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Help fund the next 4 episodes of the 'Trails' series, incl. the Coast to Coast, West Highland Way, Great Glen Way and Two Moors Way.
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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.

Rest stop on the Ridgeway Trail
Rest stop on the Ridgeway Trail

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). 

Dramatic skies in the Lakes on the Cumbria Way
Dramatic skies in the Lakes on the Cumbria Way

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!

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 walking ideas, kit lists, gear reviews and more.

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 

Risks and challenges

Walker 1: "Wow, you have six toes?!"
Walker 2: "Nah, that last one is a blister..."

Enough said.

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    'I'll wait at the nearest pub...'

    Even if heading out into the great outdoors isn't for you, THANK YOU for contributing - it's great to have you on board.

    You'll receive exclusive backer´s only updates throughout the production of each episode in 2018 (via Kickstarter), keeping you up-to-date with behind the scenes images and info.

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    Rambler

    Great to see you've got your hiking books on - Welcome to the tribe! THANK YOU for supporting the creation of this series.

    You'll receive backers only updates throughout the production of this years episodes, PLUS you'll be featured in a weekly shout out on social media so everyone will know how awesome you are!

    "And so... the adventure begins"

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    Day Hiker

    If day walking is your thing, then this is the pledge for you. It's great to have you join the tribe - lets get hiking!

    You'll receive exclusive backer's only updates throughout the production of each episode this year, be featured in a weekly shout out on social media so everyone will know how awesome you are, PLUS, You'll also gain free booking onto any Song Thrush Productions guided walk for the rest of the year (2018).

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    Overnight Hiker

    Nothing beats sleeping out under the stars with a roaring campfire and good company - welcome to the tribe! Hope you know some good camp songs!

    You'll receive everything above PLUS a personalised signed 'Spend More Time In The WILD' A6 postcard sent right to your door (or tent)!

    "Education is important, but camping is importanter"

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    Microadventurer

    Microadventures are the best! Enough said.

    You'll receive everything mentioned in each pledge above, PLUS your own place in the rolling credits of each 2018 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!

    "I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery - air, mountains, trees, people. I thought: this is what it is to be happy"

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    Ultra-light Hiker

    If you love outdoor gear, this pledge is for you!

    You'll receive everything above PLUS a limited edition 'Spend More Time In The WILD' organic cotton t-shirt, perfect to wear lounging around camp or enjoying a well-earned pub meal. There are a choice of colours and sizes - spectra yellow, royal blue, white, or mid-heather red.

    Sizes (cm):
    Small - length: 69.5 width:
    Medium - length: 71.5 width: 51
    Large - length: 73.5 width: 54
    X Large - length: 75.5 width: 57
    XX Large - length: 77.5 width: 60

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    Thru-Hiker

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

    You're pledge means you'll receive everything in the above sections (thats backers updates, social media shout out, free guided walk bookings, an A6 signed postcard, feature in the credits and a t-shirt) PLUS you'll get your own 'Spend More Time In The WILD' 600ml aluminium durable drinking bottle, perfect for on the trail.

    "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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    Ultimate Expeditionist

    You've dared to dream big and have acted to make those dreams become a reality. The WILD really is your playground!

    You'll receive everything listed in each pledge above, PLUS a 30minute Skype chat with Abbie about the production of the series.

    "You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result"

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