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Get involved with the 2019 episodes of the 'WILD' series, exploring trails such as the Tour Du Mont Blanc, Cleveland Way and more!
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Abbie first started making films at the age of 13 when she sought to capture the beauty of her local wildlife for short videos to put onto YouTube. This then transitioned into her documenting world-wide environmental issues such as the unsustainable production of palm oil, issues around marine debris, and the affect of global climate change on mountain glaciers. By the age of 18 she had received national and international recognition for her work, having been awarded by Sir David Attenborough and worked with organisations such as the European Parliament, United Nations, UNESCO World Heritage Team and more. 

During this time she climbed some of the worlds highest mountains and started to explore how long-distance backpacking could help her to manage her long-term mental health issues. Little did she realise that capturing her travels and sharing her struggles would launch her into a project that would reach millions.

In 2016 Abbie created the Spend More Time In The WILD campaign to encourage her online audience to enjoy more quality time outside for the benefit of improving mental and physical health and wellbeing. Over the past three years the project has grown into a worldwide community of passionate and courageous individuals who believe in the power of connection, both with the natural world and each other.

WILD Walking events run by Abbie
WILD Walking events run by Abbie

Abbie is now on a mission to document as many of the worlds long-distance footpaths as possible in order to showcase what makes each trail unique, whether that be archaeological and historical monuments, geographical and geological spectacles, snow-peaked mountains, damp forests, undulating coasts, or wind-swept moors.

Along the way she fearlessly shares how spending time in the natural world helps her to work through her struggles with mental health, and seeks to encourage her viewers to join the journey by facing up to their own fears and stepping out to see their dreams become reality.

2019 will see Abbie complete the Gritstone Trail (35 miles), Cleveland Way (110 miles), Tour Du Mont Blanc (110 miles), Beara Way (128 miles - funded by Hillwalk Tours), the Rob Roy Way (79 miles), and/or the Coleridge Way (51 miles).

Through these films Abbie will be inviting her audience to join her on a personal journey, providing visually stunning images and compelling factual dialogue. She hopes to provoke a curiosity in her viewers to witness such landscapes for themselves, thus installing a deeper appreciation for our natural surroundings that will ensure their protection for centuries to come.

Walks filmed so far:

Abbie first began documenting trails in 2016. Here is a list of walks filmed so far

the Yorkshire Wolds Way (79 miles)

Ridgeway (87 miles)

South Downs Way (100 miles). 

Hadrian's Wall Path (84 miles)

Cumbria Way(70 miles)

The Isle of Wight Coastal Path (70 miles) 

Various sections of the South West Coastal Path (630 miles)

Wainwrights Coast to Coast path (198 miles) - full film out in July 2019

West Highland Way (95 miles)

Great Glen Way (73 miles) 

Two Moors Way (117 miles) - out in June 2019

Where will the money go?

Running a Kickstarter campaign is more than just trying to raise some funds - it's a way for Abbie to open the doors so that you can get involved with the project, that's why she has so many tiers! She wants you to feel included in every stage of her travels, from prep back home, then time on the trail, to post-production and the launch of each film.

When travelling, Abbie looks to use as environmentally sensitive methods as possible, utilising rail and bus networks, or flying where there are no other realistic options. Unfortunately, public transport is not always cheap, so getting to/from each walk is the main financial area that needs covering. She will also need to purchase maps, meals, pay for campsites (usually between £5-£15 a night) where wild camping is not applicable, and cover any additional costs that arise within post-production. Partnered with her personal savings, £500 is the absolute minimum needed to see her head out and document these trails.

Unfortunately, if the funding target is not reached within the set 30-day time-frame then no funds will be received by Abbie through Kickstarter. It will therefore be unlikely that she will be able to film all of the trails this year, so your support is vital to see this project through - thank you!

NB: the Beara Way has already been kindly funded by HillWalk Tours and therefore funds raised through this campaign will not be needed for this trail. It only features on this page in order to share the full list of walks undertaken this year.

Feeling motivated?

If you've found yourself stoked to head outdoors and are looking for more inspiration, check out Abbie's YouTube channel, packed with hiking tips, walk ideas, kit lists, gear reviews and more. New videos are uploaded every Monday, so be sure to subscribe and hit the 'bell' to notifications!

Stay up-to-date:

For even more updates, images and videos, make sure to follow Abbie Barnes | Song Thrush Productions on Facebook and Instagram

Get in touch:

If you've got questions or just fancy chatting about your latest adventure, feel free to drop Abbie a line at: abbie@songthrushproductions.co.uk 

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Risks and challenges

For a decent list of things that could go wrong, check out this webpage: http://kevingong.com/Hiking/HikingTips.html

Meanwhile, I always do everything I can to stay safe, well and happy. Hiking is where I come alive, so let's hope the worst that could go wrong is I get a blister!

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    Woodland Wanderer

    An immense thank you for backing the project.

    Good vibes will be sent you way and you'll unlocked access to exclusive backer's only updates throughout the production of each episode in 2019 (via Kickstarter). This includes blogs and images before they are publicly released, detailed itineraries from each trail, and top tips for each walk should you ever head out or your own adventures.

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    Day Hiker

    Life is better in hiking boots!

    Thank you for supporting the creation of this series!

    As mentioned above, you'll unlock access to exclusive backer's only updates, blogs and images from each trail walked throughout the year, PLUS you'll feature in a Kickstarter shoutout video released onto YouTube following the completion of all routes at the end of the year.

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    Support Crew

    You are generous with your time, support, and encouragement. It is people like you that hold others up. Thank you for being such a valued member of the tribe!

    You'll receive exclusive updates, as mentioned above, feature in a shoutout video released at the end of the year, PLUS receive a personalised A6 2019 'Spend More Time In The WILD' postcard sent right to your door (or tent)!

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    Micro-adventurer

    Microadventures are what keep the world turning!

    You'll receive exclusive backer's only updates throughout the year, feature in a shoutout video shared at the end of the year on YouTube so everyone knows how amazing you are, get a personalised A6 2019 'Spend More Time In The WILD' postcard, AND an official limited edition 'Stay WILD' hand printed T-shirt!

    Sizes:
    XS 35"
    S 38"
    M 40"
    L 43"
    XL 45"
    2XL 48"

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    Ultra-light Hiker

    You're pretty serious about this hiking business, and we love that!

    As mentioned above, you'll receive exclusive backer's only updates throughout the year, feature in a shoutout video shared at the end of the year on YouTube so everyone knows how amazing you are, get a personalised A6 2019 'Spend More Time In The WILD' postcard, an official limited edition 'Stay WILD' hand printed T-shirt, PLUS (take a deep breath!) your own place in the rolling credits of each 2019 episode with your name and a short note of your choice.

    You're not only part of the tribe, you're part of the production!

    (Please note this pledge does not include the Beara Way as this trail is already funded by HillWalk Tours)

    "Let's wander where the Wi-Fi is weak"

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    Thru-Hiker

    If you love outdoor gear then this pledge is for you.

    As mentioned above, you'll receive exclusive backer's only updates throughout the year, feature in a shoutout video shared at the end of the year on YouTube, get a personalised A6 2019 'Spend More Time In The WILD' postcard, an official limited edition 'Stay WILD' hand printed T-shirt, have your own place in the rolling credits of each 2019 episode with your name and a short note of your choice, PLUS a limited edition 'Stay WILD' hand printed hoody!

    (Please note this pledge does not include the Beara Way which is already funded by HillWalk Tours)

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    "How wild it was, to let it be"

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    Ultimate Expeditionist

    Whether trekking over mountains, across plains, along beaches or through moorland, you're not afraid to take on the distance and get those miles in. Welcome to the tribe!

    As mentioned above, you'll receive exclusive backer's only updates throughout the year, feature in a shoutout video shared at the end of the year on YouTube, get a personalised A6 2019 'Spend More Time In The WILD' postcard, an official limited edition 'Stay WILD' hand printed T-shirt, your own place in the rolling credits of each 2019 episode with your name and a short note of your choice, a limited edition 'Stay WILD' hand printed hoody, PLUS a 30 minute 1-2-1 Skype call with Abbie!

    (Please note this pledge does not include the Beara Way as this trail is already funded by HillWalk Tours)

    "We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say we have lost our connection with nature, we say that we've lost our connection with ourselves"

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    The Scout

    You like to hike but you prioritise safety, knowing that it is important to be prepared when you head out onto the trail. It is people like you who save lives!

    You'll receive exclusive backer's only updates throughout the production of each episode this year, be featured in a shout out video shared onto YouTube at the end of the year so everyone will know how awesome you are, PLUS, you'll get one of two limited edition 100-piece Expedition First Aid Kits produced by Raitex worth £25.

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    Mountain Goat

    You're someone who can't resist the pull of the mountains, knowing that there are endless adventures waiting to be had!

    You'll receive exclusive backer's only updates throughout the production of each episode this year, be featured in a shout out video shared onto YouTube at the end of the year so everyone will know how awesome you are, PLUS, you'll get one of two Trailblazer Travel Guides on the Tour Du Mont Blanc (worth £13.99) which includes a comprehensive route guide and maps, as well as guides to Chamonix & Courmayeur.

    "And into the mountains I go, to lose my mind and find my soul"

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    Backpacker

    You're someone who enjoys hiking for multiple days, never settling in one place, but making the road your home.

    You'll receive exclusive backer's only updates throughout the production of each episode this year, be featured in a shout out video shared onto YouTube at the end of the year so everyone will know how awesome you are, PLUS, you'll get one of two Trailblazer Travel Guides on the Cleveland Way (worth £12.99) which includes detailed route guides and maps, itineraries, booking information and more.

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