Monthly Archives: October 2016

Newsletter vol. 2 no. 7 — Autumn Update

Hello Friends of the John o’ Groats Trail,
Two important pieces of news: a planned walk on 30 October, and a search for a symbol for our trail.
Stage Opening Walk: The JOGT consists of 14 stages, each about 10 miles long and meant to be walkable in a day by most walkers.  Our volunteers have been working hard on several of these stages over the summer and have mostly finished work on Stage 10: Dunbeath-Lybster.  We will celebrate this opening on Saturday 30 October with an organised walk at 10am from Dunbeath Harbour.  This was covered in Friday’s John o’ Groat Journal.
Park at Dunbeath Harbour and we will drive people back to their cars afterwards.  
This stage is 8 miles long.  Please beware there are still 3 barbed wire fences without stiles that need to be crossed on this walk.  We will try to bring along a couple boxes to use as steps, but I can’t guarantee it will be easy to cross these fences.  There are also 10-15 fences that do have stiles.
If you have any questions, feel free to email or ring me on 07526 281088.
Search for a symbol:  The JOGT is currently marked by white paint marks on fence posts and other objects, but most established trails have a unique symbol.  This symbol would adorn way markers so that the trail would be instantly recognisable to walkers.  Two suggestions have been made so far:
– A coin or coins that would represent the “Groat”, the ancient coin used in the UK.
– An octagon that would represent the original house at John o’ Groats, which by legend was eight-sided.  The current hotel there has an octagonal tower that reflects this legend.
If you have other suggestions for simple symbols that could be used as icons for the trail, please send me your ideas.
Call for Volunteers:  We need volunteers to help with: the web site, newsletters, grant applications, press releases, and of course building the trail and lots of other things!  If you’d like to get involved, please email me or ring me on 07526 281088.
See you soon!

Organised Walk: Dunbeath to Lybster

John o’ Groats Trail Volunteers Celebrate Dunbeath-Lybster Trail Opening with Walk
Volunteers from the Friends of the John o’ Groats Trail have been busy over the summer working on the trail, which runs from Inverness to John o’ Groats.  Work has been completed as much as possible on Stage 10, which goes along cliffs from Dunbeath to Lybster with beautiful views.  The volunteers invite the public to celebrate with them on a walk on 30 October, 2016, starting at 10 am.  Park along the north side of Dunbeath Harbour and meet at the picnic tables at the far end.  Bring a packed lunch to enjoy along the way.  Drivers will be returned to their cars after the walk.
Please be aware that the walk does involve crossing several fences.  Most of these have stiles installed, but three fences and one stone wall do not have stiles due to continuing discussions with landowners.
Those wanting more information about the walk, the trail, or the charity, see below and please contact Jay Wilson on 07526 281088 or  If you can arrive early to help organise the car ferry, please contact Jay.
Attached photo: Fishing station ruins at Achastle
Where: Dunbeath Harbour
When 30 Oct 2016, 10am
Walk Length: 8 miles
Approximate duration: 5 hours including lunch, at a leisurely pace