you read through this site, you will hear me mention the weather, especially the rain, a lot. Here is a graph of rainfall for 2007 (taken from
British Met Office site):
As you can see, for the months I was walking (June-August), there were sections of Britain seeing up to three times
the average rainfall for that period.
And loving it.
Quite a few people helped me during the walk, but I must make a special mention of Adelaide Soccio.
She was my contact person back in Australia, and when my feet were wrecked, from far away and the totally wrong time zone, managed to find me medical help in England when I needed it most.
I also caused her much unintended grief when my phone broke and remained out of contact for extended periods of time.
I have no doubt that, without her support and help, I would never of made it. She is the best friend a person could ask for!