Cycled, skied, kayaked and walked over 50,000 miles through 70 countries
Two-time recipient of the Transglobe Expedition Trust's "Mad but Marvellous" grant
Named "Blogger of the Year" by the Association of Independent Tour Operators (2013)
“One of the most inspiring, thought provoking and memorable talks I’ve ever heard. Charlie is a fluent, engaging & witty speaker. So lovely to have a speaker who doesn’t rely on notes. We’ll definitely be inviting Charlie back next year.”
-Rachel Holland, Chalke Valley History Festival Director
Charlie is a British adventurer, writer and motivational speaker. He specialises in long distance, human-powered expeditions and has travelled by bicycle, foot, horse and dugout canoe. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a twice recipient of the Transglobe Expedition Trust ‘Mad but Marvellous’ grant. His work has featured in a range of publications including The Times, the Daily Express, Wanderlust, Travelmag, Travel Africa and Sidetracked magazine.. In 2017, Charlie completed a world-first 5,200-mile triathlon along the perceived Europe Asia border. This expedition involved an unsupported 3-month ski traverse of the Ural Mountains in Russian Arctic winter and a 1,500-mile kayak paddle across the Kazakh steppe in high summer.
Charlie’s longest expedition was a 43,000-mile bicycle journey reaching the furthest cape in each of Europe, Asia and Africa before returning home. On this journey he traversed 60 countries, encountering extremes of weather, remoteness and physical exhaustion during the four and a half years he was away.
In 2012 Charlie walked 1,000 miles solo across the Gobi desert from China to Mongolia. This feat involved walking over six marathons a week for six weeks whilst carrying enough food and water to survive. Also in 2012 he trekked 600 miles across Central and Northern Mongolia in the company of only a semi-feral pony and a stray dog he found in the forest.
Aged twenty-two, Charlie Walker left home in search of adventure. Fleeing the boredom that comes with comfort, he set off on a secondhand bicycle. The aim was simple: to pedal to the furthest point in each of Europe, Asia and Africa. He didn’t train or plan. He just started. The journey was an escape from an unremarkable existence, a pursuit of hardship, and a chance to shed the complacency of middle England. From the brutality of winter on the Tibetan plateau, to the claustrophobia of the Southeast Asian jungle, the quest provided Charlie with ample opportunity to test his mettle. Ultimately, though, the
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