Travel writer Steven Primrose-Smith has embarked on the Length of the Equator Walk, which will see the 51-year-old circumnavigate the globe, covering at least 24,901 miles, in the Isle of Man the 1st of April.
Steven will raise money for Doctors Without Borders through his mammoth challenge, which he says will take him about seven years to complete.
Since the start of the challenge, Blackburn-born Steven has passed through cities such as Lancaster and Bolton and is expected to pass through Sheffield tomorrow (Sunday April 17), which he says is the 758th of the 1,000 largest cities in the world.
“I will reach just outside Sheffield tonight and then walk north past Sheffield Cathedral and Hillsborough,” Steven said.
Steven will be spending the night at a friend’s house in Sheffield, and on a budget of £8 a day he plans to stay with friends; camp in the wild if possible and book into the occasional hotel to allow him to recharge his power packs.
He says he chose to fundraise for Doctors Without Borders because of the international work they do, which reflects the scale of his challenge, and which currently involves providing people in war-torn Ukraine primary health care and psychological support.
Steven has already participated in long cycling challenges, including an expedition of some 22,000 miles, spread over three years.
He hopes to pass through some of the busiest parts of the world’s biggest cities, including London, Istanbul, Delhi, Shanghai and Tokyo.
After crossing England, Steven will take a ferry to France and then plans to cross Belgium, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, then probably Montenegro, Albania, North Macedonia, Bulgaria before reaching Istanbul, which will be its first checkpoint.
From there the route is unplanned and Steven will come up with the rest of the route as he goes but hopes to reach India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, South Korea and the Japan. And then there are Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.
Steven says he will often stop walking after four consecutive days of hiking to “rest his feet and his back”; and will also take breaks from the circumnavigation challenge from time to time to visit his “aging” parents.