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August 4, 2017

Wick to John o'Groats. 22.3 miles. Total walk length: 1268.9 miles.

I did it.

At just after 3pm I rounded Duncansby Head – the furthest point on the British mainland from Land’s End – and an hour later I reached the end of my road, John o’Groats.

The village's claim to fa...

August 3, 2017

Dunbeath to Wick. 25.1 miles. Miles to date: 1246.6.

If ever there was a walk of two halves, this was surely it.

For the first 13 miles I was avoiding traffic on the painfully dull A9, then A99, as grey skies threatened rain.  

For the next 12 miles I was bounding ab...

August 2, 2017

Helmsdale to Dunbeath. 16.5 miles. Miles to date: 1221.5.

I'm up at 5.30 and out the door by 8.

I'd vowed to get earlier starts on my final leg of LeJog. Not only does it mean more time to relax in the evening, the first hour of the day is also my favourite time to walk....

August 1, 2017

Golspie to Helmsdale. 20.2 miles. Miles to date: 1,205.

The day starts well.

My B&B owner asks if I’m walking LeJog in my uni summer holidays. 

I can’t work out whether she’s missed the area of multiplying grey above or whether she’s fishing for a five star Trip...

July 31, 2017

Tain to Golspie. 23.3 miles. Miles to date: 1184.8.

I wake to the cries of seagulls and gold streaked above the Dornoch firth.

It has been two whole months since I heard gulls at dawn – in Barnstaple, where I left the Devon coast.

LeJog messes around with time. I'm not su...

July 30, 2017

Evanton to Tain. 17.4 miles. Miles to date: 1161.5.

With a walk as dull as today's the most you can hope for is a swift and merciful end – which is what I gave it, knocking back the tarmac miles in a new personal best time just so I could put it out of its misery. 

But t...

July 28, 2017

Inverness to Evanton. 19.6 miles. Miles to date: 1144.1.

What a painfully boring walk.

You know it’s not been a good one when the moment you remember most is standing in the middle of the 1,450 metre long Cromarty Bridge as the storm I’d watched brewing half an hour earl...

July 27, 2017

Drumnadrochit to Inverness. 19.7 miles. Miles to date: 1124.5.

There was a moment on today's walk when I was sitting in the sun drinking tea in a glade deep in the community-owned Abriachan Forest when a cockerel jumped onto the table and a pig wandered from behind a go...

July 26, 2017

Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit. 14.3 miles. Miles to date: 1104.8.

The driver of the No. 919 Citylink bus from Inverness to Fort William was in a strop.

Traffic had been heavy on his first journey of the day, he told us in clipped tones, knocking back subsequent services...

July 25, 2017

Laggan Locks to Invermoriston. 21.4 miles. Miles to date: 1090.5.

A usual LeJog day starts with me pulling on the boots and walking into the great unknown.

Not today though. 

Today I pulled on the boots and (whisper it) got on a bus.

Which is what I’ll be doing for the nex...

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I'm Dave. I walked from Land's End to John o' Groats (LeJog) in the summer of 2017. This is my photo diary of that journey.

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