30th June 2014

A poet walks 1,000 miles barefoot to raise awareness and money for vulnerable children.

 The ‘Barefoot Billion’ is a metaphor, representing what UNICEF estimates to be over a billion children who suffer from at least one form of severe deprivation. Philip will be walking barefoot to express the vulnerability of those walking through life without adequate nutrition, water, sanitation, health, shelter or education.


Poet Philip Wells AKA the @theFIREpoet is undertaking an epic 1,000mile pilgrimage, walking barefoot ‘in the footsteps of bards through England and Wales between 22nd April to 15th August. A walk that will take him from Cornwall to Anglesey.

His journey started at St.Michaels Mount in Cornwall, and took in the northern part of the South West Coast Path, before heading for Glastonbury, Stonehedge, Avebury, the source of the Thames and  parts of the Cotswold Way.

On the 23rd June, his journey entered Wales and the start of his trek along the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail. With performances at Tintern Abbey, Monmouth and on 2nd July will be doing a workshop with Knighton Primary School.

This current leg of his journey through Mid Wales will be taking him as far as Knighton on the Offa’s Dyke Path, where he will then join the Glyndwrs Way before re-joining the Offa’s Dyke Path  heading northward on his journey to Anglesey via the northern part of the  Wales Coast Path.

For the past week he has been joined on his journey by Will Travers of the Born Free Foundation, and Virginia McKenna recited poetry at Tintern Abbey.

So far Philip has completed 663.34 miles, with 336.66 miles left to go.

Philips 1,000 mile trek is raising money for 3 charities, Consortium for Street Children, Ocean Stars Trust and Born Free’s Global Friends.

Rob Dingle, the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail Officer said many people walk the Trail for various charities during the year, but this particular event stood out as something out of the ordinary. Walking 1,000 miles barefoot, is truly an epic undertaking, and the performances and workshops with schools make it a journey that all can engage with and learn from. Rob, said I first learnt about  his trek through social media on twitter where I started following his journey and retweeted his pictures , I wish Philip all the best for the rest of his journey.

You can find out more at the website or follow him yourself on twitter @theFIREpoet or facebook Barefoot Billion.



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