About this blog

The journey from John o'Groats to Land's End took place in 14 sections, starting in 1996 (a week or so each year). The idea came to me in 1995 and I completed the British JoGLE Watershed in June 2009.

I was joined by a number of relations and friends from time to time. Most notable among my walking companions were my son Tim (7 sections) and nephews Peter and Jonny.

After walking the first section in 1996 I discovered that Dave Hewitt had already pioneered the Scottish Watershed (to Cape Wrath) in 1987, and had published his excellent account Walking the Watershed in 1994. We have been in touch since then, and he has been a great encouragement.

A simple definition of the watershed is that any rain falling to the left of the path finishes in the North Sea or English Channel, and anything to the right flows into the Atlantic Ocean, the Irish Sea or the Bristol Channel.

I believe that this was the first walk along the full length of the British JoGLE Watershed. I became aware just after I completed the journey that the late Mike Allen walked a slightly different version (from Land's End to Cape Wrath) between 1988 and 1994, so he will have covered the same ground apart from the most north-easterly 220km.

There have subsequently been several walks and publications about parts of the JoGLE watershed, including Peter Wright's 2010 Ribbon of Wildness account of his Scottish section walked in 2005, which has brought the subject of watershed walking in the UK to a wider audience.

I hope you enjoy this blog. I'm planning to publish a full account in 2013/4. A summary of the walk appeared in The Angry Corrie volume 76 in 2009.

Malcolm Wylie.

Sunday, 8 June 1997

Day 18 - an oasis and a swamp


We'd been looking forward to a taste of civilisation, and by 1pm we had reached the A890 below Ledgowan Forest.

The morning's walk was uneventful apart from this fine view of Beinn Eighe behind us. We had a very steep descent from Carn Beag, which sported quite a profusion of flowers.

We hitched a lift into Achnasheen with Ms Victoria-Wine-in-Aviemore and confirmed that our food parcel had arrived safely at the Craft centre. We then lunched sumptuously at the Ledgowan Hotel. It rained heavily during the afternoon.

After sorting out the parcel and sending back our unwanted maps etc, we were again fortunate to get a lift back to the Watershed from a couple who were returning home from Ben Wyvis.

We climbed Moruisg and then had to make do with a very poor camping place at 108498. Tim later annotated the map "fetid swamp"!

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