Day 77 – Pendeen to Land’s End

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Feeling Today: πŸ˜ƒπŸ₯‚πŸŽ‰πŸ»πŸΎπŸ‘πŸšΆ

So Far (and finished): Β 1,121.42 miles, Β 367:44 hours


My final day’s walk was suddenly upon me. Time seems to have accelerated as I neared day 77. I had perfect walking weather; dry and comfortably warm for this ‘half-day’.

For the first few miles out of Pendeen I was still in mining country. While most of the mines in this area closed about a century ago, Pendeen’s tin mine only ceased in 1991, after 300 years of operation. The Geevor mine is now a visitor centre.

I then had a stretch of typical coastal path, a bit of up and down, a bit of in and out, to reach Cape Cornwall, an uncluttered and pretty peninsula which would have made a nicer ending to my walk than Land’s End. But it’s called JOGLE, not JOGCC (which would be difficult for anyone to pronounce).

And suddenly Sennen Cove and Land’s End – the hotel and the lighthouse – were in sight. The two inviting sandy beaches at Sennen were the first since St Ives and I celebrated with my first ice cream of the whole walk.

It’s a short, well-beaten path from Sennen Cove up to the hotel and ‘attractions’ of Land’s End. I don’t know which of JOG and LE is the saddest place really. JOG was soulless and bleak; LE is busy and unashamedly commercial, regardless of any rationale or connection with the tip of the Country. Β For example, you can have a Shaun the Sheep experience, or watch Arthur’s Quest, or queue and pay to have your photo taken at the famous signpost.

Mike is on holiday in Devon and, being an ardent and loyal follower of this blog, very kindly came to meet me and give me a lift to my train at Penzance. We by-passed the Penwith House Temperance Hotel (not really our kind of gaff), I signed the end-to-end book, and we jumped into Mike’s car, roof advisedly down. And that was it, my long walk from top to bottom, end to end, was over.

I feel elated, exhausted, fulfilled and relieved.

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I’ll post one more ‘the day after’ blog and then this account will be complete. I’ll also post another page in due course with some advice and stuff that might be helpful to anyone who fancies doing JOGLE my way.


26 thoughts on “Day 77 – Pendeen to Land’s End

  1. Sad sad times.
    Nearing the end of the blog.
    Pepe Le Phew will be no more.
    What will one do with oneself?
    Anyway well done old bean.
    You did it.
    Congratulations.
    PS car booked for valet as a rather pungent odour coming from passenger seat. Bit like a wet dog smell mixed with damp tweed odour. If one could bottle it probably sell as a very good anti-mugger spray or something to keep the foxes away.

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  2. Many many congratulations. Has the sense of achievement hit yet? I hope you find yourself remembering bits of the adventure with a smile on your face, as I still do. Great to have met you . Neil of Pendeen

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  3. Congratulations Chris. You must be feeling really satisfied with your achievement. I will miss my nightly catch up now that you have finished. We have loved the blog and can’t wait to catch up and hear more.
    Well done.

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  4. “The journey of one thousand one hundred and twenty one point four two miles ends with one step and huge admiration.”

    Lao Tzu 604 BCE – 531 BCE

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  5. I think when we met you at Dungeon Ghyll, you weren’t even half way, so jolly well done on completing the rest of your trip exactly on schedule. We have been catching up and learning lots reading your blog on our sun loungers, so sorry we can’t be with you, and many of your followers, to celebrate in Babbacombe. As a Telegraph reader (your utter contempt for Sir Tony Robinson gave it away), may I suggest you do as it does after the likes of the Lions Tour and Wimbledon and sum up your journey in numbers? So, 1 ice cream, 2 pairs of walking shoes, 7000 pints of ale etc?
    Don’t forget your best guess at log piles ( as opposed to piles of sticks), blisters, and missed opportunities to eat biscuits!).
    Well done again. See you soon, and we’ll redress the walking to drinking ratio as best we can.
    Fergus and Meriel x (PS. Apologies for using this forum for third party correspondence, but Happy Birthday Steery!).

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  6. Congratulations. I followed with interest whilst on travels (business and now holiday) and really enjoyed your blog. There are some places I would now like to visit and others I may choose to avoid. I too think your summary blog should hand out awards such as Best Pint, Best Bed, Top B&B, etc. Either way – well done to you and your “support crew”.

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  7. Fantastic views of the Cornish mines. Half expected to see Ross Poldark in the shot!

    Great achievement, congratulations.

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  8. Chris
    What a fine effort and brilliant blog.
    Might need to pick your brains on how to do the same when I do some challenges
    BW
    ChrisW

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  9. Superbe! Fantastico! Wunderbar! you only “joggled” it! You “Made it through the rain”! Look forward to seeing “The Champ” later, suited and booted and maybe for a spot of walking??? Enjoy your rest day but we all await your final final blog. Top job! xx

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  10. Brilliant achievement! We are in awe of it!! Thoroughly enjoyed following your blog. Whatever will you do next?????

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  11. Well done Chris, I have followed your blog from day 1 and enjoyed your comments and pictures. I was told about your adventure by your Mum who is my Friday night bridge partner at Bedford.

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  12. Congratulations – a tremendous achievement – on time and on budget ! Blog was excellent and photos added so much to narrative. I will never look at log piles in the same way again ! Look forward to hearing of your next adventure….!

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  13. Fantastic effort Chris!! I’m with Dave G – there is definitely a book in this somewhere…….especially if you combine it with some FBW escapades. A sort of Tom Sharpe meets Wainwright thing – sure fire best seller.

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