My travels: Mark Thomas on walking Israel's West Bank barrier

Comedian Mark Thomas found his idea of rambling along the Israeli barrier in the West Bank even more fraught than it sounds

The dubious honour of being the first person to walk the length of Israel's barrier in the West Bank, to the best of my knowledge, belongs to, well, me. Admittedly it's not a hotly contested title. Israel's massive barrier covered in watchtowers, wire and soldiers is hardly a hiking trail but it will become one eventually. That is the fate of military follies, from the Great Wall of China to Hadrian's Wall: they are destined to a future of tea shops and tour guides. I suppose I wanted to ramb...