I bought an original 1970s hopper on eBay and practised on a nearby hill

Steven Payne

Fri 14 Sep 2018 05.00 EDT

Last modified on Fri 14 Sep 2018 16.03 EDTAt the start of 2015, my life unexpectedly went belly up. Within the space of three months, my father died, I was made redundant, I split up with my fiancee and I was diagnosed with leukemia. It was an awful time, but once I had sold our home, I started to think about how I could turn my misfortune into an opportunity. With no job, house or relationship, I had the time to do anything I wanted. That is how I ended up spending several months researching and re-enacting a 14th-century pilgrimage.

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