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Explorer celebrates his 70th birthday by trekking 1,250 miles from the tip of Cornwall to the top of Scotland – and hopes his journey can inspire others to explore Britain’s unspoiled areas

An explorer completed an epic 1,250-mile backpacking trek from the tip of Cornwall to the top of Scotland – to celebrate his 70th birthday.

John Sutcliffe hiked from Cape Cornwall to Cape Wrath, carrying 18kg of camping equipment and clothing and taking in some of the UK’s most remote and wildest parts.

During his daring 106-day walk, which included a few rest days, the former geologist spent almost every night camping in the wild, save for the occasional night of luxury in a B&B.

John, who lives in North Yorkshire, planned his journey as an alternative to the standard John O’Groats to Land’s End route – which is actually 380 miles shorter than his trip.

And now he has shared his diaries and inspiring photos from the trek in a fascinating new book, Cape to Cape.

The book chronicles his experiences of the kindness of strangers, as well as the unforgiving nature of the British weather.

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