Posted by: Peace Day Pilgrim | May 17, 2012

Reminder: Peace Day Pilgrim Launch Event 26 May 2012

Dear Friends,

Just a quick reminder for the Peace Day Pilgrim launch event: “An evening of Peace, Passion and Pilgrimage” at 7pm on Saturday 26th May 2012 at The Wharf in Tavistock.

Satish Kumar, Jeremy Gilley and Peace Day Pilgrim along with jazz from Tim Miller and Matt Dingle.

To book a seat based on a suggested donation of £5:

by email: peacedaypilgrim

by phone: 07899 960221

via the Wharf: +44 (1822) 613928 or

Very much look forward to seeing you there.

Warm regards,


Maxim Laithwaite
Tel: +44 (0) 78 99 96 02 21
Email: peacedaypilgrim

Posted by: Peace Day Pilgrim | May 8, 2012

Peace Day Pilgrim

Dear Friends,

Peace Day Pilgrim is walking 1200 miles through the UK & Ireland this summer to raise awareness for Global Truce 2012 on 21 September. Global Truce marks the UN International Day of Peace and this year, the organisation behind the movement, Peace One Day, are aiming to record the largest reduction in violence the world has ever seen and the largest gathering of people in the name of peace.

In 2007, Peace One Day managed to negotiate a 24 hour ceasefire in Afghanistan between the Taleban and the Allied Forces on Peace Day. Due to the cessation of violence, 10,000 aid workers were deployed who were able to vaccinate over 1.5 million children against polio. It is quite amazing what can be achieved in one day!

But it is also about longer term behaviour change. We can only dream of what can happen when the children in conflict zones are allowed a day of respite. And as they grow up, they turn around and ask…."why not two days…why not a week???".

Yet, with this amazing idea spreading across the globe (>100 million involved in Peace Day 2011), there is little awareness in the UK. Remember violence is not just about war. Domestic violence is another form which must be addressed here on our shores.

So, the aim of Peace Day Pilgrim is to walk and talk about the issues behind Global Truce 2012 and the organisation Peace One Day. To spread the word about the Worldwide Student and the Eradication of Domestic Violence campaigns. To inspire a common voice from the grassroots about how we wish to eradicate violence from our homes, streets and from the battlefields.

The journey also marks the 50th anniversary of Satish Kumar’s 8800 mile pilgrimage against nuclear proliferation. In the same way, Peace Day Pilgrim will be walking without money, placing his faith in the kindness of strangers. This means that the success of the journey relies on the same human spirit that will make Global Truce 2012 a success. If Peace Day Pilgrim can make it to London then we can show that we have what it takes.

That means it relies on people like you! If you want to get involved or offer support to Peace Day Pilgrim, then please get in touch on any of the contact details below. Perhaps you fancy walking on part of the route? Perhaps you want to host a screening of the Peace One Day films as Peace Day Pilgrim comes through your area? Perhaps you fancy donating to help with the small start up costs. Or perhaps you just fancy coming along to say hello?

There will be a launch event on 26th May at 7pm at The Wharf in Tavistock. If you are local then why not come down and listen to Satish Kumar (Resurgence), Jeremy Gilley (Founder of Peace One Day) and Maxim Laithwaite (Peace Day Pilgrim) along with a screening of the film and some live jazz. Suggested donations of £5 per person for those that can afford it.

The main walk starts in Derry/Londonderry on 21 June and ends in London on 21 September taking in each of the five capital cities. For more information visit or follow on Facebook or Twitter.

Thank you so much for your time.



Peace Day Pilgrim

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Posted by: Peace Day Pilgrim | November 13, 2009

Where has the Waterpilgrim been?

I keep being asked “what next?”. Currently, I am coordinating a charity called Westden in Tavistock, Devon. We are setting up a support network for community school gardens in order to help schools embed the outdoor area into the curriculum through practical learning. As you can imagine this is taking up a lot of my time and leaving not so much for Waterpilgrim.

That does not mean that it is over. Waterpilgrim is like the heron standing in the water on one leg. Completely still. Alert but calm. At some point, it will strike a fish out of the water. But for now it is still…

…more anon.

Posted by: Peace Day Pilgrim | September 20, 2009

Inspiration from ‘Incredible Edible’ and ‘Abundance’


I discovered Incredible Edible at the All Our Futures 2 conference last week in Plymouth. Out of three days of wordy, repetitive and solution-less chat, this project really took my interest. Another one to have a good look at is Abundance which is all about harvesting the countless fruit and nut trees naturally occuring or privately placed but not being used.


Posted by: Peace Day Pilgrim | September 14, 2009

BBC Radio Somerset Interview

BBC Radio Somerset




BBC Radio Somerset interview can be found for the next 7 days at:

Click on “Listen” and if you just want to hear my part you can fast forward 30 mins.

Posted by: Peace Day Pilgrim | September 14, 2009

BBC Radio 5 Live Interview

BBC Radio 5 Live

I was asked to do a short interview on BBC Radio 5 Live on Saturday night. You can hear my penny’s worth for the next five days at the following link:

Scroll down and click on “Listen” and if you just want to hear my part you can fast forward to 1 hr 26 mins.

Posted by: Peace Day Pilgrim | September 13, 2009

The end of the journey…or just the beginning?

Well, I finished my walk around the South West Coast Path yesterday on possibly the most beautiful day of entire journey. Blue skies and warm early-autumn sunshine blessed the day for which I am thankful.

I would also like to thank the following people for showing up to give support on the last day: Ally, Lorna, Lucie, Rob, Rocco and Tam. Thanks to Katie Black for providing a place to stay at Durlston Country Park last night and to Bill and Glenys for giving us some sound advice on suitable footwear for the Red Lion gents!

The CoastAlong event for WaterAid seemed to go well and I was happy to meet a team from Bournemouth Rotary Club near the end. A photo with them and a wedding couple made for a surreal moment. Thanks to Hazel for organising the end refreshments at South Haven Point for the event.

The final few steps…

What can I say about the end stage of a 630 miles walk? Perhaps, I will leave my sentiments for a couple of days for the whole experience to sink in. I can tell you that I am very happy that the story has made it out on the BBC News Online website and was top story for Friday’s BBC Online Magazine. The whole idea of the pilgrimage was to raise awareness for local and global water issues and getting it out on this kind of scale makes it all worthwhile:

I suppose the hardwork is just beginning. The idea of Waterilgrim was to ask:

1. What are we doing with water?

2. What are the problems/successes?

3. If there are problems….what are the potential solutions?

These questions have raised an enormous list of answers. My job now is to collate all the information, brainstorm with as many people who would like to be involved and then get on find some suitable actions.

Water is the most important resource we have. We must take it seriously, all of us. Please get in contact if you would like to contribute to the ideas or would like to hear about the projects that have spawned from Waterpilgrim. We have an amazing opportunity. An opportunity to take control of our lives. To reliquish the hold of money-centric focus and more to a nature/human based view where we actually look out for everything on the planet rather than defiling, damaging and exploting.

Thank you to all the people who have helped along the way. Without you, my journey would have ended before reaching Poole. With your help, I reached the end of path and the beginning of world of possibilities.

More anon….

Posted by: Peace Day Pilgrim | September 10, 2009

BBC News update

The BBC have put the story on their News Online page all day today. I believe it may have come off now but if you search either:

FOR VID: BBC news maxim laithwaite


FOR ARTICLE: BBC five live max laithwaite

You should find something…

Posted by: Peace Day Pilgrim | September 6, 2009

Day 59: Concentrating on walking and talking and not so much blog-updating

I am in Weymouth with good friend Jim and his partner Catherine. The three of us walked from Abbotsbury today and it was good to have the company. Portland Bill tomorrow.

I have been getting seriously behind on my online journal for which I apologise to all those people waiting for updates (around two people probably!). It looks like all the rest of the journey will be done after I finish. For now I would like to thank those that have helped me get this far and I will do personal thanks when I return.



Posted by: Peace Day Pilgrim | August 22, 2009

Pics Day 44

Posted by: Peace Day Pilgrim | August 20, 2009

Pics Day 42

Posted by: Peace Day Pilgrim | August 19, 2009

Pics Day 41

Posted by: Peace Day Pilgrim | August 18, 2009

Pics Day 40

Posted by: Peace Day Pilgrim | August 18, 2009

Day 40/41: Polperro to Portwrinkle to Cremyl

Day 40: Polperro to Portwrinkle, 12.6 miles.

Many thanks to Liz and Rob Davis at the Island View Cafe in Looe for their tea and scone and to Clarise and Lucy at the Seaton Beach Cafe for their hospitality. Many thanks also to Helen at the Whitsand Bay Hotel in Portwrinkle for the ice cold orange and lemonade. Perfect.

It was great to meet Anne Ellison in Portwrinkle and stay at her wonderful house over-looking the bay. I could have sat watching her view for the rest of my life. Anne had got in contact as soon as she read the article in the Western Morning News and we both very excited to meet each other. She treated me to a huge spag bol and we chatted for hours about my life and her’s. She is an osteopath so we discussed alternative therapies and so forth. I missed John, her husband, because he was out at football but I we managed to meet in the morning over breakfast.

Day 41: Portwrinkle to Cremyl, 13.3 miles.

I was delighted to have Anne join me for a few miles today. The tide was out so we took advantage of the firm sand on the beach all the way back up to her house where she put on a wonderful lunch. Full to the brim, I headed off towards Rame Head.

Along the way I met a chap called George who is a homeless man walking the entire coast of Britain. We had a good chat about life and walking and I gave him some pointers of where he may be able to stay and get some food. The ripples are moving fast. We talked about another chap who I had met earlier in the day called Alex who in his last month or so of walking the entire coast. Makes me think whether I will stop when I reach Poole? Rather like the idea of carrying on.

Tonight was made very special with a pub quiz at the Mark of Friendship in Mill Brook. Dick, the landlord, and his partner Megan had put the word out and 7 full teams turned up to raise some cash. Many thanks to Viv and Kim for instigating it but I can’t thank Dick enough for helping make the night a great success. We raised over £130 and the bottles of wine that Dick had donated as prizes were all put back on the table to be raffled off. This pub quiz idea seems to be a winner. It gets the message across and raises funds. Thanks to all the people who turned up, donated the funds and especially for buying back the wine they had already won (John and Anne!!).

More anon.

Posted by: Peace Day Pilgrim | August 17, 2009

Day 39: Polperro pub quiz

Day 39: Par to Polperro, 13.1 miles.

It was good to get out of the built-up inland diversion that the path takes through Par and back on to the coast. A gentle climb up to the National Trust The Gribbin property gave scenic views back along the Cornish coast. I passed the Daymark tower which was erected for "The safety of commerce and the preservation of mariners", in that order. I wonder if the mariner’s wives saw their husbands as coming second to trade?

Fowey followed shortly after and I would like to thank Alan and Cameron for free passage on the ferry across to Polruan.

The first half of the day was moderate but it is safe to say that the second was a little more rigigrous. I am really enjoying the effort on these steeper climbs.

Passing some gorse framed rocky outcrops I discovered Polperro nestled in a wooded valley. What a picture postcard. Fishing boats squeezed into the small harbour added to ambience which although there are similar, seemed to outshine most others.

Wendy Carr from the Wesley House Gallery is the mother of a good friend from Hastings and had offered to have me for the night. Her partner Maggie had also organised my first Waterpilgrim pub quiz. Tonight was always going to be fun but I was completely taken aback by the reception.

Sue, Danny and Kirsty from the Ship Inn had taken on promoting the quiz and we hosted 12 teams and raised over £130. The Mayor of Polperro, ‘Coach’, even came down in all his regalia to help. The winning team immediately donated the prize money into the kitty and everyone had a good time. I can’t thank them enough. Thanks also to Alan for giving guidance on being compere and Hayley for all her help. This first quiz will be hard to beat.

The quiz idea came from a friend on my OU course and is perfect for getting my message across combined with community building and raising funds.

What was very interesting is that I learnt that South West Water are charging Polperrians for standard sewage rates and yet they are simply pumping it into the sea. Apart from the obvious environmental issues, surely this on the verge of fraud? I must say that I have not seen any hard evidence and need to look further into it but if that is the situation it adds heavily to the case of an overhaul of how water in the South West is managed.

This walk is really turning up some important questions and I thoroughly look forward to getting on with working at the solutions with the communities involved.

More anon.

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