The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Thursday, 18 March 2010

K2CW: The Really Really Final Plan

A couple of weeks ago Mick asked me to stop playing with the route. I said I would, and I’ve been true to that. But, whilst the route has been stable for well over a week, there has been much tapping with the mouse and playing with maps, resulting in some little changes to the distances and destinations.

I’ve now printed out the really-final-version and have promised that I will make no more changes.

The really-final-version is also now on Google Documents and you’ll find it here (or via the link at the top right of the page).

The most significant change from the point of anyone thinking about meeting up with us as we pass by home is that we’ve moved our day off from Tuesday 6 April to Easter Sunday (4 April). We’re going to be spending a few days at home and using public transport to continue the linear walk during those days – the problem being that there are no trains going where we need them to on the morning of Easter Sunday. The trains are running properly again on Easter Monday, so the obvious solution was to change our day off. Sorry if that causes any inconvenience to anyone who was going to join us around then.

The other changes are unnecessary refinement (“polishing the turd” is the phrase that springs to mind, but I’m not sure that’s a phrase that is (a) acceptable and (b) in common use!). Some distances have been made more pleasing; potentially better wild-camping spots have been identified. Of course, it’s equally likely that these changes will either be reversed or further changed at the time.



  1. Looking at the revised plan, I think that the Rugeley to Uttoxeter leg is the best option for me to tag along for a day. There are direct bus routes to both those from Stafford.

  2. Interesting to read. I'll look forward to reading your updates.

    I live in Edinburgh and am pretty familiar with the Scottish bits. Cauldstane Slap is a pretty bleak high pass for a camp but nice views to the north.


  3. edit...."some of the Scottish bits"...

  4. Steve - Look forward to seeing you then! Mick's just emailing you with more detail and a contact number.

    Chris - There's a bit of repetition in this route from our LEJOG trip in 2008, during which we also went over Cauldstane Slap. We camped a way down on the north side, and as you correctly say, there were views to be had. Alas, there were also midges to be had. Trillions of the blighters. Fingers crossed for fair weather and a stiff breeze this time around!