Leon McCarron is a Northern Irish author and filmmaker. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and specialises in storytelling via long distance, human-powered journeys. His latest book - The Land Beyond - about walking 1000 miles from from Jerusalem to Mount Sinai is out now.
Leon's next film, Nowhere is a Place, from Patagonia, will be released in summer 2018. His first book - The Road Headed West, about a bicycle journey across North America - was published in July 2014. It is now an Amazon Top 10 Bestseller and is available here.
At the end of 2012 Leon crossed 1000 miles of the Empty Quarter desert, roughly following the route of explorer Wilfred Thesiger and pulling a cart loaded with supplies. In May 2012 he concluded a 6-month, 3000 mile expedition walking the length of China, from the Gobi desert in Mongolia to South China Sea in Hong Kong. National Geographic produced a 4-part TV series of the journey. Other journeys include: 14,000 miles by bicycle from New York to Hong Kong; a folding bike trip around the British Isles to climb the Six Peaks; a human-powered descent of the longest river in Iran, the Karun; and a crossing of Argentine Patagonia on horseback. In 2017 he was the recipient of the Royal Geographical Society's Neville Shulman Challenge Award, and spent a month with the Israelite Samaritans documenting the way of life of perhaps the world's smallest and oldest ethno-religious group. Most recently has walked on and written about trails in the Balkans and the Caucasus, and in 2018 has been working in the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq and on an island in the Indian Ocean called Socotra.
Read more about his journeys here, and watch his films and TV shows here