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25th March 2024

Guinness Book of Records attempt

David Warner, a CLL Support member, is attempting to set a new world record for the oldest person to walk from John O’Groats to Lands End on foot in 100 days while raising funds for CLL Support. He will aim to complete the walk in three separate sections and hopes to begin the first four week section on 1st April. You can support David on his walk by joining him at some point to encourage him along. 

Latest update from David on Week One:

“I’m on schedule and have reached Golspie, in Sutherland.   I’ve walked 91 miles.   For the first four days I was walking along the A9 (or a detour to avoid it which turned out to be far longer than my app showed) because the clifftop route is too waterlogged.   Since then I’ve been able to walk mostly off road, far more agreeable.   The weather has been challenging:  above all cold, very windy and some heavy rain.  Once off road the views are wonderful.   The Caithness coastline is a series of bays, big and small and many towns  have small harbours from the herring industry times.  One passes cairns as old as Stonehenge and 1600 year old carvings made by the Picts.  An obelisk records the clearances: it stands on the desolate cliff top site to which villagers were sent.   Highland cattle, seals, sheep and turkeys appear.  Tomorrow to Dornoch where Elon Musk got married for the second time.”

Week Two report on progress:

“I’ve completed the JOG to Inverness stage, 158 miles, and am now walking west along the Great Glen Way towards Fort William where I hope to meet up with a CLL member to walk south along the West Highland Way. I’m on schedule. I started the walk on 1st April to get through Scotland before the midge season. As a result it’s often been very cold, windy and wet and muddy slippery paths which slow me down; But at least the midges are at home doubtless with their feet up by a warm fire. Despite the weather, spring has arrived and I’m seeing a lot of flowers and lambs, calves, ducklings.”

As of 15th April, the end of week 2, David had reached Drumnadrochit on the western shore of Loch Ness, having covered a total of 180 miles.

These are the places he will be travelling through on Section One: John O’Groats – Wick – Lybster – Dunbeath – Berriedale – Helmsdale – Brora – Golspie – Dornoch – Tain – Alness – Culbokie – Inverness – Drumnadrochit – Invermoriston – Fort Augustus – Invergarry – Spean Bridge – Fort William – Kinlochleven – Kingshouse – Tyndrum – Ardlui – Rowardennan – Drymen – Milngavie – Glasgow City Centre – Lesmahagow – Abington – Moffat – Lockerbie – Gretna – Carlise.

You can contribute to David’s Just Giving page here.