|Route showing Offa’s Dyke and Lairg variants. Alternatively view the zoomable Google maps route|
The route begins at Lizard Point, then follows the South West Coastal Path, via Land’s End to Barnstaple. It crosses Exmoor, the Quantocks, Somerset Levels & Mendips to Bristol. After Chepstow, by bridge, there is a choice of two routes to Coalbrookdale: EITHER the Welsh-English border (Offa’s Dyke Path) to Knighton then across Shropshire & Wenlock Edge; OR the Gloucestershire Way & Severn valley. From Coalbrookdale it crosses Staffordshire & the Peak District, joining the “Alternative” Pennine Way between Ashbourne & Hebden Bridge. The official Pennine Way is followed to Jedburgh before crossing the Scottish lowlands & Central belt to Drymen. In the Trossachs the route passes through Callandar & Killin, before crossing the edge of Rannoch Moor to Spean Bridge. Then it’s mostly camping in the Northern Highlands, passing a few miles South of Ullapool before turning Eastwards towards Oykel Bridge. In the “Flow Country”, there’s another choice of routes around Loch Shin: West via Cask or East via Lairg (more road walking). The route reaches the East coast South of John O’Groats. One more day Westwards & the route finishes at Dunnet Head.
In 2018 I walked from Lizard Point (25th March) to Peebles (2nd June) with 57 days of walking, the other days being rest-days (6) or injury-days (7). I resumed walking from Peebles on 23rd April 2019
Distances & times
The original summary plan without breaks lists each daily stage with estimated distance and time. For the Offa’s Dyke route this reaches a total distance of 1313 miles, with ascent of 57 Km over 85 walking days. The Severn Valley variant a touch less at 1292 miles , 55 Km.
Planning spreadsheet & sources
The ‘live’ End-to-End planning spreadsheet is updated with rest days, and anticipated rest days as the progresses. It includes additional accommodation links, often at intermediate locations to the lists above. All with the help of many online E2E Resources
Traveline (UK) is a great site for planning public transport in the UK to & from wherever.