John O Groats to Lands End Walk – Scottish Stages
I'm David Stockwell , a GOC member affiliated to GOC West Wales and South Wales Groups.
Next year as part of GOC's 50th anniversary and my own 60th birthday, I will be walking from John O'Groats to Land's End.
I shall be walking 1,300 miles on 5 National Trails, through 5 National Parks, 3 Scottish National Scenic Areas and 5 Areas of Outstanding National Beauty. I invite you to join me on the 100 stages I'll be walking. Dates are from the 19th March 2024 to 19th July 2024 inclusive.
This page has been set up to highlight the individual stages for the Scottish leg of my trip from the start at John O'Groats on the 19th March to when I cross the border to England in the Cheviot Hills on the 30th April. I will be using national trails where possible and convenient; my route will use parts of the John O'Groats way to Inverness, I will use the Great Glen Way to Fort William and I join The West Highland Way through the Central Highlands to the Central Belt conurbations. Its then onto to the Tweed valley to Melrose and I will use parts of the St Cuthbert's Way to Kirk Yetholm, where I will join the Pennine way to continue my southward journey.
The Scottish stages are as Follows:
19th March - John O Groats to Wick
20th March - Wick to Lybster
21st March - Lybster to Dunbeath
22nd March - Dunbeath to Helmsdale
23rd March - Helmsdale to Golspie
24th March - Golspie to Dornoch
25th March - Dornoch to Tain
26th March - Tain to Alness
27th March - Alness to North Kessock
28th March - North Kessock to Inverness
2nd April - Inverness to Drumnadrochit
3rd April - Drumnadrochit to Invermorriston
4th April - Invermorrison to Fort Augustus
5th April - Fort Augustus to Laggan Locks
6th April - Laggan Locks to Gairlochy Locks
7th April - Gairlochy Locks to Fort William
9th April - Fort William to Kinlochleven
10th April - Kinlochleven to Inveroran
11th April - Inveroran to Crianlarich
12th April - Crianlarich to Inversnaid
13th April - Inversnaid to Balmaha
14th April - Balmaha to Milngavie
15th April - Milngavie to Kilsyth
16th April - Kilsyth to Falkirk
20th April - Falkirk to Linlithgow
21st April - Linlithgow to East Calder
22nd April - East Calder to West Linton
23rd April - West Linton to Peebles
24th April - Peebles to Innerleithen
25th April - Innerleithen to Melrose
27th April - Melrose to St Boswells
28th April - St Boswells to Morebattle
29th April - Morebattle to Kirk Yetholm
I will not be a walk leader in the conventional sense. I will simply be walking at my own pace and you are welcome to join me. All my stages are linear walks, so please consider what transport arrangements you need to get back to the start, if you need to do so.
Please don't over-reach the mileage you attempt, consider the terrain being covered and distances involved.
It will be good to have your company on the walks and I look forward to seeing you.
It would be good to have a picture shoot with representatives of each walking area as I walk through the length of the country.
The eagle eyed amongst you will notice Days 34 and 35 between Kirk Yetholm and Byrness are missing. I am walking them, but I am dependent on a 3rd party to pick me up at a set time one day and drop me at a time convenient to them the following day. It makes the setting of times impractical.
I will be raising funds for the Rainbow Railroad, a charity that helps gay people persecuted for being gay in their own country, to get out to safe country. Last year they got 12,000+ gay people out of Afghanistan. I am also raising funds for Cross Roads for Human Development , a charity providing Primary School Education for Dalit (outcaste) children in the village of Turukanadoni in the South India.
Hopefully a link to donate to Rainbow Railroad will appear here
Click here to follow my progress on Facebook.
The common theme is people disadvantaged or persecuted simply because of who they are.
Photographs are by Scottish GC and are John O'Groats, Glencoe, Stirling, River Forth, Neidpath Castle Peebles, Melrose Abbey, Windy Gyle
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