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A Short Walk to St Ives

Cornishman retraces 200-year-old march to freedom

Adrian Tregerthen Thomas holding a photograph of his 3x grandfather.

On Sunday 27 April, a Cornishman will reach Bordeaux in France after walking for 16 weeks from the border with Belgium. Adrian Tregerthen Thomas set off on 7 January from the site of a prison barracks in Givet where his great-great-great-grandfather spent ten years behind bars during the Napoleonic wars. Thomas was inspired by the story of John Tregerthen Short (1785-1873) to retrace his ancestor's route into captivity in 1804 and then to freedom and his return home in St Ives in 1814. In all, he will have walked around 1500 miles.

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