Just to let you all know that I am still alive and still on the move – I made it to England on Friday and have been progressing south since then and am now in Alston, about to enjoy a day off tomorrow, when I’ll fill you in with a lot more detail about where I’ve been and where I’m going.

And just a quick note on civilisation: I’m in Cumbria, where one-half of my family originates from, so I’m firmly within the bounds of civilisation right now. Of course, when I get moving againon Wedneday, I’ll be leaving it behind within a few miles when I enter Durham.