14 episodes

Footprints is a podcast designed to inspire you to get out and explore the beautiful natural landscape surrounding the city of Bath, with its hills and valleys, grasslands and woodlands.

Season 1 brought a monthly flavour of the September walking festival through interviews with special guests, a recorded local walk and a 'top-tip' section with festival organiser Lucy Bartlett.

Season 2 will delve deep into the rich diversity of the Bathscape, its culture, landscape and people.

Hosted by walking and podcasting enthusiast Pommy Harmar, this is a half hour you will not want to miss!

Get in touch with us through Facebook or Twitter or visit our website: www.bathscape.co.uk

Footprints Pommy Harmar

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Footprints is a podcast designed to inspire you to get out and explore the beautiful natural landscape surrounding the city of Bath, with its hills and valleys, grasslands and woodlands.

Season 1 brought a monthly flavour of the September walking festival through interviews with special guests, a recorded local walk and a 'top-tip' section with festival organiser Lucy Bartlett.

Season 2 will delve deep into the rich diversity of the Bathscape, its culture, landscape and people.

Hosted by walking and podcasting enthusiast Pommy Harmar, this is a half hour you will not want to miss!

Get in touch with us through Facebook or Twitter or visit our website: www.bathscape.co.uk

    Paddling the canals of Bath

    Paddling the canals of Bath

    In a 2-part series of the canals and rivers of Bath, this month we paddle along the Somersetshire Coal and the Kennet and Avon canals, and find out how they contributed to the building of Bath.
    We meet a woman who runs pottery workshops from her boat and a man who illuminates the life of a 'continuous cruiser'.
    Finally I hitch a ride on the back of Dan's bike to the Claverton Pumping Station where we explore the early industrial revolution and meet the machine which has pumped water up to the Kennet and Avon canal for two centuries. It dates back to the year Pride and Prejudice was published - 1813!
    Bathscape Manager Dan Merrett and his daughter do the paddling while I drop a hydrophone into the water and listen to the birds! This is the life!
    Music: Audionautix
    Produced by Pommy Harmar
    Links
    Somersetshire Coal Canal Society - www.coalcanal.com
    Jessica Styles - Insta and Facebook - @towpathpottery
    Claverton Pumping Station - www.claverton.org
    www.canalrivertrust.org.uk
    www.naturalbristol.wordpress.com

    • 35 min
    A path through the trees

    A path through the trees

    This episode is all about trees!
    We find out about Bath's plans for a series of tree trails and meet the trees in Hedgemead Park with tree enthusiast Fiona Bell.
    Woodland Trust site manager Joe Middleton gives us his expert knowledge and experience with ash dieback.
    And we go wassailing at Bath City Farm with 'January' played by Oliver Langdon from Kilter Theatre Company. Tom Sheppard, High Sheriff of Somerset and Cllr June Player, Mayor of Bath make an appearance.
    For more information about Bathscape visit www.bathscape.co.uk
    Credits
    Music: Audionautix
    Produced by Pommy Harmar
    Links
    www.hedgemead.org/tree-trail
    www.woodlandtrust.org.uk
    www.bathcityfarm.org.uk
    www.kiltertheatre.org

    • 34 min
    One farm through one century

    One farm through one century

    This episode is all about farming. In fact it’s all about one farm, and we hear from 4 generations of people connected with the farm since its beginnings 105 years ago.
    When the Ashcombe Estate was sold off in 26 lots in 1917, Marianne Brunt's grandparents bought Lot 4, Manor Farm Langridge. Our story starts with her as she grew up at Tadwick farm across the valley.
    We then meet Rachel de Fossard whose family farmed there for 50 years, before meeting the current owners Donald MacIntyre and Jane Lipington. Finally Donald's daughter Laurie talks about her work on the farm.
    We hear about the changes in machinery, how water was piped to the farm using a Ram (no, not a male sheep!), what life was like before electricity and just how harsh the life was before central heating.
    Credits
    Music: Audionautix
    Produced by Pommy Harmar
    Links
    www.bathscape.co.uk
    www.naturalbristol.wordpress.com

    • 37 min
    Death in Paradise

    Death in Paradise

    In this episode we look back at how we remember our ancestors and loved ones in Bath.
    We start at the Bath workhouse burial ground where 3000+ people were buried in unmarked graves in a field on the Wellsway near St Martin's Hospital. We hear from Richard White from Bath Spa University who created the Walking the Names project and on that day, Bathscape had organised an event to plant more than 40 trees as one way to memorialise the people buried there.
    John Payne tells us about the workhouse and how his great grandparents are buried up there. His leaflet From Workhouse to Hospital is available from Oldfield Park Bookshop and the Museum of Bath at Work. Proceeds go to the Burial Ground Appeal. He has also written a book called A West Country Homecoming - see link below.
    Finally in our Expert Eye section, Dr Molly Conisbee, University of Bristol talks about the various ways we have marked death and remembered our loved ones over the centuries.
    Music: Audionautix
    Produced by Pommy Harmar
    Links
    https://www.bristol.ac.uk/people/person/Molly-Conisbee-b7e0d874-473f-47e7-939b-9fc0aff27fde/ (Dr Molly Conisbee, University of Bristol)
    https://www.walknowtracks.co.uk/uploads/3/7/5/7/37579257/workhouse_to_hospital_john_payne.pdf (From Workhouse to Hospital leaflet by John Payne)
    http://www.theftr.co.uk/a-west-country-homecoming/ (A West Country Homecoming, John Payne, Hobnob Press 2020)
    https://www.walknowtracks.co.uk/workhouse-walks.html (Richard White, Walking the names Project)
    https://my.captivate.fm/www.bathscape.co.uk (www.bathscape.co.uk)
    www.naturalbristol.wordpress.co.uk

    • 32 min
    Visions of Bath

    Visions of Bath

    Starting off season 2 with Visions of Bath, this episode has been inspired by Bathscape’s Views and Vistas project where volunteers are researching and monitoring historically important viewpoints and where appropriate, restoring or enhancing them.
    We see the city from three different hill tops and I am joined by people who have worked or walked the land for decades.
    Starting on Twerton Round Hill, Di Sheppard, Landscape Architect with Bath and North East Somerset Council gives an insight into why Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage site and introduces us to her favourite word palimpsest!
    On Kelston Round Hill we meet Andy Dinham whose family has farmed in the South West since the seventeenth century, and Dick Bateman who has walked the hill 1400 times (both pictured). Billie Brocklehurst joins us from Brocks Outdoor Adventures for a cuppa!
    I tramp up Little Solsbury Hill with Barry Cox, Cotswold Warden and we get ambushed by the boss of Bathscape himself Dan Merrett. Also making an appearance on the top is Nicole Daw, Cotswolds National Landscape, Rob Kendall, Cotswold Warden and Little Solsbury Commoner and John Bartram, Cotswold Warden and Chair of the Cotswold Way Association.
    Credits
    Music: Audionautix
    Produced by Pommy Harmar
    Links
    Bathscape - www.bathscape.co.uk
    Cotswold AONB - www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk
    Brocks Adventures - www.brocksoutdooradventures.com
    www.naturalbristol.wordpress.com

    • 40 min
    Season 2 Trailer

    Season 2 Trailer

    Season 2 is about to take off.....find out more in our short trailer!
    For more information about Bathscape visit: www.bathscape.co.uk
    Produced by Pommy Harmar

    • 2 min

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