This was 80-year-old Mike Howitt's planned route from Leicester to Cape Town before he set off, and he says despite a few train cancellations in Europe, he was able to stick to his strict itinerary.
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A largely sunny, but cold, afternoon with the odd isolated wintry shower possible.
Becoming brighter with sunny spells but a few sleet and snow showers will develop.