Cycling the Via de la Plata in Spain
Two local men will cycle over 1000km from Seville to Santiago de
Compostela in aid of charity.
In April, Peter Munt-Davies from St Ishmaels and Mike Phillips from Newport will check
their bikes onto a Ryanair flight to Seville and pedal their way northwards along the
Camino de Santiago in Spain. The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, is a
pilgrimage route to the shrine of St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela,
Galicia, in northwest Spain. It was one of the most important pilgrimages during
medieval times. The Way can take one of dozens of routes from all over Europe to
Peter and Mike will ride the Via de la Plata which is the longest route in Spain. It runs
from Seville in Andalucia, crosses the central plain passing through the provinces
of Extremadura and Castilla y Leon and finally heads west to Santiago de Compostela in
Galicia. Large sections of this route have remained unchanged for over 2000 years when
it began as a Roman trade route. The terrain is hilly and much of the way is off road so
they will ride mountain bikes and aim to complete the whole trip in three weeks.
Why are we doing it?
Because it is as rewarding as it is challenging. To take part in an activity that has
continued unbroken for well over a thousand years appeals to us as does meeting and
overcoming the many challenges that long distance cycling can present.
Peter says, “Ever since my first visit to Santiago I have wanted to do the Camino. Now
that I have the time and opportunity to do so I would like to use the experience to raise
money for the Commonwealth Countries League Education Fund. I was a teacher for
some years in Jamaica and fully appreciate the vital importance and value of education,
especially for women and girls. Last year in Sri Lanka we met two of the girls receiving
financial support from the fund and saw first-hand the tangible benefits of the work the
fund strives to achieve. If, by doing this bike ride, I can raise awareness of the vital work
carried out by CCLEF as well as raising some money, then it will have been worth it.”
Mike is riding in aid of two charities.
Mike says, “I decided to do this trip early in 2014 as I fancied a little adventure.
Subsequently, in 2014, I lost two good friends, Kathleen and Stephen, so I have decided to
raise some funds for two charities that they would have supported in life, Macmillan
Cancer Care (Kathleen) and The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (Stephen).
The benefit for me so far is that my overall fitness has improved no end due to the
training, a combination of spinning and cycling, that I have been doing in order to get fit
for the trip. Stephen did this trip himself some years ago and gave me invaluable advice –‘Wear earplugs in the Hostels at night in order to shut out the snoring.’ I think I’ll do
If you would like to support Peter and Mike in their fund raising efforts then please visit
their Just Giving pages –
Peter’s Just Giving page – https://www.justgiving.com/Peter-Munt-Davies
Mike’s Just /Giving pages – https://www.justgiving.com/Mike-Phillips10/
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Peter Munt-Davies – Tel 01646636468, Mob 07817879655, Pmuntdavies@gmail.com
Mike Philips – Tel 01238820228, Mob 07974096123, firstname.lastname@example.org