My name is Martyn Howe.
In 2016, I achieved a lifelong ambition to walk all of the 19 National Trails in England, Scotland and Wales, some 3,000 miles, over 160 days, through some of the most wonderful, diverse landscapes in the world. I have come to realise that if you live in Britain, why venture abroad? Some of the best outdoor experiences can be found on your own doorstep?
I can not recall how my journey started, but I was only 15 when, with a friend of mine, we completed the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in the mid-1970’s. With a heavy framed fluorescent backpack and a pair of army boots, we took a bus from Oxford to Fishguard and set about walking south. This was the beginning of a journey to walk all 19 National Trails.
Next perhaps the Wales Coast Path (open now, although not an official trail) at 850 miles and the English Coast Path (fully open in 2020), another ~2,700 miles. Then to top them all, perhaps, The Scotland Way, 540 miles of sublime wilderness from Kirk Yetholm to Cape Wrath.
In 2001, I cycled 1,400 miles around the British Isles, camping each night, over 17 days, taking in the four cardinal points at Lizard Point, Lowestoft, Ardnamurchan and Dunnet Head.
In 2017, I completed the North Sea Cycle Route, some 6,000km. I plan to cycle the Atlantic Seaboard when time allows, estimated to be 5,000km.