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Mark Williams (right) will be joined by Lewis Lonsdale (left) on the journey through the counties. (Hilary Engel)

Cycling the historic counties in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust

Mark Williams is cycling the historic counties of England with friends from 28 May in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. The journey was inspired by Engel’s England – a book about the counties published back in 2014 – and is in memory of Laurie Engel, the author’s son, who died nearly 11 yeas ago, aged 13.

Mark set-up a Just Giving page to raise funds, and describes the route below:

In week one, starting from Hay-on-Wye, we’ll travel through the West Midlands, then back along the Welsh border to Manchester, and on up the west coast, visiting both the northernmost and highest points of the country before making our way east on day seven.

In the second week the route goes down the east coast, covering vast distances in the northern counties, before moving inland to travel south through the East Midlands.  We’ll be visiting Durham, York, Lincoln and Derby cathedrals on this leg of the journey.

In week three we’ll be doing a rapid tour of East Anglia, visiting London for two days, then travelling out into the south east of the country and along the south coast as far as Brighton.

The fourth week will be the final slog across into the West Country, and all the way to Land’s End: hilly roads, long distances between points of interest, a challenge both mentally and physically.  And at the end, the last leg, from Gloucestershire back home to Herefordshire  – after covering  over 3,000 miles in four weeks.

If you would like to donate towards Mark’s goal of raising £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, please visit:

Engel’s England is a colourful journey through the counties, and it shared with us by author Matthew Engel at the 2014 Historic Counties Convention.


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