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
Where it all began
It was a Sunday afternoon in London, and I found myself with nothing to do. I felt the urge to head into the city and wander its streets. On days like these when I have plenty of time and no agenda, it’s like some sort of homing beacon kicks in. I find myself gravitating to Covent Garden to wile away the hours in one of my favourite shops, Stanfords.
Stanfords is the world’s largest map and travel bookshop. For me it’s a treasure trove that jolts memories and inspires in equal measure. Walking its floors is akin to flicking through my passport, mulling over its many stamps and recalling travel experiences from years gone by. And my wanderlust is given space to breathe. As I browse the shelves I indulge myself, planning a lifetime of adventures in countries near and far. Read more…
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.