About the Journey
A Circumnavigation of the Heart of the Middle East
In December 2015 Leon McCarron and Dave Cornthwaite set off from Jerusalem, on foot, with the aim of walking 1000 miles through the Middle East, circumnavigating the Dead Sea.
Their aim was to walk the masar ('path' in Arabic) collecting stories of what they find; meeting the people that live along our route and immersing themselves in the awe-inspiring landscapes.
The Middle East has (at least in the press) been dominated and defined by the confusion and conflict of current geopolitics, and perhaps nowhere has suffered from this more than the areas through which Leon and Dave will walk. They walk with the intention to look beyond the struggles and tensions; we aim to fill a current void in the global media by focusing on the other side - the good people, the uplifting stories, and the community, connection and compassion that comes with travelling on foot.
In mid December, after 160 miles, the journey was delayed after Dave suffered stress fractures in his left foot. With an indefinite healing period Dave took the call to pull out of the journey so Leon could continue walking. Leon now continues on his own, with guides and the occasional new walking partner.