Mark Walks LEJOG Day 5 – Mitchell to Wadebridge

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…

Much of today put me in mind of the Tellie Tubies or a Microsoft Windows screen saver from the 90s. The weather was absolutely gorgeous.

Heading from Mitchell, I passed the lovely church at St. Enoder then walked through Indian Queens before heading off into glorious countryside for the remainder of the day.

St. Enoder Church

It was clear from the outset, today was going to be a spectacular walk. The views were magnificent all day long and I spent the day indescribably happy.

Tregonetha Downs is an open access nature reserve, managed by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. It’s a startling change from the surrounding farmland to suddenly be on a heath, which has a wild beauty to it.

Coming down from the Heathland, I strolled through the village of Trehonetha, where several locals were busying themselves preparing their gardens for spring. It looked an idyllic little community.

Walking away from the village, I took the chance to have some lunch. I tend not to stop when walking and prefer to avoid taking my backpack off, so lunch is a bag of nuts and berries, which I place in my hip belt pocket everyday and eat on the move.

Passing though the tiny hamlet of St Wenn, I came across and repurposed red telephone box, which contains a defibrillator and stands directly opposite the tiny primary school, where children were excitedly running around in the playground and a harried teacher gave me a knowing look across the stone wall. Perhaps that’s why the defibrillator is there?

At Great Skewes, lambing was underway, with a farming family working hard in a great barn to birth dozens of lambs, check their health and get them into the fields. I watched a few being born and chatted with the farmers a while.

It was the a scenic climb to the top of St Breock Downs, where a giant prehistoric monolith stands.

St Breock Downs Monolith

This marked the highest altitude for the day and I started off downhill towards Wadebridge, passing through the lovely settlement of Treneague, where work is underway to try to mitigate the impact of ash dieback.

Walking through Wadebridge took me past the most beautiful little cinema, which reminded me a little of the one I frequent at home.

And finally, after around 18 miles of hiking today, I crossed over the old bridge for which Wade extended its name.


The Day 5 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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3 responses to “Mark Walks LEJOG Day 5 – Mitchell to Wadebridge”

  1. Dee Atkins-Greig avatar
    Dee Atkins-Greig

    Fab photos! I can totally understand you feeling indescribably happy today…

    We have a phone box in Warsash that was repurposed to house a defibrillator ☺️

  2. Geraldine avatar
    Geraldine

    Watching everybstrp of your journey xx

  3. Moira McCourt avatar
    Moira McCourt

    love the videos watching everyday xx

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