Michael Bates is walking 625 miles (1000km) around the UK to raise money for victims of terrorist attacks in the UK and their families

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Day 31: Last day in England

Posted on August 19, 2017

  After a month on the road we came to the end of the road in England (and Wales) at the Port of Heysham in Lancashire. Originally the plan was to catch a ferry from Heysham to Belfast (via the Isle of Man) as we had done on my walk from London to Derry in […]



Day 30: From Solferino to Barcelona (via Lancaster)

Posted on August 18, 2017

Today was a day when I was glad to be away from the tv and on the road. The events in Barcelona yesterday followed a familiar pattern–young men seeking personal glorification their warped interpretation of their religion by running a van into crowds of defenceless women and children–tourists enjoying sun, ice cream and taking selfies in one […]



Day 29: Level Best

Posted on August 17, 2017

  On paper 21 miles from Bolton to Preston on the A675 didn’t look like it was going to be the best day of walking so far, but it was. What made it so? I made an early start–7:30AM The weather was bright and cloudy with a cool breeze. There were footpaths every step of the way. […]



Day 28: Manchester Ambition

Posted on August 16, 2017

After a two-day break to help the recovery of my right foot and to allow Xuelin and I to catch up on the mountain of work which is piling up during the walk it was back on the road in Manchester. I know Manchester quite well. It is in effect a regional capital for the […]



Days 26 & 27: Reflection on the the journey to Manchester

Posted on August 15, 2017

  So now we are in Manchester 373.3 miles (602.2 km) walked out of 625 miles (1000 km) and with 25 days gone and twenty days left to go. Xuelin has managed to raise £17,080.01 for the UK Solidarity Fund which is fantastic. To follow a theme of my last reflection on reaching Bristol I […]



Day 25: One last push for Manchester

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This is my nineth day of walking without a break. I have covered 170 miles since my last rest day in Newport, Wales. I have walked nearly 8000 miles over the past six years but I have never walked more than six days without a rest day. I am absolutely exhausted. The reasons for the punishing […]



Day 24: The Wheels Come Off in Stoke

Posted on August 14, 2017

If I was asked to sum up a personal philosophy of life then it would be this: ‘Do the right things and you get the right results’. I should confess that this wisdom is not mine but that of the legendary Liverpool football manager, Bill Shankly. It was a philosophy of football which placed emphasis […]



Day 23: A Lesson in Education

Posted on August 12, 2017

The walk yesterday was about as straight forward as it gets–a single road (A449) took me from the heart of Wolverhampton to the outskirts of Stafford. With her usual brilliance and forward planning Xuelin had selected a hotel (Holiday Inn Express) which was on the same road a few miles short of Stafford so I […]



Day 22: Wolves–A story of our times

Posted on August 10, 2017

  I am a football fan. There is a romance to me of everything connected with the game. For me the natural place to finish in Wolverhampton was outside Molineux Park home of Wolverhampton Wanderers and in front of the legendary England player and captain–Billy Wright. Billy Wright still holds the record for the number of […]



Day 21: Terrific Telford

Posted on August 9, 2017

Today walked: 18.70 miles Total walked: 294.50 miles Today raised fund: £10.00 + 4900RMB Total raised: £8,533.38 + 44,890.45RMB Having lived in the England all my life and travelled extensively within it through politics, it is therefore unusual to visit places for the first time. Today I started in Kidderminster in Worcestershire, walked to Wolverhampton […]



Day 20: Spend more time doing things that bring happiness

Posted on August 8, 2017

  Yesterday was a struggle. I pulled up six miles short of my target for the day in Ombersley. What I love about long distant walking is that your success one day does not translate to success of the walk and, failure one day does not mean failure. Success or failure will be determined by […]



Day 19: Stopped in my tracks

Posted on August 7, 2017

  I set off from Hanley Swan for what I thought might be a solid 23 mile march to Kidderminster. I didn’t make it. Ombersley was my stopping point after 17 miles. Xuelin consoled me by saying 17 miles was still a good day but we both knew that being three days behind coming up […]