Sunday, 30 June 2013

29. Land's End to John O'Groats. Great Glen Way to Inverness, penultimate stop. 2008 Seven Wonders of Britain.

David Sansom's and Robbie Brough's map 
showing route from Land's End to John O'Groats.

Email from Rob Brough  27 June 2013

"Hi Mary, 

Dave is going to send you an update of the last few days.  

I will just give you mileage and ETA at John O’Groats. 

This morning we camped on the Caledonian Canal which we are following through Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness up from Fort William to Inverness where we will start round the coast and head up to John O’Groats. 

This morning we were 190 miles away from JOG and we aim to walk 20 today (Thursday) to get it to 170.  We then aim to walk 25 on Friday, 25 Saturday, 25 Sunday, 25 Monday 25 Tuesday and then 45 on Wednesday where we will walk through the night!  The aim is to get there on Thursday morning to watch the sun come up over the east coast. 


Loch Lochy

Loch Oich
Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle

After today, 30 June, if things go according to plan, David Sansom and Robbie Brough will have 95 miles left before reaching their cherished goal of John O'Groats. 

With the confidence of youth, they want to walk there through the night on Wednesday, 3 July, making a total of 45 miles over 24 hours. We will have to wait and see, as they haven't walked at night before, although daylight hours are longer than usual at this time of year.

They are having a much easier walk at the moment  along the shores of the lochs and the canal. The Great Glen Way goes for 73 miles from Fort William to Inverness through a geological fault along the Caledonian Canal, and the shores of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness. These lochs are fun for walkers, cyclists, fishermen, boat trippers and others. 

Atlantic salmon  migrate from the sea to spawn in Loch Oich, Loch Lochy and Loch Ness. After two years they migrate back to the sea. 

In 2008 Loch Ness came out top in an online poll  for the RAC and VisitBritain to nominate the Seven Wonders of Britain, although there don't seem to have been any sightings of the famous monster recently. The top seven wonders seem to be an eclectic mix. Hardknott Pass in Cumbria is not well-known for example, yet it was chosen above the glorious Giant's Causeway in northern Ireland. 
Giant's Causeway, Co. Antrim

Seven Wonders of Britain

1. Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle
2. Whitby Abbey
3. Hadrian's Wall
4. Stonehenge
5. Hardknott Pass
6. Angel of the North
7. The Houses of Parliament.

John Campbell, 1st Lord Cawdor, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1778.
 Cawdor Castle, near Inverness,  was famously featured in Macbeth. 

David Sansom and Robbie Brough, both 19, have raised £6,470.00 so far for Emmaus Oxford, a charity which houses and gives work to the homeless. You too can become a donor via
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