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History of LEJOG or JOGLE

      The Land's End to John O'Groats walk  (LEJOG) is a freestyle walk from the most Southern and Northern extremities of the UK.  Neither Land's End nor John O'groats are the official most Northern or Southerly points of the UK. This is officially Lizard Point and Dunnet Head respectively, however LEJOG is the further distance between any two points on the mainland. The official stated distance by road is 874 miles (1,407 kms) however anybody planning on walking from one end to the other should expect to add on anywhere between 100 -300 extra miles depending on your loathing of walking on tarmac or not.

  Any 'normal' person contemplating this walk should set aside 2-4 months. The record on foot is a mere run of 9 days and 2 hours by Andi Rivett. The route was traditionally a walk but more recently has been regarded as an excellent rite of passage for cyclists who traditionally take between 10 - 14 days to complete. Other modes of transport include; horse, wheelchair and even a skateboard. The first  official completion was recorded in 1871 by brothers John and Robert Naylor. The walk has gained further popularity and is often undertaken as a charity event. Possibly the most famous person to undetake the walk is the cricketing legend star Sir Ian Botham.

   There is no set route for the walk and each walker has to choose his or her own route.. There are several long distance national trails which can be used, including the South West Coastal path, the Cotswold Way, the Severn Way, Pennine Way and then once into Scotland the  West Highland Way and the Southern Upland Way. These routes can be linked by public footpaths, rights of way and public roads.  

 

 

        The route can be undertaken in either direction. The route from South to North LEJOG) seems to be the more popular with the North to South (JOGLE) being less well walked. Many people seem to complete the walk between April and July thus avoiding the most extreme weather that they can encounter. When I first mentioned that I was thinking or doing this walk some suggested, most jokingly that I should go North to South as it's obviously down hill. Most people seem to agree that by heading North your walking with the worse weather behind you as well as the head wind.

    There are the famous signposts at each end of the walk, each is privately owned now and a small fee is required should you want a personalised photograph taken to commemorate the occasion. There are two official organisations that can offer support and guidance to those considering the journey, these are; The Lands End to John O'Groats Association and The Lands End to John O'Groats Club. People can request a 'passport' from the Lands End to John O'Groats Association which they can get stamped at each end and also several other establishments along the route. This document is used as proof of the walk which the completest can then use to request a certificate to be framed and hang from a wall in their home.    

 

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