With no walking this weekend, I’ve been sitting at my PC planning walks. Hadrian’s Wall is pretty much all done now and that’s “in the can” as they say in the film industry. My thoughts, as they have often done over the past year or two, then turned to Lands End to John O’Groats (LEJOG).
This is a very long term goal for me, probably not possible for another 10 years or so, due mainly to work, financial and family commitments. I’ve sort of got it pencilled in for 2020, by which time I’ll be 56 and in my walking prime 🙂
I have the route sketched out in Memory Map and I want to incorporate three coast to coast walks into the overall walk. That is a coast to coast for Wales, England and Scotland, as part of the End-to-end walk. The Welsh C2C will be Offa’s Dyke with the start and end tweaked slightly to make it a true Welsh C2C, then an unorthodox English C2C, using the Pennine Way and finally the Scottish C2C will be achieved by using the Southern Upland Way.
I’ve broken the route down into 8 main stages and these run roughly as follows:
1. South West England – 330 miles (SW Coast Path & Two Moors Way)
2. Welsh C2C – 185 miles (Offa’s Dyke)
3. North West England – 95 miles (Link paths thru Cheshire)
4. Northern England – 300 miles (Pennine Way)
5. Scottish C2C – 200 miles (Southern Upland Way)
6. South West Scotland – 150 miles (Link paths to Glasgow)
7. Northern Scotland – 310 miles (WHW & Cape Wrath Trail)
8. The Last Leg – 110 miles (Cape Wrath to John O’Groats)
Thats about 1680 miles in total, much more than a regular End-to-end walk and probably about 100 days walking if I’m lucky. So how much is that going to cost me? I’ve no idea. But if I was to estimate £25 per day, including everything (and assuming I can camp for much of it I think that’s achievable), then its going to take £2,500 for the walk. I then have to add a significantly larger sum for lost earnings, that is of course if I can persuade my employer to let me have 3 or 4 months off work!
These are the reasons its a long term plan for me. As much as I would love to set out tomorrow, it just ain’t going to happen, not for a long while. I’ll keep you posted as to how things progress over the coming years 🙂