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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

    Anita Rani on Hackney and Walthamstow Marshes

    Anita Rani on Hackney and Walthamstow Marshes

    Clare Balding walks with Anita Rani on Hackney and Walthamstow Marshes. They also explore Walthamstow Wetlands, an internationally important nature reserve opened to the public in 2017. The Countryfile presenter recalls her outdoorsy upbringing in Yorkshire and how much she values London's green spaces. She also discusses her plans to write a childhood memoir; how appearing on 'Who Do You Think You Are' changed her life; and the intriguing story behind her choice of name for a new puppy.

    Clare and Anita started their walk in Millfields Park, Grid Ref: TQ353862

    Producer: Karen Gregor

    • 24 min
    Beachcombing on the Isle of Sheppey

    Beachcombing on the Isle of Sheppey

    Clare goes beachcombing on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent with author Lisa Woollett. Lisa is fascinated by what we throw away and how it reflects our changing lifestyles. Her new book ‘Rag and Bone’ tells the story of her discoveries in beachcombing and mudlarking and how it links to her family history: her great grandfather was a scavenger and her grandfather was a dustman.

    Clare and Lisa begin their walk (crucially, at low tide) at grid reference TQ954737.

    Producer: Karen Gregor

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    Buckinghamshire with Professor David Wilson

    Buckinghamshire with Professor David Wilson

    David Wilson is a well known criminologist and former prison governor. Clare meets him in the village of Wicken on the Northamptonshire/Buckinghamshire border near to where he lives for a walk to the nearby village of Leckhampstead. This is one of David's regular routes. He has been walking around 50 miles a week since lockdown began in March. He does it to keep his weight down and to help process the horrors he often faces in his work dealing with murderers and serial killers. Clare talks to him about a case in his hometown in Scotland which he has recently written a book about. In it he reexamines the brutal murder of a young woman in 1973. Many people in the town believed the wrong man was tried and convicted. With the help of his sisters, David revisits the case and tracks down the man he believes to be the real killer.

    Producer: Maggie Ayre

    The route starts on OS Landranger 152 Grid Ref SP 745394 Wicken to Leckhampstead

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    Barry Farrimond, who plays Ed Grundy, on Dartmoor

    Barry Farrimond, who plays Ed Grundy, on Dartmoor

    Barry Farrimond, who plays Ed Grundy in The Archers, takes Clare Balding for an adventurous hike across Dartmoor. As they navigate the granite boulders of Wistman's Wood and scramble cross the West Dart River, Barry discusses the challenges of recording The Archers during lockdown, the knot he invented a few years ago (the Farrimond Friction Hitch) and Open Up Music, an organisation he co-founded to ensure that orchestras are accessible to young disabled musicians; this led to the establishment of the National Open Youth Orchestra, the world's first disabled-led national youth ensemble.

    Barry and Clare began their walk at Two Bridges, in the car park for Wistman's Wood: grid reference SX609750.

    Producer: Karen Gregor

    • 24 min
    The Mendips with Professor Alice Roberts

    The Mendips with Professor Alice Roberts

    On a hot day, Clare and Alice Roberts walk from the village of Draycott in Somerset up through the Draycott Sleights Nature Reserve with views opening out across the Bristol Channel to Wales and across the Somerset Levels to Glastonbury Tor.
    Alice says she finds the ancient landscape fascinating and imagines the inhabitants of past centuries who would have lived on the small settlements on the Levels.

    Producer: Maggie Ayre

    • 24 min
    Gloucestershire with Dom Joly

    Gloucestershire with Dom Joly

    Dom Joly, famous for Trigger Happy TV, takes Clare on a walk near to his home in Gloucestershire. Leaving the village of Winchcombe, they walk up Spoonley Hill to see the remains of a Roman Villa. As they walk, Dom talks about his love of walking, discovered later in life after he became a travel writer. Recently he walked the entire length of Lebanon where he was born. His book The Hezbollah Hiking Club is an account of the 27 day walk. And he has been an avid walker since moving to Gloucestershire.

    Produced by Maggie Ayre for BBC Audio in Bristol

    • 24 min

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