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The Journey Plan

Tynedale Hospice at Home Logo and Contact DetailsUnsurprisingly there is a plan for the journey which is down to much hard work by Robert. Below we outline the overall journey showing where we intend to be on any given day and some details about the journey.

Overall Estimated Mileages and Stopovers

Day Date From TO Miles Total
1 Mon 3 June TRAVEL DAY - Home to Sennen 0 0 *
2 Tues 4 June Land's End St Austell 62 62
3 Wed 5 June St Austell Okehampton 64 126
4 Thurs 6 June Okehampton Bishops Lydeard 53 179
5 Frid 7 June REST DAY
6 Sat 8 June Bishops Lydeard Elberton 68 247
7 Sun 9 June Elberton Worcester 63 310
8 Mon 10 June Worcester Whitchurch 65 375
9 Tues 11 June Whitchurch Eccleston 64 439
10 Wed 12 June Eccleston Kendal 64 503
11 Thurs 13 June Kendal Carlisle 56 559
12 Frid 14 June REST DAY
13 Sat 15 June Carlisle Innerleithen 65 624
14 Sun 16 June Innerleithen Kinross 66 690
15 Mon 17 June Kinross Blair Atholl 52 745
16 Tues 18 June Blair Atholl Carrbridge 64 809
17 Wed 19 June Carrbridge Tain 66 875
18 Thurs 20 June Tain Tongue 62 937
19 Frid 21 June Tongue John O'Groats 64 ** 1,001**
20 Sat 22 June TRAVEL DAY - Wick to Home

* Plus 14 miles to Sennen

** Plus 16 miles to Wick

A bit more detail

Day 1 Mon 3 Jun - Bardon Mill to Land’s End by train

Bardon Mill d 0615
Newcastle a 0655
Newcastle d 0741
Plymouth a 1448
Plymouth d 1512
Penzance a 1712 Cycle 14 miles to Sennen

Day 2 Tue 4 Jun - Land’s End to St Austell - 62 miles (62 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Land’s End 0 0 Route: NCN 3 with short cuts & diversions
Penzance 12 12 (all facilities)
Hayle 9 21 (café and shop)
Portreath 12 33
Carnon Downs 9 42 (café and shop)
Tippet's Shop 10 52
St Austell 10 62

Day 3 Wed 5 - Jun St Austell to Okehampton - 64 miles (126 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
St Austell 0 0 Route: Cornwall + South Devon cycle maps
Luxulyan 6 6
Lostwithiel 8 14 (café and shop)
Menheniot 14 28
Horsebridge  12 40
Tippet's Shop 5 45 (all facilities)
Tavistock 9 54
Okehampton 10 64

Day 4 Thu 6 Jun - Okehampton to Bishops Lydeard - 53 miles (179 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Okehampton 0 0 Route: N Devon + Somerset Levels maps
Morchard Bishop 14 14
Tiverton 14 28 (all facilities)
Hilfarrance 17 45
Bishops Lydeard 8 53

Day 5 Fri 7 Jun - Rest day at Bishops Lydeard

Day 6 Sat 8 Jun - Bishops Lydeard to Elberton- 68 miles (247 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Bishops Lydeard 0 0 Route: N Devon + Somerset Levels maps
Bridgewater 18 18
Winscomber 22 40
Avonmouth 17 57
Elberton 11 68

[LEJOG 25% completed!]

Day 7 Sun 9 Jun - Elberton to Worcester - 63 miles (310 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Elberton 0 0 Route: N Devon + Somerset Levels maps
Slimbridge 16 16
Gloucester 14 30  (all facilities)
Tewkesbury 17 47  (wiggly route but R. Severn path less suitable)
Worcester 16 63

Day 8 Mon 10 Jun - Worcester to Whitchurch - 65 miles (375 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Worcester 0 0 Route: NCN 45 is 93 miles
A443/B4196 to Stourport 11 11 this route is all B roads/minor roads
B4194 to Bewdley 4 15
B4194/NCN45/B4555 to Bridgenorth 14 29
B4373 to Ironbridge  8 37
B4380 + minor roads to Shawbury 14 51
B5063/B5476  to Whitchurch 14 65

Day 9 Tue 11 Jun - Whitchurch to Eccleston - 64 miles (439 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Whitchurch 0 0 Route: NCN 45, 56 is 82 miles
B5395 to Malpas 5 5 this route is mainly "horsley"
minor roads to Beeston 8 13
Tarperley 3 16
Minor roads to Acton Bridge 11 27 (see "Horsley", 102-3, 106-7, 110-15)
Canals/minor roads to Mersey 9 36
Newton-le-Willows 7 43
Appley Bridge 11 54
B5250 to Eccleston 10 64

Day 10 Wed 12 Jun - Eccleston to Kendal - 64 miles (503 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Eccleston 0 0 see "Horsley", 114-23
B5253+NCN 55 to Preston 10 10
B5411/ NCN 6 to Garstang 15 25 then all on NCN 6 to Kendal)
Lancaster 15 40
Carnforth 8 48
Kendal 64

[LEJOG 50% completed!]

Day 11 Thu 13 Jun - Kendal to Carlisle - 56 miles (559 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Kendal 0 0 Route: NCN 6, NCN 10, NCN 7
Windermere 9 9 see "Horsely", 13207
Ambleside 5 14
Threlkeld 17 31
Hesket Newmarket 12 43
Carlisle 13 56
Carlisle 1628, 1728 or 1837 train
Bardon Mill a 1708, 1808 or 1916

Day 12 Fri 14 Jun - Rest day at home

Day 13 Sat 15 Jun - Carlisle to Innerleithen - 65 miles (624 total) 

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Bardon Mill d 0723 a 0916 train or d 0804 arrive 1002
Carlisle 0 0 Route: Horsley LEJOG: A7, B709, NCN 1
Longtown 10 10 (café and shops) [see "Horsley" 138-41, 182-5]
Langholm 11 21 (café and shops)
Eskdalemuir 13 34 (Samye Ling for Lunch?
Tushielaw 16 50 (pub?)
Gordon Arms 6 56 (pub?)
Innerleithen 9 65

Day 14 Sun 16 Jun - Innerleithen to Kinross - 66 miles (690 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Innerleithen 0 0 Route: NCN1, Edinburgh Cycle Map
North Middleton 15 15 no facilities [see Horsley 141-2, 184-7]
Dalkeith 11 26 (all facilities)
Edinburgh 10 36 (lunch - several routes through city)
Forth Road Bridge 11 47 (cafés in Queensferry and Inverkeithing)
Kinross 19 66

Day 15 Mon 17 Jun - Kinross to Blair Atholl - 55 miles (745 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Kinross 0 0 B996, A912, NCN 77, NCN 7
Perth 16 16 (all facilities) [see "Horsley" 141-2]
Bankfoot 12 28 (café and shop) [see Sustrans - Lochs & Glens 74-8]
Dunkeld 6 34 (café and shop)
Ballinluig 9 43 (café and shop)
Pitlochry 5 48 (all facilities)
Blair Atholl 7 55

[LEJOG 75% completed!]

Day 16 Tue 18 Jun - Blair Atholl to Carrbridge - 64 miles (809 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Blair Atholl 0 0 Route: NCN 7
Dalnacardoch 11 11 (no facilities) [see Sustrans - Lochs & Glens 78-86]
Dalwhinnie 13 24 (café and shop)
Newtonmore 11 35 (café and shop) (+3 miles on in Kingussie)
Aviemore 16 51 (all facilities)
Carrbridge 13 64

Day 17 Wed 19 Jun - Carrbridge to Tain - 66 miles (875 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Carrbridge 0 0 Route: NCN 7, NCN 1
Tomatin 10 10 (café and shop)[see "Horsley" 206-9]
Daviot 8 18 (no facilities) (see Sustrans - Lochs & Glens 86-93
Inverness 12 30 (all facilities) (see "Mitchell" 153-8)
Dingwall 13 43 (café and shop)
Alness 11 54 (café)
Tain 12 66

Day 18 Thu 20 Jun - Tain to Tongue - 62 miles (937 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Tain 0 0 Route: NCN 1 (see "Mitchell" 158-161)
Bonar Bridge 15 15 (café and shop)
Lairg 11 26 (café and shop)
Crask Inn 13 39 (pub and café)
Altnaharra 8 47 (café)
Tongue 15 62

Day 19 Fri 21 Jun - Tongue to John O'Groats - 64 miles (1001 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Tongue 0 0 Route: NCN 1 + A99 to Wick
Bettyhill 13 13 (café and shop) [see "Horsley" 216-8]
Melvich 13 28 (shop and pub) [see "Mitchell" 162-9]
Thurso 18 46 (all facilities but no shops now until Wick)
John O'Groats 20 66 (pub and hotel)
Wick 16 80 An extra 16 miles!

Day 20 Sat 22 Jun - Wick to Bardon Mill by train

Wick (Carlisle route home is an hour shorter)
Inverness a 1213
Inverness d 1246
Edinburgh a 1621
Edinburgh d 1652 or 1700 to Newcastle
Carlisle a 1806 or 1817 Newcastle
Carlisle d 1837 or Newcastle 1925
Bardon Mill a 1916 or 2018 from Newcastle

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