After years taking his bike on holidays abroad, in 1997 Marcial Boo set off from his home in Whitstable, Kent, to cycle clockwise around Britain’s coast. That year, he rode six days, staying in hostels and B&Bs and visiting local sights, till he got to Bournemouth. The following year, he took a train back to Bournemouth and carried on west. He finally completed all 5,000 miles and cycled back into Whitstable in 2016.
One of Marcial’s friends, Gary Edwards, was so taken by the idea that in 2011 he started the same trip, but anti-clockwise. In 2013 Gary and Marcial crossed paths as they both rode through Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Other friends of Marcial and Gary began asking them for the best places to visit on Britain’s coastline. In constructing their list of 100 favourite places, the idea of Tour de Coast was born; a network of 100 Daymarks at beautiful places around Britain’s wonderful coastline to encourage others to visit and travel around the same coast.
Together with Alex Oliver, they formed the Tour de Coast charity to raise funds locally to build and install a network that could be used as national markers for walkers, runners, cyclists and everyone who enjoys a beautiful view or a moment of peace. Tour de Coast is working with the Royal College of Art, Arup, Ramblers, Sustrans, the National Coastal Tourism Academy and many others to make the network of Daymarks happen.
Contribute to Tour de Coast: Fundrasing
Find your nearest coast post: Nearest Coast
Marcial and Gary in Berwick-upon-Tweed, 2013