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A mid-lifer’s trek from Land’s End to John O’Groats


The longest walk you can do in Britain, without doubling back on yourself, is Land’s End to John O’Groats. And so on a misty, drizzly and frankly uninspiring morning Robin Richards stepped off the bus at Land’s End with his boots blacked and his rucksack ready. It was day sixteen of his redundancy.


Robin Richards faced mid-life and redundancy by pulling on his rucksack and setting off to walk from Lands’ End to John O’Groats. Le-Jog-ed is his unique story, a travelogue of hill walking, redundancy and humour.


The walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats is iconic, and Robin uses the miles trekked to present his interesting, insightful and sensitive account that will appeal to all readers interested in this classic walk.


The subject matter of redundancy/early retirement and the trek itself is handled with a light touch and shot through with gentle humour.


Website by Aimee Bell on behalf of Matador

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  • Beach Book Festival 2015, Winner, General Non-Fiction.

  • International Book Awards 2015, Finalist, Non-Fiction: Narrative.

  • National Indie Excellence Awards 2015, Finalist, Travel.

  • The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards 2014, Finalist, Non-fiction (for adults).

  • Words for the Wounded (2016) Highly Commended.


This book was recently entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:


Star Rating: 5 stars

Readers’ Comments

‘A fascinating story. I loved every page of it. I’m a walker too so I knew many of the spots he walked through. He described them well.’ Female reader, aged 32


‘Interesting to read a book that not only looks at the geography of walking the length of the UK but also at redundancy and early retirement. I chuckled often.’ Male reader, aged 56


‘This short book is just perfect for anybody thinking of walking a long, LONG way! The author is so personal in his descriptions of what he sees. I learned so much. Thank you!’ Female reader, aged 58


‘This book is fab! Why? Well, it’s all in the detail, you see. The author knows so many ‘little things’ and he throws them out there for the reader to enjoy.’ Female reader, aged 49


‘Amusing and packed-full of interesting facts. Highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Awards


'Loved it. The author writes well and there is the right balance between describing the countryside and his emotions. His background provides a backdrop to a number of areas that are mentioned which makes it more personal. I loved it.' - sogart


'… a well-written, attractively produced account of people and places, spiced with wit and humour, which kept me engaged to the end.'

Stephen O'Loughlin


'An informative and amusing account.' - spoonfairy


'Vivid descriptions of the towns and villages along the End to End trail highlight Robin Richards' post-retirement memoir of his journeys through the UK. Readers will cheer him on, agonize over yet another blister, and empathize with struggles and wrong turns. This is a good travel guide, of sorts, for those who like to read about nature, English village life and solo journeys.' - by NetGalley Reviewer