The Land's End Trail and Mary Michael Pilgrim's Way

The Land’s End To John O’ Groats Walk is an incredible challenge for any walker.
The Route can be walked using a number of recognised long distance walk routes.
There are Independent Hostels along the route which can be combined with other accommodation along the route.

Land’s End to John O’ Groats Walk

There are many many route options to take taking on the Land’s End to John O’ Groats walk (LEJOG)  (or indeed the other way- JOGLE). We particularly like the route which links a number of well known long distance trails from Land’s End to John O’ Groats.  Other options are available on the LDWA website.

England- Land’s End to The end of the Pennine Way

Starting with the Land’s End Trail or the Mary Michael Pilgrim’s Way walkers can head up the spine of Cornwall, go over or around Dartmoor and head up through Devon and Somerset until they meet the Somerset Way in Glastonbury. From Bath the Cotswold Way takes the walker all the way to just east of Gloucester.  On the west of the city is the Severn Way which can be walked all the way to Coalport near Iron Bridge where it meets the Sebrina Way Long Distance bridle path. The Sebrina Way crosses the Trent Valley and heads up into the Southern Peak District.  At Alstonefield it comes close to the Limestone Way and walkers can join this 60 mile route which takes them through the heart of the White Peak all the way to Castleton.  From Castleton it is not a long walk over the hill to Edale and the start of the Pennine Way.    This iconic route, the first National Trail, takes the walker the 251 miles through the Pennine hills to Kirk Yetholm on the Scottish Border.  Here it joins the Scottish National Trail.

Scotland- Kirk Yetholm to John O’ Groats

The Scottish National Trail takes the walker through the borders, visits Edinburgh and follows the great canals through Falkirk and North of Glasgow.  Where it meets the West Highland Way.  Here the walker can choose to head up the West Highland way to Fort William and then take the Great Glen Way to Inverness.  Alternatively stay on the the Scottish National Trail as it It heads up through the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, across to the Cairngorms and meets the Great Glen Way at Kingussie (however this route may require camping in the Cairngorms). Following the Great Glen past Loch Ness to Inverness the walker will pass stunning scenery.  From Inverness the last stage of the Land’s End to John O’ Groats walk route can be followed using the John O’ Groats Trail which skirts the coast all the way to the tip of mainland Britain.  Just 5 miles west of  the historic end point is BB’s Bunkhouse where you will be made more than welcome after your trip.  The route described is dotted with Independent Hostels along the route.  It is possible to walk the whole Land’s End to John O’ Groats walk route using independent hostels, YHAs and the occasional B&B with the exception of the Scottish National Trail through the Cairngorms which may require a tent.  We would love to hear if you have tried this Land’s End to John O’ Groats walk route or walked another route (either LEJOG or JOGLE) using independent hostels.  Please get in touch with your suggestions so we can update this page

Walker Photo at top of page ©VisitBritain-Stephen-Spraggon


Land's End To John O'Groats Walk

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