Camino de Santiago

The Cycling Artist is about to embark on a huge 2000km cycling journey from his home to Santiago De Compostella. Read more here!

Timmy is the Cycling Artist, he cycles hundreds of miles a year and uses his cycling adventures to look for and paint inspiring scenes.

If you ever see a colourful cyclist with his paints, it’ll be Timmy. You can see the work his cycle rides inspire right here.

Timmy’s cycled Coast to Coast, Hadrian’s Wall, East Coast of Scotland, across Northern Ireland, North Wales castles and coast, Hastings to Winchester, Chester to Chepstow, Canterbury Tales Pilgrims route and the Camino de Santiago.

Follow Timmy’s training on Strava further down this page.

Watch Timmy's reaction as he takes delivery of his brand new Giant Explore 1 E-Bike!

With support from Giant UK and several other high profile cycling equipment clothing and technology suppliers and manufacturers, throughout March and April he intends to cycle and pain the ancient Pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compestella in Galicia, Spain.

For at least a thousand years pilgrims have made their way across Europe to the Cathedral and the tomb of Saint James the Apostle.

In the middle Ages 250,000 people a year made their way across Europe. Like those ancient travellers, Timmy will set off from his home to make my way across three countries.

The difference is he’ll be on his stunning Giant Explore 1 E-Bike carrying his paints with him to create a series of artworks that reflect the journey.

Supporting Timmy on this amazing adventure is:

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Winter Camino

There are lots of different routes to Santiago de Compostela.  I've been on the way of the Plantagenets, the way…

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Winter Camino
The winter Camino – The Next Stage

The winter Camino – The Next Stage

There are lots of different routes to Santiago de Compostela.  I've been on the way of the Plantagenets, the way…

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The iron cross – highest point on the Camino

It's 1500 metres up to the iron cross in the mountains of Leon. Higher than Ben Nevis.  I cycled up…

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The iron cross – highest point on the Camino
Animals on the camino

Animals on the camino

This route passes through lots of rural Europe so you can expect to see animals along the way.  I've seen…

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Entertaining the pilgrims

Every person you pass calls out: "Buen Camino!"  Which translates as 'good trip.' It's a really encouraging greeting and makes…

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Entertaining the pilgrims
Blokes at the bar

Blokes at the bar

I needed a cuppa and a piece of tortilla.  I stopped at the bar and sat down to refresh.  And…

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Donkey ho tee!

Today I met a pilgrim with four hooves, ‘Salome’ the donkey.  She woke me up this morning braying and I…

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Donkey ho tee!
Martin Mallett and the legions

Martin Mallett and the legions

It's half way along the Camino, but only if you start at Roncesvalles in Spain.  As I started at home…

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The barber of Carrion

There's a lot of pleasure in having your hair cut somewhere new.  How about a different country where we don't…

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The barber of Carrion
What happens when the plains of Spain aren’t plain at all

What happens when the plains of Spain aren’t plain at all

The plains of Spain...  That should be a song... Oh it is.  And the rain in Spain falls mainly on…

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Martin in St Martin’s

I came across a famous St Martin's church in a place called Fromista. Looks just the place for a Martin…

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Martin in St Martin’s
A relief to see civilisation again!

A relief to see civilisation again!

I stopped and painted when I saw the distance church. It was a relief to know I was about to…

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Roosters in the cathedral!

This is my favourite story along the way of St James. In Santa Domingo Cathedral is an ornate hen house…

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Roosters in the cathedral!
Rioja country

Rioja country

I am constantly thrilled to see the changing landscapes each day and over each hill.  How could the world vary…

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What does a bike ride have to do with Brexit?

I was cycling the Camino track and enjoying the constantly changing landscape. One of the highlights is the Van Gogh…

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What does a bike ride have to do with Brexit?
Water into wine

Water into wine

Just out of Estella is a famous monastery with vineyard attached.  I was reminded of the first miracle at the…

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Pamplona alona

This is a city famous for a mad week every July when the foolhardy take on the famous bulls to…

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Pamplona alona
The hill of forgiveness

The hill of forgiveness

High up on the mountain is a string of wind turbines.  You know you are in a windy spot when…

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Don’t miss the village church

Every village has a church and on an adventure like this I find I can't go past without taking a…

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Don’t miss the village church
The day I dreamed big and lived the big dream

The day I dreamed big and lived the big dream

It began with rain which lasted all day.... The Alberge team in St Jean Pied De Port gave me an…

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Pamplona painting

I always ask the nice people at the tourist office what their favourite view of their city might be. In…

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Pamplona painting
What’s the weather like on the Camino?

What’s the weather like on the Camino?

It is, as I keep telling people, not a jolly....There is always weather you contend with, to begin with snow…

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Foothills of the Pyrenees

The undulating rolling foothills of one of Europe's great mountain ranges....  It's a joy..... Until it rains biblical rain.  This…

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Foothills of the Pyrenees
St Jean Pied de Port

St Jean Pied de Port

The tiny old town of St Jean at the foot of the pass over the Pyrenees is small enough to…

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The 10 second stop that lasts all day

I caught a glimpse as I cycled past... Blue shutters, wisteria in full bloom. As I took a photo, the…

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The 10 second stop that lasts all day

Delightful Dax

It's a city that dates back to Roman times when they discovered the healing power of the thermal waters. Today…

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In the Alberge

Along the chemin de St Jacques there are Alberge for pilgrims.  Inside is a kitchen, bathroom, great shower, and a…

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In the Alberge
Everlasting trees

Everlasting trees

The ride through the uniform lines of trees is extraordinary.  All the pine trees in all the world appear to…

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Has the Archbishop of Winchester been promoted?!

Thanks to the French press for their support of my Chemin De St Jacques. I see the Bishop of Winchester…

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Has the Archbishop of Winchester been promoted?!
Imagine your face being seen and admired everyday for over 800 years

Imagine your face being seen and admired everyday for over 800 years

She's my favourite heroine of history, Eleanor of Aquitaine.  She married twice, to two kings! First the King of France…

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The Ancient Fortress

All around France are ancient fortresses like this.  Citadels they call them and they all have a similar look.  Designed…

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The Ancient Fortress
My Camino in Scotland’s Sunday post

My Camino in Scotland’s Sunday post

Lorraine Kelly surprises fellow TV star Timmy Mallett on charity cycle challenge, as reported by Scotland's Sunday Post. Click here…

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Bridges Bring Us Together

Great bridges inspire us.  Down on the Dordogne at the entrance to Bordeaux there at four great bridges in less…

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Bridges Bring Us Together
Martin Mallett in a vineyard

Martin Mallett in a vineyard

The Bordeaux region is wine country. The best red wines in the world come from here and every field is…

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Nearly halfway

Pons is a good place to stop and ponder. Fabulous castle.  I could paint that! On the way out of…

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Nearly halfway
Discovering new towns

Discovering new towns

Saintes is a dream city on the Charente half way between Poitiers and Bordeaux. The Romans liked it and built…

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I’ve walked a long way then someone passes me on a bike

They were ahead of me on the muddy track. Plenty of rain in recent weeks... I knew they were pilgrims…

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I’ve walked a long way then someone passes me on a bike
The brand new pilgrim shelter

The brand new pilgrim shelter

In the village of St Leger I came across an extraordinary piece of new infrastructure. A pilgrim resting place, a…

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My lovely Lorraine surprise

I was having a cuppa in Saintes in a rare moment of sunshine when who should come up and tap…

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My lovely Lorraine surprise
The lantern of the dead

The lantern of the dead

It seemed fitting to find myself at Fenioux - the lantern of the dead.  This is a huge church with spire…

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Why do you wear a tie cycling?

It's a strange thing to wear at any time but cycling?  Are you nuts Timmy?  Of course I am. When…

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Why do you wear a tie cycling?
Meeting the vicar general

Meeting the vicar general

It sounds like a military figure - the vicar general - turns out he's the Archbishop's fixer. It was a…

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Wedding day greetings from the way of St James

My friends Joan and John are getting married at the church of St James in Dorney. I am delighted to…

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Wedding day greetings from the way of St James
A minute’s silence

A minute’s silence

The gendarme volunteered his own life for the hostage.  In last week's terrorist attack in the south of France this…

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The unexpected library

I came across this impressive building in a tiny village.  It looks like one of those scary horror homes in…

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The unexpected library
The castle or the painting?

The castle or the painting?

"We have a friend who owns a castle, do you want to visit it?"  "Of course I do!" Avantan Castle on…

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Reasons to undertake this big adventure

There are four reasons for my Camino de Santiago: Historical. This pilgrimage route to the tomb of St James the…

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Reasons to undertake this big adventure
Martin Mallett moments

Martin Mallett moments

Each day I look for somewhere special to leave a Martin Mallett name tag. Actually that's not strictly true. Each…

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The journalist

Daniel came to interview me for the regional paper.  He arrived bringing macaroons and when asked what he'd like to drink…

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The journalist
Chinon Castle

Chinon Castle

It's only another 45 mins away.  But it's in the wrong direction.  Of course I went! I'm standing across the…

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My second Prime Minister sends me support

My second Prime Minister sends me support

Theresa May came to my home to hear about the Camino and reasons for cycling and painting it. In my…

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Thanks Komoot

Navigation is always an issue in a strange place.  I like maps.  There's a logic to them and browsing over them…

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Thanks Komoot
Eleanor of Aquitaine and a detour

Eleanor of Aquitaine and a detour

How would you feel if didn't go and see your hero 20km away?  Never have regrets in life.  Always pursue your…

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The mighty Loire

It's the mightiest river in France and flows through a valley of chateaux after chateaux.  At Angers it meets the…

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The mighty Loire
Kindness

Kindness

"Where will you stay?"  That is a question I've been asked a lot and I ask myself each day.... I have…

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Timmy in his twin town

What a welcome!  800Kms from home I rode into my twin town of St Benoit to be met by Dominique…

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Timmy in his twin town
Cardinal Richelieu and the three musketeers

Cardinal Richelieu and the three musketeers

That's all most know about the Cardinal. Except he was also a town planner! He also knew how to get…

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Big skies, big adventure!

Coming over the brow of the hill into a new region - Haute Poitou - I noticed the big skies,…

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Big skies, big adventure!
Early start when the clocks go forward

Early start when the clocks go forward

We lose an hour as the clocks spring forward.  No time to lose. Up with the dawn and get out…

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Brilliant new cycle path

It's been open a matter of days and it's a dream come true.  Investment in leisure is the mark of a…

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Brilliant new cycle path
Martin Mallett with Kings and Queens

Martin Mallett with Kings and Queens

I found a Good place for Martin, my brother, today. Next to King Henry 11 and Richard the Lionheart and…

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Dead flies in Angers

I've been through parts of France before, never on a bike, or like this... Last time I was in Angers…

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Dead flies in Angers
Prince William supporting me

Prince William supporting me

In the middle ages you need the blessing of your lord of the manor before setting of across Europe on…

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The land of chateaux

The Loire valley is famous for its ornate Louis XIV style chateaux. I am surprised to round every corner and…

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The land of chateaux
Eric and jumper the street entertainers

Eric and jumper the street entertainers

Well these are Street entertainers from another era, another century.... I saw them standing at the organ grinding machine that…

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The woodcutters and the beetles

It was a young sapling when Henry VIII met Francis of France in the field of the cloth of gold.…

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The woodcutters and the beetles
Why are they called Plantagenets?

Why are they called Plantagenets?

Geoffrey of Anjou was a colourful character in the early 12th century. He was married to Matilda the empress, grand…

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The cyclist in shining armour

It was brilliant cycling into the ancient medieval city of Vitre in Brittany.  The streets look like something out of…

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The cyclist in shining armour
No Apple blossom this year?

No Apple blossom this year?

I was saddened by what I saw.  Along a pleasant country lane I came to a crossroads with a bus…

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Life is what happens while you are busy making plans

An air traffic controllers strike in France.  No flights, trains full, busy roads, I'm on my bike. Why would this affect…

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Life is what happens while you are busy making plans
The cycling artist pedals and paints

The cycling artist pedals and paints

Inspiration is everywhere.  It's not hard to see it or to register it.  It is hard to do and do…

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The way of the Plantagenets

The Camino de Santiago or Chemin De Saint Jacques has many routes across Europe..... From Mont St Michel I chose…

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The way of the Plantagenets
Timmy finds his way to World heritage site

Timmy finds his way to World heritage site

We all do this when we get somewhere impressive.  First thing we do is get out the camera, or in…

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From the Bayeux tapestry to Timmy on tour

Standing on the huge ramparts of Mont St-Michel I was reminded how dangerous the sands are around this island. The…

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From the Bayeux tapestry to Timmy on tour
Ma bubba

Ma bubba

Martin's name tags... We sew them onto clothes.  So they won't be lost.  So we know where they belong. Among…

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Happy Hampshire

It's one of our biggest counties and had such variety and riches to appreciate. On a cycle, you see it,…

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Happy Hampshire
Who’s that riding down the road?

Who’s that riding down the road?

Is that Mallett or the postman cycling into the village? You decide!

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Meeting the Bishop of Winchester

I was delighted to be invited to meet Right Reverend Tim Dakin bishop of Winchester at his palace next to…

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Meeting the Bishop of Winchester
Soundtrack to my Camino?

Soundtrack to my Camino?

Every adventure needs a soundtrack. Billy said I have to have some music to cycle to. What should that be?…

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The day the chain snapped!

A mile into the adventure my chain snapped. Thanks Paul from Flat Harry's Cyclery in Cookham who came and fixed…

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The day the chain snapped!
A pilgrims prayer

A pilgrims prayer

Do I look nervous? Rev Nick Plant sent me off from Cookham church on the way to Santiago. I also…

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How many bishops does it take to say…..  Hi Timmy!

How many bishops does it take to say….. Hi Timmy!

I Love this message from USA. Do I feel supported? You betcha! There must be a term for a group…

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Watch out there’s a Mallett about….

I rode my bike into church and got soaked! What else would you expect?!

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Watch out there’s a Mallett about….
I’m singing and cycling in the rain

I’m singing and cycling in the rain

I start today. It's a fine grey soft English drizzle. My tummy is in turmoil. Should I take this? Will…

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Bishop’s into battle!

In the city where the American war of independence broke out, the bishop of Boston popped up to wish me…

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Bishop’s into battle!
I’ve got butterflies!

I’ve got butterflies!

My good friend Wendy Craig, star of Butterflies, the Royal, and Nanny have me a sweet and gentle messagr of…

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Professor Brian Cox and wing commander Timmy!

In all the wonders of the universe I am thrilled to get this message of support from my great friend…

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Professor Brian Cox and wing commander Timmy!
Got everything!

Got everything!

Got the gorgeous Giant bike, the great Daler Rowney paints, and my messages of support.. What have I forgotten?  Now just…

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Emmanuel Macron sends a message of support for Timmy

I wrote to Emmanuel Macron to tell him of my Camino cycling and painting adventure. He kindly sent me this…

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Emmanuel Macron sends a message of support for Timmy
Timmy is interviewed on BBC Radio Berkshire

Timmy is interviewed on BBC Radio Berkshire

Listen to Timmy's interview on BBC Radio Berkshire, where he discusses his huge 2,000km cycle trip to Camino de Santiago…

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Thanks Flares!

Had a great night at Flares party venue in York. It's a top club with a great team led by…

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Thanks Flares!
Mysteries of the Camino de Santiago

Mysteries of the Camino de Santiago

My pal Gary who gave me this.... It's a thoughtful piece about the mystery of the Camino.... You can read…

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Bear Grylls and Timmy

I'm delighted to have support of the great Bear Grylls for my cycling and painting Camino adventure. Bear says: "Am…

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Bear Grylls and Timmy
Martin Mallett blesses us all

Martin Mallett blesses us all

I'm about to set off on my grand adventure, cycling the Camino de Santiago. It feels like it's begun with…

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Martin Mallett – My Bubba

Dear big brother Martin has passed away. He leaves a huge, Martin shaped, hole in our lives. We'll miss his…

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Martin Mallett – My Bubba
As the Bishop said to the TV presenter

As the Bishop said to the TV presenter

I was delighted when the Bishop of Oxford the right reverend Steven Croft agreed to bless my Camino painting and…

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My mission from the Bishop of Oxford

I met the right reverend Bishop Steven croft at Christchurch, Oxford to tell him of my big adventure. Cycling over…

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My mission from the Bishop of Oxford
Gareth Malone in tune with my challenge!

Gareth Malone in tune with my challenge!

It's a delight to get the support and encouragement of Gareth Malone for my big adventure. Cheers Gareth! Reach your…

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Lorraine Kelly on the telly

Thanks to my lovely friend Lorraine for her warm good wishes on my adventure inspired by dear Martin....x

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Lorraine Kelly on the telly
Cycling the Camino de Santiago from home

Cycling the Camino de Santiago from home

Entertainer Timmy Mallett is set to embark on a 2,000km cycling adventure from Maidenhead to Spain next month. Setting off…

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It’s Wacaday!

Thanks to my great friend Michaela Strachan for her lovely support!

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It’s Wacaday!
Is this a good idea?

Is this a good idea?

It's March, spring is on the way... And It's zero degrees, storm Emma is here and I'm utterly freezing!  How am…

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Inspired to reach your potential

I'm being asked every day what I'm doing this adventure for, and it's really easy to explain. I am raising…

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Inspired to reach your potential

Thanks Chris Moyles radio superstar!

My great pal Chris Moyles has sent me his great support for my Camino de Santiago. Top man!

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Thanks Chris Moyles radio superstar!
Theresa and Timmy talk cycling, painting and pilgrimage.

Theresa and Timmy talk cycling, painting and pilgrimage.

My local MP and prime minister, Theresa May, came to hear all about my Camino de Santiago and the local…

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What’s in the cardboard box?

What's in the cardboard box? A delivery arrived and I was intrigued and excited to open it! Thank you Giant…

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What’s in the cardboard box?
The hand of St James

The hand of St James

For 900 years this relic of the apostle of Christ has been in the Thames valley. It felt right to…

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Meeting the Vicar of Dibley!

It was the first day out on the new Giant Explore E bike and I headed into the Chilterns for…

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Meeting the Vicar of Dibley!
How do you paint when it’s zero degrees Timmy?

How do you paint when it’s zero degrees Timmy?

  It was the start of Feb and the arctic polar blast was howling down across Europe. In Oxford our…

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Cycling through Oxford at the start of my camino…

I rode past the Archeology department and called in to see an old friend.  I first met Emma Henderson back…

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Cycling through Oxford at the start of my camino…
Was it a good idea to stop at Oxford United?

Was it a good idea to stop at Oxford United?

I set off from Christchurch college wearing a Christchurch tie, a lovely present from the porters in the They had…

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The Cycle Jacket that changes colour!

Wow! The cycle jacket that changes colour in the headlights! Courtesy of ProVis Sports.

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The Cycle Jacket that changes colour!
The Cycling Artist Camino De Santiago

The Cycling Artist Camino De Santiago

Click here to keep track of Timmy's cycling progress! In March and April 2018 I intend to cycle and paint…

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