Mark Walks LEJOG Day 41 – Lockerbie to Beattock

Hullo. How are you? I hope you are having a good day. I’m Mark and I’m walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats…

I started the day with a delicious lorne sausage sandwich, which put a spring in my step as I walked through Lockerbie in the company of sheep.

Leaving the town, I joined the road I would spend the day on, since today’s walk was entirely a tarmac affair. But one with incredible views throughout. The sun was shining and the road was peaceful as I marched the 16 miles or so to Beattock.

It was another day without seeing another soul until I decided to grab some provisions from the packed motorway services. The road I was walking on today runs parallel to the M74 and the West Coast Mainline, so there was a constant whirr and hum or traffic and trains passing to my right hand side, juxtaposed with a agrarian idyll to my left.

The walk was easy going and the weather stayed fair all day as I wandered along the gently sloping road on a calm and uneventful day.

However, I did tick off another milestone today passing the 600 miles mark, which felt like an accomplishment.

Arriving into Beattock reminded me of W H Auden, who names the village in his poem The Night Mail, which I loved as a child for the way the words conveyed so perfectly the motion of the steam trains that once passed through here.

I arrived in Beattock early, having set off at the crack of dawn, found my lodgings for the night and had a lazy afternoon.

The Day 41 Vlog

Fundraising for MacMillan Cancer Support

As I walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats, I am hoping to raise £10,000 for MacMillan Cancer Support, who do such a wonderful job of supporting families through the most difficult times. If you are able to spare any amount and would like to donate to MacMillan, please do so through my Just Giving Page.






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