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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Put Your Walking Shoes On

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. So what’s caught our eyes and ears this week?

Book of the Week

Walking Home from Mongolia book

If you’re looking for your next read from a lesser known adventurer, then look no further. Rob Lilwall left his teaching job in the UK to ride from Magadan in Siberia back home, an adventure which took him 3 years. After settling in Hong Kong, he decided to do another expedition – this time walking from Mongolia back to Hong Kong and taking 6.5 months. He’s now done a few more expeditions, but this is one of our favourite books of his since we’re big walking fans! Rob even went to University with Alastair Humphreys and they cycled together for a while during their big cycles across the world. For his walk across China, he took adventurer Leon McCarron as his cameraman. There is a 4-part documentary for National Geographic out there somewhere if you fancy a video format over a book!

Rob is on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram though he isn’t very active, or check out his website.








Our Favourite Walk

You don’t have to travel abroad to find some incredible long distance walks to inspire and leave you in awe of this wonderful planet we’re on. Our brand ambassador, Graham Kelly, recently reminded us of the Cape Wrath Trail which runs from Fort William to Cape Wrath covering approximately 200 miles. It’s unofficial and unmarked, meaning you can go whichever way you wish to stay in a mixture of bothies, B&Bs and camping. However, The Cape Wrath Trail website suggests a couple of routes and it’s now on our list of adventures we want to do!

Cape Wrath Trail

Image credit: WalkHighlands

Inspiring Adventure of the Week

Karen Penny

Photo credit: Karen’s Instagram

Whilst on the subject of walking, we recently heard about a lady currently walking around the whole of the UK and 20 of the largest islands for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Karen Penny from Wales lost both her parents-in-law to dementia-related illnesses and has previous walked from John O’Groats to Lands End for charity.

She set off in January 2019 to walk 20,000 miles which she says will take her four years! She aims to walk about 15 miles a day, camping along the way with her husband meeting her in a campervan every 6 weeks. If stories from other travellers are to go by, we’re sure she’ll be taken in by many people, offering her a place to sleep and some food.

Karen has already raised more than £28,000 for this walk, and you can follow her over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Keep going Karen!





Music of the Week

We’re building a FINDRA Community Playlist over on Spotify, bringing you music of a rather eclectic variety! From classic dance tunes to lesser-known indie songs, we hope there’s something new in there for you. If you’ve got a favourite you’d like to hear in the playlist, drop us a tweet!

Since we’re on the walking theme, how about this Scottish classic from the Proclaimers to brighten your day? Our very own Millie aka Magpie Blue, who works in our Edinburgh shop on Saturdays, will be supporting the Proclaimers at their Melrose gig this year!

Whatever you’re up to this week, friends, remember to find your everyday adventure.

Love, Team FINDRA x