Close your eyes and picture yourself running across the top of a steep, blustery clifftop. Powerful waves crash on the rocks below and the rugged coastline stretches as far as the eye can see. Rain and south-westerly winds add to the drama, testing your resilience.
Running the South West Coast Path is the place to see Mother Nature in full force, with every day and every part of the path bringing new experiences and a new adventure. This long distance trail has always had a hold on me. Better when it’s rough, when the wind is howling and the rain is driving across the horizon intent on pummelling you into submission. Boy does it feel good finishing that five-miler. That smugness because you achieved the amazing.
Being a creative is something I’ve only discovered later on in life. No regrets but now at 36-years-old I want to show the world trail running through my eyes. It’s my calling and my camera allows me to do this. Basically a license to explore. Living on the coast has naturally allowed me to capture runners on this amazing path, the country’s longest national trail with an elevation gain of 35,024m, just a little short of climbing Mount Everest four times!
If you fancy escaping the world for a while, the section between Lands’ End and St. Ives is as remote as it gets. Dropping down and out of multiple coves featuring technical terrain, make no mistake on how difficult this section of coast path is going to be!
Being a Dorset boy though, I have to recommend checking out the section between Weymouth and Lulworth Cove that us locals call the rollercoaster. Be prepared to work hard up the severely steep hills and to be blown away by the famous scenery – arguably one of the greatest views in the country when you come over the brow of the White Nothe. Totally worth it.
See you on the trails!