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]

Sunday, 20 February 2011

East to West Route: Part 1

With precisely one month to go until we start walking from Lowestoft (deep, calming breaths), I thought it was about time that I announced our chosen route.

As planned our East to West route totals 798 miles. In reality (on paper, at least) it will be less than that, as experience suggests that in some places I will have inadvertently plotted an unnecessarily circuitous route and in other places we’ll opt for a slightly less attractive direct route for some reason. I expect that it will come out at around 775 miles.

Here’s the first chunk of our intended route:


You’ll spot that in some places there are two alternative routes plotted. This is the refined version – originally I plotted a ridiculous number of options. For example, one possibility was to head up to the north coast of Norfolk and follow the coast for a few days before dropping down to King’s Lynn, but after much pondering and for various reasons we’ve opted for the inland route, and hence the coastal alternative is no longer shown.

In case you’re wonder, all the yellow labels show the location of campsites (the red labels showing the location of campsites which, for one reason or another are unlikely to let us stay).

Part 2 to follow…


  1. Looking forward to following your East to West trek with interest. Looks like you'll be using a "path less travelled" on this leg. A month will soon pass and you'll be on your way!

  2. Splendid! Quite splendid! Looking forward to it already!

  3. Just to make a trio of Al’s.
    As Mr Sloman says. I am looking forward to it all ready!
    Best of luck.

  4. Oo er! I know the area from Horncastle north to Brigg quite well, it's just a few miles from Mum in Louth, well I'll be! People always think Lincolnshire is boring and flat, but you've chosen the gently rolling bits. It's quite pretty, really. (I'd still rather be in Scotland though.) Looking forward to your trip, should be a(nother) good one.

  5. Keeping the next parts in mind I think you'll get a 360 dgrs tan.


  6. Thanks all - glad you're looking forward to it too!

    Al (the first one!) - You're quite right that the month will fly past - the very thought is enough to send me into a flap as both Mick & I are still working and thus not preparing to the extent that we would like. Eeek, eeek, eeek!

    Louise - I'm not at all familiar with the east of the country, so I'm really looking forward to the first few weeks of this walk (hmmm, that sounds like I'm not looking forward to the last few weeks; what I mean is that I'm particularly looking forward to the first few weeks for that reason).

  7. Catching up with your blog and looks a fine plan. When do you pass Norwich and where are you staying on that section?

  8. dont forget i live very close to Kings lynn... let me know where your going to be there and if you need anything or a bed for the night if i can help i will be only too happy too... Happy walking i will follow with interest :-)