Martin who is behind Jurassic Coast Guides is a home-grown man of the coast, his passion instilled from a childhood spent exploring the beautiful Jurassic Coast with his father. As a young boy living near Dorset shores, days would be spent on breath-taking beaches like Kimmeridge or walking on the challenging but stunning coast path - something his father had done as a boy with Martin’s grandfather before him. This rich pedigree has made Martin who he is now; passionate about his coast, with expertise to match.
This passion and knowledge is complemented by qualifications in the outdoors – Martin is a qualified Mountain Leader and has spent the past ten years leading groups both with his own long distance walking group and at a Purbecks-based Duke of Edinburgh group. He has an excellent knowledge of the Dorset and Devon coast, as well as the surrounding countryside where he sets his meticulously planned walks. This was recognised by Ordnance Survey in 2017, who selected him to be an ambassador in their GetOutside initiative.
As much as he loves walking Dorset’s coast paths, he’s just at home on its pebbly beaches that yield the secrets of the Jurassic Coast’s history. He is a fossil enthusiast and is eager to pass on his knowledge of how to find them and what they are. Martin knows from first-hand experience the wonder and excitement of discovering something that has lain hidden for millions of years and takes similar pleasure from being able to help first-time fossil hunters do the same.
Undoubtedly, he’s a man of the coast – you could say it’s in his bones.
In 2018 Martin was rewarded for his hard work as a guide and won a Gold Award at the Dorset Tourism Awards for
'Guided Tour Of The Year'
In 2019 Martin was selected as a finalist for the
'Tourism Superstar Awards' by Visit England.
Beating hundreds of nominees, he made the top ten as a finalist.
This award recognises the dedication and passion of individuals working in the tourism industry who go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure visitors to England have an unforgettable experience.