Wednesday, 30 September 2009

A Slow Coast Around Britain

I stumbled across a fantastic cycling blog today - Nick Hand's Slow Coast.

Nick's Bike with Antony Gormley's statues on Crosby Beach, Lancashire (Photo: Nick Hand)


Nick has been cycling the 5,000 miles around the coast of Britain tracking down artisans (from a lobster-pot maker in Cornwall to fashion designer Paul Smith in London) since June. The site features Nick's gorgeous pictures (he's a professional photographer, and boy does it show!) and he's also made mini 'soundslide' documentaries with some of the people he's met.

The site is a thing of real beauty, both in terms of the images and layout, but also in terms of the love that Nick has obviously put into the whole project.

Nick Hand - Slow Coast ride around Britain (Photo: Nick Hand)


He's now on the final stretch of the ride, almost back to where he started in Bristol. I don't know whether to feel upset that I wasn't there to follow the journey, or glad that I've discovered a treasure-trove to devour over the coming weeks.

Either way, a definite 'chapeau!' to Nick - who has, incidentally, already raised nearly £4,000 for Parkinson's research en route. You can sponsor him here...

6 comments:

  1. Hi Matthew.

    Thanks for the link to Nick Hand's Slow Coast blog - enjoying it already. Even my wife is interested as I read out sections! Must have been a great experience and i'm very jealous!

    Look forward to more posts.

    Darrell

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  2. Hi Matthew

    Thanks for the nice words about my trip last summer. I finished on 3 October back in Bristol. And have raised nearly £6000 for the Parkinson's Disease Society. I'm still putting the stragglers of the soundslides up and will have about 80 little films when I'm done. Already getting itchy feet and thinking of another journey. Anyway, congratulations on the great blog and also on being a new dad. cheers Nick

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  4. It's amazining !! Scratch has been cycling the 5,000 miles around the shoreline of Britain finding artisans (from a lobster-pot producer in Cornwall to mold creator Paul Smith in London) since June.

    Ernest J. Henderson

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  5. Nick's Bike with Antony Gormley's statues on Crosby Beach, Lancashire,The site features Nick's gorgeous pictures (he's a professional photographer, and boy does it show!) and he's also made mini 'soundslide' documentaries with some of the people he's met.

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