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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

    Stained Glass in Minsmere with Arabella Marshall

    Stained Glass in Minsmere with Arabella Marshall

    Glass artist, Arabella Marshall, takes Clare for a walk at Minsmere in Suffolk. Their focus is an old chapel ‘bleak and broken’ which provided Arabella with the inspiration for a major work of art: a new stained-glass window fitted into one of the ruin’s old apertures. It’s a striking modern feature in the abandoned building. The idea came to her when out walking which, alongside her artistic practice, is the thing she loves best in life. She says rambling alone provides creative inspiration and a space for problem solving.

    Producer: Karen Gregor

    • 24 min
    Walking in Sound: Ellie Williams in North Somerset

    Walking in Sound: Ellie Williams in North Somerset

    Sound Recordist, Ellie Williams, takes Clare for an audio-rich wander at Abbots Pool in North Somerset. Walking, she says, is as essential to her as food and sleep and – whether she’s recording, or not – she’s always super-aware of the richness of the sounds around her. En route she contemplates why her profession is still so male-dominated and how it can be opened up to more women.

    Grid Ref for Abbots Pool Car Park: ST 537 730

    Producer: Karen Gregor

    • 24 min
    Big Cats! Rick Minter in Gloucestershire

    Big Cats! Rick Minter in Gloucestershire

    Do big cats roam the British countryside? It’s a long running debate, one that’s never far from the headlines. A few years ago on Ramblings, Clare saw what she described as an “enormous black cat” on a walk near Ross on Wye. Several newspapers followed this up, as did the ‘Big Cat Conversations’ podcast which is hosted by Rick Minter: he set up a camera trap close to Clare’s sighting and made contact with Ramblings. So, for today’s walk, Clare and Rick explore the area around Selsley Common in Gloucestershire and discuss why he’s so sure big cats do exist in rural Britain.

    Grid Ref for the layby where we parked: SO830027

    Producer: Karen Gregor

    • 24 min
    Reading the Landscape with Mary-Ann Ochota: Pegsdon Hills

    Reading the Landscape with Mary-Ann Ochota: Pegsdon Hills

    How many times have you been out for a walk and spotted intriguing shapes in the landscape? Your instinct tells you that these dips, hollows, lumps, bumps and oddly shaped stones aren’t natural features, but what on (and under) the earth are they? Mary-Ann Ochota is an anthropologist who writes about these curious archaeological forms and how to understand them. In her book, Hidden Histories, she shows how anyone can become a landscape detective, and start to read the history of the countryside from the clues around them. On today’s Ramblings she takes Clare Balding for a walk around the Pegsdon Hills on the Hertfordshire-Bedfordshire border, and through 6000 years of British history.

    Grid Ref for where we parked: TL133301



    Producer: Karen Gregor

    • 25 min
    From Solicitor to Sculptor: Simon Gudgeon in Dorset

    From Solicitor to Sculptor: Simon Gudgeon in Dorset

    Simon Gudgeon is one of our leading sculptors, but he didn't practice his art until his mid 40s. He'd worked as a solicitor, a photographer, and a landscape gardener before, one day, picking up a lump of clay to see what he could create. It wasn't long before he knew that sculpting was all he wanted to do. His distinctive creations, often inspired by the natural world, are showcased at his own venture, Sculpture by the Lakes in Dorset. Set in 26 acres and featuring over 40 lake and riverside works of art, establishing Sculpture by the Lakes proved a financially risky labour of love. Simon tells his story to Clare Balding on a walk from the historic St. Nicholas Church in Moreton, to his home at the sculpture park in Pallington, Dorset.

    Grid Ref for St. Nicholas Church: SY805892
    Grid Ref for Sculpture by the Lakes: SY786912

    Producer: Karen gregor

    • 24 min
    Oscar winner Gareth Ellis-Unwin on his local riverside route in Berkshire

    Oscar winner Gareth Ellis-Unwin on his local riverside route in Berkshire

    The Oscar winning producer of The King’s Speech, Gareth Ellis-Unwin, takes Clare on one of his regular rambles from Pangbourne in Berkshire to Goring on Thames in South Oxfordshire. Gareth had an unusual route into film-making and now works with the charity, ScreenSkills, which is trying to make it easier for people of all backgrounds to join the industry. Walking - Gareth says - is vital for the creative process, and he has a lot bubbling under: including a project about the extraordinary Georgian explorer, Lady Hester Stanhope.

    We started in Pangbourne at Grid Ref: SU636767 and walked along the Thames Path to Goring on Thames. Our final landmark was Goring Lock, Grid Ref: SU596808

    Producer: Karen Gregor

    • 24 min

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ramblingjoe ,

Love this podcast! So glad you are back Rambling again!!

Wonderful!

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