Walking the World: Memories and Adventures

by Alan Cook

United Kingdom End-to-End
John O'Groats to Land's End
Land's End to John O'Groats

Whatever you call it, the trip from northern
Scotland to Southwestern England (or vice versa
has been made by hundreds (thousands?) of people,
using not only their feet, but bicycles, roller
skates, automobiles, and in at least one case, a
supersonic plane. My walk took place in four
segments over four years, but I did it, all 867 miles.
This is curious, because the signs at each end give
the distance as 874 miles. However, a couple of
bridges have been built since the signs went up, so
that may explain my lower estimate (thank you, Queen
Mum), and I did take one of the most direct routes.

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