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Dave Johnson  Just walked 1200 miles from John O'Groats to Lands End for Prostate Cancer UK www.justgiving.com/fundraising/DaveJOGLE2017

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Stretching the legs with PJ. Nice to have him back after his hols! #yorkshirewolds #staffy

#JOGLE my #viewranger recorded tracks. The gap in the middle caused by phone failure and lack of wifi backup fortunately got this gap covered by my @satmap gps recording #frustrated #technoproblems @lejogassociation

#JOGLE Day 63 #finalday #endtoend #menunited @prostatecanceruk @visitlandsend #johnogroatstolandsend #lejog @lejogassociation please read my blog https://www.walking-for-a-cause.net/jogle-day-63-040617-zennor-lands-end-17-miles/ #walkingforacause #davesmarch #1200miles #emotional #epicjourney

#JOGLE Day 62 #nearlythere to Zennor It was drizzling when I set off and forecast was for fog around midday. I had already planned to miss out the dunes or towans between Gwithian and Hayle so made good time along a not busy road with plenty of footpaths. Hayle is not a particularly inspiring place and even the free wifi in Asda was not up to much so I filmed a quick video and continued towards St Ives. I passed the first marker I have seen since JOG with Lands End written on it. 17 miles by road - about 28 for me.

Walking past Carbis Bay I could see the fog across the water back to Gwithian but by the time I got to St Ives the sun was coming out and it was warming up nicely. St Ives was very busy but I stopped for a coffee and a bite to eat then headed onto the coastal path for the afternoon. Once more there was some good coastline but the walking was just difficult because of the terrain, not particularly steep but muddy, rocky and overgrown in places.After a relatively short day I got to Zennor in great time and a deserved beer at the Tinners Arms where Cath, Cazzy and Shirley had come to meet me.We drove back to Trevalgan camp site and then later back to Perranporth where we met up with Ally (remember him my fellow JOGLER?) for a good meal, some beer and loads of stories from the last 9 weeks. Then it was off to bed dreaming of the final day...#johnogroatstolandsend @prostatecanceruk #menunited #davesmarch #onemoreday #1200miles #walkingforacause

#JOGLE Day 61 to Gwithian The eerie fog of last night had gone by this morning and the blue skies looked perfect as I set off on Day 61, still not really believing I have walked almost 1200 miles in the last 2 months. I took lanes through St Agnes (quite hilly!) to shortcut the coastal path as far as Porthtowan where I got back up onto the cliffs with some fantastic views of the coastline ahead and behind.There were a couple of short steep ups and downs before I reached Portreath, but I have noticed now how the heather is starting to flower and change the colour of the landscape.More views of rugged coastline followed as I covered the next few miles towards Godrevy point, passing Hells Mouth and a small colony of seals along the way (can you spot them?)Feeling good and way ahead of time I decided not to miss out Godrevy point and took the longer route around the headland to get a closer look at the lighthouse.After a brief rest and some reflection on this trek (difficult to take it all in in one go) the last mile or so into Gwithian was easy and I arrived at the camp site before Cath and Betty. A quick check on social media revealed she had been down to Perranporth beach. When she arrived in Gwithian she brought with her the surprise of Cazzy and Shirley who have driven down from Staffordshire to join us for the last couple of days. If anyone is asking - Shirley is not walking with me and she has not brought rain with her - at least not yet!!! #menunited #davesmarch @prostatecanceruk #cornwall #swcp #nationaltrail

#JOGLE Day 60 to Perranporth The poor weather finally gave way to sunshine this morning so it felt good to set off in decent conditions. My first target was Newquay which I could see in the distancea nice walk along the coast path via the beach at Porth. Arriving in the town I realised that the British & Irish Lions test in New Zealand would just be finishing and purely by chance (honest!!) I spotted an Irish Bar across the street. I rushed in just in time to see the last 2 minutes of a famous victory - that raised my morale even higher. Due to the high tide I had to cross the Gannel via a footbridge and had planned my route accordingly, missing out a chunk of the SWCP and heading across farmland for the pretty village of Crantock where I had a short rest and watched as the clouds rolled in. From there I headed out towards the dunes and through Holywell Bay with a popular beach before climbing back onto the cliffs. A short while later I descended onto the beach at Perran Sands for a long walk to Perranporth which was very busy with tourists and locals getting ready for the Tunes in the Dunes festival. Feeling a little out of place in my walking boots I sped through and back onto the final cliff stretch scattered with remnants of tin and tungsten mining. The wind was still quite strong at times and about an hour later I arrived at Trevellas, our campsite for the night. The lovely views of the sea and StAgnes across the valley gradually disappeared into fog, as did most of the campsite - hopefully it will clear by the morning. #menunited @prostatecanceruk #cornwall #swcp

#JOGLE Day 59 The weather did not improve overnight so I set off in wet and windy conditions, expecting it to get gradually worse until lunchtime at least. I left Wadebridge and followed the Camel Trail, an old railway line along the river Camel for 5 miles towards Padstow. The walk was mostly sheltered from the wind but by the time I reached Padstow harbour I was once again saturated.After a quick route check I decided to take a B road short cut to Harlyn Bay but quickly realised my life was at risk so had to escape across fields before reaching the safety of quieter lanes. At Harlyn Bay I stopped in the Beach Store to dry off a little and was treated to a free coffee by Helen, who also gave me a detailed local OS map and discussed possible routes to Mawgan Porth. What a star!I chose country lanes to Porthcothan then reassessed and decided to brave the clifftop winds for the remaining 5 miles. It had stopped raining by then but I almost got blown off my feet a couple times. The reward was some fine views.I had made good time and crossed the beach at Mawgan Porth in good spirits before climbing the last mile or so up to Trevarrian where the campsite is quite exposed and still extremely windy. #johnogroatstolandsend #cornwall #swcp @prostatecanceruk @nationaltrail #davesmarch #menunited #harlynbay

#JOGLE Day 58 to Wadebridge #johnogroatstolandsend #kernow #endtoend #menunited @prostatecanceruk Incessant overnight rain made for a soggy and late start as I mulled over possible routes and helped to make sure Betty wasn't bogged down at the camp site. I took roads through Boscastle then decided to head for the coastal path at Tintagel - as much out of curiosity to see what it's really like. As I climbed up onto the clifftop it became apparent how windy it was and only a few die hard tourists at the castle.I followed the SWCP along the cliff top until it dropped down a steep and often slippy path to Trebarwith Strand. There were some good views but at one point I had to stop and brace myself against the strong gusts.A hot coffee was in order at the Strand Cafe and I decided then to go for country lanes rather than back on the cliffs. I would anyway be leaving the coastal path at Port Isaac to get to Wadebridge. A combination of AA roadmap, my printed OS pages and some GPS planning plotted a route which took me along lanes through some little Cornish villages like St Teath, Pendoggett and Amble. The final mile or so was back to the Andy Robinson book route and resulted in some boggy overgrown fields with dilapidated stiles and dodgy footbridges - felt like being back in Staffordshire! Got to the camp site safely and found Cath had made a rallying call which meant loads of messages of support and encouragement - quite overwhelming, but much needed as the mental strain is tough to manage and the weather shows no sign of improvement. #swcp #nationaltrail

#JOGLE Day 57 to Boscastle The rain is back with a vengeance - a drizzly start from just outside Bude along lanes at first and through the town centre before picking up the coastal path for an easy few miles to Widemouth Bay - where I took my only photo of the day.The path went through sand dunes - not really needed - and then a mixture of lane and cliff tops before a steep slippery descent into Millook. As I climbed up the lane back onto the cliffs the rain got heavier and the cloud descended. To be honest I am not the biggest fan of coastal paths, and right now my main objective is Lands End in one piece, done checked my route and decided to avoid some more "dangerous" ups and downs by following country lanes from Dizzard to Crackington Haven - these were pretty steep as well but nowhere near as slippery. I stopped for a coffee and wifi and decided to continue along lanes as the terrain got higher and into the clouds at High Cliff. After missing a couple of paths I ended up on a B road and after less than 5 minutes Cath came past in Betty on her way to the campsite. I took a slightly longer route but got there thoroughly soaked. The rain just continued all night so I am reassessing route options to get to Wadebridge and more concerned about whether Betty will manage to get out of this field which is now completely saturated! #raingoaway #johnogroatstolandsend #cornwall #swcp @prostatecanceruk @nationaltrail

#JOGLE Day 56 to Bude Today started comfortably as I followed my short cut route from Clovelly through farmland and lanes to pass through Hartland before rejoining the SWCP. Saw some real Clovelly long horns and met a lovely couple in Hartland, Lynda and Michael from Birmingham who gave me a donation for PCUK. The coastal path between Hartland and Bude is a seemingly endless rollercoaster of steep climbs and descents - even with my shortcut I still racked up over 4700 feet of ascent to day and never really got more than 400 feet above sea level. The views however were pretty dramatic in places.
At some point I left Devon and entered Cornwall - the final county on my trek and passed a large "radio" station before eventually some beaches came into view with the occasionally surfer visible
A few more miles of clifftop fields before I left the coast path and headed for the campsite outside Bude - and the rain started. On the bright side another useless stile to add to my collection.Weather forecast not brilliant for the next few days...#johnogroatstolandsend #cornwall #swcp #menunited #davesmarch @prostatecanceruk

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