There is no specific way to walk from John O’Groats to Lands End; there are as many variations to the walk as there are people crazy enough to do it. That being said, there are several National Trails and long distance walks that we will be using, or at least using parts of, as we head south(ish).
We’ve decided to take the stupidly risky road path, along the coast, from John O’Groats to Inverness; sadly, the alternates either add ludicrous amounts of additional Kilometers, or have you walking through boggy marshes and terrain that wants you to die, so the road it is.
From Inverness, we’ll be taking the Great Glen Way along Loch Ness (and others) to Fort William, where I’ll be climbing Ben Nevis, then taking the West Highland Way from Fort William to Milngavie, just north of Glasgow.
We’ll be using minor roads from Glasgow to Carlisle (and crossing into England), then heading into the Lake District, where I’ll be climbing Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England. From Kendal in the Lakes, we’ll head south to Preston via the Lancaster Canal.
Heading to Chester past the Manchester and Liverpool urban sprawl, I’ll head off to climb Snowdon, and we’ll join Offa’s Dyke, and head south along the English/Welsh border to Chepstowe. Crossing the river Severn, we’ll pass Bristol, then take the inland way all the way to Cornwall and Lands End.
All in all, somewhere in the order of 1700-1800Km, three Peaks, and through every terrain type there is. …we did call the site Stupidly Long Walks for a reason..