Having twice walked across the country and explored some of the highest, most remote regions in the UK, Abbie has become eager to share the hidden beauty of our countryside and wilderness areas. Thus she has made it her mission to inspire others to don their walking boots, gather their friends and family, and head outdoors to explore our many extraordinary natural wonders and 'Spend More Time In The WILD'.
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 viewers to join the journey by facing up to their own fears and stepping out to see their dreams become reality.
Throughout the UK there are nearly 300 uniquely designated long-distance trails that vary in length and popularity. They encompass archaeological and historical monuments, geographical and geological spectacles, snow-peaked mountains, damp forests, undulating coasts, and wind-swept moors.
Abbie's aim is to produce a documentary-style film on as many of the trails as possible, exploring exactly what it is that makes each route unique. Her adventure officially began in 2016 when she set out to explore some of the National Trail paths, including the Yorkshire Wolds Way (79 miles), Ridgeway (87 miles) and South Downs Way (100 miles). Since then Abbie has produced documentary-films on the Hadrian's Wall Path (84 miles), Cumbria Way (70 miles), the Isle of Wight Coastal Path (70 miles) and various sections of the South West Coastal Path (630 miles).
This year, Abbie is looking to hit the trail both in England and Scotland by walking the Wainwrights Coast to Coast path (198 miles), West Highland Way (95 miles), Great Glen Way (73 miles) and the Two Moors Way (117 miles).
She 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.
Where will the money go?
Public transport in the UK is not always cheap. Abbie is looking to travel as environmentally sensitively as possible, utilising rail and bus networks, or flying where there are no other realistic options. Currently travelling to and from the Coast to Coast Path, to the start of the West Highland Way, and returning from the end of the Great Glen Way, adds up to over £350. She also needs to purchase a couple of maps, more than a few dehydrated meals, pay for campsites (usually between £5-£10 a night) where wild camping is not acceptable, and cover some additional costs required for post-production. Partnered with her personal savings, £400 is the minimum needed to see her head out and document these trails.
NB: 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 hit the trail this year, so your support is vital to see this project through - thank you!
If you've found yourself stoked to head outdoors and are looking for more inspiration, check out Abbie's YouTube channel, packed with walking ideas, kit lists, gear reviews and more.
Get in touch:
If you've got questions or just fancy chatting about your latest adventure, feel free to drop Abbie a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
Walker 1: "Wow, you have six toes?!"
Walker 2: "Nah, that last one is a blister..."
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