Cancer survivor Diana Ramona visits small villages in West Somerset on a ‘pilgrim walk’

‘VILLAGE pilgrim’ Diana Ramona will set off from Porlock on Thursday (June 6) for a nine-day walk through some of West Somerset’s most isolated communities.

Diana founded the ‘We Visit Villages’ project, which she describes as ‘a journey steeped in passion, discovery and the comforting embrace of small communities’.

She sees her ‘The Village Pilgrim’ walk as a transformative solo journey through the Somerset countryside to support cancer patients and promote sustainable living.

Diana is 36 years old and recently survived cancer. She has started a campaign of resilience and solidarity in the fight against the disease.

Diana Ramona, who walks through some of West Somerset's most isolated communities to support cancer patients.

Diana Ramona, who walks through some of West Somerset’s most isolated communities to support cancer patients. ( )

The walk will take in places such as Porlock Weir, Bossington, Selworthy, Allerford and Dunster, while ‘shining a light on the silent but profound struggles of rural cancer patients and the therapeutic power of nature’.

After her cancer diagnosis, Diana transformed her battle into a ‘beacon of hope and resilience’ and will make her way through at least 25 villages during the nine-day trek.

Along the way, she will share information and stories, symbolically carrying a backpack that represents the emotional weight carried by people diagnosed with cancer.

Reflecting on personal values ​​and environmental concerns, Diana said the trip highlighted the importance of sustainable practices.

She uses only refillable water bottles and engages in slow travel to demonstrate a model of environmental consciousness that aligns with therapeutic benefits.

Diana said it was not just a physical trek, but a loud call to tackle the loneliness that plagued residents of rural communities, whether through illness or social isolation.

She wants “The Village Pilgrim” walk to foster a deeper community connection and spark a national conversation about the healing powers of the natural environment and communal support.

The initiative will continue beyond the final village, with Diana planning to document her experiences through a series of blog posts and social media updates, encouraging ongoing dialogue about health, wellbeing and rural living.

With such content, she aims to create a sustainable platform for education and community engagement, long after the walk concludes.

Romanian by birth, Diana started her globetrotting adventures in 2016 and has since visited more than 30 countries.