London to Rome…the long way

London and Rome, two of Europe’s great cities. Linked by a network of ancient roads that span a distance of over 2,000 kilometers. And in the summer of 2019 I’ll be walking them.

My journey from London to Rome will follow the route that was travelled by pilgrims in the Middle Ages. I’ll cross the English Channel, go up and over the Alps, walking through four countries en route to the Eternal City.

It will be a journey of discovery and a journey into my Italian heritage. But most importantly it will be a journey that raises awareness about mental health and money for the mental health charity Mind. And I hope it’s a journey you will join me on.

You can read more about why I’m walking to Rome here.

The latest from the road

Brienne-le-Château to Besançon

Finding forts and walking city walls

217kms – 11 days

After days of walking in a straight line along a Roman road, there was a certain joy to be had in the twists and turns that took me into the next stage of the Via Francigena. My walk through the Champagne wine region felt like a lifetime ago, when in reality it had been less than a few days. I had traded vines for fortified towns dating back to the Middle Ages, and cellar doors for towers which I spotted everywhere – guarding towns and villages, protecting churches. As I walked through this quiet corner of eastern France, sleepy save for the odd pilgrim and Dutch family on a camping holiday, it was hard to imagine a time when it was under siege. Read more…

Ricotta Gate in Besançon, which whilst welcoming visitors today was for many years a means of keeping them out

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I’m walking from London to Rome to raise money for the mental health charity Mind. You can find out more about Mind and their work here. But if you’d like to cut to the chase and make a donation, please click below.