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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

    Joyful Highlights Part 6: Extreme Walking

    Joyful Highlights Part 6: Extreme Walking

    Clare Balding digs into the archives to find the most dramatic weather conditions she's recorded in; she also hears from those walkers who've had had the biggest adventures.

    The highlights include: Satish Kumar who covered 8000 miles when he walked from India to North America in the 1960s, to protest about nuclear arms;
    retired RAF officer, Lucy Newcombe, who has walked around the British coastline; and back in 2012 Clare found herself in the wildest of conditions on Dartmoor, luckily she was with a group from the Search and Rescue Dog Association.

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    Producer: Karen Gregor

    • 24 min
    Joyful Highlight Part 5: Walking Advice

    Joyful Highlight Part 5: Walking Advice

    Clare Balding continues her exploration of the archives and finds a selection of entertaining highlights which give some good advice to walkers both experienced and novice.

    Writer, Simon Ingram, recommends walking at 'guide's pace' when climbing steep hills; bothy-bagger, Phoebe Smith, discusses the etiquette of staying in these remote shelters; and experienced long-distance walker, Jenny Walters, tells Clare how best to prepare when tackling a mammoth route.


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    Producer: Karen Gregor

    • 23 min
    Joyful Highlights Part 4: Singers & Writers

    Joyful Highlights Part 4: Singers & Writers

    Clare Balding recalls her favourite walks with a colourful variety of writers and singers including Bill Bryson, Toyah Wilcox, folk duo Ninebarrow, and the choral group Werca's Folk.

    Clare has been walking on air since 1999, and for this lockdown series of highlights has been digging into the archives to retrieve some of her most memorable moments: Today she gets dressed with Bill Bryson, takes a lift across a small puddle with Toyah, discovers that Dorothy Wordsworth avoided marriage so she could continue walking, and hears from author Emma Mitchell about exactly why our mood is lifted when we spend time in nature.

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    Producer: Karen Gregor

    • 24 min
    Joyful Highlights Part 3: Landscape

    Joyful Highlights Part 3: Landscape

    In a joyful celebration of 20 years spent walking on air, Clare Balding digs deep into the exhilarating archives of Ramblings to share the best moments from her favourite walks.

    This week's highlights showcase the diverse landscape that Clare has explored since the series began. From the Sands of Forvie in Aberdeenshire to the Wicklow Mountains in the Republic of Ireland via a moonlit night walk across the South Downs to the unique landscape of Alderney.

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    Producer: Karen Gregor

    • 24 min
    Joyful Highlights Part 2: Health and Happiness

    Joyful Highlights Part 2: Health and Happiness

    In a joyful celebration of 20 years spent walking on air, Clare Balding digs deep into the exhilarating archives of Ramblings to share the best moments from her favourite walks. This week she explores the theme of Health and Happiness to discover how walking can provide a real boost to both our physical and mental health.

    The featured programmes include The Diamond Ramblers, a group who discuss their achievements with weight loss; the positive and uplifting Forget Me Not dementia group; and Dr. Kate Harding who persuades Clare to walk in silence, always a challenge, however this was an encounter that proved very meaningful for Clare and it's a walk she's never forgotten.


    Please scroll down to the 'Related Links' box to access the full programmes included in this edition. Many, many more are available on BBC Sounds.

    Walking for Spiritual Renewal
    Mental Health Walking Group
    Black Men's Walking for Health Group (now Walk4Health)
    The Diamond Ramblers
    Up to the Labyrinth on St. Catherine's Hill
    'Forget Me Not' Dementia Group



    Producer: Karen Gregor

    • 24 min
    Joyful Highlights Part 1: Friends and Family

    Joyful Highlights Part 1: Friends and Family

    In a joyful celebration of twenty years spent walking on air, Clare Balding digs deep into the exhilarating and exhausting archives of Ramblings to share her favourite walks. This week the theme is Friends and Family as Clare finds the moments that best illustrate how walking is a fantastic way of drawing people together.

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    The Nidderdale Way: Gouthwaite to Bewerley
    Going Wild in the West Country
    An Aussie Walkabout... in Norfolk
    Hopetoun with the Monday Walkers
    Reigate, Surrey (Refugees)


    Producer: Karen Gregor

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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299 Ratings

299 Ratings

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Clare Gets Lost In Lancashire

Just listened. Fabulous. What radio was invented for.

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Grounded 7

Absolutely fabulous podcasts. Where are you Claire. The country needs you darling.

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Claire Baldings Ramblings

Excellent series, sad it has come to an end. Will there be more? I really hope so.

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