And so it begins…

  • Day: 1
  • Started at: Land’s End (from Sennan)
  • Finished at: North Inn, Pendeen
  • Miles: 12(+1) (Sennan to LE)
  • Miles from Lands End: 12
  • Duration (incl breaks): 7hours – 10am to 5pm
  • Trig points visited: 2 (SW354313 & SW363337)
  • Ales imbibed: Tribute and Proper Job

Slept well which was a bit surprising, given I’ve had a bit of a nervous tummy for a day or so, with the big day looming. Woke at 8 and lazily packed up, some cursory research informed me that Lands End wasn’t going to be ‘open’ until 10am. And I wasn’t going anywhere until I’d got the obligatory photo taken and my verification form stamped. Adrenaline was pumping as I was filling in the form and my brain was jumping all over place as I tried to remember my own address but I managed!

Photo at the Lands End sign
Photo at the Lands End sign

After a warm, two handed handshake from the photographer at the sign accompanied by well wishes, I was off! At last, it feels like aeons ago that I made the decision to walk the length of Britain and it was finally happening. That adrenaline was still flowing as I headed off and barrelled along for the first 5miles – classic case of starting out too quickly! I soon slowed down.

I took a quick detour to England’s one and only Cape; Cape Cornwall. (I refreshed my knowledge with the correct definition; ‘a headland at which 2 seas converge’.)

My pack at the Cape
My pack at the Cape

Then it was on towards the many mine shafts of Botallack, Levant and Geevor. In the heat of the full sun I was grateful for the cool sea breeze but still applied ample sun cream. I was feeling the difference between my usual wild camping camp and this pack. This pack is definitely heavier. I think I’ll soon be taking a serious look at my kit and jettisoning non-essentials. But, but, but I need it all, hmmm.

Total Botallacks!
Total Botallacks!

I’ve finished up at my target for the day; the North Inn, Pendeen which has a camping field out the back. No sign of any blisters but a few sore joints. Time for a shower, dinner, a stretch and then an early night me-thinks.

Author: lhwood1

I enjoy a good walk and so I decided to go on quite a long walk from Lands End to John O'Groats this summer. You'll be able to keep up with my progress through this blog.

9 thoughts on “And so it begins…”

  1. Awesome!! I on the other hand spent this Monday at work in front ofa computer madly spinning plates…. keep nature definitions like Cape coming!! Bon voyage : )

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    1. Oh dear… 😟 . Will do! I’ve seen lots of bird life- buzzards, kestrels, curlews and a stonechat plus many others that I can’t quite identify. Hope your week at work is improving.

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  2. Great to see this in my feed. Lovely north Cornwall. Please also report on the quality of the Cornish pasties and cream teas you’ll encounter.

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    1. Uhm, I’ve somehow managed to get by on just one pastie and no cream tea, but I’ll be sure to do something about that when I take a break. I have had a couple of delicious ice creams though!

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  3. Lovely to meet you today whilst walking my 4 little ‘trip hazards’between Portreath and Porthtowan. I’m quite envious. Have a blast and don’t forget to try the ciders!!

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    1. Nice to meet you too, I wish I could’ve taken one of your dogs with me! I hope you got home before the worst of the rain. Good point, I will try a cider or 2!

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      1. If you need any friendly support or rescuing while in Cornwall please get in touch. I’m still envious but I don’t think my dogs would want to walk quite that far.

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