A Walk to the Water: Six Million Steps to the Mediterranean Sea

Daniel Graham

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On 14 April 2013 Daniel Graham and his twin brother, Jake, stepped out of their front door in Bristol and on to the path. Longing for a challenge, they set out to complete the adventure of a lifetime: a 3,000 kilometre traverse of Western Europe.

Camping beneath trees and washing in rivers, the journey led them through the quaint villages of southern England and on to the European mainland. Trekking steadily south, they continued on through the arable hills of Benelux, the humble peaks of the Vosges Mountains, the gorges of the Jura Range and, finally, to the French Alps, a majestic barrier of summits and valleys that would lead them on to the Mediterranean Sea.

Unsupported and on a tight budget, the brothers soon learnt the ever-changing nature of the path – one moment inflicting illness and doubt, the next summoning the unprovoked kindness of strangers. From the profound beauty of the smallest flower to the resounding grandeur of an alpine massif, Daniel and Jake’s five-month expedition across Western Europe is a heart-warming tale of companionship, adventure and unrelenting determination.

“A relentless tale of adventure, beauty and human connection… For lovers of intrepid travel, this is the ultimate read for the road.​” Hostelling International.

“Entertainment for long dark evenings.” The Great Outdoors magazine.

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11 thoughts on “Books

  1. This is so very exciting, Daniel. Please let me know when the book is available for download. A good friend made the walk from France through Spain two summers ago. It was a life changing experience for her and brought her closer with her sister, who went with her. I’m looking forward to hearing more about your trip. Cheers! WG

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    • Hello Woodland Gnome (love this name),

      Your close friend no doubt found learnt much from their experiences on the path, no least with the time spent with their sister. It certainly is a great way to get to know someone better.

      Thank you for your comments and your interest in the book. I will keep you informed. Have a great day!

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  2. Can you kindly add my name to your scrap of paper for those interested in your up-coming book 🙂 Sounds like the sort of adventure I need to read about. Any idea on the release date, or has it been released already? 🙂 Leah

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    • You’re officially on the scrap of paper! I have the final manuscript ready and am now working with a publisher on preparing the book for print. Hopefully the book will be release sometime over summer! Thank you so much for your interest Leah 🙂

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      • Oooh goodie for me, and how awesome for you! I can’t wait to read it. I am currently re-reading “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed because I love reading about peoples long-distance journeys into the big wide world. I look forward to the release! 🙂 Leah

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      • Yes, she had a rather poignant journey. If you haven’t read Nicholas Crane’s Clear Waters Rising, I would highly recommend that. It’s my favourite long-distance journey book.

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  3. Thanks for the tip! Just searched my library catalogue but they don’t have it :(. Looks like it’ll have to go on my birthday wish list later in the year. I looked it up and it sure sounds like a book I would love to read, so thanks for letting me know about it. p.s about your book being published, did you mean your summer, or mine (Australia)? 🙂


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