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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

    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
    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

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