The 1,140 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats is no mean distance. But there are always keen walkers on some part of the journey. It is a draw. Like climbing Everest, please do it
‘because it is there’.
Middle-aged professional photographer Helen Shaw had always tacked it on the end of her ‘to do’ list, and then put it off for another year – until 2013. Her partner Bob Shelmerdine agreed to accompany her and the result of their 81-day triumphant completion of the challenge is this book.
Because they did the walk in seven stages, to accommodate work and family commitments, the book is divided into each stage – making it eminently readable and colourfully fascinating.
In a valuable survey of their adventure they identify the 80-plus B&Bs in which they stayed, regarding camping as needing too much to carry, and campers as “serious heroes,” as well as listing the items each carried – from knickers, to keyboard and phone stand, tick remover to tweezers, maps to midge hats, sugar to Savlon and a host of other items, including the best bits of kit, and the first aid items taken.
Apart from the things they got up to during the journey the map has a beautiful collection of Helen’s photographs of the route and things seen en route, making this a treasure trove for those contemplating the challenge, or able to reflect on their own completion of the journey.