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.

Wednesday, 10 July 2002

Day 69 - Pennine Way the wrong way

This day had a bit of everything.

The first part was along a wall marking the Cumbria/North Yorkshire boundary, with a good quad bike track alongside - down to Garsdale Head with its impressive railway viaduct.

A stiff climb up to Garsdale Common was followed by very tricky terrain across the well-named Shaking Moss - a veritable mire. After lunch by Widdale Great Tarn and an ascent of Great Knoutberry Hill, we crossed the B6255 at the triple head of Widdale (NE), Ribblesdale (S) and Dentdale (NW).

Once up on Grove Head we were in a land dominated by limestone. Between 824832 and 829834 we made the discovery that we were simultaneously following the JoGLE Watershed N-S  and the Pennine Way S-N (see photo). Strange but true. We dropped down Oughtershaw Side, and had cooked supper at the point where we crossed the Dales Way.

After climbing up the other side, Cam Rakes, we found our way through 4km of forest, and then camped on High Green Field Knott at 834780.

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