Walking To The Ends of
My Country

My journey to explore more of home

The Great Outdoors, for some people it conjures up images of thigh-deep swamps, howling gales, and swarms of irritating bugs, whilst for others it sets the heart racing in anticipation for adventure. Regardless of your current perspective, I wholeheartedly believe there is something for everyone to enjoy about time spent outside, and I have set myself the challenge of inspiring people from all walks of life to don their walking boots and head out to explore our stunning native landscapes.

At 16 I walked my first long-distance footpath – the West Highland Way, and it turned out to be a pivotal experience in my life. Whilst throwing a July snowball on the top of Ben Nevis at the end of our trek, I knew I was hooked, and have since walked across the country twice, and explored some of the highest, most remote regions of the UK.

Alongside a part-time role as a fitness instructor and personal trainer, I work as a freelance semi-professional filmmaker, producing promotional films for companies, as well as wildlife conservation, and expedition/adventure documentaries. I see myself as a bit of a storyteller, and am always on the look out for exciting new projects, my latest being The National Trails Challenge.

Whilst walking the Cumbria Way in July 2015 I knew I needed to find a way to combine my passion for backpacking with my career as a filmmaker. It slowly dawned on me that the only appropriate course of action was to make an assignment out of the idea. I would walk all of the designated long-distance footpaths in England and Wales (known as National Trails) and make a film about each route to emphasize the beauty of our native landscapes. I wanted to explore the hidden geography, geology and archaeology of each path, and encourage my viewers to ‘Spend More Time In The WILD’!

The first route I will be exploring is the Yorkshire Wolds Way, 80 miles from Hessle to the Filey Coast. It is one of the shortest designated paths, the longest being the South West Coastal Path at 650 miles, but I am truly excited to begin walking on the 25th April 2016.

On each route I will be meeting passionate locals and knowledgeable experts, with the core goal of promoting the protection of our incredible countryside for centuries to come. If you see me please do come and say ‘hello!’

I have already walked:

Hadrian’s Wall Path (88 miles) – July 2014

South West Coastal Path (630 miles) – April 2013

Starting from the end of April, I will be tackling:

Yorkshire Wolds Way (80 miles)

Cleveland Way (110 miles)

Cotswold Way (100 miles)

Glyndwr’s Way (135 miles)

North Downs Way (153 miles)

Offa’s Dyke Path (177 miles)

Peddars Way/Norfolk Coast Path (93 miles)

Pembrokeshire Coast Path (186 miles)

Pennine Way (268 miles)

South Downs Way (100 miles)

Thames Path (184 miles)

The Ridgeway (87 miles)

Find out more at: www.songthrushproductions.co.uk