From June to September this summer, l will walk the length of Western Britain with Martin the Donkey. The 700 mile journey will take us from the lighthouse at Cape Wrath on Scotland’s North West coast to the lighthouse on Isle of Portland on England’s South coast.
I am an experienced traveller and walker. Since 2004 I have completed long term, rough travels in South East Asia; travelled overland from New York to Tierra del Fuego and back again and in 2016 I walked 600 miles along the Pamir Highway from Uzbekistan to Kyrgyzstan. Most recently, in 2017, I walked 200 miles from Liverpool to Stranraer.
From these journeys I have been developing a philosophy of slow and rough travel, using these as ways to experience places more deeply and have chance encounters with people I meet along the way. I have been documenting these journeys, through writing and photography, on my blog Adam Walks (www.adamwalks.wordpress.com).
Borne out of my long distance walking, I have been training Martin the Donkey to accompany me. Since September 2017 I have worked with Alwood Donkeys (http://www.allwooddonkeys.com/) to learn about the care, training and management of donkeys. At the end of May this year Martin and I will set off from Cape Wrath. Over three to four months we will make our way south, following footpaths, bridle ways, canal tow paths and small roads, eventually finishing in the Isle of Portland, just south of Weymouth on the English South Coast. Along the way we will use a mixture of camping and horse friendly bed and breakfasts for accommodation.
Given the slightly odd nature of this trip, I am keen to use it as a way to raise money for charity. Over the past few years I have seen increasing numbers of homeless people in Liverpool, where I live. All homeless people are in vulnerable situations, but none more so than young people. I have chosen Centrepoint as my charity because of the work they do to support homeless young people