Getting really close to my mad idea in May, thanks to everybody for reading my blog since I started it a few months ago 151 hits so far and didnt even expect 1 so its good to know the readings have interested some people.
My LEJoG trip involves stopping off at places along the route basically start, end and overnight stays at the end of each day so thought I would do a bit of googling and find some facts about the places Im stopping off at and also the start and finish places Lands End & John o Groats.
So first stop off will be on the Sunday night on my travelling day, Penzance 309 miles from Wolverhampton and 11 miles from Lands End by bus ..
Penzance was once raided between 1595 & the 18th century by pirates and Gilbert & Sullivans opera depicts it in The Pirates of Penzance.
The inventor of the miners lamp Sir Humphrey Davy was born in Penzance.
and 3rd fact about Penzance .. the town is twinned with 4 towns in Australia (Bendigo in 1996), France (Concarneau in 1982), USA (Nevada City in 1991) & Germany (Cuxhaven originally in 1967 reformed in 2009).
Lands End, the most westerly point of the UK is my start point on Day 1 after leaving Penzance early morning .. this part I am looking forward to, the scenic views, hopefully good weather and the start of my adventure ..
Lands End Cornish name Pen an Wlas means “end of the earth”.
Lands End is 838 miles from John o Groats, the most easterly point of the UK.
Lands End is at least 10000 years old and its cliffs plunge 200foot towards the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 1 ends in Carlisle at hopefully 8pm, railway permitting, after travelling back to Penzance then to Plymouth & Birmingham ..
Carlisle was the place where the first mainland postbox was placed in Botchergate in 1853.
The Longest motorway stretch ends in Carlisle 226 miles from where it starts in Rugby.
Eddie Stobart .. the world famous transport company .. as been based in Carlisle since 1976.
Another long day awaits on Day 2 from Carlisle to Wick via Carstairs, Haymarket and Inverness, and a scenic trip up the Far North Line through some of the most remote areas in Scotland ..
Inverness is known as “The Capital of the Highlands” and is a seaport and transportation town.
Twinned with 3 towns .. Augsberg in Germany and La Baule & Saint Valery en Caux in France.
Inverness to Wick is a long 4 hour journey through some remote places on single track railway bringing Day 2 to an end and hopefully a view of the Aurora Borearlis (Northern Lights) if visibility is good.
Wick is the home of the smallest street in the world Ebeneezer Place which is 6foot 9 inces wide and fronted by a narrow building recognised by the Council in 1886.
Wick is 20 miles from John o Groats and is home to the most Northernly Wetherspoons pub “The Alexander Bain”.
It is twinned with Klaksvik in the Faroe Islands although open to debate at present because of the Faroese practice of hunting and eating pilot whales.
So Day 3 arrives and culmination of a marathon trek by bus and train leaving Wick by train to Thurso before a bus to John o Groats and 976 miles later MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
Thurso is home to the most Northerly railway Station in Britain.
3 Car Park Spaces & 3 Bike Spaces are at the station.
River Thurso is 34 miles long and well known for salmon fishing.
John o Groats was named after Dutch explorer Jan de Groot.
The population is only 300 people as of 2007.
The village has 2 football teams John o Groats FC & Johno Groats Juniors.
Johno Groats is either the start or finish of LEJoG or JoGLE (the shortened version of Lands End to John o Groats or John o Groats to Lands End)