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Hungover Student Goes On Walk To 'Clear His Head', Ends Up 500 Miles Away

A hungover student who decided to go for a walk to 'clear his head' after a night out to mark the end of his university days has ended up 800 miles away in France.

Barney Rule, 20, dropped out of Edinburgh University on September 7 and went on a big night out after calling time on his history and politics degree. 

Following his drinking session he decided to go on a walk to 'clear his head' and ended up walking throughout the night.

When he realised how far he'd gone, the 20-year-old, of Ross-on-Wye, decided to carry on. 

After walking for a month he is now in the south west of France, but wants to go the scenic route and carry on to San Sebastian, northern Spain.      

Setting off from Chester, Barney has walked through Chester to Ross on Wye to Poole - where he hopped on a ferry to continue onto Cherbourg to Bricbeque to Portbait to St Germain Sur Ay to Rennes to Nantes to Angers to Saintes to Jonzac to Bordeaux.

He claims to average just over 20 miles a day, with his trip being entirely self-funded.

The former student started out by sleeping rough but has now bought a tent.  

Barney said: 'I had always wanted to walk to Spain but it wasn't until I got drunk with friends last month that I actually began walking.

'It was only by the time I got to the second night, when I reached around 13 miles, that I realised - I was actually walking, actually doing it with no turning back.

'I wasn't sure it was legal, but I knew I needed to clear my head.

'I started off just sleeping rough, but I've picked up a tent and a few other things along the way but time alone on the road seems to be good for me.

'I've had time to think and really be alone in my thoughts, figure out my next steps and what I want to do.

'But the kindness I've seen from people has been amazing. I had a tent with me, and I've asked people if I could pitch it in their land as I've walked to the port in Poole.

I vividly recall being in Shropshire, and because I'd spent the previous three days really just going for it, because I knew I was only 60 miles away from the port, when I asked, I couldn't understand the accent.

'It might as well have been Mandarin for all I understood, and it was there that I woke up to being surrounded by cows.'

Barney spent £30 as a foot passenger at the port crossing, and estimates in the last month, combining the nights he's had no choice but to stay in a B&B or at a camping site, he has spent only about £1000.

He added: 'A lot of people assumed that I was going through a bit of a crisis type thing, where I'd rely on the bank of mum and dad but I haven't.

'It's entirely self-funded from the part time work that I did at a bar, and the academic scholarships that I've achieved.

'It was just a case that university wasn't for me - not that it was daft or that I wasn't taking it seriously, and my parents backed me all the way once they realised my thought process.

'Now I feel like I've been learning far more, as I'm more interested now that I'm travelling.

'I know a little Spanish, travelling through France, I've learnt French on the way and the people I've met have been inspiring.

'Before, I'd say it's fair to say I was reliant on social media and that type of thing and it's been a noticeable break - it makes me appreciate it all the more.

'I go off a day by day plan now, exploring and working out my next steps.

'Eventually, when I reach my end destination, Valencia in Spain, my plan is to eventually come back as far as Paris, and write about what I've learnt.

'That's the goal and hopefully by then I'll have a much better plan.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7562965/Edinburgh-University-drop-went-walk-clear-head-500-miles-away-France.html

stella Posted on October 14, 2019 20:19

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