A NEW book reveals the first recorded journey on foot between John O’Groats and Land’s End by two Warrington residents.

Brothers John and Robert Naylor, from Grappenhall, decided to embark on the journey in Autumn 1871 following their walk from London to Warrington in 1870.

Keeping detailed notes of the 1372 mile walk along the way, John then wrote a book about the entire journey and dedicated it to Robert who died in 1908.

The Grappenhall Local History Group have produced a new summary version of the book which is illustrated with pictures from the past and includes snippets of local history.

The distance between John O’Groats, the most north-easterly point of Great Britain and Land’s End, the most south-westerly point is 872 miles.

The book explains that the pair often wandered from main roads to walk across the countryside and made return journeys to certain locations which might explain the extra 500 miles covered.

Grappenhall Local History Group is selling copies of the condensed book for £4.50. Anyone interested in purchasing a copy can obtain one from Grappenhall Library or by telephoning 01925 261505.