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

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    • Places & Travel
    • 4.8, 79 Ratings

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

    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.

    Please scroll down to the 'Related Links' box to click through to the programmes featured:

    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
    Herefordshire Interfaith Group on the Malverns

    Herefordshire Interfaith Group on the Malverns

    Clare Balding walks across a section of The Malverns, from Hollybush car park towards British Camp, with members of the Herefordshire Interfaith Group. In a world that feels increasingly divided, this group draws together Muslims, Quakers, Buddhists, Bahá’ís, Methodists and more. It's a leisurely stroll, with many pauses to reflect and share readings on the themes of Pilgrimage and Nature. Note: when we walked this route, in early March 2020, it was affected by flooding in the lower lying sections.

    In this series, Clare has walked with people and groups of many faiths and none to discover how being in the natural world can affect our inner lives.


    Producer: Karen Gregor

    • 24 min
    A brand new waymarked walking route in South Wales

    A brand new waymarked walking route in South Wales

    In one of the rainiest Ramblings we've ever recorded, Clare Balding discovers a brand new waymarked walking route in South Wales which has been established on the path of an ancient pilgrimage. It's called the Penrhys Pilgrimage and connects Llandaff to Penrhys.

    As Clare hears, while walking (and getting soaked) along the final five mile stretch from Trebanog to Penrhys, a huge amount of work from local volunteers has gone into making this project happen.

    Penrhys is the site of an ancient well and a statue of Mary and already has a pilgrimage passing through from east to west (the Cistercian Way) but from March 25th 2020 this new route , running south to north, will be available to all comers, pilgrims or not. Please scroll down to the 'related links' box to find out more.

    (Please note: the launch events mentioned in the programme have now been cancelled due to Covid-19)

    Producer: Karen Gregor

    • 24 min
    Outdoor Counselling in Derbyshire

    Outdoor Counselling in Derbyshire

    Psychotherapist, Dr. Ruth Allen, explains how outdoor counselling works. She takes Clare Balding on a walk near Kelstedge in Derbyshire to discuss the healing power of walking & talking.

    In this series of Ramblings, Clare Balding is exploring the impact that walking in nature can have on our inner lives. She’s been up Glastonbury Tor with Druids, walked the Wilberforce Way with a Methodist minister, been on retreat in Winchester and rambled across the Malverns with the Herefordshire Interfaith Group.

    Scroll down to the 'related links' box for more information.

    Producer: Karen Gregor

    • 24 min
    Up to the labyrinth on St Catherine's Hill, Winchester

    Up to the labyrinth on St Catherine's Hill, Winchester

    Clare Balding visits the ancient and mysterious labyrinth on top of St. Catherine's Hill in Winchester. Leading the walk is Brian Draper, who runs soulful retreats in nature.

    Throughout this series of Ramblings Clare is exploring how walking affects our inner life. She is hiking with people of differing beliefs and none to discover how the simple act of being in the natural world can change how we feel. Today, she joins a retreat run by Brian Draper - you may recognise his voice from Thought For The Day on Radio 4 - who encourages the group to slow down and be a part of nature, and discusses the benefits this can have. Together they climb St. Catherine’s Hill to discover the meaning and purpose of labyrinths, a kind of spiritual maze-like path used for walking meditation.

    Scroll down to the 'related links' box for more information.

    Producer: Karen Gregor

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

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Excellent podcast to wind down in the evening

I listen to some episodes of Ramblings over and over again as a means of relaxing in the evening. I love Clare’s easy manner. This podcast is a cozy.

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