I was having a cuppa in Saintes in a rare moment of sunshine when who should come up and tap me on the shoulder. Steve my Wacaday cameraman and wonderful cycling pal and lovely Lorraine Kelly. Such moments seem
It seemed fitting to find myself at Fenioux – the lantern of the dead. This is a huge church with spire and a matching stone lantern nearby. The church has fabulous carvings around the door and nicely weirdly a spare
It’s a strange thing to wear at any time but cycling? Are you nuts Timmy? Of course I am. When I went to Christchurch Oxford to meet the bishop for his blessing for this trip, the Porters in the
It sounds like a military figure – the vicar general – turns out he’s the Archbishop’s fixer. It was a pleasure to spend an hour with Jean Paul Russeil at the Archbishop’s palace in Poitiers. We talked of St Hillary,
My friends Joan and John are getting married at the church of St James in Dorney. I am delighted to send them greetings from the way of St James.
The gendarme volunteered his own life for the hostage. In last week’s terrorist attack in the south of France this man was courage we exemplified. “You can die in your struggle against France. Well I can die for my
I came across this impressive building in a tiny village. It looks like one of those scary horror homes in the movies. It’s open briefly for a few hours a week. Today it just happened to be open hours.
“We have a friend who owns a castle, do you want to visit it?” “Of course I do!” Avantan Castle on the north of Poitiers was bought as a run down ruin. The owner had spent loads doing it up
There are four reasons for my Camino de Santiago: Historical. This pilgrimage route to the tomb of St James the Apostle has been around for a thousand years. And in another thousand years someone else will be doing this. Pilgrims
Each day I look for somewhere special to leave a Martin Mallett name tag. Actually that’s not strictly true. Each day my dear downs syndrome brother Martin comes into my thoughts and it becomes easy to spot the place
Daniel came to interview me for the regional paper. He arrived bringing macaroons and when asked what he’d like to drink said ‘Pernod please’. Crikey! The interview naturally went swimmingly….
It’s only another 45 mins away. But it’s in the wrong direction. Of course I went! I’m standing across the river in awe at one of the great fortress / palace of history. The yellow stone glistens in the
Theresa May came to my home to hear about the Camino and reasons for cycling and painting it. In my twin town St Benoit, my good friend the mayor, Dominique Clement, shared my story with former French Prime Minister
Navigation is always an issue in a strange place. I like maps. There’s a logic to them and browsing over them you can plan and dream and wonder… What would it be like going that way? Now with GPS, you can
How would you feel if didn’t go and see your hero 20km away? Never have regrets in life. Always pursue your dream. So I went out of my way to Fontevraud Abbey to the resting places of the giants of
It’s the mightiest river in France and flows through a valley of chateaux after chateaux. At Angers it meets the river Maine and they come together in an enormous sheet of water. I got to stay on an island
“Where will you stay?” That is a question I’ve been asked a lot and I ask myself each day…. I have a list of suggested accommodations from the Pilgrim Organisation in France. However it’s early in the season and things
What a welcome! 800Kms from home I rode into my twin town of St Benoit to be met by Dominique Clement the mayor. Thank you for a fabulous welcome and a spectacular banner! Are you sure it doesn’t mean
That’s all most know about the Cardinal. Except he was also a town planner! He also knew how to get other people to pay for it. He got the nobles of Louis XIV to buy a house each in
Coming over the brow of the hill into a new region – Haute Poitou – I noticed the big skies, tree less landscapes. Have a look and tell me what you think…..
We lose an hour as the clocks spring forward. No time to lose. Up with the dawn and get out the brushes. Inspired by my visit to Great castle of Chinon. The painter paints.
It’s been open a matter of days and it’s a dream come true. Investment in leisure is the mark of a courageous country. This old railway line had been converted to a voice verte, a green way, with wide smooth finished
I found a Good place for Martin, my brother, today. Next to King Henry 11 and Richard the Lionheart and alongside Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Like them, Martin more than reached his potential and that’s all we have to do
I’ve been through parts of France before, never on a bike, or like this… Last time I was in Angers was a football tour and we arrived by train to be greeted by a particularly spectacular fountain. The stunning
In the middle ages you need the blessing of your lord of the manor before setting of across Europe on pilgrimage. So I wrote to my lord of the manor, Prince William to tell him of me adventure. I’m delighted to
The Loire valley is famous for its ornate Louis XIV style chateaux. I am surprised to round every corner and come across another one. So many of these are slightly shabby and have seen better days but it doesn’t
Well these are Street entertainers from another era, another century…. I saw them standing at the organ grinding machine that had definitely seen better days. Eric started to turn the wheel, there was nobody else around. Jumper the dog looked
It was a young sapling when Henry VIII met Francis of France in the field of the cloth of gold. 500 years later this ancient oak tree toppled over a victim of the Capricorn beetle. I came across George
Geoffrey of Anjou was a colourful character in the early 12th century. He was married to Matilda the empress, grand daughter of William the conqueror. It wasn’t the happiest of marriages but it did produce Henry 11. Geoffrey preferred
It was brilliant cycling into the ancient medieval city of Vitre in Brittany. The streets look like something out of the 15th century. I expected to come across Baldrick and Blackadder at any moment…. Instead I came into the
I was saddened by what I saw. Along a pleasant country lane I came to a crossroads with a bus stop, a line of trees in the distance and a huge field of neatly piled logs in rows. In
An air traffic controllers strike in France. No flights, trains full, busy roads, I’m on my bike. Why would this affect me on quiet lanes? Mrs Mallett due to fly to Poitiers today to meet me for the weekend. That’s not going
Inspiration is everywhere. It’s not hard to see it or to register it. It is hard to do and do something about it. Sometimes I just have to sit in the moment and do it. Here I saw the
The Camino de Santiago or Chemin De Saint Jacques has many routes across Europe….. From Mont St Michel I chose the way of the Plantagenets which starts with the Normans and William the Conqueror’s grand church in Pontroson then
We all do this when we get somewhere impressive. First thing we do is get out the camera, or in my case the paints. On a bike tour/pilgrimage you find yourself in unusual places, and Mont St-Michel is no
Standing on the huge ramparts of Mont St-Michel I was reminded how dangerous the sands are around this island. The tide sweeps in at an alarming rate. It’s got a huge tidal bore that sweeps all before it and
Martin’s name tags… We sew them onto clothes. So they won’t be lost. So we know where they belong. Among Martin’s possessions are his name tags. I hold them and feel the threads, the threads of family, of how
It’s one of our biggest counties and had such variety and riches to appreciate. On a cycle, you see it, breath it, absorb it, love it. Amazing Stoke Basingstoke. Home to my lovely cousin Katy and her family. Blooming
Is that Mallett or the postman cycling into the village? You decide!
I was delighted to be invited to meet Right Reverend Tim Dakin bishop of Winchester at his palace next to the cathedral. “Nice tie” he commented “where you at Christchurch college Oxford?” Sadly not, it was a gift when
Every adventure needs a soundtrack. Billy said I have to have some music to cycle to. What should that be? So let’s ask Stephanie Hirst the Queen of vinyl!
A mile into the adventure my chain snapped. Thanks Paul from Flat Harry’s Cyclery in Cookham who came and fixed it. The adventure was rather delayed. But we came across flooded footpaths and lovely lanes. Made our way through
Do I look nervous? Rev Nick Plant sent me off from Cookham church on the way to Santiago. I also look over loaded!
#youme It was such a great start to the day.
I Love this message from USA. Do I feel supported? You betcha! There must be a term for a group of bishops? Any suggestions?
I rode my bike into church and got soaked! What else would you expect?!
I start today. It’s a fine grey soft English drizzle. My tummy is in turmoil. Should I take this? Will I need that? It’ll all be chucked away as I get going and down to the bare minimum. For
In the city where the American war of independence broke out, the bishop of Boston popped up to wish me well! Cheers Gayle Love the Timmy coloured vestments! The right reverend Gayle Harris shared Christmas with us in North
My good friend Wendy Craig, star of Butterflies, the Royal, and Nanny have me a sweet and gentle messagr of support for my Camino. Thanks Wendy. Always room on the bike for a friend!
In all the wonders of the universe I am thrilled to get this message of support from my great friend the star man Brian Cox. We first met when he did great little teenage jingles for my Piccadilly Radio
Got the gorgeous Giant bike, the great Daler Rowney paints, and my messages of support.. What have I forgotten? Now just a small matter of 2000kms and open to the possibilities along the Camino de Santiago. Wish me luck! Listen
I wrote to Emmanuel Macron to tell him of my Camino cycling and painting adventure. He kindly sent me this very nice response and encouragement: Translation: “The President of the French Republic has received the courier that you sent
Listen to Timmy’s interview on BBC Radio Berkshire, where he discusses his huge 2,000km cycle trip to Camino de Santiago and of course his dear brother Martin, who sadly passed away last week.
Thank you so much for the kind comments about dear brother Martin. We are greatly comforted by the support and condolences. Never doubt it is a great comfort like a warm blanket. We are touched to see how Martin’s
I’ve enjoyed the challenge of working on this portrait. Canon Michael Smith of York Minster is the subject and I’ve put him by the altar in his vestments. I presented it to him at whitewall gallery, York who framed
Had a great night at Flares party venue in York. It’s a top club with a great team led by Sam and DJ Jay. Thanks for the beers and good luck messages. Can’t wait to come back again!
Often when Martin came to stay we would spend time together in my studio, painting together. Martin is wearing our dad’s old painting jacket and using my easel. This was one of those creative days. We are listening to nice
There are lots of highlights in the glorious city of York, and this is one I came across because it was raining…. ‘Grab a brolly‘ said Mrs Mallett and I found one in the car, bright Timmy type purple.
My pal Gary who gave me this…. It’s a thoughtful piece about the mystery of the Camino…. You can read it by clicking here. Tell me, what do you think is my reason for this adventure? Why has it
I’m delighted to have support of the great Bear Grylls for my cycling and painting Camino adventure. Bear says: “Am so full of admiration for Timmy’s commitment & determination to do something special. He is an inspiration to many.”
I’m about to set off on my grand adventure, cycling the Camino de Santiago. It feels like it’s begun with a dramatic detour to the glistening granite city of Aberdeen for the funeral at St Devenick’s Church, Bieldside of
Thank you Aberdeen for welcoming brother Martin into your beautiful glistening granite city. It was his home for over half his life and you meant the world to him. You can view the article published in The Press and
Dear big brother Martin has passed away. He leaves a huge, Martin shaped, hole in our lives. We’ll miss his favourite sayings: “You me” “I’m happy…” “We don’t measure the issues he had to cope with, we smile at
I was delighted when the Bishop of Oxford the right reverend Steven Croft agreed to bless my Camino painting and cycling pilgrimage. It’s a powerful thing to be receive a blessing for any adventure and for something as big
I met the right reverend Bishop Steven croft at Christchurch, Oxford to tell him of my big adventure. Cycling over 3 countries to Santiago de Compostela and the tomb of St James. There’s a unique connection to the diocese
It’s a delight to get the support and encouragement of Gareth Malone for my big adventure. Cheers Gareth! Reach your potential!
Thanks to my lovely friend Lorraine for her warm good wishes on my adventure inspired by dear Martin….x
Entertainer Timmy Mallett is set to embark on a 2,000km cycling adventure from Maidenhead to Spain next month. Setting off from Cookham on Monday, March 12, he will be cycling along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, painting pictures
Thanks to my great friend Michaela Strachan for her lovely support!
It’s March, spring is on the way… And It’s zero degrees, storm Emma is here and I’m utterly freezing! How am I going to cycle and paint my way over 3 countries, 2000kms, in the worst winter storms for decades?
I’m being asked every day what I’m doing this adventure for, and it’s really easy to explain. I am raising awareness of the importance of reaching your potential. I have a dear brother, Martin, who has downs syndrome and