British tourist in danger plans to cross the English Channel by dinghy

A British student from Loughborough who claims to be a ‘war tourist’ is now considering crossing the English Channel by dinghy after completing his ‘Taliban Adventure’.

Miles Routledge, a physics student at Loughborough University, previously visited Ukraine at the start of Putin’s invasion, surfed with the Taliban in Afghanistan and expressed interest in visiting North Sentinel Island.

However, he doesn’t seem happy with those trips alone, as the Birmingham native posted a Tweet yesterday asking where he can find a dinghy to cross the English Channel.

Taking to Twitter, he said: “I’m about to take a very silly and impulsive trip, but I need help. Where do immigrants in France usually put their dinghies in the water to paddle to England?



Miles took to Twitter for advice from his followers

Reading this, his dedicated followers were quick to offer advice and also, with one user saying, “I think Calais is the quickest place to start.”

Others were quick to show their concern, saying: “pretty dangerous on a small boat”

“For Miles, I think that’s a plus,” replied another follower.

Of course, many people were concerned about the intentions of the trip as well as the danger. Home Office data suggests 28,381 people were recorded as having arrived by small boat last year.



Miles in Ukraine
Miles has already visited Ukraine this year after Putin invaded the country

Miles’ next dangerous expedition is similar to that of the refugees, and talk of the trip has left the impression that some are concerned for his well-being despite his frequent visits to many war-torn countries.

“Most boats don’t make it, it’s really sad and horrible, believe me, don’t do this,” said one of his supporters who works for the army.



Miles Routledge
Miles just got home from couch surfing with the Taliban

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“I think you encourage it,” responds another.

While it’s unclear whether Miles found a suitable dinghy or decided to, it’s clear some Twitter users find his antics a bit annoying.

One follower jokingly said, “You know there are easier, safer and cheaper ways to get rid of your phone?”