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One Man's Quest To Prove You Can Walk Across A Country In A Straight Line

Every friendship circle has that one person who always says, “oh we can walk there”; but one man has taken that to the next level by attempting to walk in a straight line across an entire country.

Tom Davis attempted his self-professed “idiotic” mission after becoming curious about what would happen if someone made the attempt.

Searching for a country where this would be physically achievable and had a mix of urban and wilderness settings, he settled on Wales.

Tom Davies is attempting to walk across Wales. Photo: GeoWizard

Mapping out the shorted possible route, Davies geared himself up for a hike that’s a touch over 53 kilometres.

The aim was to leave from the English border and walk for about four days to the Mawddach estuary at Penmaenpool without straying from his straight and narrow route.

While he allowed a few metres leeway when the risk of serious injury arose, this generosity didn’t extend to his sleeping arrangements, which saw Davies camp in woodlands.

You need to cross rivers and lakes when you're on the straight and narrow. Photo: GeoWizard

The concept might sound simple; however, the hiker may have overlooked the challenges of crossing farmland, rivers, forests, private property, lakes and mountains.

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The weather forecast for the five-day walk was also bleak, increasing challenges for the average swimmer who packed an inflatable kayak for water crossings.

Welsh farms are full of hedge walls. Photo: GeoWizard

A serious threat to Davies’ goal was being escorted from his track for trespassing, so despite his camouflage army attire he needed to move quickly through farmland and urban areas.

*Spoiler alert*

On his YouTube channel, GeoWizard, Davies has ended his 33-minute video on a cliff hanger ahead of part two's release. The unusual journey appears to come to an early end, as we're left with our English hiker spotting a Welsh farmer working precisely on the straight line Davies must follow.