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Clare Balding joins notable and interesting people for a walk through the countryside

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Clare Balding joins notable and interesting people for a walk through the countryside

    Ninebarrow in Dorset

    Ninebarrow in Dorset

    Clare walks with Jon Whitley and James (Jay) La Bouchardiere, two childhood friends born and bred in Dorset who moved back there after university and began playing folk music. Jon’s father had run a folk club so it was in his blood so to speak as is the Dorset countryside.
    When they started writing songs it was a natural process to incorporate the landscape and folklore of the county and this eventually led to them producing a book of the walks that they have enjoyed and written songs about. They perform as a duo called Ninebarrow, a hill near Corfe Castle.
    They’re walking one of their favourite and oldest walks of coastline, a circular walk beginning and ending in Worth Matravers. OS Ref SY 974 777

    Producer: Maggie Ayre

    • 24 Min.
    Walking The Pipe in Shropshire

    Walking The Pipe in Shropshire

    Clare Balding walks part of the Elan Valley pipeline: 73 miles of Victorian engineering running water from mid Wales into the city of Birmingham. Clare is walking with artist Kate Green who has spent the summer walking the pipe and getting to know people and places along the way. They're walking a stretch that runs around the town of Ludlow in the Welsh Marches. Joining them are Andy Holman who runs a horse rescue centre on his land which holds part of the pipelines, and Tim Hipkiss part of a group of walkers called the Laura Ashley Pate Spreaders who she encountered as they were walking the pipeline too.

    Producer: Maggie Ayre

    • 24 Min.
    Beeley Edge with David Blunkett

    Beeley Edge with David Blunkett

    David Blunkett takes Clare Balding for a walk across Beeley Edge in the Peak District. Joining them are his wife, Margaret, and his guide dog, Barley. Despite being blind from birth, Lord Blunkett has always been a keen rambler and is President of his local Ramblers group.

    En route they encounter half a dozen cattle, which have to be navigated carefully as David once had three ribs broken by a cow which, he recalls, came towards him with a 'primeval bellow' and knocked him over. They also pass the lakes that supply the extraordinary gardens at Chatsworth House, including the Emperor Fountain built to impress a visiting Russian Czar... who didn't turn up.

    Scroll down to 'related links' for information about the local area.

    Location Producer: Tom Bonnett
    Producer: Karen Gregor

    • 24 Min.
    The Highest Hill in the Cotswolds

    The Highest Hill in the Cotswolds

    Clare is climbing Cleeve Hill near Cheltenham in today’s Ramblings. At 330 metres above sea level it’s the highest point in Gloucestershire, and of the Cotswold Hills. With her are Chas and Sue Howes who live at the foot of the hill, and have a strong connection to it. Until 2012 Chas was the Finance Director of a major international clothing company. When he left he spiralled into a severe depression, something he now realises he had suffered from for many years. He says the business world is still a place where it’s very difficult to discuss mental health issues.

    Cleeve Hill and Common have been something of a lifeline for Chas: alongside medication, walking and running on the hill have improved his physical and mental health. He is now a trustee of its conservation body which raises money to protect and improve the hill and its surrounding land.

    Details of organisations offering information and support are available at bbc.co.uk/actionline
    Please scroll down to 'related links' for more information on the support available. Also for more information about Cleeve Hill.

    Location Producer: Tom Bonnett
    (Producer: Karen Gregor)

    • 24 Min.
    LGBT+ Outdoor Adventures Group

    LGBT+ Outdoor Adventures Group

    Clare Balding is with a group of young LGBT+ ramblers who meet once a month to explore the green spaces close to Manchester. Run by The Proud Trust, the outdoor adventures group is for 18-25-year-olds and is designed to combat social isolation and build both confidence and physical fitness. They always meet within striking distance of public transport and, today, are starting on the Chester Road in Stretford which is a mile from Trafford Park station. From there they walk partly along the River Mersey to Chorlton Water Park. It’s a local nature reserve which was created during the construction of the M60 motorway, when gravel was excavated and the resulting pit flooded to create the lake.

    Please scroll down to 'related links' for information connected to the walk location and The Proud Trust.

    Location Producer: Tom Bonnett
    (Producer: Karen Gregor)

    • 24 Min.
    Ricky Ross and Lorraine Mcintosh of Deacon Blue in Fife

    Ricky Ross and Lorraine Mcintosh of Deacon Blue in Fife

    Clare Balding is joined by singers Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh of the band Deacon Blue to walk one of their favourite coastal routes in Fife. Starting at Elie they walk along the beach passing through the village of St Monan's ending in the picturesque fishing town of Pittenweem. Ricky and Lorraine have been married for over thirty years and perform together as part of the band, as well as having their own careers in broadcasting and acting. They say the secret to their enduring relationship is doing things together as a couple and sharing the same interests, one of which is walking. One of their favourite areas to walk is the East Neuk in Fife reputed to have some of the driest sunniest weather in the UK because of its sheltered position between the Rivers Forth and Tay.

    Producer: Maggie Ayre

    • 24 Min.

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