In the summer of 2006, I walked from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise money for the Brain Research Trust in memory of my brother Simon who died from a brain tumour in 2005. As you might expect, I blogged along the way and here are the posts I wrote about it.
I started on the 25th July, and began with a couple of quick posts via a friend as I abandoned my plan of camping after discovering my tent was too heavy to walk comfortably with. After three days I was in Helmsdale and writing my first proper update.
A day later, I’d finished with the A9 and got to Inverness, then headed down by Loch Ness to a couple of days off in Fort William, where I got caught up in the walking equivalent of a traffic jam on the West Highland Way.
Weaving on and off the West Highland Way took me on a long day’s walk through Glencoe to Crianlarich and Ardlui, then along Loch Lomond. I was covering just under 17 miles a day as I headed along the rest of the West Highland Way, then along the central belt towards Edinburgh for another couple of days off around my birthday.
Leaving the flatness of the Central Belt behind, I had a very long day’s walk as I headed out of Scotland and into England. For an indication of how large Scotland is, not long after crossing into England, I reached the halfway point of the journey.
By this point I’d got into a real walking rhythm and got myself into the Peak District a couple of days later, and was able to make good time through the Midlands to make it to my home town of Redditch.
Internet access was hard to come by in those pre-smartphone and omnipresent 3G days, so the next update wasn’t until I got to Cornwall, just a few days before the end but then found more internet access near an old mine in the middle of nowhere, two days before the end.
And then finally, after 74 days and 1050 miles, I made it to Land’s End.