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Land's End to John O'Groats

Walking the length of Britain in 7 stages

Could you complete the iconic walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats? And even if you could, would it be worth it? What would you see on the way?

Middle-aged professional photographer Helen Shaw and her husband Bob set off with those questions in mind and were blown away by the experience.

They divided their journey into 7 stages to fit around work and family commitments and completed it in 81 days. On the way, Helen took stunning photographs of the route: coastal paths, meadowland, country lanes, moors and woods; of the wildlife, buildings and points of interest in villages, towns and even cities.

With disarming frankness she and Bob touch on the highs and lows of the adventure, their reactions to it, the surprising discoveries and the sheer joy of getting to know Britain in a completely new way.

This book will encourage walkers of all abilities to set off from Cornwall to Caithness, and Helen’s photographs of the journey will be an inspiration
to them.

Author: Helen Shaw & Bob Shelmerdine
Photographer: Helen Shaw
ISBN: 978-1-910723-39-5
Published: September 2017
Format: 214 x 230 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 192
160 colour photographs
7 maps
Price: £14.99

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Land's End to John O'Groats by Helen Shaw & Bob Shelmerdine

Press reviews

Reviewed by Martin Hesp of Western Morning News in August 2017

'Why beat yourself up by doing the whole long shooting match in one go? Why not enjoy the British countryside at its best as you dawdle vaguely northwards through hill and dale? On the way, Helen took stunning photographs of the route and its coastal paths, meadowland, country lanes, moors and woods. With disarming frankness, she and Bob touch on the highs and lows of the adventure, their reactions to it, the surprising discoveries and the sheer joy of getting to know Britain in a completely new way.'


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