One man walking, a million talking 

Walking the 1200 mile length of Great Britain in 2022 for suicide prevention and postvention.

Hello!

Hi! I'm John Gibson. 

​Starting on the 13th of June 2022, I plan to walk the length of Great Britain from Land’s End to John O' Groats with the aim of starting a national conversation around suicide as I walk and talk the 1,200 miles across the length of the UK.

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In 2019, my son, Cameron, took his life without warning. I, along with Isobel my wife, and other kids Malcolm and Eilidh, were left reeling and feeling utterly helpless in the aftermath of this devastating event. Since then, walking has been a huge part of me finding my feet again. As we move forward as a family it has become clear that we want to shake up the horrific statistics that surround suicide in the UK and for me I know that walking is a huge part of that. 

As a family we have established a charity - The Canmore Trust (SC051511) - that addresses many of the shortcomings that we experienced in the aftercare for those bereaved by suicide. We also hope to challenge the conventional "wisdom" that surrounds suicide while playing a significant role in positively influencing the statistics. In order to do this, I have set a target of raising £250,000 for The Canmore Trust. 

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Route

The route begins in Land's End and finishes in John O'Groats (LEJoG), and for the most part, follows the trail outlined by Andy Robinson in "The End to End Trail" guide book (Cicerone, 2019). 

Walkers are actively encouraged to join John on this journey, indeed, community and companionship is largely what this endeavor is about. However, the days are long, and potentially challenging, so individuals must be prepared to be fully self sufficient and also understand that the lead walkers have a long-term schedule that must be adhered to if the project is to be achieved. 

Each day’s walking will start at 09.00 with a break for lunch for fully one hour roughly half-way.  Please access standard Ordnance Survey maps via their App (https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk for a two-week free trial) for greater detail as much of the LEJoG route is made up of national walking and rambling paths.

 

For day-to-day updates of progress please visit John's Facebook or Instagram social media platforms. You will also be able to track John’s whereabouts each day via Strava on his JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lejog-john-gibson

Walking Schedule

June 15th: Lands End to Zennor
June 15th: Lands End to Zennor

Start at “the big sign” pointing to John O’Groats! Then head for the cliff top towards Sennen Cove. Today’s entire route is well signposted as the South West Coast Path. It is a tough walk of “ups and downs” on difficult, rocky stretches. Follow the designated SWCP path unless the tide is out at Whitesand Bay where you can cross the beach instead of climbing into the dunes, picking up the SWCP again towards the cliff-tops at the far side of the bay. Finish at the Tinner's Arms.

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June 14th: Zennor to Gwithian
June 14th: Zennor to Gwithian

Start at the National Trust signpost for Zennor Head on the coast side of Zennor and follow the SWCP all the way to St Ives. At both Carbis Bay and beyond Hayle Towans, stay on the beach if the tide allows – easier than walking in the dunes. In the village of Gwithian the days ends at the Red River Inn.

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June 15th: Gwithian to Perranporth
June 15th: Gwithian to Perranporth

Start the day at the Red River Inn in Gwithian and follow the SWCP all the way to Perranporth. End the day at the car park on the Promenade at Perranporth.

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June 16th: Rest Day
June 16th: Rest Day
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June 17th: Perranporth to Mawgan Porth
June 17th: Perranporth to Mawgan Porth

Start the day at car park on the Promenade at Perranporth and follow the SWCP through Newquay and all the way to Mawgan Porth. Don’t be tempted to take the ferry across the Gannel Estuary – that’s cheating! End the day at the bridge crossing the River Menalhyl (B3276) at Mawgan Porth.

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June 18th: Mawgan Porth to Wadebridge
June 18th: Mawgan Porth to Wadebridge

Start the day at the bridge crossing the River Menalhyl (B3276) and continue on the SWCP (don’t dare cut out the two major headlands!) all the way to Padstow. At Padstow, the SWCP actually take a ferry across the estuary of the River Camel to Rock but that’s cheating so, instead, turn right at Padstow Harbour and, across a car park, pick up the start of the Camel Trail all the way to Wadebridge. Please watch the cyclists! End the day at the bridge over the River Camel in Wadebridge.

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June 19th: Rest Day
June 19th: Rest Day
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June 20th: Wadebridge to Boscastle
June 20th: Wadebridge to Boscastle

Start at the bridge over the River Camel in Wadebridge then head northwards following the River Amble. Then climb up to cross the hills that line the north coast before descending again to rejoin the SWCP at Post Isaac. Follow the SWCP to end the day at the harbour in Boscastle.

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June 21st: Boscastle to Bude
June 21st: Boscastle to Bude

Start at the harbour in Boscastle and stay on the SWCP all day. End the day on the north side of Bude at Bude Sea Pool.

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June 22nd: Bude to Clovelly
June 22nd: Bude to Clovelly

THIS IS THE TOUGHEST DAY ON THE WHOLE OF LEJoG so please only plan to take part today if you can trust your fitness and your gear! Start at Bude Sea Pool and follow the SWCP all day (NB please don’t trespass on the grounds of Cleave Camp Signalling Station!), leaving Cornwall and entering Devon beyond Marsland Mouth. The walk from Hartland Quay to Hartland Point is strenuous with the final part of the walk towards Clovelly flatter. End the day at the harbour in Clovelly.

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June 23rd: Rest Day
June 23rd: Rest Day
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June 24th: Clovelly to Barnstaple
June 24th: Clovelly to Barnstaple

Start at the harbour in Clovelly and follow The Hobby Drive until you pick up signs for the SWCP and head towards Westward Ho! Leave the SWCP at Kipling Tors and head off right up the slope of Kipling Tors to Pusehill and Bideford. Rejoin the SWCP on the other side of Bideford Bridge (over the River Torridge) and follow the SWCP (alongside the B3233) all the way to Barnstaple. End the day at Barnstaple Long Bridge over the River Taw.

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June 25th: Barnstaple to Warren Farm, Exmoor
June 25th: Barnstaple to Warren Farm, Exmoor

Start at the Long Bridge in Barnstaple towards Pilton and follow the River Yeo before climbing up to Bratton Fleming to the edge of the Exmoor National Park. From Challacombe bridlepaths lead into the hills and onto Exmoor moorland, ending the day at remote Warren Farm on Exmoor. Today’s walk is complex, taking various paths, roads and bridleways so please don’t try to join us mid-route!

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June 26th: Rest Day
June 26th: Rest Day
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June 27th: Day 15: Warren Farm, Exmoor to Roadwater
June 27th: Day 15: Warren Farm, Exmoor to Roadwater

Start the day at Warren Farm and follow through the following landmarks/places: Elsworthy Moor, Larkbarrow Corner, Almsworthy Common, Exford Common, Great Rowbarrow, Dunkery Beacon, Blagdon Wood, Little Quarme Wood, Wheddon Cross, White Moor, Lype Hill, Churchtown, Kingsbridge, Langridge Wood. End the day at the Valiant Soldier pub in Roadwater.

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June 28th: Roadwater to Bridgewater
June 28th: Roadwater to Bridgewater

Start the day at the Valiant Soldier pub in Roadwater and follow through the following landmarks/places: Nettlecombe Court, Monksilver, Bicknoller, Bicknoller Combe, Triscombe Quarry, Wills Neck, Lydeard Hill, Enmore, Blaxhold Farm, Goathurst and then into Bridgewater. End the day at the Town Bridge over the River Parrett.

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June 29th: Bridgwater to Cheddar (the Somerset Levels)
June 29th: Bridgwater to Cheddar (the Somerset Levels)

Start at the Town Bridge to a footbridge over the M5 at the start of the Somerset Levels and then follow through the following landmarks/places: Bawdrip, Cossington, Westham, Blackford, Middle Stoughton, Brinscombe Hill, Axbridge before following the Cheddar Yeo riverbank into Cheddar. End the day at the Market Cross where the A371 meets the B3135.

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June 30th: Rest Day
June 30th: Rest Day
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July 1st: Cheddar to Easton-in-Gordano
July 1st: Cheddar to Easton-in-Gordano

One of the longest days on LEJoG – be warned!! Start at the Market Cross in Cheddar and head upwards towards the Cheddar Gorge and cross the B3135 into the Black Rock and Long Wood nature reserves and then follow through the following landmarks/places: Beacon Batch, Dolebury Warren, Sandford, the Strawberry Line, Yatton, Cadbury Camp, Clapton in Gordano and Bullock’s Bottom before crossing the A369 towards Easton-in Gordano. End the day at the pub as you cross the A369.

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July2nd: Easton-in-Gordano to Chepstow
July2nd: Easton-in-Gordano to Chepstow

Start at the A369 and walk through Easton to join the Avon Cycleway and then cross the River Avon on the M5 viaduct. Then follow through the following landmarks/places: Kings Weston Hill, Blaise Castle, Henbury, Blaise Hamlet, Spaniorum Hill, Easter Compton, Pilning, Aust, M48 road bridge and then along the River Wye into Chepstow. End the day at the Old Wye Bridge (Bridge Street) over the River Wye in Chepstow.

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July 3rd: Rest Day
July 3rd: Rest Day
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July 4th: Chepstow to Monmouth
July 4th: Chepstow to Monmouth

Start: Old Wye Bridge in Chepstow; follow Offa’s Dyke Path up the Wye Valley all day. End: Monmouth at the corner of St Mary Street and Whitecross Street

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July 5th: Monmouth to Pandy
July 5th: Monmouth to Pandy

Start: In Monmouth at the corner of St Mary Street and Whitecross Street; follow Offa’s Dyke Path all day. End: at the southern end of Pandy where the A465 turns into Pandy’s main street.

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July 6th: Pandy to Hay-on-Wye
July 6th: Pandy to Hay-on-Wye

Start: at the southern end of Pandy where the A465 turns into Pandy’s main street; follow Offa’s Dyke Path all day. End: in Hay-on-Wye where Oxford Road meets Castle Street/Church Street.

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July 7th: Rest Day
July 7th: Rest Day
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July 8th:Hay-on-Wye to Knighton
July 8th:Hay-on-Wye to Knighton

Start: in Hay-on-Wye where Oxford Road meets Castle Street/Church Street; follow Offa’s Dyke Path all day. End: in Knighton at the junction of Station Road and Broad Street.

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July 9th: Knighton to Craven Arms
July 9th: Knighton to Craven Arms

Start: in Knighton at the junction of Station Road and Broad Street. Walk via the railway station, Stowe, Stow Hill, Hopton Titterhill, Hopton Castle, Abcott, Clungunford and Stokesay Castle, following the River Onny to Craven Arms. End: in Craven Arms at the junction of Newton Street and Corvedale Road.

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July 10th: Rest Day
July 10th: Rest Day
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July 11th: Craven Arms to Ironbridge
July 11th: Craven Arms to Ironbridge

Start: In Craven Arms where the bridge on Corvedale Road (B4368) crosses over the River Onny. End: Ironbridge – the junction of Ladywood and Bower Yard.

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July 12th: Ironbridge to Penkridge
July 12th: Ironbridge to Penkridge

Start: Ironbridge – the junction of Ladywood and Bower Yard. End: Penkridge – where Clay Street (A449) meets Crown Bridge.

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July 13th: Penkridge to Abbots Bromley
July 13th: Penkridge to Abbots Bromley

Start: Penkridge – where Clay Street (A449) meets Crown Bridge. End: In Abbots Bromley where High Street meets Market Place.

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July 14th: Abbots Bromley to Thorp
July 14th: Abbots Bromley to Thorp

Start: In Abbots Bromley where High Street meets Market Place. End: In Thorpe at the Green (where it meets Wintercroft Lane).

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July 15th: Thorpe to Youlgreave
July 15th: Thorpe to Youlgreave

Start: In Thorpe at the Green (where it meets Wintercroft Lane). End: In Youlgreave where Church Street meets Mawstone Lane.

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July 16th: Youlgreave to Hathersage
July 16th: Youlgreave to Hathersage

Start: In Youlgreave where Church Street meets Mawstone Lane. End: In Hathersage at the entrance to North Lees Campsite.

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July 17th: Rest Day
July 17th: Rest Day
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July 18th: Hathersage to White Gate
July 18th: Hathersage to White Gate

Start: In Hathersage at the entrance to North Lees Campsite. End: In White Gate on White Gate Road at Lower White Gate Farm

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July 19th: White Gate to Hebden Bridge
July 19th: White Gate to Hebden Bridge

Start: White Gate on White Gate Road at Lower White Gate Farm. End: In Hebden Bridge where Bridge Gate meets New Road.

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July 20th: Hebden Bridge to Thornton in Craven
July 20th: Hebden Bridge to Thornton in Craven

Start: In Hebden Bridge where Bridge Gate meets New Road. End: In Thornton in Craven where Colne & Broughton Road meets Cam Lane.

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July 21st: Thornton in Craven to Horton in Ribblesdale
July 21st: Thornton in Craven to Horton in Ribblesdale

Start: In Thornton in Craven where Colne & Broughton Road meets Cam Lane. End: In Horton in Ribblesdale where Horton Scar meets the B6479.

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July 22nd: Horton in Ribblesdale to Hawes
July 22nd: Horton in Ribblesdale to Hawes

Start: In Horton in Ribblesdale where Horton Scar meets the B6479. End: In Hawes where Penn Lane meets Market Place.

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July 23rd: Hawes to Keld
July 23rd: Hawes to Keld

Start: In Hawes where Penn Lane meets Market Place. End: In Keld at The Keld Wellbeing Garden

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July 24th: Rest Day
July 24th: Rest Day
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25th July: Keld to Middleton-in-Teesdale
25th July: Keld to Middleton-in-Teesdale

Start: In Keld at The Keld Wellbeing Garden. End: In Middleton-in-Teesdale where the B6277 crosses the River Tees.

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26th July: Middleton-in-Teesdale to Dufton
26th July: Middleton-in-Teesdale to Dufton

Start: In Middleton-in-Teesdale where the B6277 crosses the River Tees. End: In Dufton at the Stag Inn.

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27th July: Dufton to Alston
27th July: Dufton to Alston

Start: In Dufton at the Stagg Inn. End: In Alston where the A686 crosses the River South Tyne.

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28th July: Alston to Greenhead
28th July: Alston to Greenhead

Start: In Alston where the A686 crosses the River South Tyne. End: In Greenhead at the War Memorial.

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29th July: Greenhead to Bellingham
29th July: Greenhead to Bellingham

Start: In Greenhead at the War Memorial. End: In Bellingham where the B6320 meets Malting Close.

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30th July: Bellingham to Byrness
30th July: Bellingham to Byrness

Start: In Bellingham where the B6320 meets Malting Close. End: In Byrness at the Byrness Hotel.

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July 31st: Rest Day
July 31st: Rest Day
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1st August: Byrness to Jedburgh
1st August: Byrness to Jedburgh

Start: In Byrness at the church carpark, where the Pennine Trail meets the A68 End: In Jedburgh at the bandstand on Murray’s Green

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2nd August: Jedburgh to Melrose
2nd August: Jedburgh to Melrose

Start: In Jedburgh at Jedforest Rugby Club End: In Melrose at the Market Cross

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3rd August: Melrose to Traquair
3rd August: Melrose to Traquair

Start: In Melrose at Melrose Rugby Club End: In Traquair where the Old Drove Road meets the B7062 and the B709

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4th August: Traquair to West Linton
4th August: Traquair to West Linton

Start: In Traquair where the Old Drove Road meets the B7062 and the B709 End: In West Linton where the Main Street splits into three behind Dolphinton Road and Carlops Road

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5th August: West Linton to Linlithgow
5th August: West Linton to Linlithgow

Start: In West Linton where the Main Street splits into three behind Dolphinton Road and Carlops Road End: In Linlithgow where Manse Road crosses the Union Canal

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6th August: Edinburgh Meet and Greet
6th August: Edinburgh Meet and Greet

See you there!

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August 7th: Rest Day
August 7th: Rest Day
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8th August: Linlithgow to Kilsyth
8th August: Linlithgow to Kilsyth

Start: In Linlithgow where Manse Road crosses the Union Canal (the Canal Basin) End: At Kilsyth where the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath crosses under the Auchinstarry Bridge (B802) to meet the B8023.

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August 9th: Kilsyth to Drymen
August 9th: Kilsyth to Drymen

Start: At Kilsyth where the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath crosses under the Auchinstarry Bridge (B802) to meet the B8023. End: In Drymen at the square, where Stirling Road meets Main Street.

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August 10th: Drymen to Callander
August 10th: Drymen to Callander

Start: In Drymen at the square, where Stirling Road meets Main Street. End: In Callander where Invertrossachs Road meets Bridgend. And if 21 miles of walking wasn't enough, there's a ceilidh to finish the evening!

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August 11th: Drymen to Inversnaid
August 11th: Drymen to Inversnaid

This leg of walk will be re-scheduled to after reaching John O'Groats on the 28th of August.

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August 12th: Inversnaid to Bridge of Orchy
August 12th: Inversnaid to Bridge of Orchy

This leg of walk will be re-scheduled to after reaching John O'Groats on the 28th of August.

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August 13th" Bridge of Orchy to Kinlochleven
August 13th" Bridge of Orchy to Kinlochleven

This leg of walk will be re-scheduled to after reaching John O'Groats on the 28th of August.

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August 14th: Rest day
August 14th: Rest day
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August 15th: Kinlochleven to Fort William
August 15th: Kinlochleven to Fort William

This leg of walk will be re-scheduled to after reaching John O'Groats on the 28th of August.

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16th August: Fort William to Laggan Locks (24 miles)
16th August: Fort William to Laggan Locks (24 miles)

Start: In Fort William at the Old Fort where the main A82 meets Belford Road at the roundabout (close to Morrison’s Supermarket and McDonalds). End: At Laggan Locks, crossing over the Caledonian Canal to the south bank. Follow “The Great Glen Way” today – clearly signposted with the simple outline of a thistle as the waymarked symbol

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17th August: Laggan Locks to Invermoriston (22 miles)
17th August: Laggan Locks to Invermoriston (22 miles)

Start: At Laggan Locks, on the south bank of the Caledonian Canal. End: In Invermoriston at the War Memorial in the centre of the village. Follow “The Great Glen Way” today – clearly signposted with the simple outline of a thistle as the waymarked symbol

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18th August: Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit (15 miles)
18th August: Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit (15 miles)

Start: In Invermoriston at the War Memorial in the centre of the village. End: In Drumnadrochit at the main public carpark (with toilets). Follow “The Great Glen Way” today – clearly signposted with the simple outline of a thistle as the waymarked symbol. For the first section of today’s route there is the choice of a High Route or Low Route. Take the Low Route!

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19th August: Drumnadrochit to Inverness (20 miles)
19th August: Drumnadrochit to Inverness (20 miles)

Start: In Drumnadrochit at the main public carpark (with toilets). End: In Inverness at Ness Brig, Bridge Street. Follow “The Great Glen Way” today – clearly signposted with the simple outline of a thistle as the waymarked symbol

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20th August: Inverness to Alness (22 miles)
20th August: Inverness to Alness (22 miles)

Start: In Inverness at the Town House, Bridge Street/High Street. End: In Alness, where High Street meets Ardross Street. Follow “The John O’Groats Trail” today – clearly waymarked with obvious signs along the way; and today’s map can be found at https://www.jogt.org.uk/

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21st August: Rest day
21st August: Rest day
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