The Babington Centre, Trellech Village Hall

Charity fundraiser: Rob Penn, ‘The Road to Nowhere’, a very personal view of his adventures on the Trans-Amazonian Highway

Friday, 19 September 2014 7pm


A talk in aid of local educational charities in memory of The Hon. Arthur Somerset (1960-2012).

Join us for an evening and be swept away by the enthusiasm of author, journalist, TV presenter, cyclist and wannabe woodsman – Rob Penn.

A talk and 2-course supper that is open to anyone to attend

(Entry by ticket-only as numbers are limited)

Rob Penn

Rob Penn
Rob Penn on the Trans-Amazonian Highway, which was built by the Brazilian military dictatorship in the early 1970s, to open up the southern Amazon basin for colonization and economic exploitation.

‘The Road to Nowhere’

A very personal view of his adventures on the Trans-Amazonian Highway

Robert Penn is an author, journalist, TV presenter, cyclist and wannabe woodsman. He’s ridden a bicycle most days of his adult life, in over forty countries on five continents. In his late-twenties, he cycled round the world. His book, ‘It’s All About the Bike: the Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels’ was a Sunday Times bestseller and has been translated into 11 languages.

In 2012, Rob presented ‘Tales from the Wild Wood’, a six-part series for BBC4 about British Woodlands which explored the great British love affair with trees; and is the author of ‘The Man Who Cut Down Trees’ which is to be published in 2015.

In September 2013, he cycled the Trans-Amazonian Highway with Freddie Flintoff, to make a documentary series for Sky TV. The pair cycled 500 miles while learning about the devastating effects of deforestation. Flintoff’s Road to Nowhere aired on Sky1 in April 2014.

“The Amazon was never on my bucket list of places to go for a bike ride. The roads are poorly maintained, pounded by logging lorries and often mind-numbingly straight; the heat and humidity are debilitating; the scenery hardly changes for some two million square miles; and there are 196 species of snake. However, the chance to make a TV documentary about the rainforest with one of my cricketing heroes, Freddie Flintoff, was more than I could resist.”   Rob Penn

Rob Penn and Freddir Flintoff's Road to Nowhere
Rob Penn and Freddie Flintoff’s ‘Road to Nowhere’

Tickets £12 (sumptuous 2-course supper included)


Venue: The Babington Centre (Trellech Village Hall), Trellech, Nr. Monmouth, Monmouthshire NP25 4PA

6:30pm Pre-event subsidised ‘bar’.

7:00pm Talk by Rob Penn, ‘Road to Nowhere’ followed by a Q&A session.

8:00pm Raffle draw & supper.

Raffle Prizes:

  1. Sunday Lunch for 2 people at The Carpenters Arms, Llanishen.
  2. ‘It’s All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness On Two Wheels’ by Robert Penn (Hardback book)
  3. ‘The Wrong Kind of Snow’ by Antony Woodward & Robert Penn (Hardback book)
  4. ‘The Sky is Falling on Our Heads: A Journey to the Bottom of the Celtic Fringe’ by Robert Penn (Hardback book)
  5. Box of Lindt Swiss Luxury Selection (215g)

Raffle tickets can also be purchased at Trellech Teas any Friday before the evening

How to purchase a ticket:

  1. Using our  Online e-ticket facility; or
  2. At Trellech Teas, Babington Centre every Friday afternoon (in advance of the day)