Ramblings

Clare Balding visits the extremities of the United Kingdom, from the Scilly Isles to the Orkneys, and walks with people for whom these places are just 'home'.

Episodes

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19990103

Weatherman David Braine discusses the pleasures and perils of coastal walks in Cornwall with Jeremy Jessel.

19990103

Weatherman David Braine discusses the pleasures and perils of coastal walks in Cornwall with Jeremy Jessel.

20020503

Clare Balding explores some spectacular walks.

Cannock Chase in Staffordshire is an area of outstanding natural beauty, but unusually it is also accessible for the disabled.

20020503

Clare Balding explores some spectacular walks.

Cannock Chase in Staffordshire is an area of outstanding natural beauty, but unusually it is also accessible for the disabled.

20020517

Clare Balding explores some spectacular walks in our green and pleasant land.

Accompanied by Geoffrey Mead, she takes a walk along the South Downs near Brighton.

20020517

Clare Balding explores some spectacular walks in our green and pleasant land.

Accompanied by Geoffrey Mead, she takes a walk along the South Downs near Brighton.

20040611

4/5. Clare Balding joins the Wanstead Walkers for a ramble through an ancient forest, a hidden treasure of East London.

20050225

1/5. Sheffield: Clare Balding explores the reasons why people walk. She joins a group of refugees and asylum seekers in Sheffield as they improve their English and discover more about their new home.

20050304

Clare Balding presents a series exploring the reasons why people walk. 2/5. Warwickshire: Children's author Meg Harper finds that walking offers peace and space for prayer and contemplation.

20050311

Clare Balding presents a series exploring the reasons why people walk. 3/5. Shropshire. Clare joins a group who have discovered that walking can benefit those with mental illnesses.

20050318

4/5. Suffolk

Sports journalist Simon Barnes explains to Clare Balding why walking allows him to indulge in his lifelong love of birds, while walking along the Suffolk coast from Walberswick to Dunwich. But can Simon turn someone who has difficulty distinguishing a Peregrine Falcon from a duck, into a birdwatcher?

20050401

5: Derbyshire: Clare Balding presents a series exploring some of the many reasons why people walk. Travel writer David Else takes Clare to the Peak District.

20050520

1/6. Suffolk

Clare Balding takes a walk in the company of writer and environmentalist Roger Deakin. On his home patch near Diss, they encounter the legend of St Edmund along an ancient droving road, rich in the season's flora and fauna.

20050527

2/6. North Lincolnshire

Clare Balding strides out along the North Lincolnshire coast in the company of Sir Tim Rice and two friends, as they approach the end of an impressive odyssey. For nearly ten years, they've been walking the routes that link England's cardinal points, north, south, east and west. Clare finds out what it means to them to achieve this long standing personal goal.

20050603

3/6. Tackley, Oxfordshire

Clare Balding visits a small hamlet to accompany writer and poet Kim Taplin on the walk she has enjoyed in all weathers every day for the past 40 years.

20050617

5/6. Llanberis

The classically trained Chinese artist and Director of the Black Environment Network, Judy Ling Wong takes Clare Balding for a tour in Snowdonia.

20050624

6/6. Cranbourne Chase, Dorset

Clare Balding joins writer and poet James Crowden for a walk on the chalk downs and cheese-making lowlands of Thomas Hardy country.

20050902

Clare Balding gets under the skin of Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve, where the rocks have some remarkable tales to tell.

20050902

Clare Balding gets under the skin of Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve, where the rocks have some remarkable tales to tell.

20050902

Clare Balding gets under the skin of Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve, where the rocks have some remarkable tales to tell.

20050909

Clare joins Ghana born Kojo Januah as he walks around the urban oasis of Utterslev Mose, north of Copenhagen. This site inspires Kojo's work researching and writing a book which will explore his ancestors connection with the abolition of slavery and the potential for reconciliation with the past.

20050909

Clare joins Ghana born Kojo Januah as he walks around the urban oasis of Utterslev Mose, north of Copenhagen.

This site inspires Kojo's work researching and writing a book which will explore his ancestors connection with the abolition of slavery and the potential for reconciliation with the past.

20050909

Clare joins Ghana born Kojo Januah as he walks around the urban oasis of Utterslev Mose, north of Copenhagen.

This site inspires Kojo's work researching and writing a book which will explore his ancestors connection with the abolition of slavery and the potential for reconciliation with the past.

20050916

Wainwright will long be remembered as a legendary figure in walking circles. One man who is partly responsible for the creation of the legend is Derry Brabbs who takes Clare Balding on a walk in Swaledale in Yorkshire.

Derry was responsible for many of the photographs that accompanied Wainwright's books and is recognised as one of Britain's great landscape photographers. He takes Clare on a walk that helped shape Wainwright's identity and his own.

20050916

Wainwright will long be remembered as a legendary figure in walking circles.

One man who is partly responsible for the creation of the legend is Derry Brabbs who takes Clare Balding on a walk in Swaledale in Yorkshire.

Derry was responsible for many of the photographs that accompanied Wainwright's books and is recognised as one of Britain's great landscape photographers.

He takes Clare on a walk that helped shape Wainwright's identity and his own.

20050916

Wainwright will long be remembered as a legendary figure in walking circles.

One man who is partly responsible for the creation of the legend is Derry Brabbs who takes Clare Balding on a walk in Swaledale in Yorkshire.

Derry was responsible for many of the photographs that accompanied Wainwright's books and is recognised as one of Britain's great landscape photographers.

He takes Clare on a walk that helped shape Wainwright's identity and his own.

20050923

The Pen Llyn Peninsula in North Wales has long been associated with pilgrims, as it overlooks Bardsey Island. In this walk, poetic priest, writer and publisher Jim Cotter takes Clare Balding on a circular walk around the peninsular exploring why so many people are drawn to pilgrim places in search of their inner selves.

20050923

The Pen Llyn Peninsula in North Wales has long been associated with pilgrims, as it overlooks Bardsey Island.

In this walk, poetic priest, writer and publisher Jim Cotter takes Clare Balding on a circular walk around the peninsular exploring why so many people are drawn to pilgrim places in search of their inner selves.

20050923

The Pen Llyn Peninsula in North Wales has long been associated with pilgrims, as it overlooks Bardsey Island.

In this walk, poetic priest, writer and publisher Jim Cotter takes Clare Balding on a circular walk around the peninsular exploring why so many people are drawn to pilgrim places in search of their inner selves.

20050930

Clare Balding joins Jane and Mike Tomlinson for a walk down Ribblesdale in Yorkshire, a ramble they would often take before Jane was diagnosed with terminal cancer five years ago.

20050930

Clare Balding joins Jane and Mike Tomlinson for a walk down Ribblesdale in Yorkshire, a ramble they would often take before Jane was diagnosed with terminal cancer five years ago.

20050930

Clare Balding joins Jane and Mike Tomlinson for a walk down Ribblesdale in Yorkshire, a ramble they would often take before Jane was diagnosed with terminal cancer five years ago.

20051007

Clare Balding explores some spectacular walks in our green and pleasant land.

20051007

Clare Balding explores some spectacular walks in our green and pleasant land.

20051007

Clare Balding explores some spectacular walks in our green and pleasant land.

20060303

Rosie Barrett and her two children, Rachael and Rob, take Clare Balding on their favourite walk around the Avon Estuary in South Devon.

It's always been part of their lives, as a route for venting teenage tantrums, or simply as a ramble to the pub, but recently it has taken on a deeper significance.

Rosie's other son, Hugh, died of cancer at the age of 19 and while Rosie, Rachael and a hundred others planted trees in his memory on a nearby hillside, Rob's anger at losing his brother drove him to hack a path through a dense area of woodland - creating a new section of the walk.

20060303

Rosie Barrett and her two children, Rachael and Rob, take Clare Balding on their favourite walk around the Avon Estuary in South Devon.

It's always been part of their lives, as a route for venting teenage tantrums, or simply as a ramble to the pub, but recently it has taken on a deeper significance.

Rosie's other son, Hugh, died of cancer at the age of 19 and while Rosie, Rachael and a hundred others planted trees in his memory on a nearby hillside, Rob's anger at losing his brother drove him to hack a path through a dense area of woodland - creating a new section of the walk.

20060303

Rosie Barrett and her two children, Rachael and Rob, take Clare Balding on their favourite walk around the Avon Estuary in South Devon. It's always been part of their lives, as a route for venting teenage tantrums, or simply as a ramble to the pub, but recently it has taken on a deeper significance.

Rosie's other son, Hugh, died of cancer at the age of 19 and while Rosie, Rachael and a hundred others planted trees in his memory on a nearby hillside, Rob's anger at losing his brother drove him to hack a path through a dense area of woodland - creating a new section of the walk.

20060310

Clare Balding joins the self-named Over the Hill female hockey team in Cookham, who after 15 years walking together have developed enduring friendships off as well as on the pitch.

They have hiked all around the British landscape, familiarising themselves with an assortment of YHAs along the way - including an old school with outdoor showers and a mounted Norman castle.

20060310

Clare Balding joins the self-named Over the Hill female hockey team in Cookham, who after 15 years walking together have developed enduring friendships off as well as on the pitch.

They have hiked all around the British landscape, familiarising themselves with an assortment of YHAs along the way - including an old school with outdoor showers and a mounted Norman castle.

20060310

Clare Balding joins the self-named Over the Hill female hockey team in Cookham, who after 15 years walking together have developed enduring friendships off as well as on the pitch. They have hiked all around the British landscape, familiarising themselves with an assortment of YHAs along the way - including an old school with outdoor showers and a mounted Norman castle.

20060317

Two years ago, Simon Keyes undertook an extraordinary walk. He flew to Budapest, a city he once lived in, and walked back to London. He made few plans, took minimum supplies (not even a tent), and didn't bother with a map. Three months later, he crossed the Channel and headed for home.

It's this section of his route, on the north downs of Kent, which he retraces with Clare Balding. On the way, he tells how his adventure affected the relationship with his wife, and changed the direction of his life.

20060317

Two years ago, Simon Keyes undertook an extraordinary walk.

He flew to Budapest, a city he once lived in, and walked back to London.

He made few plans, took minimum supplies (not even a tent), and didn't bother with a map.

Three months later, he crossed the Channel and headed for home.

It's this section of his route, on the north downs of Kent, which he retraces with Clare Balding.

On the way, he tells how his adventure affected the relationship with his wife, and changed the direction of his life.

20060317

Two years ago, Simon Keyes undertook an extraordinary walk.

He flew to Budapest, a city he once lived in, and walked back to London.

He made few plans, took minimum supplies (not even a tent), and didn't bother with a map.

Three months later, he crossed the Channel and headed for home.

It's this section of his route, on the north downs of Kent, which he retraces with Clare Balding.

On the way, he tells how his adventure affected the relationship with his wife, and changed the direction of his life.

20060324

David Carrington-Porter is blind, yet he has cycled from John O'Groats to Lands End and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. He is a passionate walker, and with the help of sighted guides, lets nothing stop him from enjoying the countryside.

One of his regular guides is Sheila Wooley and on this walk around Lowsonford in Warwickshire she talks him across cattle grids, over gates and stiles, round cow-pats, and across narrow bridges. It's a relationship of complete trust, which they explain to Clare Balding in this edition of Ramblings.

20060324

David Carrington-Porter is blind, yet he has cycled from John O'Groats to Lands End and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

He is a passionate walker, and with the help of sighted guides, lets nothing stop him from enjoying the countryside.

One of his regular guides is Sheila Wooley and on this walk around Lowsonford in Warwickshire she talks him across cattle grids, over gates and stiles, round cow-pats, and across narrow bridges.

It's a relationship of complete trust, which they explain to Clare Balding in this edition of Ramblings.

20060324

David Carrington-Porter is blind, yet he has cycled from John O'Groats to Lands End and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

He is a passionate walker, and with the help of sighted guides, lets nothing stop him from enjoying the countryside.

One of his regular guides is Sheila Wooley and on this walk around Lowsonford in Warwickshire she talks him across cattle grids, over gates and stiles, round cow-pats, and across narrow bridges.

It's a relationship of complete trust, which they explain to Clare Balding in this edition of Ramblings.

20060331

In the summer of 2005, Elspeth Owen undertook a unique project. She wanted to make a comment on the contrast between walking and the speed of electronic messages. To do this, she decided to hand-deliver messages and parcels all over the UK between people she knew, and people she didn't.

The journey took her from Grantchester to Manchester, Newcastle, Abergavenny and on - until she arrived home three months later. She travelled on foot for much of the way, and occasionally slept rough - quite an experience for a woman in her late 60s.

Elspeth takes Clare Balding on the part of her route which took her along the Ridgeway by Wanborough, near Swindon.

20060331

In the summer of 2005, Elspeth Owen undertook a unique project.

She wanted to make a comment on the contrast between walking and the speed of electronic messages.

To do this, she decided to hand-deliver messages and parcels all over the UK between people she knew, and people she didn't.

The journey took her from Grantchester to Manchester, Newcastle, Abergavenny and on - until she arrived home three months later.

She travelled on foot for much of the way, and occasionally slept rough - quite an experience for a woman in her late 60s.

Elspeth takes Clare Balding on the part of her route which took her along the Ridgeway by Wanborough, near Swindon.

20060331

In the summer of 2005, Elspeth Owen undertook a unique project.

She wanted to make a comment on the contrast between walking and the speed of electronic messages.

To do this, she decided to hand-deliver messages and parcels all over the UK between people she knew, and people she didn't.

The journey took her from Grantchester to Manchester, Newcastle, Abergavenny and on - until she arrived home three months later.

She travelled on foot for much of the way, and occasionally slept rough - quite an experience for a woman in her late 60s.

Elspeth takes Clare Balding on the part of her route which took her along the Ridgeway by Wanborough, near Swindon.

20060407

"The Archers are real, there is no cast" - or so the Archers-addicts would have it.

But in this edition of Ramblings, Clare Balding discovers the weird fact that Brian Aldridge and Shula Hebden Lloyd are actually married.

Also known as Charles Collingwood and Judy Bennett, they have been married for 30 years, and between them have appeared in the Archers for 66 years.

Their only cross words in recent memory came when they decided to move house: Charles wanted to stay in London, Judy wanted to move to the countryside.

Judy eventually got her way, but Charles couldn't be happier now they've settled in rural Hampshire.

They take Clare for a walk up Old Winchester Hill and talk about their real and imaginary rural lives.

20060407

The Archers are real, there is no cast - or so the Archers-addicts would have it. But in this edition of Ramblings, Clare Balding discovers the weird fact that Brian Aldridge and Shula Hebden Lloyd are actually married. Also known as Charles Collingwood and Judy Bennett, they have been married for 30 years, and between them have appeared in the Archers for 66 years.

Their only cross words in recent memory came when they decided to move house: Charles wanted to stay in London, Judy wanted to move to the countryside. Judy eventually got her way, but Charles couldn't be happier now they've settled in rural Hampshire. They take Clare for a walk up Old Winchester Hill and talk about their real and imaginary rural lives.

20060407

The Archers are real, there is no cast - or so the Archers-addicts would have it.

But in this edition of Ramblings, Clare Balding discovers the weird fact that Brian Aldridge and Shula Hebden Lloyd are actually married.

Also known as Charles Collingwood and Judy Bennett, they have been married for 30 years, and between them have appeared in the Archers for 66 years.

Their only cross words in recent memory came when they decided to move house: Charles wanted to stay in London, Judy wanted to move to the countryside.

Judy eventually got her way, but Charles couldn't be happier now they've settled in rural Hampshire.

They take Clare for a walk up Old Winchester Hill and talk about their real and imaginary rural lives.

20060526

Clare Balding goes to the village of Iddesleigh in Devon, the home of author and former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo.

Michael often sets off on long walks around the lanes, hillside and woodland of his home patch when he's trying to develop a story.

The route he takes Clare on includes a stretch along the River Torridge where one day he met an angler striding out of the water.

It turned out to be Ted Hughes and the two became close friends, devising and creating the role of the Children's Laureate.

20060526

Clare Balding goes to the village of Iddesleigh in Devon, the home of author and former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo.

Michael often sets off on long walks around the lanes, hillside and woodland of his home patch when he's trying to develop a story.

The route he takes Clare on includes a stretch along the River Torridge where one day he met an angler striding out of the water.

It turned out to be Ted Hughes and the two became close friends, devising and creating the role of the Children's Laureate.

20060526

Clare Balding goes to the village of Iddesleigh in Devon, the home of author and former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo.

Michael often sets off on long walks around the lanes, hillside and woodland of his home patch when he's trying to develop a story. The route he takes Clare on includes a stretch along the River Torridge where one day he met an angler striding out of the water. It turned out to be Ted Hughes and the two became close friends, devising and creating the role of the Children's Laureate.

20060602

Harbottle Crags in Northumberland is the setting where Clare meets John Monks, who was once a hill shepherd in the area. He realised that his passion for the beauty of the countryside and exploring the land was shared by the hundreds of visitors he met each year asking him for walking routes. This has now become his business as he explains to Clare when she joins Jon and some of his regular walkers on a six mile route that ends up at the ruin of Harbottle Castle.

20060602

Harbottle Crags in Northumberland is the setting where Clare meets John Monks, who was once a hill shepherd in the area.

He realised that his passion for the beauty of the countryside and exploring the land was shared by the hundreds of visitors he met each year asking him for walking routes.

This has now become his business as he explains to Clare when she joins Jon and some of his regular walkers on a six mile route that ends up at the ruin of Harbottle Castle.

20060602

Harbottle Crags in Northumberland is the setting where Clare meets John Monks, who was once a hill shepherd in the area.

He realised that his passion for the beauty of the countryside and exploring the land was shared by the hundreds of visitors he met each year asking him for walking routes.

This has now become his business as he explains to Clare when she joins Jon and some of his regular walkers on a six mile route that ends up at the ruin of Harbottle Castle.

20060609

Clare Balding heads to West Yorkshire to walk with Pammy Johal.

Pammy's first experience of the countryside was a geography field trip to South Wales when she was 17.

She fell in love with the outdoors after trekking in Nepal, India and Canada.

Pammy passionately believes that being outdoors can change people's lives, and now leads walks for personal development.

Clare joins Pammy and a group of her clients in Patterdale.

20060609

Clare Balding heads to West Yorkshire to walk with Pammy Johal.

Pammy's first experience of the countryside was a geography field trip to South Wales when she was 17.

She fell in love with the outdoors after trekking in Nepal, India and Canada.

Pammy passionately believes that being outdoors can change people's lives, and now leads walks for personal development.

Clare joins Pammy and a group of her clients in Patterdale.

20060609

Clare Balding heads to West Yorkshire to walk with Pammy Johal. Pammy's first experience of the countryside was a geography field trip to South Wales when she was 17. She fell in love with the outdoors after trekking in Nepal, India and Canada.

Pammy passionately believes that being outdoors can change people's lives, and now leads walks for personal development. Clare joins Pammy and a group of her clients in Patterdale.

20060616

Clare Balding joins some former and current members of The Rambling Society at the University of Nottingham on a reunion walk in the Peak district.

20060616

Clare Balding joins some former and current members of The Rambling Society at the University of Nottingham on a reunion walk in the Peak district.

20060616

Clare Balding joins some former and current members of The Rambling Society at the University of Nottingham on a reunion walk in the Peak district.

20060623

Clare Balding is in Devon walking with Opera singer, Kathryn Harries who has found that long distance walking is the perfect way to inspire friends and associates to sponsor her for charity.

20060623

Clare Balding is in Devon walking with Opera singer, Kathryn Harries who has found that long distance walking is the perfect way to inspire friends and associates to sponsor her for charity.

20060915

1/6. Clare Balding visits Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland, famous for spectacular scenery, walks and distilleries. Clare is joined by a group of locals born and bred in the area.

20060922

2/6. Clare Balding travels to Jura in the Western Isles to walk with Donald Euan Durrock and his teenage children. They start on the coast at Inver.

20060929

3/6. Clare Balding discovers the stories of Enid Blyton through the landscape of the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset. For more than 20 years, the beauty spot was the Blyton family's holiday destination.

20061006

4/6. Clare Balding and guests attempt to scale Tryfan, one of Snowdonia's more challenging mountains, and known as a training ground for Everest hopefuls.

20061013

Clare Balding explores the nature of village life with Caroline Friend and Dale Morris. They walk around the outskirts of the Oxfordshire village of Stonesfield.

20061020

Arctic explorer Pen Hadow takes Clare Balding on one of his favourite Dartmoor walks which serves as a training ground for his polar adventures.

His wife Mary and daughter Freya (on horseback) accompany them.

20070302

Clare Balding celebrates 100 editions of Ramblings with a series of iconic walks.

1/7. The Ulster Way

Clare takes the coastal pathway from the Giants Causeway to White Park Bay, perhaps the most dramatic section of the 560-mile Ulster Way in N Ireland. Against the spectacular scenery, there is a plethora of myth and history including sunken Armada ships, fairy tale castles, and reputedly the world's tiniest church.

20070309

Clare Balding celebrates 100 editions of Ramblings with a series of iconic walks.

2/7. The West Highland Way

Clare sets out from the Bridge of Orchy on the West Highland Way with well-known folk singer Jimmie MacGregor. The route passes through stunning scenery, rich in history and wildlife.

20070316

Clare Balding celebrates 100 editions of Ramblings with a series of iconic walks.

3/7. Glyndwr's Way

The newest of the Welsh national trails is named after 15th-century nationalist hero Owain Glyndwr. Clare covers the spectacular middle section between Dylife and Glaslyn.

20070323

Clare Balding celebrates 100 editions of Ramblings with a series of iconic walks.

4/6. She takes her favourite walk near her family home in Hampshire. She reminisces about walks past and the people she has met along the way.

20070330

Clare Balding celebrates 100 editions of Ramblings with a series of iconic walks.

5/6. The Pennine Way

Clare is in the dramatic landscape of Upper Teesdale to walk the section of the Pennine Way between two spectacular waterfalls, Cauldron Snout and High Force. The dark cliffs of the Great Whin Sill border onto heather moorland, wide open pastures and river meadows rich in arctic alpine flora, with clusters of rare juniper trees scattered amongst the whitewashed cottages and farms.

20070413

Clare Balding celebrates 100 editions of Ramblings with a series of iconic walks.

6/6. Offa's Dyke

Clare walks the section of Offa's Dyke from the Severn Estuary to Brockweir, taking in Chepstow, Devil's Pulpit and Tintern Abbey.

20070420

Clare Balding celebrates 100 editions of Ramblings with a series of iconic walks.

7/7. She walks a section of the Cotswold Way, starting at Coaley Peak, meandering through the hilly woodlands and finishing in the village of Dursley with a pint of local beer in one of Gloucestershire's oldest pubs.

20070720

Clare Balding visits the extremities of the United Kingdom, from the Scilly Isles to the Orkneys, and walks with people for whom these places are just 'home'.

1/6. Bryher in the Isles of Scilly

Clare arrives by helicopter and then motor launch to the most westerly of the Isles of Scilly for a gentle stroll around its perimeter. The resident artist and his wife, Richard and Caroline Pearce, tell of shipwrecks in days gone by and of the joys, frustrations and quirks of island life today when debris washed up is still seen as treasure.

20070727

Clare Balding is accompanied by Alison O'Neill for a walk in the Howgills in Cumbria, a range of 40 peaks situated between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.

20070803

Clare Balding visits one of the last remaining strongholds of the Caledonian Forest in the majestic Glen Affric.

She is guided by Sandra Reid of the Forestry Commission and by Alan Watson Featherstone, the founder of Trees for Life, an organisation which has seen the planting or natural regeneration of over a million native trees in the last decade.

20070810

4/6. Clare Balding experiences the wildness of Cornwall on the South West Coast Path between Bosigran and Gurnard's Head.

She is accompanied by naturalist David Chapman and his wife Sarah, who can trace her family back to the early 17th century, all from this region.

20070817

5/6. Clare Balding explores an area of the Norfolk Broads, walking along the river Ant. Her companion is locally born naturalist Simon Partridge.

20070824

6/6. Clare Balding visits the Orkneys and walks the spectacular coast path from Rackwick to the Old Man of Hoy.

Born and bred on the islands, writer Morag MacInnes shares her knowledge and love of the area as does David Lea, formerly of the RSPB.

20071123

1/5. Clare Balding and Ramblers Association President Chris Smith take theatre director Nancy Meckler for a walk in the beautiful Glen Tilt in Perthshire.

20071130

Clare Balding walks the Northumbrian coast with Jonathan Manning. As editor of a walking magazine, Jonathan is evangelical about encouraging people to experience our countryside on foot. He takes Clare on what he considers the perfect walk.

20071207

3/5. Clare Balding walks in the West Country with Beryl Griffiths, founder of Granny Treks. Beryl has raised huge sums for her local children's hospice through sponsored walks. She takes Clare on the route that is has become the annual Granny Trek around Charlton Farm in Wraxall, Somerset.

20071214

Clare Balding walks around Betws-y-Coed in North Wales with parents, toddlers and pushchairs.

Hilary Bradman and her nine-year-old son Joshua have tested walks in the area to ensure that even when encumbered by babies and pushchairs there are still plenty of routes that will guarantee an enjoyable family hike and great views.

20071221

Clare Balding visits eastern Scotland to join the Forfar Ramblers on their weekly walk. Led by Evelyn Taylor, this walking club has developed into a social and supportive group that embraces retirement and the freedom it brings.

20071228

Clare Balding celebrates 100 editions of Ramblings with a series of iconic walks.

She takes her favourite walk near her family home in Hampshire, reminiscing about previous walks and the people she has met along the way.

20080328

Walking through Time

Clare Balding explores routes with connections to the past.

1/5. She walks the Ridgeway in the company of comedian and activist Mark Thomas. A stone circle enthusiast, Mark explains why walking has become so important to him and how he plans the venues for many of his gigs around the ancient sites he wants to visit.

20080404

Walking through Time

Clare Balding explores routes with connections to the past.

2/5. She joins a group of ley hunters at Llanthony Priory near Abergavenny. Lawrence Main and writer Phil Rickman explain the work of Alfred Watkins, author of The Old Straight Track, as they take a group of enthusiasts on one of the ancient spirit paths that criss-cross Britain.

20080411

Clare Balding explores routes with connections to the past.

3/5. She walks along a beautiful stretch of coastline near Cardiff, the site of the proposed Severn Barrage. Scientist Annabel Cartwright and her geologist husband Joe explain what the area will lose and gain from the proposed structure.

20080418

Walking through Time

Clare Balding explores routes with connections to the past.

4/5. She strides out onto the moors behind Haworth in the footsteps of the Brontes with Ann Dinsdale and Judith Bland. They intend to walk to Top Withins, thought to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights, but they wander a little off course and in doing so forge a much stronger connection to the famous sisters.

20080425

Walking through Time

Clare Balding explores routes with connections to the past.

5/5. Clare goes on a Pilgrimage to the Pips as she visits Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex. The castle was home to the Greenwich Time signal for over fifty years and Clare discovers the reason as she walks in the company of the Radio 4 continuity team, including Charlotte Green, Brian Perkins and Peter Donaldson. They are using this walk to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.

20080718

Clare Balding explores holiday walking routes.

1/5. She visits Borrowdale in the Lake District to discover what it takes to walk over long distances. She meets walking coach Heather Waring, who helps people prepare for tackling sponsored charity walks all over the world. She discusses the importance of preparation, good socks and a cheerful disposition. They are joined by her group the East-End girls, who have walked many miles and raised thousands of pounds for charity.

20080725

Clare Balding explores holiday walking routes.

2/6. She visits Guernsey to preview the island's walking festival. In the company of Frances Le Tissier, whose family have lived on the island for generations, and local walking guide Elizabeth Gardener Wheeler, she discovers the island's hidden pathways. The history of the island and its folklore is revealed as they set off inland to explore the miles of green footpaths that dissect the landscape.

20080801

Clare Balding explores holiday walking routes.

3/5. Clare walks the rugged landscape of Alderney with the island's harbour master. With a population of only 2,500, there is plenty of space on the most northerly of the Channel Islands to get away from it all, as Clare discovers when she joins a group of local walkers.

20080808

Clare Balding explores holiday walking routes.

4/5. She goes to a remote but idyllic part of Ireland to walk round Mullaghmore Head. In the company of two local fishermen, she discovers why this beautiful part of the country is an ideal area for holiday walking.

20080815

Clare Balding explores holiday walking routes.

5/5. Walking from St Hugh's to St Bridget's wells on the shores of Lough Allen in the Republic of Ireland, Clare is joined by a group of local women who have fallen in love with the area. Aedin McCloughlin, the originator of the walk, hopes that the healing properties of these sacred places might give some relief to Clare's bad back.

20081003

Clare Balding follows in the footsteps of those who have made walking a central part of their lives.

Walking for Spiritual Renewal

Clare walks the North Devon Coast Path with Satish Kumar, who recalls his 8000-mile walk from India to America in the 60s to protest about nuclear arms.

20081003

Clare Balding follows in the footsteps of those who have made walking a central part of their lives.

Walking for Spiritual Renewal

Clare walks the North Devon Coast Path with Satish Kumar, who recalls his 8000-mile walk from India to America in the 60s to protest about nuclear arms.

20081003

Clare Balding follows in the footsteps of those who have made walking a central part of their lives.

Walking for Spiritual Renewal

Clare walks the North Devon Coast Path with Satish Kumar, who recalls his 8000-mile walk from India to America in the 60s to protest about nuclear arms.

20081010

Clare Balding presents the series exploring people's childhood walks.

2/5.

Langdale

Four Nottingham schoolmates from 1967 retrace an inspirational walk in the Lake District with their former teacher.

20081010

Clare Balding presents the series exploring people's childhood walks.

2/5.

Langdale

Four Nottingham schoolmates from 1967 retrace an inspirational walk in the Lake District with their former teacher.

20081010

Clare Balding presents the series exploring people's childhood walks.

2/5. Langdale

Four Nottingham schoolmates from 1967 retrace an inspirational walk in the Lake District with their former teacher.

20081017

Sheffield

Clare Balding joins a group of refugees and asylum seekers in Sheffield as they improve their English

and discover more about their new homeland while walking with local residents through the city's many green spaces.

20081017

Sheffield

Clare Balding joins a group of refugees and asylum seekers in Sheffield as they improve their English

and discover more about their new homeland while walking with local residents through the city's many green spaces.

20081017

Sheffield

Clare Balding joins a group of refugees and asylum seekers in Sheffield as they improve their English

and discover more about their new homeland while walking with local residents through the city's many green spaces.

20081024

Blind walker David Carrington-Porter and his guide Sheila Wooley discuss their unique relationship as they ramble around Lowsonford in Warwickshire.

20081024

Blind walker David Carrington-Porter and his guide Sheila Wooley discuss their unique relationship as they ramble around Lowsonford in Warwickshire.

20081024

Blind walker David Carrington-Porter and his guide Sheila Wooley discuss their unique relationship as they ramble around Lowsonford in Warwickshire.

20081031

Clare Balding views the landscape with a shepherd's eye as she walks from Harbottle Craggs in Northumberland in the company of Jon Monks.

20081031

Clare Balding views the landscape with a shepherd's eye as she walks from Harbottle Craggs in Northumberland in the company of Jon Monks.

20081031

Clare Balding views the landscape with a shepherd's eye as she walks from Harbottle Craggs in Northumberland in the company of Jon Monks.

20081114

In the first of a new series, and to mark Armistice Day last Saturday, Clare Balding meets Geoffrey Wellum, who flew Spitfires during the Battle of Britain. Now 86, he takes Clare to some of the areas near his home in Mullion, Cornwall, where he was able to find the isolation and solitude he needed after returning from war.

20081121

2/6: Clare Balding joins the annual Market Weighton School walk in the East Riding of Yorkshire, a 14-mile walk around the area that offers a chance for staff and pupils to bond.

20081128

Clare Balding walks along the Cornish coast in the company of novelist Patrick Gale, who explains how the area has been the inspiration and setting for many of his books and why walking forms a vital part of his creative process.

Cheshire2003052320030613

Tegg's Nose country park is patrolled by ranger Ian Coppack, he shares its beauty and history with Clare Balding

Cheshire2003052320030613

Tegg's Nose country park is patrolled by ranger Ian Coppack, he shares its beauty and history with Clare Balding

Dorset Coast20030509

Clare Balding walks the Dorset coast with Rodney Legg, who spent years fighting for public access to the stunningly scenic Lulworth Ranges.

Dorset Coast20030509

Clare Balding walks the Dorset coast with Rodney Legg, who spent years fighting for public access to the stunningly scenic Lulworth Ranges.

Eden Valley19990110

The peace and beauty of the Eden Valley is explored as Jeremy Jessel joins photographer Val Corbett on one of her favourite routes.

Eden Valley19990110

The peace and beauty of the Eden Valley is explored as Jeremy Jessel joins photographer Val Corbett on one of her favourite routes.

Erewash Valley, Derbyshire20030516

Clare Balding discovers the inspiration for Lady Chatterley's Lover on a revealing walk through post-industrial Derbyshire.

Erewash Valley, Derbyshire20030516

Clare Balding discovers the inspiration for Lady Chatterley's Lover on a revealing walk through post-industrial Derbyshire.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19981206]

Jeremy Jessel walks from Steventon to Micheldever, Hampshire, with forestry expert Professor Julian Evans and asks how the woodlands have changed. Producer Lucy Lunt. See Ordnance Survey Leisure Map 144. For a factsheet, send a SAE to [address removed]or E-MAIL: ramblings@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19981206]

Unknown: Jeremy Jessel

Unknown: Professor Julian Evans

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19981213]

To improve his map-reading skills,

Jeremy Jessel is joined by cartographer Sarah Hague in the Peak District.

Producer Lucy Lunt. See Ordnance Survey

Leisure Map 1. For a factsheet, send a SAE to [address removed]or E-MAIL: ramblings@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19981213]

Unknown: Jeremy Jessel

Unknown: Sarah Hague

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19981220]

The effect of the Industrial Revolution on the landscape is revealed as Jeremy Jessel joins Peter Giles on a walk from Bradford on Avon. Producer Lucy Lunt

See Ordnance Survey Leisure Map 172

For a factsheet. send a sae to [address removed]or E-MAIL: rambiings@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19981220]

Unknown: Jeremy Jessel

Unknown: Peter Giles

Producer: Lucy Lunt

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19981206]

Jeremy Jessel walks from Steventon to Micheldever, Hampshire, with forestry expert Professor Julian Evans and asks how the woodlands have changed. Producer Lucy Lunt. See Ordnance Survey Leisure Map 144. For a factsheet, send a SAE to [address removed]or E-MAIL: ramblings@bbc.co.uk

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19981206]

Unknown: Jeremy Jessel

Unknown: Professor Julian Evans

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19981213]

To improve his map-reading skills,

Jeremy Jessel is joined by cartographer Sarah Hague in the Peak District.

Producer Lucy Lunt. See Ordnance Survey

Leisure Map 1. For a factsheet, send a SAE to [address removed]or E-MAIL: ramblings@bbc.co.uk

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19981213]

Unknown: Jeremy Jessel

Unknown: Sarah Hague

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19981220]

The effect of the Industrial Revolution on the landscape is revealed as Jeremy Jessel joins Peter Giles on a walk from Bradford on Avon. Producer Lucy Lunt

See Ordnance Survey Leisure Map 172

For a factsheet. send a sae to [address removed]or E-MAIL: rambiings@bbc.co.uk

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19981220]

Unknown: Jeremy Jessel

Unknown: Peter Giles

Producer: Lucy Lunt

Holiday Hikes20021004

Clare Balding on holiday destinations for walkers.

`Holiday Hikes'.

Andrew Syvret, a marine biologist, takes Clare walking on the exposed seabed around Jersey at low tide.

Holiday Hikes20021004

Clare Balding on holiday destinations for walkers.

`Holiday Hikes'.

Andrew Syvret, a marine biologist, takes Clare walking on the exposed seabed around Jersey at low tide.

Holyrood Park, Edinburgh20010420

Clare Balding discovers the countryside within our towns and cities.

Roger Smith, a local writer, takes Clare on a walk through Holyrood Park, which is set in the centre of Edinburgh and dominated by an extinct volcano.

They climb to the top of Arthur's Seat and walk around the lochs of Dunsapie and Duddingston.

Holyrood Park, Edinburgh20010420

Clare Balding discovers the countryside within our towns and cities.

Roger Smith, a local writer, takes Clare on a walk through Holyrood Park, which is set in the centre of Edinburgh and dominated by an extinct volcano.

They climb to the top of Arthur's Seat and walk around the lochs of Dunsapie and Duddingston.

Listener's Walk20010518

Clare Balding discovers the countryside within our towns and cities.

She joins Kate Reed and Johnny May on the Meanwood Valley trail, just a few miles from Leeds city centre, where they roam amongst trees and listen to birds singing and bees buzzing.

Listener's Walk20010518

Clare Balding discovers the countryside within our towns and cities.

She joins Kate Reed and Johnny May on the Meanwood Valley trail, just a few miles from Leeds city centre, where they roam amongst trees and listen to birds singing and bees buzzing.

Liverpool20010511

Clare Balding discovers the countryside within our towns and cities.

She joins a group of local writers and artists who explore Liverpool on foot in pursuit of inspiration, taking in the architecture, history and green spaces of the city.

Liverpool20010511

Clare Balding discovers the countryside within our towns and cities.

She joins a group of local writers and artists who explore Liverpool on foot in pursuit of inspiration, taking in the architecture, history and green spaces of the city.

Ripon to Ripley20161006

Ripon to Ripley20161006

Clare Balding marks the eightieth anniversary of the Jarrow crusade, when two hundred men walked from Tyneside to London to petition the British government to bring back industry to their town. The the closure of the main employer, Palmer's shipyard. in 1934 had led to most of the population of Jarrow being plunged into poverty.Clare has three companions on this walk ; Robert Colls, professor of Cultural History at de Montfort university who explains the role marching has played in modern politics , Helen Antrobus from the People Museum in Manchester , who tells the story of the one woman allowed on the march, the indomitable local MP, Ellen Wilkinson and local walker Margaret Laurenson, who devised the route they take. in the programme we also hear archive recording of one of the marchers talking about the overwhelming reception they received in the mainly Tory town of Harrogate.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

Ripon to Ripley2016100620161008 (R4)

Clare Balding walks from Ripon to Ripley remembering the men of the Jarrow Crusade.

Rugby20010504

Clare Balding discovers the countryside within our towns and cities.

She explores Rugby's town centre and green spaces with Margaret Healey, whose father ran the barber's shop - the centre of town gossip.

Rugby20010504

Clare Balding discovers the countryside within our towns and cities.

She explores Rugby's town centre and green spaces with Margaret Healey, whose father ran the barber's shop - the centre of town gossip.

Series 11, Cornish Coast20081128

Clare Balding walks along the Cornish coast in the company of novelist Patrick Gale.

Shrewsbury River Walk, Shrewsbury20010427

Clare Balding discovers the countryside within our towns and cities.

She takes the footpath along the course of the Severn at Shrewsbury, in the company of Pam Powis, who remembers when there was a cattle market in the centre and when the toll bridge was ruled by Gestapo Gertie.

Shrewsbury River Walk, Shrewsbury20010427

Clare Balding discovers the countryside within our towns and cities.

She takes the footpath along the course of the Severn at Shrewsbury, in the company of Pam Powis, who remembers when there was a cattle market in the centre and when the toll bridge was ruled by Gestapo Gertie.

Suffolk Ghosts20030606

From giant black dogs to drowned churches, the folklore of Suffolk is entwined with the countryside.

Richard Uridge walks its spooky paths and bridleways.

Suffolk Ghosts20030606

From giant black dogs to drowned churches, the folklore of Suffolk is entwined with the countryside.

Richard Uridge walks its spooky paths and bridleways.

The Pilgrim20020510

Clare Balding explores some spectacular walks in Britain.

Featuring a walk in Bedfordshire believed to mirror Christian's journey in John Bunyan's `The Pilgrim's Progress'.

The Pilgrim20020510

Clare Balding explores some spectacular walks in Britain.

Featuring a walk in Bedfordshire believed to mirror Christian's journey in John Bunyan's `The Pilgrim's Progress'.

Waymerks20030530

Richard Uridge meets the artists behind a unique project linking walking and art through the Scottish Borders.

Waymerks20030530

Richard Uridge meets the artists behind a unique project linking walking and art through the Scottish Borders.

0420040611

Clare Balding joins the Wanstead Walkers for a ramble through an ancient forest, a hidden treasure of East London.

0420040611

Clare Balding joins the Wanstead Walkers for a ramble through an ancient forest, a hidden treasure of East London.

0520091017 (R4)

5/6. Clare Balding walks the fifth leg of St

Oswald's Way from Rothbury to Simonside in Northumberland in the company of former hill shepherd Russell Tait.

Producer Lucy Lunt Repeated on Thursday at 3pm

Contributors

Unknown:

Russell

Tait.

Producer:

Lucy

Lunt

05 LASTOn The Shores Of Loch Katrine20040618

Clare Balding joins a group of Asian women from Glasgow as head out into the Scottish countryside.

05 LASTOn The Shores Of Loch Katrine20040618

Clare Balding joins a group of Asian women from Glasgow as head out into the Scottish countryside.

06 LASTInspirational Walks, Sir Andrew Motion20120317

In the final programme in a series of inspirational walks, Clare Balding is joined by the former poet laureate, Sir Andrew Motion, to walk around the village of Stisted in Essex. As they walk around the village, Sir Andrew tells Clare about his memories of growing up in the village where he was first inspired to write poetry.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

Clare Balding is joined by the former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion

06 LASTInspirational Walks, Sir Andrew Motion20120317

In the final programme in a series of inspirational walks, Clare Balding is joined by the former poet laureate, Sir Andrew Motion, to walk around the village of Stisted in Essex. As they walk around the village, Sir Andrew tells Clare about his memories of growing up in the village where he was first inspired to write poetry.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

Clare Balding is joined by the former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion

1Series 1220090523
1Series 1220090528

. Clare Balding joins The Times' music critic Richard Morrison in Suffolk.

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. Clare walks the first section of the route, from Holy Island to St Cuthbert's Cave.

1Series 1420100206
1Series 1420100211

. Clare Balding discovers the joys of group walking. First stop, Wensleydale.

1Series 1520100522
1Series 1520100527

. Clare Balding walks the South Downs Way.

1Series 16

1Series 1620100918

Clare Balding takes a walk on Hampstead Heath with a group of inner city Londoners who are being encouraged to discover the green places of their city, often for the first time. The residents of the Harrow Road are mainly non white, so there has been a special drive to help them discover the joys of walking called 'It's My Country'.

. Clare Balding takes a walk on Hampstead Heath with a group of inner city Londoners.

1Series 1620100923

. Clare Balding takes a walk on Hampstead Heath with a group of inner city Londoners.

1Series 17

1Series 17

1Series 1720110205

Journalist and passionate hiker, Stuart Maconie hosts this series of Ramblings on Radio 4, embarking on the first of six city skyline walks, perfect for first time walkers or for those who don't want to venture too far on these short winter days, but who still want to enjoy the fresh air. In this first programme, Stuart takes in the stunning views on the Bath Skyline Walk.

. Keen walker Stuart Maconie takes in the stunning views on the Bath Skyline Walk.

1Series 1720110210

Journalist and passionate hiker, Stuart Maconie hosts this series of Ramblings on Radio 4, embarking on the first of six city skyline walks, perfect for first time walkers or for those who don't want to venture too far on these short winter days, but who still want to enjoy the fresh air. In this first programme, Stuart takes in the stunning views on the Bath Skyline Walk with a group of serving and former police officers who call themselves the Bath Beat. They walk the popular National Trust Bath Skyline walk, a six and a half mile circular route around the city.

. Keen walker Stuart Maconie takes in the stunning views on the Bath Skyline Walk.

1Series 1820110521

Clare Balding is back with a new series of walks with a literary theme, beginning in Heptonstall, the childhood home of poet Ted Hughes, and the burial place of his wife, Sylvia Plath. The rugged landscape influenced not only their work but many other poets. Clare joins John Billingsley a keen rambler and Hughes enthusiast, as well as other writers and walkers to experience the harsh beauty of Bronte Country.

. Clare Balding is back with a new series of walks with a literary theme.

1Series 18, Heptonstall - Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath20110526

Clare Balding is back with a new series of walks with a literary theme, beginning in Heptonstall, the childhood home of poet Ted Hughes, and the burial place of his wife, Sylvia Plath. The rugged landscape influenced not only their work but many other poets. Clare joins John Billingsley a keen rambler and Hughes enthusiast, as well as other writers and walkers to experience the harsh beauty of Bronte Country.

. Clare Balding is back with a new series of walks with a literary theme.

1Series 19, John Jones - Walking & Gigging20110917

Clare Balding returns with a new series of walks based on suggestions from listeners to the programme. The series begins as Clare joins John Jones, lead singer and melodeon player of the folk rock group, Oysterband. Back in 2009, John decided to bring together the two passions in his life, walking and music. Marrying the private and public for the first time, he set off on the Feet Don't Fail Me Tour, in which he walked from gig to gig sometimes covering up to 20 miles a day before arriving in the next town for the next evening's show. Since then, John has completed two further walking tours, the latest being the "Spine of England" in May 2011 during which he walked with his group the Reluctant Ramblers across the Pennines. Playing gigs in and around the Peak District, he picked up friends, fans and fellow musicians along the way. Today Clare joins John high up in the Chiltern Hills. They take one of the most spectacular paths down the chalk escarpment and on to the Ridgeway, walking through the villages of Crowell and Chinnor before descending into the Vale of Oxfordshire. Accompanied by Darren Spratt, Walks Leader with the Chiltern Society, they pass through red kite country and follow ancient footpaths to arrive at the Towersey Folk Festival where John will perform at the end of the walk.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

. Clare Balding joins folk singer and avid walker John Jones in the Chiltern Hills.

1Series 19, John Jones - Walking & Gigging20110922

Clare Balding returns with a new series of walks based on suggestions from listeners to the programme. The series begins as Clare joins John Jones, lead singer and melodeon player of the folk rock group, Oysterband. Back in 2009, John decided to bring together the two passions in his life, walking and music. Marrying the private and public for the first time, he set off on the Feet Don't Fail Me Tour, in which he walked from gig to gig sometimes covering up to 20 miles a day before arriving in the next town for the next evening's show. Since then, John has completed two further walking tours, the latest being the "Spine of England" in May 2011 during which he walked with his group the Reluctant Ramblers across the Pennines. Playing gigs in and around the Peak District, he picked up friends, fans and fellow musicians along the way. Today Clare joins John high up in the Chiltern Hills. They take one of the most spectacular paths down the chalk escarpment and on to the Ridgeway, walking through the villages of Crowell and Chinnor before descending into the Vale of Oxfordshire. Accompanied by Darren Spratt, Walks Leader with the Chiltern Society, they pass through red kite country and follow ancient footpaths to arrive at the Towersey Folk Festival where John will perform at the end of the walk.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

. Clare Balding joins folk singer and avid walker John Jones in the Chiltern Hills.

1Series 2020120209

Clare Balding returns with a new series of Ramblings in which she joins people who have either been inspired, or have inspired others, to walk in the British countryside.

In the first of the series Clare joins keen walker and Director General of the National Trust, Dame Fiona Reynolds, to walk a section of the new Octavia Hill Centenary Trail in Kent. Co-founder of the National Trust, Octavia Hill passionately believed that green space was essential for a healthy lifestyle and spent her life campaigning to save these disappearing open spaces from development.

Beginning at Toys Hill in Kent, one of the places that Octavia managed to save, Clare and Fiona set off to walk part of the Trail which has been created to mark the centenary of Octavia's death. A keen walker herself, Fiona tells Clare why she finds Octavia Hill's legacy so inspirational and why walking and the British landscape is so important to her.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

. In the first of a new series, Clare walks along the Octavia Hill Centenary Trail in Kent.

1Series 2020120211

. In the first of a new series, Clare walks along the Octavia Hill Centenary Trail in Kent.

2Inspirational Walks, Northern Ireland - The Wee Binnians20120216

In the second in a series of inspirational walks, Clare Balding joins members of the Wee Binnians, Northern Ireland's biggest walking club. The walking club was set up in 1987 by Veronica McCann who, over the years, has inspired countless people to join her in walking the hills and valleys of Northern Ireland's Mourne Mountains. Described by Veronica as 'a social group that walks, the Wee Binnians Walking Club is open to anyone over 16 and the club is the embodiment of a cross-community, cross-border group whose members share a passion for walking.

Today Clare joins just some of the 300 club members to climb to the summit of Slieve Binnian, the third highest mountain in Northern Ireland. She hears from Veronica, a self-confessed non-walker beforehand, about what inspired her to set up the group, why it is so important to her and then from some of the members about what the club - and Veronica - mean to them.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

. Clare joins members of the Wee Binnians, Northern Ireland's biggest walking club.

2Inspirational Walks, Northern Ireland - The Wee Binnians20120218

. Clare joins members of the Wee Binnians, Northern Ireland's biggest walking club.

2Literary Walks, Hereford - Bruce Chatwin20110602

Clare Balding walks on the Black Hill near to Hereford in the footsteps of novelist Bruce Chatwin who explored the border between Wales and England for his eponymous novel. She's joined by local writer and walker Bill Laws.

. Clare Balding walks on the Black Hill near to Hereford in the footsteps of Bruce Chatwin.

2Series 1220090530
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. Clare walks the second section of the route, from Belford to Beadnell, via Bamburgh Castle

2Series 1420100213
2Series 1420100218

. Clare Balding walks Laurie Lee's Slad Valley with a group of artists inspired by the area.

2Series 1520100529
2Series 1520100603

. Clare Balding continues her walk along the South Downs Way near to Brighton.

2Series 16

2Series 1620100925

Clare Balding walks through the Wiltshire countryside with a Swindon based group of people with early onset dementia. Alzheimers and dementia are becoming increasingly prevalent in our ageing society, but the message this group is keen to portray is that a diagnosis doesn't mean the end of a happy or fulfilling life. They get together once a week to walk for several hours and find that walking not only stimulates the mind, but helps them overcome anxieties and problems to do with the loss confidence and self esteem that stem from having the disease. Clare joins the Forget Me Not group on one of their hikes and discovers a very lively group of people who share a lot of laughs along the way, even when they get lost in a field at the end of their walk.

Clare walked a circular route from the village of Brinkworth in Wiltshire

Map: OS Landranger 173 Swindon & Devizes

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

. Clare Balding walks with a group of people with early onset dementia in Wiltshire.

2Series 1620100930

Clare Balding walks through the Wiltshire countryside with a Swindon based group of people with early onset dementia. Alzheimers and dementia are becoming increasingly prevalent in our ageing society, but the message this group is keen to portray is that a diagnosis doesn't mean the end of a happy or fulfilling life. They get together once a week to walk for several hours and find that walking not only stimulates the mind, but helps them overcome anxieties and problems to do with the loss confidence and self esteem that stem from having the disease. Clare joins the Forget Me Not group on one of their hikes and discovers a very lively group of people who share a lot of laughs along the way, even when they get lost in a field at the end of their walk.

Clare walked a circular route from the village of Brinkworth in Wiltshire

Map: OS Landranger 173 Swindon & Devizes

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

. Clare Balding walks with a group of people with early onset dementia in Wiltshire.

2Series 17

2Series 1720110212

Journalist and keen walker Stuart Maconie is presenting this series of Ramblings and is setting out to find accessible walks that offer great city views, perfect for people who want to get out and walk on these short, dark winter days. Among the cities he has in his sights are Belfast, Bath and Cardiff.

. Stuart Maconie takes the second of six city skyline walks.

2Series 1720110217

Journalist and keen walker Stuart Maconie is presenting this series of Ramblings and is setting out to find accessible walks that offer great city views, perfect for people who want to get out and walk on these short, dark winter days. Among the cities he has in his sights are Belfast, Bath and Cardiff.

. Stuart Maconie takes the second of six city skyline walks.

2Series 1820110528

Clare Balding walks on the Black Hill near to Hereford in the footsteps of novelist Bruce Chatwin who explored the border between Wales and England for his eponymous novel. She's joined by local writer and walker Bill Laws.

. Clare Balding walks on the Black Hill near to Hereford in the footsteps of Bruce Chatwin.

2Series 19, The Roaches and Lud's Church20110924

In the second of a series of walks suggested by listeners to Ramblings, Clare Balding explores the area around the gritstone escarpment of The Roaches on the edge of the Peak District.

The Roaches form a prominent rocky ridge situated above Leek in Staffordshire and this spectacular rocky escarpment, worn into weird and wonderful shapes over centuries by the elements, almost seems to stand guard over all below it. On a clear day from the summit of the Roaches it is possible to look out over the Cheshire Plain towards the Welsh Hills with spectacular views all around.

Clare is joined by listener, Professor Mike Bode, and local author and historian, Doug Pickford, both of whom were born and brought up in Leek and share a passion for this landscape. Steven Bell, from the Peak District National Park, also guides Clare on the first part of her journey as she climbs up on to the gritstone edge of the Roaches. Before beginning the ascent, Clare visits the Bawdstone, where it is said that passers by can remove the devil from their backs by scrambling underneath. Climbing onto the ridge itself, Clare passes Rockhall Cottage, a tiny cottage literally built into the rock face, which was once the gamekeeper's residence and is now a converted climbing hut. Eventually reaching the top, Clare heads towards the "bottomless waters" of Doxey Pool, said to be the home of Jenny Greenteeth, a seductive mermaid or water spirit who lures her unsuspecting victims to a watery grave.

But, after continuing along the Roaches and descending towards Gradbach and Back Forest, it is Lud's Church that provides more than its fair share of myth and mystery. This huge natural cleft in the rock is a deep chasm, around 400ft long and 50 ft deep, with a cold, damp, feel. There are many legends linked with Lud's Church. It was almost certainly associated with the Lollards, followers of early church reformer John Wycliffe, but Lud's Church is also thought to be the inspiration for the setting of the Green Chapel in the classic medieval poem, "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight". Looking around, Clare can easily see why.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

. Clare Balding walks along the gritstone escarpment of The Roaches in Staffordshire.

2Series 19, The Roaches and Lud's Church20110929

In the second of a series of walks suggested by listeners to Ramblings, Clare Balding explores the area around the gritstone escarpment of The Roaches on the edge of the Peak District.

The Roaches form a prominent rocky ridge situated above Leek in Staffordshire and this spectacular rocky escarpment, worn into weird and wonderful shapes over centuries by the elements, almost seems to stand guard over all below it. On a clear day from the summit of the Roaches it is possible to look out over the Cheshire Plain towards the Welsh Hills with spectacular views all around.

Clare is joined by listener, Professor Mike Bode, and local author and historian, Doug Pickford, both of whom were born and brought up in Leek and share a passion for this landscape. Steven Bell, from the Peak District National Park, also guides Clare on the first part of her journey as she climbs up on to the gritstone edge of the Roaches. Before beginning the ascent, Clare visits the Bawdstone, where it is said that passers by can remove the devil from their backs by scrambling underneath. Climbing onto the ridge itself, Clare passes Rockhall Cottage, a tiny cottage literally built into the rock face, which was once the gamekeeper's residence and is now a converted climbing hut. Eventually reaching the top, Clare heads towards the "bottomless waters" of Doxey Pool, said to be the home of Jenny Greenteeth, a seductive mermaid or water spirit who lures her unsuspecting victims to a watery grave.

But, after continuing along the Roaches and descending towards Gradbach and Back Forest, it is Lud's Church that provides more than its fair share of myth and mystery. This huge natural cleft in the rock is a deep chasm, around 400ft long and 50 ft deep, with a cold, damp, feel. There are many legends linked with Lud's Church. It was almost certainly associated with the Lollards, followers of early church reformer John Wycliffe, but Lud's Church is also thought to be the inspiration for the setting of the Green Chapel in the classic medieval poem, "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight". Looking around, Clare can easily see why.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

. Clare Balding walks along the gritstone escarpment of The Roaches in Staffordshire.

3Inspirational Walks, Storytelling in Cornwall20120223

In the third in a series of inspirational walks for Ramblings, Clare Balding is in Cornwall where she is joined by writer and storyteller, Anna Maria Murphy. Inspired by the story of Mary Kelynack, an 84 year old Cornish fishwife who walked from Newlyn to London in 1851, Anna decided to walk all over Cornwall meeting people along the way and gathering stories to inspire her writing. Using ancient routes and seldom used footpaths, Anna set off with a notebook and pen and describes her journey as possibly the single most inspirational thing she has ever done in her life.

Today, Clare joins Anna to walk from the small coastal fishing town of Looe to Polperro, the village where Anna was born. Although this route usually forms part of the popular South West Coast Path, Clare and Anna choose to head inland following woodland footpaths and the 'roads less travelled' of Cornwall before heading to Talland Bay where they pick up the coast path for the last section of the walk. Who will they meet along the way?

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

. Clare joins writer and storyteller Anna Maria Murphy on a walk in Cornwall.

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. Clare joins writer and storyteller Anna Maria Murphy on a walk in Cornwall.

3Literary Walks, Malcolm Saville - Shropshire20110604

Clare Balding joins walkers and members of the Malcolm Saville society in the Shropshire Hills where the author of children's fiction based his Lone Pine series.

. Clare Balding joins walkers and members of the Malcolm Saville society in Shropshire.

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Clare Balding joins walkers and members of the Malcolm Saville society in the Shropshire Hills where the author of children's fiction based his Lone Pine series.

. Clare Balding joins walkers and members of the Malcolm Saville society in Shropshire.

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. Clare Balding walks along the Cornish coast in the company of novelist Patrick Gale.

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. Clare Balding walks in Wiltshire with 'modern-day Troubadours'.

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. Clare walks the third stretch of the route, from Alnmouth to Warkworth.

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. Clare Balding walks on Anglesey with members of the North Wales Gay Outdoor Club.

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. Clare Balding walks from Bramber to Washington with a group of friends.

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Clare Balding is in the Forest of Dean with a group who've been walking through the county of Gloucestershire for two months with donkeys. As part of the Cultural Olympiad Sarah Blowers, along with various artists, children and people who've just tagged along, set off to discover the beauty of the countryside at a slow pace, setting camp at the end of each day's walk. Everyone Clare meets as she joins them at Soudley to walk through the forest is enthusiastic about the gentle pace of life they're experiencing walking with the donkeys carrying their provisions.

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

. Clare Balding is in the Forest of Dean with a group walking with donkeys.

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. Clare Balding is in the Forest of Dean with a group walking with donkeys.

3Series 17, Lancaster

3Series 17, Lancaster20110219

Broadcaster, journalist and keen walker Stuart Maconie continues this series of Ramblings, finding walks that are perfect for short winter days and which offer skyline views of British cities. Today, he's setting out from the village of Slyne in Lancashire and heading to look over the historical city of Lancaster.

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

. Stuart Maconie continues a series of city skyline walks for winter days.

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Broadcaster, journalist and keen walker Stuart Maconie continues this series of Ramblings, finding walks that are perfect for short winter days and which offer skyline views of British cities. Today, he's setting out from the village of Slyne in Lancashire and heading to look over the historical city of Lancaster.

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

. Stuart Maconie continues a series of city skyline walks for winter days.

3Series 19, Dales Way20111001

In the third programme in a series of walks suggested by listeners, Clare Balding joins Colin Speakman, creator of the Dales Way and campaigner for walkers' rights. The Dales Way is one of Britain's most popular and cherished routes and for over 40 years walkers have followed its route from Ilkley in Yorkshire to Bowness-on-Windermere, passing through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the foothills of southern Lakeland. Clare and Colin are joined by Colin's wife, Fleur and listener Chris Grogan who, along with husband Tony, created the Dales Highway, a sister route to the Dales Way which does what it says on the tin and follows a higher level route from Saltaire to Appleby-in-Westmoreland.

As they follow the course of the River Wharf, through the dale of the same name, Clare hears from Colin and Chris about their passion for walking in this landscape. Colin explains about the imagination of the Romantic writers who who inspired generations of people to enjoy the countryside, his love of long distance walking, his passionate belief in rights for ramblers and his fight to keep paths open and accessible for all.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

. Clare Balding walks a section of the Dales Way with its creator, Colin Speakman.

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In the third programme in a series of walks suggested by listeners, Clare Balding joins Colin Speakman, creator of the Dales Way and campaigner for walkers' rights. The Dales Way is one of Britain's most popular and cherished routes and for over 40 years walkers have followed its route from Ilkley in Yorkshire to Bowness-on-Windermere, passing through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the foothills of southern Lakeland. Clare and Colin are joined by Colin's wife, Fleur and listener Chris Grogan who, along with husband Tony, created the Dales Highway, a sister route to the Dales Way which does what it says on the tin and follows a higher level route from Saltaire to Appleby-in-Westmoreland.

As they follow the course of the River Wharf, through the dale of the same name, Clare hears from Colin and Chris about their passion for walking in this landscape. Colin explains about the imagination of the Romantic writers who who inspired generations of people to enjoy the countryside, his love of long distance walking, his passionate belief in rights for ramblers and his fight to keep paths open and accessible for all.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

. Clare Balding walks a section of the Dales Way with its creator, Colin Speakman.

4Inspirational Walks, Kinder Scout20120301

Almost 80 years since the Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout, Clare Balding joins ramblers from Manchester and Sheffield to mark this inspirational moment in walking history.

On April 24th 1932, around 400 ramblers from Lancashire set off from Bowden Bridge quarry near Hayfield to walk up onto the plateau of Kinder Scout, the highest point in the Derbyshire Peak District, in protest at the lack of the right to roam on open land. As they scrambled upwards towards the moorland plateau of Kinder, the trespassers were met and confronted by the Duke of Devonshire's gamekeepers. A group of ramblers from Sheffield, who had also set off that morning from Edale, did eventually reach the plateau and the two groups met up before turning and retracing their steps. The following day six of the Manchester ramblers were arrested and imprisoned, a move which was to outrage many people and serve only to highlight and sympathise with the ramblers cause, resulting finally in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act in 2000

Today Clare joins members of the Sheffield Ramblers, as well as Manchester-born broadcaster and avid walker, Mike Harding. They represent the two groups of ramblers that set off from Edale and Hayfield respectively, to take part in the Mass Trespass back in 1932. Leaving from Bowden Bridge, just as the original trespassers did, the group walk towards Kinder Reservoir and on to William Clough, where the Duke of Devonshire's gamekeepers were waiting. As they walk, the old cross-Pennines rivalry is still in evidence as the Sheffield walkers remind Clare that it was their group that had actually reached the top all those years ago. But everyone on that day 80 years ago shared a common passion for the hills and the moors around which, as folk singer Ewan Maccoll wrote, no one man should have the right to own.

The Mass Trespass of Kinder Scout was one of the most inspirational moments in the history of the rambling movement, inspiring walkers and campaigners of access to open land for years to come. It wasn't the

only trespass to take place - there were others before it and many more inspired by it. But it lives on in the memory of all those who believe that all should have the right to roam.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

. Clare Balding presents a series of inspirational walks in the British countryside.

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. Clare Balding presents a series of inspirational walks in the British countryside.

4Literary Walks, Darwin - Quantock Hills20110611

Inspired by Richard Dawkins book 'The Ancestor's tale: a pilgrimage to the dawn of life' the 'Ancestor's Trail' is intended as a celebration of evolution. Darwin's Tree is represented by footpaths over the Quantock hills and whilst some walkers will begin the 13 mile hike representing the human journey others may join as elephants, reptiles or even jellyfish further down the line. Clare Balding meets those taking part in the celebrations and finds out why they feel evolution itself should be celebrated.

. Clare Balding takes an 'evolutionary walk' in the Quantock Hills in Somerset.

4Literary Walks, Darwin - Quantock Hills20110616

Inspired by Richard Dawkins book 'The Ancestor's tale: a pilgrimage to the dawn of life' the 'Ancestor's Trail' is intended as a celebration of evolution. Darwin's Tree is represented by footpaths over the Quantock hills and whilst some walkers will begin the 13 mile hike representing the human journey others may join as elephants, reptiles or even jellyfish further down the line. Clare Balding meets those taking part in the celebrations and finds out why they feel evolution itself should be celebrated.

. Clare Balding takes an 'evolutionary walk' in the Quantock Hills in Somerset.

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. Clare Balding meets Garth Gunn and his son Craig on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset.

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. Clare continues her journey in the company of a group of local walkers, led by Jon Monks.

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. Clare Balding walks the first section of the proposed Gustav Holst trail near Cheltenham.

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. Clare Balding walks the first section of the proposed Gustav Holst trail near Cheltenham.

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. Clare Balding continues her route along the South Downs Way, walking at night at full moon

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Clare Balding walks with a group of women who have produced their own book of walks in the Peak District called 'Women's Ways' that celebrates their friendships and the countryside around their home city of Sheffield.

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Producer: Maggie Ayre.

. Clare Balding is with a group of women who have made a book of walks in the Peak District.

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. Clare Balding is with a group of women who have made a book of walks in the Peak District.

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Continuing his series of short walks for winter days that take in city skylines, Stuart Maconie walks the Garth outside of Cardiff with a group who call themselves Welsh Women Walking. As they admire spectacular views of the city and over the Bristol Channel to Somerset and Devon, Stuart hears from one woman who says these walks with her friends, saved her life and sanity after the death of her son.

. Stuart Maconie hikes up the Garth outside Cardiff with a group of women walkers.

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Continuing his series of short walks for winter days that take in city skylines, Stuart Maconie walks the Garth outside of Cardiff with a group who call themselves Welsh Women Walking. As they admire spectacular views of the city and over the Bristol Channel to Somerset and Devon, Stuart hears from one woman who says these walks with her friends, saved her life and sanity after the death of her son.

Stuart did a circular route of around five miles from the village of Pentyrch.

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. Stuart Maconie hikes up the Garth outside Cardiff with a group of women walkers.

4Series 19, Discovering Kent from Chilham to Wye20111008

In the fourth in a series of listener suggestions for Ramblings, Clare Balding walks part of the ancient track of the Pilgrim's Way in Kent. Often thought of as a 'corridor', the county that travellers pass through en route to somewhere else, the Kent countryside has much to offer, as Clare discovers .

Clare joins a group of friend who, since retiring, meet regularly to walk some of the 4,000 miles of footpaths that Kent has to offer. To date, the group have walked around half of these and today they follow the ancient Pilgrim's Way over the North Downs from Chilham to Wye. The Pilgrim's Way is the historic route supposed to have been taken by pilgrims from Winchester in Hampshire, to the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury in Kent. Visited by tourists worldwide, Chilham is located in the valley of the Great Stour river. It is well known for its beauty and has been the location of choice for several film locations and tv dramas. The walk then goes on to Kings Wood, home in spring to the 'best bluebells in Kent' and also the location in the past for the HQ of England's secret underground army, the auxiliary units before ending at the historic village of Wye.

. Clare Balding discovers the delights of walking along the ancient pathways of Kent.

4Series 19, Discovering Kent from Chilham to Wye20111013

In the fourth in a series of listener suggestions for Ramblings, Clare Balding walks part of the ancient track of the Pilgrim's Way in Kent. Often thought of as a 'corridor', the county that travellers pass through en route to somewhere else, the Kent countryside has much to offer, as Clare discovers .

Clare joins a group of friend who, since retiring, meet regularly to walk some of the 4,000 miles of footpaths that Kent has to offer. To date, the group have walked around half of these and today they follow the ancient Pilgrim's Way over the North Downs from Chilham to Wye. The Pilgrim's Way is the historic route supposed to have been taken by pilgrims from Winchester in Hampshire, to the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury in Kent. Visited by tourists worldwide, Chilham is located in the valley of the Great Stour river. It is well known for its beauty and has been the location of choice for several film locations and tv dramas. The walk then goes on to Kings Wood, home in spring to the 'best bluebells in Kent' and also the location in the past for the HQ of England's secret underground army, the auxiliary units before ending at the historic village of Wye.

. Clare Balding discovers the delights of walking along the ancient pathways of Kent.

5Inspirational Walks, Brecon Beacons - Art in the Park20120308

Clare Balding walks part of the Beacons Way in the Brecon Beacons National Park to find out how people are being inspired to create their own response to the surrounding landscape. The Park's landscape has inspired artists for generations and today Clare is joined by Robert Macdonald, one of 8 artists to create a series of images which are set into stone along sections of the footpath as part of a project called 'Art in the Park'. Groups from schools and colleges, as well as people from outside of the Park boundaries, have been encouraged to walk sections of the Beacons Way and gain inspiration themselves from the art work and from the landscape around them.

Leading the walk today are some of the people involved with the project from both National Park and the Brecon Beacons Park Society and, as they walk, Clare talks to members of a group from Drugaid Cymru to find out how the project is helping, and inspiring, them.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

. Clare Balding is in the Brecon Beacons for the fifth in a series of inspirational walks.

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. Clare Balding is in the Brecon Beacons for the fifth in a series of inspirational walks.

5Literary Walks, Daphne Du Maurier - Fowey20110618

Daphne Du Maurier lived and worked in Cornwall and the area surrounding Fowey features in many of her novels. Today the town is home to the annual Daphne Du Maurier festival and this year is it's 10th anniversary. Clare Balding discovers how the area inspired many features of Du Mauriers work and meets local experts including Du Maurier's son.

. Clare Balding explores the Cornish countryside which inspired Daphne Du Maurier's novels.

5Literary Walks, Daphne Du Maurier - Fowey20110623

Daphne Du Maurier lived and worked in Cornwall and the area surrounding Fowey features in many of her novels. Today the town is home to the annual Daphne Du Maurier festival and this year is it's 10th anniversary. Clare Balding discovers how the area inspired many features of Du Mauriers work and meets local experts including Du Maurier's son.

. Clare Balding explores the Cornish countryside which inspired Daphne Du Maurier's novels.

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. Clare Balding walks on the Scottish peninsular of Cromarty with author Douglas Willis.

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. Clare Balding walks the fifth leg of St Oswald's Way, from Rothbury to Simonside.

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. Clare Balding meets members of the Shropshire Bereavement Walking Group.

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. Clare Balding walks a stretch of the South Downs Way near Petersfield with Gurkhas.

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Clare Balding walks with a group of friends in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh, a group who've been walking together for twenty years and who share a love of what the writer Robert Louis Stevenson referred to as 'the hills of home'.

The group walked out from the Loganlea Reservoir, up Carnethy and on to Turnhouse and Flotterstone before climbing Castlelaw Hill. Another steep climb to Allermuir is rewarded by great views of Edinburgh, the Firth of Forth and down the coast to Berwick on Tweed, before descending to Hillend for the finish of the walk.

. Clare Balding walks with a group of friends in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh.

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. Clare Balding walks with a group of friends in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh.

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Stuart Maconie takes in the Manchester skyline with poet Simon Armitage on his home turf.

. Stuart Maconie takes in the Manchester skyline with poet Simon Armitage.

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Stuart Maconie takes in the Manchester skyline with the poet Simon Armitage on his home turf, the borderlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire near to the village of Marsden. They walk part of the Pennine Way from Standedge Cutting towards White Hill, taking in views of Manchester as they go.

Grid Reference for walk start point: SE 047118 Standedge Visitor Centre Car Park

. Stuart Maconie takes in the Manchester skyline with poet Simon Armitage.

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In the fifth of this series of listener's walks, Clare Blading sets out three people who live in Lincolnshire and share a passion for the Wolds. Listener, Mike Garrs, invited Clare to join him in the landscape that he loves and where he walks regularly with friends. They are joined by Pete Skipworth, who has traced his ancestry in the Lincolnshire Wolds back to the fourteenth century and who has also been walking the area for 30 years, and Louise Niekirk from the Lincolnshire Countryside Service which organises the annual Lincolnshire Walking Festival.

In a walk which begins in the village of Tealby and passes through Walesby and the centuries-old Ramblers Church before arriving at Normanby-le-Wold, Clare discovers that Lincolnshire is not as flat as most people think as the path reaches the dizzy heights of around 500 feet with stunning views across the landscape.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

. Clare Balding discovers that the Lincolnshire Wolds are not as flat as most people think.

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. Clare Balding discovers that the Lincolnshire Wolds are not as flat as most people think.

6 LASTInspirational Walks, Sir Andrew Motion20120315

In the final programme in a series of inspirational walks, Clare Balding is joined by the former poet laureate, Sir Andrew Motion, to walk around the village of Stisted in Essex. As they walk around the village, Sir Andrew tells Clare about his memories of growing up in the village where he was first inspired to write poetry.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

. Clare Balding is joined by the former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion.

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In the final programme in a series of inspirational walks, Clare Balding is joined by the former poet laureate, Sir Andrew Motion, to walk around the village of Stisted in Essex. As they walk around the village, Sir Andrew tells Clare about his memories of growing up in the village where he was first inspired to write poetry.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

. Clare Balding is joined by the former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion.

6 LASTLiterary Walks, Alderley Edge - Alan Garner20110625

Alan Garner spent his early childhood in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, England, and he remains associated with the area. Many of his works, including The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath, are drawn from local legends and locations. Clare Balding walks with him to hear more about the area and how it inspired his writing.

. Clare Balding explores the countryside of Alderley Edge with author Alan Garner.

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Alan Garner spent his early childhood in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, England, and he remains associated with the area. Many of his works, including The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath, are drawn from local legends and locations. Clare Balding walks with him to hear more about the area and how it inspired his writing.

. Clare Balding explores the countryside of Alderley Edge with author Alan Garner.

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. Clare Balding walks along the River Ythan in Aberdeenshire to the Forvie dunes.

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. Clare Balding joins two polar explorers to walk in Scotland's picturesque Wester Ross.

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. Clare Balding walks the final stage of St Oswald's Way.

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. The Sheffield Dog Walking Group gather to join Clare Balding for a walk in the Peaks.

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Clare Balding walks through the magnificent Glasgow Necropolis, a green oasis in the heart of the city.

. Clare Balding walks through the Glasgow Necropolis.

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. Clare Balding walks through the Glasgow Necropolis.

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In the last programme of the series, Stuart Maconie walks the Lickey Hills overlooking Birmingham with a group of first time walkers, from the inner city.

. Stuart Maconie walks the Lickey Hills near Birmingham.

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. Stuart Maconie walks the Lickey Hills near Birmingham.

6 LASTSeries 19, Devon - Hope Cove to Salcombe20111022

Clare Balding joins Gordon and Caroline Luff and their son, Sam, to walk a section of the South West Coastal Path from Hope Cove to Salcombe. This is thought to be one of the most beautiful stretches of the 630 mile long distance footpath where kestrels and peregrine falcons can be seen flying above the cliffs and seals can sometimes be seen down below. The walk is one that Gordon and Caroline have done several times but, after surviving breast cancer in 2001, Caroline then faced agonising back pain resulting in spinal surgery in 2010. Throughout both her treatment for cancer and surgery on her back, Caroline was determined to continue with the walking that she loves.

The last time Gordon and Caroline walked from Hope Cove to Salcombe ended in tears with Caroline convinced that she would never walk again. Along with their son Sam, Clare joins Gordon and Caroline as they return to the aptly named Hope Cove to walk the route to Salcombe, something that Caroline can now do pain-free. And when the group reach Soar Mill Cove, nobody can resist taking off their walking boots and running into the sea for a paddle.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

. Clare Balding walks a stretch of the South West Coastal Path from Hope Cove to Salcombe.

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. Clare Balding walks a stretch of the South West Coastal Path from Hope Cove to Salcombe.

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. Clare Balding walks the Northumbrian coast with walking magazine editor Jonathan Manning.

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Clare Balding walks the Northumbrian coast with walking magazine editor Jonathan Manning.

Clare Balding walks the Northumbrian coast with Jonathan Manning.

As editor of a walking magazine, Jonathan is evangelical about encouraging people to experience our countryside on foot.

He takes Clare on what he considers the perfect walk.

Clare Balding walks Northumbria's coast with Jonathan Manning.

As editor of a walking magazine, Jonathan is evangelical about encouraging people to see our countryside on foot.

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Clare Balding walks the Northumbrian coast with walking magazine editor Jonathan Manning.

Clare Balding walks the Northumbrian coast with Jonathan Manning.

As editor of a walking magazine, Jonathan is evangelical about encouraging people to experience our countryside on foot.

He takes Clare on what he considers the perfect walk.

Clare Balding walks Northumbria's coast with Jonathan Manning.

As editor of a walking magazine, Jonathan is evangelical about encouraging people to see our countryside on foot.

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. Clare Balding walks in the West Country with Beryl Griffiths, founder of Granny Treks.

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Clare Balding walks in the West Country with Beryl Griffiths, founder of Granny Treks.

Beryl has raised huge sums for her local children's hospice through sponsored walks.

She takes Clare on the route that is has become the annual Granny Trek around Charlton Farm in Wraxall, Somerset.

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Clare Balding walks in the West Country with Beryl Griffiths, founder of Granny Treks.

Beryl has raised huge sums for her local children's hospice through sponsored walks.

She takes Clare on the route that is has become the annual Granny Trek around Charlton Farm in Wraxall, Somerset.

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In the first of a new series, and to mark Armistice Day last Saturday, Clare Balding meets Geoffrey Wellum, who flew Spitfires during the Battle of Britain.

Now 86, he takes Clare to some of the areas near his home in Mullion, Cornwall, where he was able to find the isolation and solitude he needed after returning from war.

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In the first of a new series, and to mark Armistice Day last Saturday, Clare Balding meets Geoffrey Wellum, who flew Spitfires during the Battle of Britain.

Now 86, he takes Clare to some of the areas near his home in Mullion, Cornwall, where he was able to find the isolation and solitude he needed after returning from war.

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2/6: Clare Balding joins the annual Market Weighton School walk in the East Riding of Yorkshire, a 14-mile walk around the area that offers a chance for staff and pupils to bond.

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2/6: Clare Balding joins the annual Market Weighton School walk in the East Riding of Yorkshire, a 14-mile walk around the area that offers a chance for staff and pupils to bond.

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Clare Balding walks along the Cornish coast in the company of novelist Patrick Gale.

Clare Balding walks along the Cornish coast in the company of novelist Patrick Gale, who explains how the area has been the inspiration and setting for many of his books and why walking forms a vital part of his creative process.

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Clare Balding walks along the Cornish coast in the company of novelist Patrick Gale.

Clare Balding walks along the Cornish coast in the company of novelist Patrick Gale, who explains how the area has been the inspiration and setting for many of his books and why walking forms a vital part of his creative process.

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Clare Balding joins the Bristol Walk and Talk group on a 7-mile hike in Gloucestershire.

Clare Balding joins the Bristol Walk and Talk group on a seven-mile hike from the village of Sherston to Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire.

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Clare Balding joins the Bristol Walk and Talk group on a 7-mile hike in Gloucestershire.

Clare Balding joins the Bristol Walk and Talk group on a seven-mile hike from the village of Sherston to Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire.

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Clare Balding climbs Mither Tap, part of Bennachie, a range of hills east of Aberdeen.

She is joined by a group of anthropologists from Aberdeen University, who tell her about the people who have lived and worked on the hill over the centuries.

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Clare Balding climbs Mither Tap, part of Bennachie, a range of hills east of Aberdeen.

She is joined by a group of anthropologists from Aberdeen University, who tell her about the people who have lived and worked on the hill over the centuries.

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Clare Balding walks along the River Ythan in Aberdeenshire to the Forvie dunes in the company of local naturalists.

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Clare Balding walks along the River Ythan in Aberdeenshire to the Forvie dunes in the company of local naturalists.

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Clare Balding explores walks that are good for the mind, body and soul.

Clare joins The Times' music critic Richard Morrison, who shares with her the inspirational landscape of Benjamin Britten's Suffolk - journeying from the rich sounds of the ocean crashing on the shingle beach at Aldeburgh to the watery reed beds of Snape Maltings, the site of the annual Aldeburgh Festival.

Britten would often walk this land, consuming the sights and sounds and composing great works that were later notated at his piano back at The Red House, the Aldeburgh home that he shared with partner and collaborator Peter Pears.

It was at this house that, as a student, Richard first met Britten, shortly before his death in 1976.

Travelling along the historic Sailor's Path, infused with the sounds of Britten's Peter Grimes, Richard recalls this first meeting and discusses the relationship between music, mind and the landscape.

Clare Balding joins The Times' music critic Richard Morrison in Suffolk.

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Clare Balding explores walks that are good for the mind, body and soul.

Clare joins The Times' music critic Richard Morrison, who shares with her the inspirational landscape of Benjamin Britten's Suffolk - journeying from the rich sounds of the ocean crashing on the shingle beach at Aldeburgh to the watery reed beds of Snape Maltings, the site of the annual Aldeburgh Festival.

Britten would often walk this land, consuming the sights and sounds and composing great works that were later notated at his piano back at The Red House, the Aldeburgh home that he shared with partner and collaborator Peter Pears.

It was at this house that, as a student, Richard first met Britten, shortly before his death in 1976.

Travelling along the historic Sailor's Path, infused with the sounds of Britten's Peter Grimes, Richard recalls this first meeting and discusses the relationship between music, mind and the landscape.

Clare Balding joins The Times' music critic Richard Morrison in Suffolk.

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Clare Balding explores walks that are good for the mind, body and soul.

Clare joins blind walker Rob Davies at Hulne Park - part of the Duke of Northumberland's estate - where he shares his love of birdsong.

Rob regularly joins Alnwick Health Walks in Northumberland and delights fellow walkers by sharing his extensive knowledge of birdsong, something he developed through an online group called 'blind-birders'.

Clare joins blind walker Rob Davies at Hulne Park, on the Duke of Northumberland's estate.

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Clare Balding explores walks that are good for the mind, body and soul.

Clare joins blind walker Rob Davies at Hulne Park - part of the Duke of Northumberland's estate - where he shares his love of birdsong.

Rob regularly joins Alnwick Health Walks in Northumberland and delights fellow walkers by sharing his extensive knowledge of birdsong, something he developed through an online group called 'blind-birders'.

Clare joins blind walker Rob Davies at Hulne Park, on the Duke of Northumberland's estate.

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Clare Balding explores walks that are good for the mind, body and soul.

Clare walks in Wiltshire with the 'modern-day Troubadours' who have been singing for their supper as they tramp the length and breadth of Britain.

After studying The Canterbury Tales from his university desk, Will decided he needed to experience the route on foot, a journey that has now expanded to walking across Britain with school friends Ed and Ginger.

It is a full time expedition, in which they travel on foot and live outside, getting them right to the soul of the land.

They hope the folk music of yesteryear they play will ancient rekindle memories and knowledge.

Clare Balding walks in Wiltshire with 'modern-day Troubadours'.

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Clare Balding explores walks that are good for the mind, body and soul.

Clare walks in Wiltshire with the 'modern-day Troubadours' who have been singing for their supper as they tramp the length and breadth of Britain.

After studying The Canterbury Tales from his university desk, Will decided he needed to experience the route on foot, a journey that has now expanded to walking across Britain with school friends Ed and Ginger.

It is a full time expedition, in which they travel on foot and live outside, getting them right to the soul of the land.

They hope the folk music of yesteryear they play will ancient rekindle memories and knowledge.

Clare Balding walks in Wiltshire with 'modern-day Troubadours'.

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Clare Balding explores walks that are good for the mind, body and soul.

Clare meets Garth Gunn and his son Craig on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, as they embark on the training route that got Garth back on his feet as he recovered from ME.

Garth had been a keen long distance walker since the late 1960s, trekking across the Isle of Wight east to west in a day.

In the early 1990s, however, he suffered a series of traumas and was diagnosed with the energy-depleting condition ME, leaving him unable to even sweep the leaves up in his garden.

Walking played a huge role in his recovery.

His son Craig, who is a postman, would finish work at lunchtime and walk Garth down to Poole harbour, a little bit further each day to try and build up his confidence.

Garth would look across at the Purbeck Hills and think that he would never feel them under his feet again, but with a little help he did.

He now regularly walks what he calls his 'training circuit', even conquering the 210 hillside steps of Jacob's Ladder to enjoy the stunning views across Dorset's Jurassic coast.

Clare joins father, son and friends as they all complete the seven-mile circuit.

Clare Balding meets Garth Gunn and his son Craig on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset.

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Clare Balding explores walks that are good for the mind, body and soul.

Clare meets Garth Gunn and his son Craig on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, as they embark on the training route that got Garth back on his feet as he recovered from ME.

Garth had been a keen long distance walker since the late 1960s, trekking across the Isle of Wight east to west in a day.

In the early 1990s, however, he suffered a series of traumas and was diagnosed with the energy-depleting condition ME, leaving him unable to even sweep the leaves up in his garden.

Walking played a huge role in his recovery.

His son Craig, who is a postman, would finish work at lunchtime and walk Garth down to Poole harbour, a little bit further each day to try and build up his confidence.

Garth would look across at the Purbeck Hills and think that he would never feel them under his feet again, but with a little help he did.

He now regularly walks what he calls his 'training circuit', even conquering the 210 hillside steps of Jacob's Ladder to enjoy the stunning views across Dorset's Jurassic coast.

Clare joins father, son and friends as they all complete the seven-mile circuit.

Clare Balding meets Garth Gunn and his son Craig on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset.

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Clare Balding explores walks that are good for the mind, body and soul.

Clare walks in Cromarty, a name that conjures the dulcet tones of the Shipping Forecast and prompts images of storm-battered ships wrestling with the sea on a cold, dark night.

Perched at the top of the Black Isle, a peninsular stretching north from Inverness, Cromarty is a small, picturesque town of tiny streets and Georgian cottages, with a harbour flanked by the Sutors: two hills that are believed to be the slumbering forms of two giant shoe makers who protected Cromarty from ancient invaders.

In their heyday, at night, oil platforms would light up the shoreline.

Clare walks with Douglas Willis, a retired geography teacher and author who brings to life the spirit of Cromarty's most famous son, Hugh Miller - stone mason, chronicler of life on the Black Isle, church reformer and pioneering, self-taught geologist.

Born in 1802 and standing at over 6ft tall with a shock of red hair, his fossil collection of over 6,000 specimens became the founding core of what is today's Scottish national collection in the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh.

Clare Balding walks on the Scottish peninsular of Cromarty with author Douglas Willis.

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Clare Balding explores walks that are good for the mind, body and soul.

Clare walks in Cromarty, a name that conjures the dulcet tones of the Shipping Forecast and prompts images of storm-battered ships wrestling with the sea on a cold, dark night.

Perched at the top of the Black Isle, a peninsular stretching north from Inverness, Cromarty is a small, picturesque town of tiny streets and Georgian cottages, with a harbour flanked by the Sutors: two hills that are believed to be the slumbering forms of two giant shoe makers who protected Cromarty from ancient invaders.

In their heyday, at night, oil platforms would light up the shoreline.

Clare walks with Douglas Willis, a retired geography teacher and author who brings to life the spirit of Cromarty's most famous son, Hugh Miller - stone mason, chronicler of life on the Black Isle, church reformer and pioneering, self-taught geologist.

Born in 1802 and standing at over 6ft tall with a shock of red hair, his fossil collection of over 6,000 specimens became the founding core of what is today's Scottish national collection in the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh.

Clare Balding walks on the Scottish peninsular of Cromarty with author Douglas Willis.

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Clare joins polar explorers Caroline Hamilton and Zoe Hudson to walk in Scotland's picturesque Wester Ross.

Caroline is a record breaking polar explorer who led the first all-female teams to have trekked to the North and South Pole.

Clare walks with Caroline and Zoe in what they both describe as the landscape of their heart, the remote outpost of Lower Diabaig.

Isolated and wild, with sweeping expanses of sky, it is a landscape of extremes - with soaring mountains and deep sea lochs, it is a place of space that begs to be explored.

Look north and you can almost taste the cold air of the North Pole, a place that Caroline still longs for.

Walking from the tiny harbour dotted with white cottages, and through the rocky headland towards views of the Isle of Skye, Caroline and Zoe share their memories of polar adventures at minus 50 degrees celsius, self-sufficient living and wearing hats that look like mountains.

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Clare joins polar explorers Caroline Hamilton and Zoe Hudson to walk in Scotland's picturesque Wester Ross.

Caroline is a record breaking polar explorer who led the first all-female teams to have trekked to the North and South Pole.

Clare walks with Caroline and Zoe in what they both describe as the landscape of their heart, the remote outpost of Lower Diabaig.

Isolated and wild, with sweeping expanses of sky, it is a landscape of extremes - with soaring mountains and deep sea lochs, it is a place of space that begs to be explored.

Look north and you can almost taste the cold air of the North Pole, a place that Caroline still longs for.

Walking from the tiny harbour dotted with white cottages, and through the rocky headland towards views of the Isle of Skye, Caroline and Zoe share their memories of polar adventures at minus 50 degrees celsius, self-sufficient living and wearing hats that look like mountains.

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Clare Balding walks the length of St Oswald's Way in Northumberland.

The first section of the route takes Clare from Holy Island to St Cuthbert's Cave.

She is joined by local clergyman Michael Mountney, the creator of the route, who conceived the idea as a millenium project for his parish.

They are joined by long-distance walking expert Jenny Walters, who offers Clare advice on how to keep her feet in shape for the miles ahead and the kit she needs to keep on track.

St Oswald's Way is a 97-mile route, running from Holy Island in the north, alog the stunning Northumberland coast before heading inland to Heavensfield and Hadrian's Wall.

The path links some of the places associated with St Oswald, the King of Northumbria in the early seventh century, who played a major part in bringing Christianity to his people.

Clare walks the first section of the route, from Holy Island to St Cuthbert's Cave.

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Clare Balding walks the length of St Oswald's Way in Northumberland.

The first section of the route takes Clare from Holy Island to St Cuthbert's Cave.

She is joined by local clergyman Michael Mountney, the creator of the route, who conceived the idea as a millenium project for his parish.

They are joined by long-distance walking expert Jenny Walters, who offers Clare advice on how to keep her feet in shape for the miles ahead and the kit she needs to keep on track.

St Oswald's Way is a 97-mile route, running from Holy Island in the north, alog the stunning Northumberland coast before heading inland to Heavensfield and Hadrian's Wall.

The path links some of the places associated with St Oswald, the King of Northumbria in the early seventh century, who played a major part in bringing Christianity to his people.

Clare walks the first section of the route, from Holy Island to St Cuthbert's Cave.

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Clare walks the second section of the route, from Belford to Beadnell, via Bamburgh Castle

Clare Balding walks the length of St Oswald's Way in Northumberland.

The second section of the route takes Clare from Belford to Beadnell in the company of Iain Robson and Tom Cadwallender, who guide Clare through the highlights of this stretch of the route.

Iain and Tom both help to maintain the area for the Northumberland National Park, and the two long-distance paths on their patch help to ensure that a steady stream of enthusiastic walkers visit the county.

St Oswald's Way is a 97-mile route, running from Holy Island in the north, alog the stunning Northumberland coast before heading inland to Heavensfield and Hadrian's Wall.

The path links some of the places associated with St Oswald, the King of Northumbria in the early-seventh century, who played a major part in bringing Christianity to his people.

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Clare walks the second section of the route, from Belford to Beadnell, via Bamburgh Castle

Clare Balding walks the length of St Oswald's Way in Northumberland.

The second section of the route takes Clare from Belford to Beadnell in the company of Iain Robson and Tom Cadwallender, who guide Clare through the highlights of this stretch of the route.

Iain and Tom both help to maintain the area for the Northumberland National Park, and the two long-distance paths on their patch help to ensure that a steady stream of enthusiastic walkers visit the county.

St Oswald's Way is a 97-mile route, running from Holy Island in the north, alog the stunning Northumberland coast before heading inland to Heavensfield and Hadrian's Wall.

The path links some of the places associated with St Oswald, the King of Northumbria in the early-seventh century, who played a major part in bringing Christianity to his people.

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Clare Balding walks the length of St Oswald's Way in Northumberland.

Clare walks the third stretch of the route, from Alnmouth to Warkworth, in the company of local artisit Sue Fenlon and photographer Barbara Aitchison.

They explain why they find this part of the Northumberland coast so inspiring.

St Oswald's Way is a 97-mile route, running from Holy Island in the north, alog the stunning Northumberland coast before heading inland to Heavensfield and Hadrian's Wall.

The path links some of the places associated with St Oswald, the King of Northumbria in the early-seventh century, who played a major part in bringing Christianity to his people.

Clare walks the third stretch of the route, from Alnmouth to Warkworth.

St Oswald's Way is a 97-mile route, running from Holy Island in the north, along the stunning Northumberland coast before heading inland to Heavensfield and Hadrian's Wall.

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Clare Balding walks the length of St Oswald's Way in Northumberland.

Clare walks the third stretch of the route, from Alnmouth to Warkworth, in the company of local artisit Sue Fenlon and photographer Barbara Aitchison.

They explain why they find this part of the Northumberland coast so inspiring.

St Oswald's Way is a 97-mile route, running from Holy Island in the north, alog the stunning Northumberland coast before heading inland to Heavensfield and Hadrian's Wall.

The path links some of the places associated with St Oswald, the King of Northumbria in the early-seventh century, who played a major part in bringing Christianity to his people.

Clare walks the third stretch of the route, from Alnmouth to Warkworth.

St Oswald's Way is a 97-mile route, running from Holy Island in the north, along the stunning Northumberland coast before heading inland to Heavensfield and Hadrian's Wall.

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Clare Balding walks the length of St Oswald's Way in Northumberland.

On the fourth leg of the route, Jon Monks explains to Clare why he believes St Oswald's Way is the thinking man's walking route.

St Oswald's Way is a 97-mile route, running from Holy Island in the north, along the stunning Northumberland coast before heading inland to Heavensfield and Hadrian's Wall.

The path links some of the places associated with St Oswald, the King of Northumbria in the early-seventh century, who played a major part in bringing Christianity to his people.

Clare continues her journey in the company of a group of local walkers, led by Jon Monks.

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Clare Balding walks the length of St Oswald's Way in Northumberland.

On the fourth leg of the route, Jon Monks explains to Clare why he believes St Oswald's Way is the thinking man's walking route.

St Oswald's Way is a 97-mile route, running from Holy Island in the north, along the stunning Northumberland coast before heading inland to Heavensfield and Hadrian's Wall.

The path links some of the places associated with St Oswald, the King of Northumbria in the early-seventh century, who played a major part in bringing Christianity to his people.

Clare continues her journey in the company of a group of local walkers, led by Jon Monks.

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Clare Balding walks the length of St Oswald's Way in Northumberland.

Former hill shepherd Russell Tait, Northumberland's answer to George Clooney, is Clare's guide as she walk's the fifth leg of the route from Rothbury to Simonside.

St Oswald's Way is a 97-mile route, running from Holy Island in the north, along the stunning Northumberland coast before heading inland to Heavensfield and Hadrian's Wall.

The path links some of the places associated with St Oswald, the King of Northumbria in the early-seventh century, who played a major part in bringing Christianity to his people.

Clare Balding walks the fifth leg of St Oswald's Way, from Rothbury to Simonside.

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Clare Balding walks the length of St Oswald's Way in Northumberland.

Former hill shepherd Russell Tait, Northumberland's answer to George Clooney, is Clare's guide as she walk's the fifth leg of the route from Rothbury to Simonside.

St Oswald's Way is a 97-mile route, running from Holy Island in the north, along the stunning Northumberland coast before heading inland to Heavensfield and Hadrian's Wall.

The path links some of the places associated with St Oswald, the King of Northumbria in the early-seventh century, who played a major part in bringing Christianity to his people.

Clare Balding walks the fifth leg of St Oswald's Way, from Rothbury to Simonside.

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Clare Balding walks the length of St Oswald's Way in Northumberland.

Clare walks the final part of the route in the company of the men who were responsible for designing and looking after the path, Gary Cambell and Martin Paminter.

They explain how the route was launched three years ago and their plans for its future.

Clare is also, once again, joined by walking expert Jenny Walters, who wants to discover if the advice she gave Clare 90 miles ago has helped her remain fit and healthy throughout her journey.

St Oswald's Way is a 97-mile route, running from Holy Island in the north, along the stunning Northumberland coast before heading inland to Heavensfield and Hadrian's Wall.

The path links some of the places associated with St Oswald, the King of Northumbria in the early-seventh century, who played a major part in bringing Christianity to his people.

Clare Balding walks the final stage of St Oswald's Way.

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Clare Balding walks the length of St Oswald's Way in Northumberland.

Clare walks the final part of the route in the company of the men who were responsible for designing and looking after the path, Gary Cambell and Martin Paminter.

They explain how the route was launched three years ago and their plans for its future.

Clare is also, once again, joined by walking expert Jenny Walters, who wants to discover if the advice she gave Clare 90 miles ago has helped her remain fit and healthy throughout her journey.

St Oswald's Way is a 97-mile route, running from Holy Island in the north, along the stunning Northumberland coast before heading inland to Heavensfield and Hadrian's Wall.

The path links some of the places associated with St Oswald, the King of Northumbria in the early-seventh century, who played a major part in bringing Christianity to his people.

Clare Balding walks the final stage of St Oswald's Way.

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Clare Balding discovers the joys of group walking.

First stop, Wensleydale.

Clare Balding explores the joys of group walking.

For 25 years a group of Yorkshire friends have been meeting every few months for a hike through the countryside of northern England.

Clare joins them on their silver jubilee walk.

The group first met as anxious parents watching their sons play rugby at Bradford Grammar School; when their sons left home they decided to keep in touch by organising regular rambles.

Since then the walkers have helped each other through all that life can throw at you, using the healing powers of friendship, stunning landscapes and a good walk.

Clare meets up with the group as it tackles one of its favourite routes across the horse racing gallops of Middleham in Wensleydale.

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Clare Balding discovers the joys of group walking.

First stop, Wensleydale.

Clare Balding explores the joys of group walking.

For 25 years a group of Yorkshire friends have been meeting every few months for a hike through the countryside of northern England.

Clare joins them on their silver jubilee walk.

The group first met as anxious parents watching their sons play rugby at Bradford Grammar School; when their sons left home they decided to keep in touch by organising regular rambles.

Since then the walkers have helped each other through all that life can throw at you, using the healing powers of friendship, stunning landscapes and a good walk.

Clare meets up with the group as it tackles one of its favourite routes across the horse racing gallops of Middleham in Wensleydale.

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Clare Balding explores the joys of group walking.

Clare walks with artists Richard and Tom Keating, and Kel Portman.

They all lead guided walks in the area, encouraging their companions to enjoy the landscape by drawing and painting what they see as they go.

The artists use their knowledge of the area and of creating art to assist the other walkers in the work, suggest different techniques or views and to generally encourage and support.

Clare Balding walks Laurie Lee's Slad Valley with a group of artists inspired by the area.

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Clare Balding explores the joys of group walking.

Clare walks with artists Richard and Tom Keating, and Kel Portman.

They all lead guided walks in the area, encouraging their companions to enjoy the landscape by drawing and painting what they see as they go.

The artists use their knowledge of the area and of creating art to assist the other walkers in the work, suggest different techniques or views and to generally encourage and support.

Clare Balding walks Laurie Lee's Slad Valley with a group of artists inspired by the area.

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Clare Balding joins members of the North Wales Gay Outdoor Club for a coastal walk on Anglesey.

Many of the members joined the group because they wanted to meet like-minded people in a relaxed and positive environment.

Pete Burling hopes the group is an antidote to the gay clubbing scene and finds that it offers a non-threatening and supportive atmosphere to those taking the first steps in coming out.

Keen birdwatcher Jane Prosser helps Clare look for some of the rare chough that can be found around the cliffs of Anglesey.

Identifiable as a member of the crow family with its black plumage, it has a startling red bill and legs, making it look more exotic than the usual gulls that you expect on a coastal walk.

Jane grew up near here and says that her father was a botanist and was for ever dragging her through hedges, and it seems to have rubbed off on her.

Clare Balding walks on Anglesey with members of the North Wales Gay Outdoor Club.

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Clare Balding joins members of the North Wales Gay Outdoor Club for a coastal walk on Anglesey.

Many of the members joined the group because they wanted to meet like-minded people in a relaxed and positive environment.

Pete Burling hopes the group is an antidote to the gay clubbing scene and finds that it offers a non-threatening and supportive atmosphere to those taking the first steps in coming out.

Keen birdwatcher Jane Prosser helps Clare look for some of the rare chough that can be found around the cliffs of Anglesey.

Identifiable as a member of the crow family with its black plumage, it has a startling red bill and legs, making it look more exotic than the usual gulls that you expect on a coastal walk.

Jane grew up near here and says that her father was a botanist and was for ever dragging her through hedges, and it seems to have rubbed off on her.

Clare Balding walks on Anglesey with members of the North Wales Gay Outdoor Club.

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Clare Balding explores the joys of group walking.

Clare joins the volunteers from the Holst Birthplace Museum who take her from Cranham through the Cotswolds, a landscape that inspired Holst to compose some of his best known and loved pieces.

Clare Balding walks the first section of the proposed Gustav Holst trail near Cheltenham.

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Clare Balding explores the joys of group walking.

Clare joins the volunteers from the Holst Birthplace Museum who take her from Cranham through the Cotswolds, a landscape that inspired Holst to compose some of his best known and loved pieces.

Clare Balding walks the first section of the proposed Gustav Holst trail near Cheltenham.

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Clare Balding meets members of the Shropshire Bereavement Walking Group for a therapeutic ramble.

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Clare Balding meets members of the Shropshire Bereavement Walking Group for a therapeutic ramble.

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Clare heads for the Peak District to join the Sheffield Dog Walking Group.

When dog owners Chris Bird and Victoria Cooper discovered that their four-footed friends were not always warmly received by all ramblers clubs they decided to set up their own, where all well-mannered dogs and their owners would be welcome.

They enjoy exploring further afield than just the local parks and they discuss with Clare the joys and drawbacks of dogs in the countryside.

The Sheffield Dog Walking Group gather to join Clare Balding for a walk in the Peaks.

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Clare heads for the Peak District to join the Sheffield Dog Walking Group.

When dog owners Chris Bird and Victoria Cooper discovered that their four-footed friends were not always warmly received by all ramblers clubs they decided to set up their own, where all well-mannered dogs and their owners would be welcome.

They enjoy exploring further afield than just the local parks and they discuss with Clare the joys and drawbacks of dogs in the countryside.

The Sheffield Dog Walking Group gather to join Clare Balding for a walk in the Peaks.

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Clare heads for the Peak District to join the Sheffield Dog Walking Group.

When dog owners Chris Bird and Victoria Cooper discovered that their four-footed friends were not always warmly received by all ramblers clubs they decided to set up their own, where all well-mannered dogs and their owners would be welcome.

They enjoy exploring further afield than just the local parks and they discuss with Clare the joys and drawbacks of dogs in the countryside.

The Sheffield Dog Walking Group gather to join Clare Balding for a walk in the Peaks.

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Clare Balding walks the South Downs Way.

Starting at the coast near Eastbourne, she meets a group of disabled ramblers with a passion for the countryside of East Sussex.

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Clare Balding walks the South Downs Way.

Starting at the coast near Eastbourne, she meets a group of disabled ramblers with a passion for the countryside of East Sussex.

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Clare Balding continues her walk along the South Downs Way from Ditchling Beacon near Brighton to Devil's Dyke with Jeremy Burgess of the AONB South Downs, and film maker Matt Hulse who walked the entire South Downs Way in tribute to his grandfather Eric who died in 2008 aged 96.

Matt's film Follow The Master documents the walk from Winchester to Eastbourne and he talks to Clare about his affection for the stretch of the South Downs around Lewes where he would walk with his grandfather as a child.

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

Clare Balding continues her walk along the South Downs Way near to Brighton.

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Clare Balding continues her walk along the South Downs Way from Ditchling Beacon near Brighton to Devil's Dyke with Jeremy Burgess of the AONB South Downs, and film maker Matt Hulse who walked the entire South Downs Way in tribute to his grandfather Eric who died in 2008 aged 96.

Matt's film Follow The Master documents the walk from Winchester to Eastbourne and he talks to Clare about his affection for the stretch of the South Downs around Lewes where he would walk with his grandfather as a child.

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

Clare Balding continues her walk along the South Downs Way near to Brighton.

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Clare Balding walks her third stretch of the South Downs Way with a group of friends who've been walking together for twenty five years.

The route is Bramber to Washington and passes Chanctonbury Ring, one of the most prominent landmarks along the Way and has many supernatural myths and legends attached to it.

The walking group comprise poet and music lover, Dr Brian Hick and his wife, as well as Sally Phillips, a keen Esperanto speaker.

They tell Clare how they've maintained their friendship through regular walking, and especially through embarking on long distance walks such as the South Downs Way and more recently, the Pembrokeshire Coast.

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

Clare Balding walks from Bramber to Washington with a group of friends.

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Clare Balding walks her third stretch of the South Downs Way with a group of friends who've been walking together for twenty five years.

The route is Bramber to Washington and passes Chanctonbury Ring, one of the most prominent landmarks along the Way and has many supernatural myths and legends attached to it.

The walking group comprise poet and music lover, Dr Brian Hick and his wife, as well as Sally Phillips, a keen Esperanto speaker.

They tell Clare how they've maintained their friendship through regular walking, and especially through embarking on long distance walks such as the South Downs Way and more recently, the Pembrokeshire Coast.

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

Clare Balding walks from Bramber to Washington with a group of friends.

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Clare Balding continues her route along the South Downs Way in the company of natural navigator Tristan Gooley, who guides her on a night walk at full moon, using the stars and the elements to determine their direction.

It's an altogether different experience walking in the dark in the moonlight that gives them the chance to explore the sounds and shapes of the countryside and the sky at night.

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

Clare Balding continues her route along the South Downs Way, walking at night at full moon

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Clare Balding continues her route along the South Downs Way in the company of natural navigator Tristan Gooley, who guides her on a night walk at full moon, using the stars and the elements to determine their direction.

It's an altogether different experience walking in the dark in the moonlight that gives them the chance to explore the sounds and shapes of the countryside and the sky at night.

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

Clare Balding continues her route along the South Downs Way, walking at night at full moon

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Clare Balding continues her walk along the South Downs Way, starting at South Harting with Commander Nick Pope and Major Yam Gurung of the Gurkha Regiment.

Each year the Gurkhas stage a fundraising event which sees teams of four complete the 100 mile trail in one go.

The admirably fit Gurkha soldiers complete the stretch from Winchester to Eastbourne in as little as ten hours.

Clare gets some tips on this kind of extreme walking from Nick and Yam, and meets some of the participants of this year's event, who are training to make the epic hike in as short a time as possible.

Clare Balding walks a stretch of the South Downs Way near Petersfield with Gurkhas.

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Clare Balding continues her walk along the South Downs Way, starting at South Harting with Commander Nick Pope and Major Yam Gurung of the Gurkha Regiment.

Each year the Gurkhas stage a fundraising event which sees teams of four complete the 100 mile trail in one go.

The admirably fit Gurkha soldiers complete the stretch from Winchester to Eastbourne in as little as ten hours.

Clare gets some tips on this kind of extreme walking from Nick and Yam, and meets some of the participants of this year's event, who are training to make the epic hike in as short a time as possible.

Clare Balding walks a stretch of the South Downs Way near Petersfield with Gurkhas.

1506South Downs Way: East Meon To Winchester

1506 LASTSouth Downs Way: East Meon To Winchester2010062620100701

Clare Balding walks the final stretch of the South Downs Way, starting at the Sustainability Centre at East Meon.

The group walking with her have all opted for a life that's as green as possible, and includes Mary Lewis who lives with her family in a yurt on the site of the former Naval Signals base where Tim and Maddy Harland run their green publishing company.

Joining them is Alan McVittie of the Old Winchester Hill Hampshire Downs Reserve, and for the very end of the trail heading into Winchester, Andy Gatticker of the South Downs National Trail who met Clare back in Eastbourne at the start of the series.

Clare Balding walks the final stretch of the South Downs way, from East Meon to Winchester

1506 LASTSouth Downs Way: East Meon To Winchester2010062620100701

Clare Balding walks the final stretch of the South Downs Way, starting at the Sustainability Centre at East Meon.

The group walking with her have all opted for a life that's as green as possible, and includes Mary Lewis who lives with her family in a yurt on the site of the former Naval Signals base where Tim and Maddy Harland run their green publishing company.

Joining them is Alan McVittie of the Old Winchester Hill Hampshire Downs Reserve, and for the very end of the trail heading into Winchester, Andy Gatticker of the South Downs National Trail who met Clare back in Eastbourne at the start of the series.

Clare Balding walks the final stretch of the South Downs way, from East Meon to Winchester

1601Series 162010091820100923

Clare Balding takes a walk on Hampstead Heath with a group of inner city Londoners who are being encouraged to discover the green places of their city, often for the first time.

The residents of the Harrow Road are mainly non white, so there has been a special drive to help them discover the joys of walking called 'It's My Country'.

Clare Balding takes a walk on Hampstead Heath with a group of inner city Londoners.

Clare Balding takes a walk on Hampstead Heath with a group of inner city Londoners who are being encouraged to discover the green places of their city, often for the first time. The residents of the Harrow Road are mainly non white, so there has been a special drive to help them discover the joys of walking called 'It's My Country'.

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Clare Balding takes a walk on Hampstead Heath with a group of inner city Londoners who are being encouraged to discover the green places of their city, often for the first time.

The residents of the Harrow Road are mainly non white, so there has been a special drive to help them discover the joys of walking called 'It's My Country'.

Clare Balding takes a walk on Hampstead Heath with a group of inner city Londoners.

Clare Balding takes a walk on Hampstead Heath with a group of inner city Londoners who are being encouraged to discover the green places of their city, often for the first time. The residents of the Harrow Road are mainly non white, so there has been a special drive to help them discover the joys of walking called 'It's My Country'.

16022010092520100930

Clare Balding walks through the Wiltshire countryside with a Swindon based group of people with early onset dementia.

Alzheimers and dementia are becoming increasingly prevalent in our ageing society, but the message this group is keen to portray is that a diagnosis doesn't mean the end of a happy or fulfilling life.

They get together once a week to walk for several hours and find that walking not only stimulates the mind, but helps them overcome anxieties and problems to do with the loss confidence and self esteem that stem from having the disease.

Clare joins the Forget Me Not group on one of their hikes and discovers a very lively group of people who share a lot of laughs along the way, even when they get lost in a field at the end of their walk.

Clare walked a circular route from the village of Brinkworth in Wiltshire

Map: OS Landranger 173 Swindon & Devizes

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

Clare Balding walks with a group of people with early onset dementia in Wiltshire.

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Clare Balding walks through the Wiltshire countryside with a Swindon based group of people with early onset dementia.

Alzheimers and dementia are becoming increasingly prevalent in our ageing society, but the message this group is keen to portray is that a diagnosis doesn't mean the end of a happy or fulfilling life.

They get together once a week to walk for several hours and find that walking not only stimulates the mind, but helps them overcome anxieties and problems to do with the loss confidence and self esteem that stem from having the disease.

Clare joins the Forget Me Not group on one of their hikes and discovers a very lively group of people who share a lot of laughs along the way, even when they get lost in a field at the end of their walk.

Clare walked a circular route from the village of Brinkworth in Wiltshire

Map: OS Landranger 173 Swindon and Devizes

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

Clare Balding walks with a group of people with early onset dementia in Wiltshire.

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Clare Balding is in the Forest of Dean with a group walking with donkeys.

Clare Balding is in the Forest of Dean with a group who've been walking through the county of Gloucestershire for two months with donkeys.

As part of the Cultural Olympiad Sarah Blowers, along with various artists, children and people who've just tagged along, set off to discover the beauty of the countryside at a slow pace, setting camp at the end of each day's walk.

Everyone Clare meets as she joins them at Soudley to walk through the forest is enthusiastic about the gentle pace of life they're experiencing walking with the donkeys carrying their provisions.

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

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Clare Balding is in the Forest of Dean with a group walking with donkeys.

Clare Balding is in the Forest of Dean with a group who've been walking through the county of Gloucestershire for two months with donkeys.

As part of the Cultural Olympiad Sarah Blowers, along with various artists, children and people who've just tagged along, set off to discover the beauty of the countryside at a slow pace, setting camp at the end of each day's walk.

Everyone Clare meets as she joins them at Soudley to walk through the forest is enthusiastic about the gentle pace of life they're experiencing walking with the donkeys carrying their provisions.

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

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Clare Balding is with a group of women who have made a book of walks in the Peak District.

Clare Balding walks with a group of women who have produced their own book of walks in the Peak District called 'Women's Ways' that celebrates their friendships and the countryside around their home city of Sheffield.

The group walked a circular route from the village of Wardlow in Derbyshire OS Map Explorer OL24

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

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Clare Balding is with a group of women who have made a book of walks in the Peak District.

Clare Balding walks with a group of women who have produced their own book of walks in the Peak District called 'Women's Ways' that celebrates their friendships and the countryside around their home city of Sheffield.

The group walked a circular route from the village of Wardlow in Derbyshire OS Map Explorer OL24

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

1605Pentlands2010101620101021

Clare Balding walks with a group of friends in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh.

Clare Balding walks with a group of friends in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh, a group who've been walking together for twenty years and who share a love of what the writer Robert Louis Stevenson referred to as 'the hills of home'.

The group walked out from the Loganlea Reservoir, up Carnethy and on to Turnhouse and Flotterstone before climbing Castlelaw Hill.

Another steep climb to Allermuir is rewarded by great views of Edinburgh, the Firth of Forth and down the coast to Berwick on Tweed, before descending to Hillend for the finish of the walk.

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Clare Balding walks with a group of friends in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh.

Clare Balding walks with a group of friends in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh, a group who've been walking together for twenty years and who share a love of what the writer Robert Louis Stevenson referred to as 'the hills of home'.

The group walked out from the Loganlea Reservoir, up Carnethy and on to Turnhouse and Flotterstone before climbing Castlelaw Hill.

Another steep climb to Allermuir is rewarded by great views of Edinburgh, the Firth of Forth and down the coast to Berwick on Tweed, before descending to Hillend for the finish of the walk.

1606 LAST2010102320101028

Clare Balding walks through the Glasgow Necropolis.

Clare Balding walks through the magnificent Glasgow Necropolis, a green oasis in the heart of the city.

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Clare Balding walks through the Glasgow Necropolis.

Clare Balding walks through the magnificent Glasgow Necropolis, a green oasis in the heart of the city.

17012011020520110210

Journalist and passionate hiker, Stuart Maconie hosts this series of Ramblings on Radio 4, embarking on the first of six city skyline walks, perfect for first time walkers or for those who don't want to venture too far on these short winter days, but who still want to enjoy the fresh air.

In this first programme, Stuart takes in the stunning views on the Bath Skyline Walk with a group of serving and former police officers who call themselves the Bath Beat.

They walk the popular National Trust Bath Skyline walk, a six and a half mile circular route around the city.

Keen walker Stuart Maconie takes in the stunning views on the Bath Skyline Walk.

In this first programme, Stuart takes in the stunning views on the Bath Skyline Walk.

1701Somerset - Bath Skyline20110205

1701Somerset - Bath Skyline20110205

Journalist and passionate hiker, Stuart Maconie hosts this series of Ramblings on Radio 4, embarking on the first of six city skyline walks, perfect for first time walkers or for those who don't want to venture too far on these short winter days, but who still want to enjoy the fresh air. In this first programme, Stuart takes in the stunning views on the Bath Skyline Walk.

1701Somerset - Bath Skyline2011020520110210 (R4)

Keen walker Stuart Maconie takes in the stunning views on the Bath Skyline Walk.

1701Somerset - Bath Skyline2011020520110210
17022011021220110217

Journalist and keen walker Stuart Maconie is presenting this series of Ramblings and is setting out to find accessible walks that offer great city views, perfect for people who want to get out and walk on these short, dark winter days.

Among the cities he has in his sights are Belfast, Bath and Cardiff.

Stuart Maconie takes the second of six city skyline walks.

1702Ireland - Belfast Hills20110212

1702Ireland - Belfast Hills20110212

Journalist and keen walker Stuart Maconie is presenting this series of Ramblings and is setting out to find accessible walks that offer great city views, perfect for people who want to get out and walk on these short, dark winter days. Among the cities he has in his sights are Belfast, Bath and Cardiff.

1702Ireland - Belfast Hills2011021220110217 (R4)

Stuart Maconie takes the second of six city skyline walks.

1702Ireland - Belfast Hills2011021220110217
1703Lancaster2011021920110224

Broadcaster, journalist and keen walker Stuart Maconie continues this series of Ramblings, finding walks that are perfect for short winter days and which offer skyline views of British cities.

Today, he's setting out from the village of Slyne in Lancashire and heading to look over the historical city of Lancaster.

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

Stuart Maconie continues a series of city skyline walks for winter days.

1703Lancaster - Slyne20110219

1703Lancaster - Slyne20110219

Broadcaster, journalist and keen walker Stuart Maconie continues this series of Ramblings, finding walks that are perfect for short winter days and which offer skyline views of British cities. Today, he's setting out from the village of Slyne in Lancashire and heading to look over the historical city of Lancaster.

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

1703Lancaster - Slyne20110219

Broadcaster, journalist and keen walker Stuart Maconie continues this series of Ramblings, finding walks that are perfect for short winter days and which offer skyline views of British cities. Today, he's setting out from the village of Slyne in Lancashire and heading to look over the historical city of Lancaster.

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

1703Lancaster - Slyne2011021920110224 (R4)

Stuart Maconie continues a series of city skyline walks for winter days.

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Continuing his series of short walks for winter days that take in city skylines, Stuart Maconie walks the Garth outside of Cardiff with a group who call themselves Welsh Women Walking.

As they admire spectacular views of the city and over the Bristol Channel to Somerset and Devon, Stuart hears from one woman who says these walks with her friends, saved her life and sanity after the death of her son.

Stuart Maconie hikes up the Garth outside Cardiff with a group of women walkers.

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Continuing his series of short walks for winter days that take in city skylines, Stuart Maconie walks the Garth outside of Cardiff with a group who call themselves Welsh Women Walking.

As they admire spectacular views of the city and over the Bristol Channel to Somerset and Devon, Stuart hears from one woman who says these walks with her friends, saved her life and sanity after the death of her son.

Stuart did a circular route of around five miles from the village of Pentyrch.

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Stuart Maconie hikes up the Garth outside Cardiff with a group of women walkers.

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Continuing his series of short walks for winter days that take in city skylines, Stuart Maconie walks the Garth outside of Cardiff with a group who call themselves Welsh Women Walking.

As they admire spectacular views of the city and over the Bristol Channel to Somerset and Devon, Stuart hears from one woman who says these walks with her friends, saved her life and sanity after the death of her son.

Stuart did a circular route of around five miles from the village of Pentyrch.

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Stuart Maconie hikes up the Garth outside Cardiff with a group of women walkers.

1704Wales - Garth20110226

1704Wales - Garth20110226

Continuing his series of short walks for winter days that take in city skylines, Stuart Maconie walks the Garth outside of Cardiff with a group who call themselves Welsh Women Walking. As they admire spectacular views of the city and over the Bristol Channel to Somerset and Devon, Stuart hears from one woman who says these walks with her friends, saved her life and sanity after the death of her son.

Continuing his series of short walks for winter days that take in city skylines, Stuart Maconie walks the Garth outside of Cardiff with a group who call themselves Welsh Women Walking.

As they admire spectacular views of the city and over the Bristol Channel to Somerset and Devon, Stuart hears from one woman who says these walks with her friends, saved her life and sanity after the death of her son.

Stuart Maconie hikes up the Garth outside Cardiff with a group of women walkers.

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Continuing his series of short walks for winter days that take in city skylines, Stuart Maconie walks the Garth outside of Cardiff with a group who call themselves Welsh Women Walking. As they admire spectacular views of the city and over the Bristol Channel to Somerset and Devon, Stuart hears from one woman who says these walks with her friends, saved her life and sanity after the death of her son.

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Stuart Maconie takes in the Manchester skyline with poet Simon Armitage on his home turf.

Stuart Maconie takes in the Manchester skyline with poet Simon Armitage.

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Stuart Maconie takes in the Manchester skyline with poet Simon Armitage on his home turf.

Stuart Maconie takes in the Manchester skyline with poet Simon Armitage.

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Stuart Maconie takes in the Manchester skyline with the poet Simon Armitage on his home turf, the borderlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire near to the village of Marsden.

They walk part of the Pennine Way from Standedge Cutting towards White Hill, taking in views of Manchester as they go.

Grid Reference for walk start point: SE 047118 Standedge Visitor Centre Car Park

Stuart Maconie takes in the Manchester skyline with poet Simon Armitage.

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Stuart Maconie takes in the Manchester skyline with the poet Simon Armitage on his home turf, the borderlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire near to the village of Marsden.

They walk part of the Pennine Way from Standedge Cutting towards White Hill, taking in views of Manchester as they go.

Grid Reference for walk start point: SE 047118 Standedge Visitor Centre Car Park

Stuart Maconie takes in the Manchester skyline with poet Simon Armitage.

1706 LAST2011031220110317

In the last programme of the series, Stuart Maconie walks the Lickey Hills overlooking Birmingham with a group of first time walkers, from the inner city.

Stuart Maconie walks the Lickey Hills near Birmingham.

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1706 LASTSeries 172011031220110317

In the last programme of the series, Stuart Maconie walks the Lickey Hills overlooking Birmingham with a group of first time walkers, from the inner city.

Stuart Maconie walks the Lickey Hills near Birmingham.

1801Series 18, Heptonstall - Ted Hughes And Sylvia Plath2011052120110526

Clare Balding is back with a new series of walks with a literary theme, beginning in Heptonstall, the childhood home of poet Ted Hughes, and the burial place of his wife, Sylvia Plath.

The rugged landscape influenced not only their work but many other poets.

Clare joins John Billingsley a keen rambler and Hughes enthusiast, as well as other writers and walkers to experience the harsh beauty of Bronte Country.

Clare Balding is back with a new series of walks with a literary theme.

1801Series 18, Heptonstall - Ted Hughes And Sylvia Plath2011052120110526

Clare Balding is back with a new series of walks with a literary theme, beginning in Heptonstall, the childhood home of poet Ted Hughes, and the burial place of his wife, Sylvia Plath.

The rugged landscape influenced not only their work but many other poets.

Clare joins John Billingsley a keen rambler and Hughes enthusiast, as well as other writers and walkers to experience the harsh beauty of Bronte Country.

Clare Balding is back with a new series of walks with a literary theme.

1802Literary Walks, Hereford - Bruce Chatwin2011052820110602

Clare Balding walks on the Black Hill near to Hereford in the footsteps of novelist Bruce Chatwin who explored the border between Wales and England for his eponymous novel.

She's joined by local writer and walker Bill Laws.

Clare Balding walks on the Black Hill near to Hereford in the footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

1802Literary Walks, Hereford - Bruce Chatwin2011052820110602

Clare Balding walks on the Black Hill near to Hereford in the footsteps of novelist Bruce Chatwin who explored the border between Wales and England for his eponymous novel.

She's joined by local writer and walker Bill Laws.

Clare Balding walks on the Black Hill near to Hereford in the footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

1803Literary Walks, Malcolm Saville - Shropshire2011060420110609

Clare Balding joins walkers and members of the Malcolm Saville society in the Shropshire Hills where the author of children's fiction based his Lone Pine series.

Clare Balding joins walkers and members of the Malcolm Saville society in Shropshire.

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Clare Balding joins walkers and members of the Malcolm Saville society in the Shropshire Hills where the author of children's fiction based his Lone Pine series.

Clare Balding joins walkers and members of the Malcolm Saville society in Shropshire.

1804Literary Walks, Darwin - Quantock Hills2011061120110616

Inspired by Richard Dawkins book 'The Ancestor's tale: a pilgrimage to the dawn of life' the 'Ancestor's Trail' is intended as a celebration of evolution.

Darwin's Tree is represented by footpaths over the Quantock hills and whilst some walkers will begin the 13 mile hike representing the human journey others may join as elephants, reptiles or even jellyfish further down the line.

Clare Balding meets those taking part in the celebrations and finds out why they feel evolution itself should be celebrated.

Clare Balding takes an 'evolutionary walk' in the Quantock Hills in Somerset.

1804Literary Walks, Darwin - Quantock Hills2011061120110616

Inspired by Richard Dawkins book 'The Ancestor's tale: a pilgrimage to the dawn of life' the 'Ancestor's Trail' is intended as a celebration of evolution.

Darwin's Tree is represented by footpaths over the Quantock hills and whilst some walkers will begin the 13 mile hike representing the human journey others may join as elephants, reptiles or even jellyfish further down the line.

Clare Balding meets those taking part in the celebrations and finds out why they feel evolution itself should be celebrated.

Clare Balding takes an 'evolutionary walk' in the Quantock Hills in Somerset.

1805Literary Walks, Daphne Du Maurier - Fowey2011061820110623

Daphne Du Maurier lived and worked in Cornwall and the area surrounding Fowey features in many of her novels.

Today the town is home to the annual Daphne Du Maurier festival and this year is it's 10th anniversary.

Clare Balding discovers how the area inspired many features of Du Mauriers work and meets local experts including Du Maurier's son.

Clare Balding explores the Cornish countryside which inspired Daphne Du Maurier's novels.

1805Literary Walks, Daphne Du Maurier - Fowey2011061820110623

Daphne Du Maurier lived and worked in Cornwall and the area surrounding Fowey features in many of her novels.

Today the town is home to the annual Daphne Du Maurier festival and this year is it's 10th anniversary.

Clare Balding discovers how the area inspired many features of Du Mauriers work and meets local experts including Du Maurier's son.

Clare Balding explores the Cornish countryside which inspired Daphne Du Maurier's novels.

1806 LASTLiterary Walks, Alderley Edge - Alan Garner2011062520110630

Alan Garner spent his early childhood in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, England, and he remains associated with the area.

Many of his works, including The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath, are drawn from local legends and locations.

Clare Balding walks with him to hear more about the area and how it inspired his writing.

Clare Balding explores the countryside of Alderley Edge with author Alan Garner.

1806 LASTLiterary Walks, Alderley Edge - Alan Garner2011062520110630

Alan Garner spent his early childhood in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, England, and he remains associated with the area.

Many of his works, including The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath, are drawn from local legends and locations.

Clare Balding walks with him to hear more about the area and how it inspired his writing.

Clare Balding explores the countryside of Alderley Edge with author Alan Garner.

1901Series 19, John Jones - Walking & Gigging2011091720110922

Clare Balding returns with a new series of walks based on suggestions from listeners to the programme.

The series begins as Clare joins John Jones, lead singer and melodeon player of the folk rock group, Oysterband.

Back in 2009, John decided to bring together the two passions in his life, walking and music.

Marrying the private and public for the first time, he set off on the Feet Don't Fail Me Tour, in which he walked from gig to gig sometimes covering up to 20 miles a day before arriving in the next town for the next evening's show.

Since then, John has completed two further walking tours, the latest being the "Spine of England" in May 2011 during which he walked with his group the Reluctant Ramblers across the Pennines.

Playing gigs in and around the Peak District, he picked up friends, fans and fellow musicians along the way.

Today Clare joins John high up in the Chiltern Hills.

They take one of the most spectacular paths down the chalk escarpment and on to the Ridgeway, walking through the villages of Crowell and Chinnor before descending into the Vale of Oxfordshire.

Accompanied by Darren Spratt, Walks Leader with the Chiltern Society, they pass through red kite country and follow ancient footpaths to arrive at the Towersey Folk Festival where John will perform at the end of the walk.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

Clare Balding joins folk singer and avid walker John Jones in the Chiltern Hills.

1901Series 19, John Jones - Walking & Gigging2011091720110922

Clare Balding returns with a new series of walks based on suggestions from listeners to the programme.

The series begins as Clare joins John Jones, lead singer and melodeon player of the folk rock group, Oysterband.

Back in 2009, John decided to bring together the two passions in his life, walking and music.

Marrying the private and public for the first time, he set off on the Feet Don't Fail Me Tour, in which he walked from gig to gig sometimes covering up to 20 miles a day before arriving in the next town for the next evening's show.

Since then, John has completed two further walking tours, the latest being the "Spine of England" in May 2011 during which he walked with his group the Reluctant Ramblers across the Pennines.

Playing gigs in and around the Peak District, he picked up friends, fans and fellow musicians along the way.

Today Clare joins John high up in the Chiltern Hills.

They take one of the most spectacular paths down the chalk escarpment and on to the Ridgeway, walking through the villages of Crowell and Chinnor before descending into the Vale of Oxfordshire.

Accompanied by Darren Spratt, Walks Leader with the Chiltern Society, they pass through red kite country and follow ancient footpaths to arrive at the Towersey Folk Festival where John will perform at the end of the walk.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

Clare Balding joins folk singer and avid walker John Jones in the Chiltern Hills.

1902Series 19, The Roaches And Lud's Church2011092420110929

In the second of a series of walks suggested by listeners to Ramblings, Clare Balding explores the area around the gritstone escarpment of The Roaches on the edge of the Peak District.

The Roaches form a prominent rocky ridge situated above Leek in Staffordshire and this spectacular rocky escarpment, worn into weird and wonderful shapes over centuries by the elements, almost seems to stand guard over all below it.

On a clear day from the summit of the Roaches it is possible to look out over the Cheshire Plain towards the Welsh Hills with spectacular views all around.

Clare is joined by listener, Professor Mike Bode, and local author and historian, Doug Pickford, both of whom were born and brought up in Leek and share a passion for this landscape.

Steven Bell, from the Peak District National Park, also guides Clare on the first part of her journey as she climbs up on to the gritstone edge of the Roaches.

Before beginning the ascent, Clare visits the Bawdstone, where it is said that passers by can remove the devil from their backs by scrambling underneath.

Climbing onto the ridge itself, Clare passes Rockhall Cottage, a tiny cottage literally built into the rock face, which was once the gamekeeper's residence and is now a converted climbing hut.

Eventually reaching the top, Clare heads towards the "bottomless waters" of Doxey Pool, said to be the home of Jenny Greenteeth, a seductive mermaid or water spirit who lures her unsuspecting victims to a watery grave.

But, after continuing along the Roaches and descending towards Gradbach and Back Forest, it is Lud's Church that provides more than its fair share of myth and mystery.

This huge natural cleft in the rock is a deep chasm, around 400ft long and 50 ft deep, with a cold, damp, feel.

There are many legends linked with Lud's Church.

It was almost certainly associated with the Lollards, followers of early church reformer John Wycliffe, but Lud's Church is also thought to be the inspiration for the setting of the Green Chapel in the classic medieval poem, "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight".

Looking around, Clare can easily see why.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

Clare Balding walks along the gritstone escarpment of The Roaches in Staffordshire.

1902Series 19, The Roaches And Lud's Church2011092420110929

In the second of a series of walks suggested by listeners to Ramblings, Clare Balding explores the area around the gritstone escarpment of The Roaches on the edge of the Peak District.

The Roaches form a prominent rocky ridge situated above Leek in Staffordshire and this spectacular rocky escarpment, worn into weird and wonderful shapes over centuries by the elements, almost seems to stand guard over all below it.

On a clear day from the summit of the Roaches it is possible to look out over the Cheshire Plain towards the Welsh Hills with spectacular views all around.

Clare is joined by listener, Professor Mike Bode, and local author and historian, Doug Pickford, both of whom were born and brought up in Leek and share a passion for this landscape.

Steven Bell, from the Peak District National Park, also guides Clare on the first part of her journey as she climbs up on to the gritstone edge of the Roaches.

Before beginning the ascent, Clare visits the Bawdstone, where it is said that passers by can remove the devil from their backs by scrambling underneath.

Climbing onto the ridge itself, Clare passes Rockhall Cottage, a tiny cottage literally built into the rock face, which was once the gamekeeper's residence and is now a converted climbing hut.

Eventually reaching the top, Clare heads towards the "bottomless waters" of Doxey Pool, said to be the home of Jenny Greenteeth, a seductive mermaid or water spirit who lures her unsuspecting victims to a watery grave.

But, after continuing along the Roaches and descending towards Gradbach and Back Forest, it is Lud's Church that provides more than its fair share of myth and mystery.

This huge natural cleft in the rock is a deep chasm, around 400ft long and 50 ft deep, with a cold, damp, feel.

There are many legends linked with Lud's Church.

It was almost certainly associated with the Lollards, followers of early church reformer John Wycliffe, but Lud's Church is also thought to be the inspiration for the setting of the Green Chapel in the classic medieval poem, "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight".

Looking around, Clare can easily see why.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

Clare Balding walks along the gritstone escarpment of The Roaches in Staffordshire.

1903Series 19, Dales Way2011100120111006

In the third programme in a series of walks suggested by listeners, Clare Balding joins Colin Speakman, creator of the Dales Way and campaigner for walkers' rights.

The Dales Way is one of Britain's most popular and cherished routes and for over 40 years walkers have followed its route from Ilkley in Yorkshire to Bowness-on-Windermere, passing through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the foothills of southern Lakeland.

Clare and Colin are joined by Colin's wife, Fleur and listener Chris Grogan who, along with husband Tony, created the Dales Highway, a sister route to the Dales Way which does what it says on the tin and follows a higher level route from Saltaire to Appleby-in-Westmoreland.

As they follow the course of the River Wharf, through the dale of the same name, Clare hears from Colin and Chris about their passion for walking in this landscape.

Colin explains about the imagination of the Romantic writers who who inspired generations of people to enjoy the countryside, his love of long distance walking, his passionate belief in rights for ramblers and his fight to keep paths open and accessible for all.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

Clare Balding walks a section of the Dales Way with its creator, Colin Speakman.

1903Series 19, Dales Way2011100120111006

In the third programme in a series of walks suggested by listeners, Clare Balding joins Colin Speakman, creator of the Dales Way and campaigner for walkers' rights.

The Dales Way is one of Britain's most popular and cherished routes and for over 40 years walkers have followed its route from Ilkley in Yorkshire to Bowness-on-Windermere, passing through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the foothills of southern Lakeland.

Clare and Colin are joined by Colin's wife, Fleur and listener Chris Grogan who, along with husband Tony, created the Dales Highway, a sister route to the Dales Way which does what it says on the tin and follows a higher level route from Saltaire to Appleby-in-Westmoreland.

As they follow the course of the River Wharf, through the dale of the same name, Clare hears from Colin and Chris about their passion for walking in this landscape.

Colin explains about the imagination of the Romantic writers who who inspired generations of people to enjoy the countryside, his love of long distance walking, his passionate belief in rights for ramblers and his fight to keep paths open and accessible for all.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

Clare Balding walks a section of the Dales Way with its creator, Colin Speakman.

1904Discovering Kent From Chilham To Wye2011100820111013

In the fourth in a series of listener suggestions for Ramblings, Clare Balding walks part of the ancient track of the Pilgrim's Way in Kent.

Often thought of as a 'corridor', the county that travellers pass through en route to somewhere else, the Kent countryside has much to offer, as Clare discovers.

Clare joins a group of friend who, since retiring, meet regularly to walk some of the 4,000 miles of footpaths that Kent has to offer.

To date, the group have walked around half of these and today they follow the ancient Pilgrim's Way over the North Downs from Chilham to Wye.

The Pilgrim's Way is the historic route supposed to have been taken by pilgrims from Winchester in Hampshire, to the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury in Kent.

Visited by tourists worldwide, Chilham is located in the valley of the Great Stour river.

It is well known for its beauty and has been the location of choice for several film locations and tv dramas.

The walk then goes on to Kings Wood, home in spring to the 'best bluebells in Kent' and also the location in the past for the HQ of England's secret underground army, the auxiliary units before ending at the historic village of Wye.

Clare Balding discovers the delights of walking along the ancient pathways of Kent.

1904Discovering Kent From Chilham To Wye2011100820111013

In the fourth in a series of listener suggestions for Ramblings, Clare Balding walks part of the ancient track of the Pilgrim's Way in Kent.

Often thought of as a 'corridor', the county that travellers pass through en route to somewhere else, the Kent countryside has much to offer, as Clare discovers.

Clare joins a group of friend who, since retiring, meet regularly to walk some of the 4,000 miles of footpaths that Kent has to offer.

To date, the group have walked around half of these and today they follow the ancient Pilgrim's Way over the North Downs from Chilham to Wye.

The Pilgrim's Way is the historic route supposed to have been taken by pilgrims from Winchester in Hampshire, to the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury in Kent.

Visited by tourists worldwide, Chilham is located in the valley of the Great Stour river.

It is well known for its beauty and has been the location of choice for several film locations and tv dramas.

The walk then goes on to Kings Wood, home in spring to the 'best bluebells in Kent' and also the location in the past for the HQ of England's secret underground army, the auxiliary units before ending at the historic village of Wye.

Clare Balding discovers the delights of walking along the ancient pathways of Kent.

1905Series 192011101520111020

In the fifth of this series of listener's walks, Clare Blading sets out three people who live in Lincolnshire and share a passion for the Wolds.

Listener, Mike Garrs, invited Clare to join him in the landscape that he loves and where he walks regularly with friends.

They are joined by Pete Skipworth, who has traced his ancestry in the Lincolnshire Wolds back to the fourteenth century and who has also been walking the area for 30 years, and Louise Niekirk from the Lincolnshire Countryside Service which organises the annual Lincolnshire Walking Festival.

In a walk which begins in the village of Tealby and passes through Walesby and the centuries-old Ramblers Church before arriving at Normanby-le-Wold, Clare discovers that Lincolnshire is not as flat as most people think as the path reaches the dizzy heights of around 500 feet with stunning views across the landscape.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

Clare Balding discovers that the Lincolnshire Wolds are not as flat as most people think.

1905Series 192011101520111020

In the fifth of this series of listener's walks, Clare Blading sets out three people who live in Lincolnshire and share a passion for the Wolds.

Listener, Mike Garrs, invited Clare to join him in the landscape that he loves and where he walks regularly with friends.

They are joined by Pete Skipworth, who has traced his ancestry in the Lincolnshire Wolds back to the fourteenth century and who has also been walking the area for 30 years, and Louise Niekirk from the Lincolnshire Countryside Service which organises the annual Lincolnshire Walking Festival.

In a walk which begins in the village of Tealby and passes through Walesby and the centuries-old Ramblers Church before arriving at Normanby-le-Wold, Clare discovers that Lincolnshire is not as flat as most people think as the path reaches the dizzy heights of around 500 feet with stunning views across the landscape.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

Clare Balding discovers that the Lincolnshire Wolds are not as flat as most people think.

1906 LASTDevon - Hope Cove To Salcombe2011102220111027

Clare Balding joins Gordon and Caroline Luff and their son, Sam, to walk a section of the South West Coastal Path from Hope Cove to Salcombe.

This is thought to be one of the most beautiful stretches of the 630 mile long distance footpath where kestrels and peregrine falcons can be seen flying above the cliffs and seals can sometimes be seen down below.

The walk is one that Gordon and Caroline have done several times but, after surviving breast cancer in 2001, Caroline then faced agonising back pain resulting in spinal surgery in 2010.

Throughout both her treatment for cancer and surgery on her back, Caroline was determined to continue with the walking that she loves.

The last time Gordon and Caroline walked from Hope Cove to Salcombe ended in tears with Caroline convinced that she would never walk again.

Along with their son Sam, Clare joins Gordon and Caroline as they return to the aptly named Hope Cove to walk the route to Salcombe, something that Caroline can now do pain-free.

And when the group reach Soar Mill Cove, nobody can resist taking off their walking boots and running into the sea for a paddle.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

Clare Balding walks a stretch of the South West Coastal Path from Hope Cove to Salcombe.

1906 LASTDevon - Hope Cove To Salcombe2011102220111027

Clare Balding joins Gordon and Caroline Luff and their son, Sam, to walk a section of the South West Coastal Path from Hope Cove to Salcombe.

This is thought to be one of the most beautiful stretches of the 630 mile long distance footpath where kestrels and peregrine falcons can be seen flying above the cliffs and seals can sometimes be seen down below.

The walk is one that Gordon and Caroline have done several times but, after surviving breast cancer in 2001, Caroline then faced agonising back pain resulting in spinal surgery in 2010.

Throughout both her treatment for cancer and surgery on her back, Caroline was determined to continue with the walking that she loves.

The last time Gordon and Caroline walked from Hope Cove to Salcombe ended in tears with Caroline convinced that she would never walk again.

Along with their son Sam, Clare joins Gordon and Caroline as they return to the aptly named Hope Cove to walk the route to Salcombe, something that Caroline can now do pain-free.

And when the group reach Soar Mill Cove, nobody can resist taking off their walking boots and running into the sea for a paddle.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

Clare Balding walks a stretch of the South West Coastal Path from Hope Cove to Salcombe.

198B0119980419

Six walkers, each with different perspectives on the landscape, join artist Jeremy Jessel as he sets off for a walk in the countryside.

1: Dr Alex Boyce on the Heart of England Way feels that knowing the local landscape helps her understand her patients.

198B0119980419

Six walkers, each with different perspectives on the landscape, join artist Jeremy Jessel as he sets off for a walk in the countryside.

1: Dr Alex Boyce on the Heart of England Way feels that knowing the local landscape helps her understand her patients.

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Six walkers, each with different perspectives on the landscape, join artist Jeremy Jessel as he sets off for a walk in the countryside.

2: Geologist Dr Joe Cartwright of Imperial College, London, sets off along the cliffs of Lulworth Cove in Dorset to discover why the area has been such an inspiration for so many artistic endeavours.

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Six walkers, each with different perspectives on the landscape, join artist Jeremy Jessel as he sets off for a walk in the countryside.

2: Geologist Dr Joe Cartwright of Imperial College, London, sets off along the cliffs of Lulworth Cove in Dorset to discover why the area has been such an inspiration for so many artistic endeavours.

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Six walkers, each with different perspectives on the landscape, join Jeremy Jessel on a walk in the countryside.

3: Military historian Julian Humphreys explains the long-term effect of war on the landscape as he starts his walk at the Stiper Stones in Shropshire.

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Six walkers, each with different perspectives on the landscape, join Jeremy Jessel on a walk in the countryside.

3: Military historian Julian Humphreys explains the long-term effect of war on the landscape as he starts his walk at the Stiper Stones in Shropshire.

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Six walkers, each with different perspectives on the landscape, join artist Jeremy Jessel as he sets off for a walk in the countryside.

4: Naturalist Margaret Grindle sets off along the shifting sands of Spurn Point at the top of the Humber Estuary, a refuelling stop for thousands of migrating birds.

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Six walkers, each with different perspectives on the landscape, join artist Jeremy Jessel as he sets off for a walk in the countryside.

4: Naturalist Margaret Grindle sets off along the shifting sands of Spurn Point at the top of the Humber Estuary, a refuelling stop for thousands of migrating birds.

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Six walkers, each with different perspectives on the landscape, join artist Jeremy Jessel as he sets off for a walk in the countryside.

5: Riding master Christopher Barker reveals the secrets and surprises of woodland ramblings, from Helmsley to Rivaulx.

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Six walkers, each with different perspectives on the landscape, join artist Jeremy Jessel as he sets off for a walk in the countryside.

5: Riding master Christopher Barker reveals the secrets and surprises of woodland ramblings, from Helmsley to Rivaulx.

198B0619980524

In this final programme of the series, Jeremy Jessel walks Oxfordshire's Windrush Valley from Burford to Minster Lovell with landscape historian Tom Hassal.

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In this final programme of the series, Jeremy Jessel walks Oxfordshire's Windrush Valley from Burford to Minster Lovell with landscape historian Tom Hassal.

198D0119981129

Four more walks in the countryside.

1: Jeremy Jessel joins walking guide Louise Thomas in Snowdonia, where their attempts to escape to the peace of the mountains are thwarted by policemen and schoolchildren.

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Four more walks in the countryside.

1: Jeremy Jessel joins walking guide Louise Thomas in Snowdonia, where their attempts to escape to the peace of the mountains are thwarted by policemen and schoolchildren.

198D0219981206

Jeremy Jessel walks from Steventon to Micheldever, Hampshire, in the company of forestry expert Professor Julian Evans and asks how the woodlands have changed since Jane Austen trod this favourite route.

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Jeremy Jessel walks from Steventon to Micheldever, Hampshire, in the company of forestry expert Professor Julian Evans and asks how the woodlands have changed since Jane Austen trod this favourite route.

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To improve his map-reading skills, Jeremy Jessel is joined by cartographer Sarah Hague in the Peak District.

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To improve his map-reading skills, Jeremy Jessel is joined by cartographer Sarah Hague in the Peak District.

198D0419981220

The effect of the Industrial Revolution on the landscape is revealed as Jeremy Jessel joins retired electrical engineer Peter Giles on a walk from Bradford on Avon.

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The effect of the Industrial Revolution on the landscape is revealed as Jeremy Jessel joins retired electrical engineer Peter Giles on a walk from Bradford on Avon.

199C0119990822

In the first of a six-part series, Jeremy Jessel strides over Ilkley Moor in the company of novelist Charlotte Cory

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In the first of a six-part series, Jeremy Jessel strides over Ilkley Moor in the company of novelist Charlotte Cory

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In the second of six programmes, Jeremy Jessel walks from Snape to Orford with geographer Andrew Bennett, who talks about the impact of the Suffolk landscape on the music of Benjamin Britten

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In the second of six programmes, Jeremy Jessel walks from Snape to Orford with geographer Andrew Bennett, who talks about the impact of the Suffolk landscape on the music of Benjamin Britten

199C0319990905

In the third of six programmes, Jeremy Jessel joins geologist Hazel Pritchard to walk across Unst - the most northerly island of Shetland.

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In the third of six programmes, Jeremy Jessel joins geologist Hazel Pritchard to walk across Unst - the most northerly island of Shetland.

199C0419990912

Naturalist Joan Daniels explains the importance of bringing mosses back to life, and the beauty of bogs, to Jeremy Jessel in Shropshire.

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Naturalist Joan Daniels explains the importance of bringing mosses back to life, and the beauty of bogs, to Jeremy Jessel in Shropshire.

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The landscape is the richest historical record we have.

Jeremy Jessel is given a lesson on how to read it as he joins landscape archaeologist Mick Aston in north Somerset.

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The landscape is the richest historical record we have.

Jeremy Jessel is given a lesson on how to read it as he joins landscape archaeologist Mick Aston in north Somerset.

199C0619990926

Dick Ballharry has been responsible for the conservation of vast areas of Scotland's natural heritage.

He explains his vision for the future of the countryside to Jeremy Jessel as they walk through the Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve.

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Dick Ballharry has been responsible for the conservation of vast areas of Scotland's natural heritage.

He explains his vision for the future of the countryside to Jeremy Jessel as they walk through the Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve.

20012012020920120211

Clare Balding returns with a new series of Ramblings in which she joins people who have either been inspired, or have inspired others, to walk in the British countryside.

In the first of the series Clare joins keen walker and Director General of the National Trust, Dame Fiona Reynolds, to walk a section of the new Octavia Hill Centenary Trail in Kent. Co-founder of the National Trust, Octavia Hill passionately believed that green space was essential for a healthy lifestyle and spent her life campaigning to save these disappearing open spaces from development.

Beginning at Toys Hill in Kent, one of the places that Octavia managed to save, Clare and Fiona set off to walk part of the Trail which has been created to mark the centenary of Octavia's death. A keen walker herself, Fiona tells Clare why she finds Octavia Hill's legacy so inspirational and why walking and the British landscape is so important to her.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

In the first of a new series, Clare walks along the Octavia Hill Centenary Trail in Kent.

20012012020920120211

Clare Balding returns with a new series of Ramblings in which she joins people who have either been inspired, or have inspired others, to walk in the British countryside.

In the first of the series Clare joins keen walker and Director General of the National Trust, Dame Fiona Reynolds, to walk a section of the new Octavia Hill Centenary Trail in Kent. Co-founder of the National Trust, Octavia Hill passionately believed that green space was essential for a healthy lifestyle and spent her life campaigning to save these disappearing open spaces from development.

Beginning at Toys Hill in Kent, one of the places that Octavia managed to save, Clare and Fiona set off to walk part of the Trail which has been created to mark the centenary of Octavia's death. A keen walker herself, Fiona tells Clare why she finds Octavia Hill's legacy so inspirational and why walking and the British landscape is so important to her.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

In the first of a new series, Clare walks along the Octavia Hill Centenary Trail in Kent.

2002Inspirational Walks, Northern Ireland - The Wee Binnians2012021620120218

In the second in a series of inspirational walks, Clare Balding joins members of the Wee Binnians, Northern Ireland's biggest walking club. The walking club was set up in 1987 by Veronica McCann who, over the years, has inspired countless people to join her in walking the hills and valleys of Northern Ireland's Mourne Mountains. Described by Veronica as 'a social group that walks, the Wee Binnians Walking Club is open to anyone over 16 and the club is the embodiment of a cross-community, cross-border group whose members share a passion for walking.

Today Clare joins just some of the 300 club members to climb to the summit of Slieve Binnian, the third highest mountain in Northern Ireland. She hears from Veronica, a self-confessed non-walker beforehand, about what inspired her to set up the group, why it is so important to her and then from some of the members about what the club - and Veronica - mean to them.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

Clare joins members of the Wee Binnians, Northern Ireland's biggest walking club.

2002Inspirational Walks, Northern Ireland - The Wee Binnians2012021620120218

In the second in a series of inspirational walks, Clare Balding joins members of the Wee Binnians, Northern Ireland's biggest walking club. The walking club was set up in 1987 by Veronica McCann who, over the years, has inspired countless people to join her in walking the hills and valleys of Northern Ireland's Mourne Mountains. Described by Veronica as 'a social group that walks, the Wee Binnians Walking Club is open to anyone over 16 and the club is the embodiment of a cross-community, cross-border group whose members share a passion for walking.

Today Clare joins just some of the 300 club members to climb to the summit of Slieve Binnian, the third highest mountain in Northern Ireland. She hears from Veronica, a self-confessed non-walker beforehand, about what inspired her to set up the group, why it is so important to her and then from some of the members about what the club - and Veronica - mean to them.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

Clare joins members of the Wee Binnians, Northern Ireland's biggest walking club.

2003Inspirational Walks, Storytelling In Cornwall2012022320120225

Clare joins writer and storyteller Anna Maria Murphy on a walk in Cornwall.

In the third in a series of inspirational walks for Ramblings, Clare Balding is in Cornwall where she is joined by writer and storyteller, Anna Maria Murphy. Inspired by the story of Mary Kelynack, an 84 year old Cornish fishwife who walked from Newlyn to London in 1851, Anna decided to walk all over Cornwall meeting people along the way and gathering stories to inspire her writing. Using ancient routes and seldom used footpaths, Anna set off with a notebook and pen and describes her journey as possibly the single most inspirational thing she has ever done in her life.

Today, Clare joins Anna to walk from the small coastal fishing town of Looe to Polperro, the village where Anna was born. Although this route usually forms part of the popular South West Coast Path, Clare and Anna choose to head inland following woodland footpaths and the 'roads less travelled' of Cornwall before heading to Talland Bay where they pick up the coast path for the last section of the walk. Who will they meet along the way?

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

2003Inspirational Walks, Storytelling In Cornwall2012022320120225

Clare joins writer and storyteller Anna Maria Murphy on a walk in Cornwall.

In the third in a series of inspirational walks for Ramblings, Clare Balding is in Cornwall where she is joined by writer and storyteller, Anna Maria Murphy. Inspired by the story of Mary Kelynack, an 84 year old Cornish fishwife who walked from Newlyn to London in 1851, Anna decided to walk all over Cornwall meeting people along the way and gathering stories to inspire her writing. Using ancient routes and seldom used footpaths, Anna set off with a notebook and pen and describes her journey as possibly the single most inspirational thing she has ever done in her life.

Today, Clare joins Anna to walk from the small coastal fishing town of Looe to Polperro, the village where Anna was born. Although this route usually forms part of the popular South West Coast Path, Clare and Anna choose to head inland following woodland footpaths and the 'roads less travelled' of Cornwall before heading to Talland Bay where they pick up the coast path for the last section of the walk. Who will they meet along the way?

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

2004Inspirational Walks, Kinder Scout2012030120120303

Clare Balding presents a series of inspirational walks in the British countryside.

Almost 80 years since the Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout, Clare Balding joins ramblers from Manchester and Sheffield to mark this inspirational moment in walking history.

On April 24th 1932, around 400 ramblers from Lancashire set off from Bowden Bridge quarry near Hayfield to walk up onto the plateau of Kinder Scout, the highest point in the Derbyshire Peak District, in protest at the lack of the right to roam on open land. As they scrambled upwards towards the moorland plateau of Kinder, the trespassers were met and confronted by the Duke of Devonshire's gamekeepers. A group of ramblers from Sheffield, who had also set off that morning from Edale, did eventually reach the plateau and the two groups met up before turning and retracing their steps. The following day six of the Manchester ramblers were arrested and imprisoned, a move which was to outrage many people and serve only to highlight and sympathise with the ramblers cause, resulting finally in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act in 2000

Today Clare joins members of the Sheffield Ramblers, as well as Manchester-born broadcaster and avid walker, Mike Harding. They represent the two groups of ramblers that set off from Edale and Hayfield respectively, to take part in the Mass Trespass back in 1932. Leaving from Bowden Bridge, just as the original trespassers did, the group walk towards Kinder Reservoir and on to William Clough, where the Duke of Devonshire's gamekeepers were waiting. As they walk, the old cross-Pennines rivalry is still in evidence as the Sheffield walkers remind Clare that it was their group that had actually reached the top all those years ago. But everyone on that day 80 years ago shared a common passion for the hills and the moors around which, as folk singer Ewan Maccoll wrote, no one man should have the right to own.

The Mass Trespass of Kinder Scout was one of the most inspirational moments in the history of the rambling movement, inspiring walkers and campaigners of access to open land for years to come. It wasn't the

only trespass to take place - there were others before it and many more inspired by it. But it lives on in the memory of all those who believe that all should have the right to roam.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

2004Inspirational Walks, Kinder Scout2012030120120303

Clare Balding presents a series of inspirational walks in the British countryside.

Almost 80 years since the Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout, Clare Balding joins ramblers from Manchester and Sheffield to mark this inspirational moment in walking history.

On April 24th 1932, around 400 ramblers from Lancashire set off from Bowden Bridge quarry near Hayfield to walk up onto the plateau of Kinder Scout, the highest point in the Derbyshire Peak District, in protest at the lack of the right to roam on open land. As they scrambled upwards towards the moorland plateau of Kinder, the trespassers were met and confronted by the Duke of Devonshire's gamekeepers. A group of ramblers from Sheffield, who had also set off that morning from Edale, did eventually reach the plateau and the two groups met up before turning and retracing their steps. The following day six of the Manchester ramblers were arrested and imprisoned, a move which was to outrage many people and serve only to highlight and sympathise with the ramblers cause, resulting finally in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act in 2000

Today Clare joins members of the Sheffield Ramblers, as well as Manchester-born broadcaster and avid walker, Mike Harding. They represent the two groups of ramblers that set off from Edale and Hayfield respectively, to take part in the Mass Trespass back in 1932. Leaving from Bowden Bridge, just as the original trespassers did, the group walk towards Kinder Reservoir and on to William Clough, where the Duke of Devonshire's gamekeepers were waiting. As they walk, the old cross-Pennines rivalry is still in evidence as the Sheffield walkers remind Clare that it was their group that had actually reached the top all those years ago. But everyone on that day 80 years ago shared a common passion for the hills and the moors around which, as folk singer Ewan Maccoll wrote, no one man should have the right to own.

The Mass Trespass of Kinder Scout was one of the most inspirational moments in the history of the rambling movement, inspiring walkers and campaigners of access to open land for years to come. It wasn't the

only trespass to take place - there were others before it and many more inspired by it. But it lives on in the memory of all those who believe that all should have the right to roam.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

2005Inspirational Walks, Brecon Beacons - Art In The Park2012030820120310

Clare Balding is in the Brecon Beacons for the fifth in a series of inspirational walks.

Clare Balding walks part of the Beacons Way in the Brecon Beacons National Park to find out how people are being inspired to create their own response to the surrounding landscape. The Park's landscape has inspired artists for generations and today Clare is joined by Robert Macdonald, one of 8 artists to create a series of images which are set into stone along sections of the footpath as part of a project called 'Art in the Park'. Groups from schools and colleges, as well as people from outside of the Park boundaries, have been encouraged to walk sections of the Beacons Way and gain inspiration themselves from the art work and from the landscape around them.

Leading the walk today are some of the people involved with the project from both National Park and the Brecon Beacons Park Society and, as they walk, Clare talks to members of a group from Drugaid Cymru to find out how the project is helping, and inspiring, them.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

2005Inspirational Walks, Brecon Beacons - Art In The Park2012030820120310

Clare Balding is in the Brecon Beacons for the fifth in a series of inspirational walks.

Clare Balding walks part of the Beacons Way in the Brecon Beacons National Park to find out how people are being inspired to create their own response to the surrounding landscape. The Park's landscape has inspired artists for generations and today Clare is joined by Robert Macdonald, one of 8 artists to create a series of images which are set into stone along sections of the footpath as part of a project called 'Art in the Park'. Groups from schools and colleges, as well as people from outside of the Park boundaries, have been encouraged to walk sections of the Beacons Way and gain inspiration themselves from the art work and from the landscape around them.

Leading the walk today are some of the people involved with the project from both National Park and the Brecon Beacons Park Society and, as they walk, Clare talks to members of a group from Drugaid Cymru to find out how the project is helping, and inspiring, them.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

2006 LASTInspirational Walks, Sir Andrew Motion20120315
2006 LASTInspirational Walks, Sir Andrew Motion20120315

In the final programme in a series of inspirational walks, Clare Balding is joined by the former poet laureate, Sir Andrew Motion, to walk around the village of Stisted in Essex. As they walk around the village, Sir Andrew tells Clare about his memories of growing up in the village where he was first inspired to write poetry.

Presenter: Clare Balding

Producer: Helen Chetwynd.

Clare Balding is joined by the former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion

201A01Putney To Wimbledon20010330

Clare Balding discovers the countryside within our towns.

From her own front door in Putney, London, Clare sets out to experience the wonders of Wimbledon Common in the company of Roger Tagholm and Mounted Ranger Bill Rowland.

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Clare Balding discovers the countryside within our towns.

From her own front door in Putney, London, Clare sets out to experience the wonders of Wimbledon Common in the company of Roger Tagholm and Mounted Ranger Bill Rowland.

201A02Cole Valley, Birmingham20010406

Clare Balding discovers the countryside within our towns and cities.

She walks in south Birmingham, along a river valley which inspired Tolkien and which is a breeding ground for bats and birds.

Her guide is Peter Bennett.

201A02Cole Valley, Birmingham20010406

Clare Balding discovers the countryside within our towns and cities.

She walks in south Birmingham, along a river valley which inspired Tolkien and which is a breeding ground for bats and birds.

Her guide is Peter Bennett.

201D0120011026

Clare Balding follows in the footsteps of those who have made walking a central part of their lives.

In this first programme, she heads for Wasedale in Cumbria.

201D0120011026

Clare Balding follows in the footsteps of those who have made walking a central part of their lives.

In this first programme, she heads for Wasedale in Cumbria.

201D02St Cuthbert's Way20011102

She takes a small section of this walk with Ron Shaw.

201D02St Cuthbert's Way20011102

She takes a small section of this walk with Ron Shaw.

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Clare Balding follows in the footsteps of those who have made walking a central part of their lives.

201D0420011116

Clare Balding follows in the footsteps of those who have made walking a central part of their lives.

She walks part of the Macmillan Way, from Bruton to Castle Cary in Somerset.

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Clare Balding follows in the footsteps of those who have made walking a central part of their lives.

She walks part of the Macmillan Way, from Bruton to Castle Cary in Somerset.

201D05On The Lips Of Living Men20011123

Clare Balding takes walks across the country.

`On the Lips of Living Men'.

Elizabeth Hutchings' favourite walk is the Tennyson Trail on the Isle of Wight.

201D05On The Lips Of Living Men20011123

Clare Balding takes walks across the country.

`On the Lips of Living Men'.

Elizabeth Hutchings' favourite walk is the Tennyson Trail on the Isle of Wight.

201D0620011130

Clare Balding follows in the footsteps of those who have made walking a central part of their lives.

201D0620011130

Clare Balding follows in the footsteps of those who have made walking a central part of their lives.

202B0120020405

Clare Balding explores some spectacular walks in our green and pleasant land.

This programme visits the Giant's Causeway on the coast of Antrim, an extraordinary geological wonder.

202B0120020405

Clare Balding explores some spectacular walks in our green and pleasant land.

This programme visits the Giant's Causeway on the coast of Antrim, an extraordinary geological wonder.

202B0220020412

Clare Balding explores some spectacular walks in our green and pleasant land.

This programme visits Clydesdale, a beautiful part of southern Scotland largely unknown to tourists.

202B0220020412

Clare Balding explores some spectacular walks in our green and pleasant land.

This programme visits Clydesdale, a beautiful part of southern Scotland largely unknown to tourists.

202B0320020419

Clare Balding explores some spectacular walks in our green and pleasant land.

Today's programme visits the Irwell valley, only a few miles from Manchester.

202B0320020419

Clare Balding explores some spectacular walks in our green and pleasant land.

Today's programme visits the Irwell valley, only a few miles from Manchester.

203A0120030207

Clare Balding follows in the footsteps of those who have made walking a central part of their lives.

This edition finds her in with a group of Canadians in Cornwall.

203A0120030207

Clare Balding follows in the footsteps of those who have made walking a central part of their lives.

This edition finds her in with a group of Canadians in Cornwall.

203A0220030214

Clare Balding joins Parkinson's Disease sufferer Tom Isaacs between Barmouth and Aberdovey, as he nears the end of his 4,500-mile walk around Britain's coastline.

203A0220030214

Clare Balding joins Parkinson's Disease sufferer Tom Isaacs between Barmouth and Aberdovey, as he nears the end of his 4,500-mile walk around Britain's coastline.

203A03Walking For Inspiration20030221

Clare joins Yorkshire writer Glynn Hughes on a walk through Calderdale.

203A03Walking For Inspiration20030221

Clare joins Yorkshire writer Glynn Hughes on a walk through Calderdale.

203A04Walking For Health20030228

Clare strides out with Veronica Reynolds, who runs a Walking for Health group.

203A04Walking For Health20030228

Clare strides out with Veronica Reynolds, who runs a Walking for Health group.

203A05Walking For Spiritual Renewal20030307

Clare is in North Devon with Satish Kumar, who recalls his 8000-mile walk from India to America in the 60s to protest about nuclear arms.

203A05Walking For Spiritual Renewal20030307

Clare is in North Devon with Satish Kumar, who recalls his 8000-mile walk from India to America in the 60s to protest about nuclear arms.

203A0620030314

Clare Balding explores some spectacular walks in our green and pleasant land.

203A0620030314

Clare Balding explores some spectacular walks in our green and pleasant land.

203D01Kirkcudbright20031003

Clare Balding presents the series exploring people's childhood walks.

Jack Fortune and Lindsay Cannon relive their very different experiences of climbing Bengairn.

203D01Kirkcudbright20031003

Clare Balding presents the series exploring people's childhood walks.

Jack Fortune and Lindsay Cannon relive their very different experiences of climbing Bengairn.

203D02Kilburn To Hawnby20031010

Jim Wight and Rosie Page do a walk much loved by their father, who wrote the James Herriot vet stories.

For a factsheet visit the Radio 4 website or call the helpline on 08700 100 400 [national rates]

203D02Kilburn To Hawnby20031010

Jim Wight and Rosie Page do a walk much loved by their father, who wrote the James Herriot vet stories.

For a factsheet visit the Radio 4 website or call the helpline on 08700 100 400 [national rates]

203D03The Lickey Hills, Worcestershire20031017

3/6.

The Lickey Hills, Worcestershire.

A short journey west of Birmingham lies an area that has been a favourite walking spot for locals since the early 1900s.

203D03The Lickey Hills, Worcestershire20031017

3/6.

The Lickey Hills, Worcestershire.

A short journey west of Birmingham lies an area that has been a favourite walking spot for locals since the early 1900s.

203D04Chiltern Hills20031024

For sisters Angela Kay and Brenda Forty, the area around Chesham, Bucks, where they were brought up and still live -is full of paths that conjure up memories of childhood walks.

They explore some of them with Clare Balding

203D04Chiltern Hills20031024

For sisters Angela Kay and Brenda Forty, the area around Chesham, Bucks, where they were brought up and still live -is full of paths that conjure up memories of childhood walks.

They explore some of them with Clare Balding

203D05Langdale20031031

Clare Balding presents the series exploring people's childhood walks.

Miss Gornall, an inspiring English teacher at Nottingham Girl's High School, took groups of pupils to the Lake District each year to study poetry.

Four members of the group who went with her in 1967 meet up again for the first time in thirty five years to take Clare Balding along a route that changed their lives.

203D05Langdale20031031

Clare Balding presents the series exploring people's childhood walks.

Miss Gornall, an inspiring English teacher at Nottingham Girl's High School, took groups of pupils to the Lake District each year to study poetry.

Four members of the group who went with her in 1967 meet up again for the first time in thirty five years to take Clare Balding along a route that changed their lives.

203D06 LASTGreenock20031107

A stroll in the hills above Greenock, west of Glasgow, with poet Thomas A Clark, author of ""In Praise of Walking"".

203D06 LASTGreenock20031107

A stroll in the hills above Greenock, west of Glasgow, with poet Thomas A Clark, author of In Praise of Walking.

204A01The Tarka Trail20040220

Clare Balding presents the series exploring people's childhood walks.

In the first episode she walks the Tarka Trail in Barnstaple, where walking, poetry and music are an ideal combination.

204A01The Tarka Trail20040220

Clare Balding presents the series exploring people's childhood walks.

In the first episode she walks the Tarka Trail in Barnstaple, where walking, poetry and music are an ideal combination.

204A0220040227

Cameron Murray and his daughter Polly have walked the Deuchary Hill in Perthshire for decades.

Its "man-high bracken" and nests of adders are the stuff of Polly's childhood, and, as she tells Richard Uridge, inspired later adventures on Everest.

204A0220040227

Cameron Murray and his daughter Polly have walked the Deuchary Hill in Perthshire for decades.

Its man-high bracken and nests of adders are the stuff of Polly's childhood, and, as she tells Richard Uridge, inspired later adventures on Everest.

204A03St David's20040305

Richard Uridge joins illustrator Jackie Morris for her daily inspirational walk around St David's in Pembrokeshire.

204A03St David's20040305

Richard Uridge joins illustrator Jackie Morris for her daily inspirational walk around St David's in Pembrokeshire.

204A04Bradford20040312

Musician Aki Nawaz takes a stroll through his home town of Bradford through to the rural retreat of Shipley Glen.

204A04Bradford20040312

Musician Aki Nawaz takes a stroll through his home town of Bradford through to the rural retreat of Shipley Glen.

204A05Peddars Way20040319

Artist Liz MacGowan and story-teller Hugh Lupton take Richard Uridge on a wet and windy walk along the Peddars Way in Norfolk.

204A05Peddars Way20040319

Artist Liz MacGowan and story-teller Hugh Lupton take Richard Uridge on a wet and windy walk along the Peddars Way in Norfolk.

204A06 LASTFife20040326

Playwrights David Greig and Alan Wilkins lead Clare Balding up the steep slopes of East Lomond in Fife.

204A06 LASTFife20040326

Playwrights David Greig and Alan Wilkins lead Clare Balding up the steep slopes of East Lomond in Fife.

204B01Charity Challenge Haytor, Dartmoor20040514

The contrast between the Tors of Dartmoor and the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro couldn't be starker.

Clare Balding discovers this when she joins a group of walkers who completed the challenge to climb Africa's highest mountain last year.

204B01Charity Challenge Haytor, Dartmoor20040514

The contrast between the Tors of Dartmoor and the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro couldn't be starker.

Clare Balding discovers this when she joins a group of walkers who completed the challenge to climb Africa's highest mountain last year.

204B02Friends And Family - The Lizard, Cornwall20040521

Over 30 years ago four men set out on the Cleveland Way in jeans, oilskins and industrial boots.

Since then the three survivors have been joined by their families and other friends to walk most of the long distance paths of the British Isles.

Clare joins them on part of the South-West Coastal Path to hear about that first walk and other adventures.

204B02Friends And Family - The Lizard, Cornwall20040521

Over 30 years ago four men set out on the Cleveland Way in jeans, oilskins and industrial boots.

Since then the three survivors have been joined by their families and other friends to walk most of the long distance paths of the British Isles.

Clare joins them on part of the South-West Coastal Path to hear about that first walk and other adventures.

204B03Scout Hike - Hambledon, Hampshire20040528

The largest group so far encountered by Clare in this series are 30 scouts and their leaders.

The pack from the First Park Gate Cubs and the newly-formed Sea Scouts walk through Hambledon, the home of English Cricket, on a walk to test their land skills.

204B03Scout Hike - Hambledon, Hampshire20040528

The largest group so far encountered by Clare in this series are 30 scouts and their leaders.

The pack from the First Park Gate Cubs and the newly-formed Sea Scouts walk through Hambledon, the home of English Cricket, on a walk to test their land skills.

205A01Sheffield20050225

Clare Balding explores the reasons why people walk.

She joins a group of refugees and asylum seekers in Sheffield as they improve their English and discover more about their new home.

205A01Sheffield20050225

Clare Balding explores the reasons why people walk.

She joins a group of refugees and asylum seekers in Sheffield as they improve their English and discover more about their new home.

205A02Warwickshire20050304

Children's author Meg Harper finds that walking offers peace and space for prayer and contemplation.

205A02Warwickshire20050304

Children's author Meg Harper finds that walking offers peace and space for prayer and contemplation.

205A03Shropshire20050311

Clare joins a group who have discovered that walking can benefit those with mental illnesses.

205A03Shropshire20050311

Clare joins a group who have discovered that walking can benefit those with mental illnesses.

205A04Suffolk20050318

Sports journalist Simon Barnes explains to Clare Balding why walking allows him to indulge in his lifelong love of birds, while walking along the Suffolk coast from Walberswick to Dunwich.

But can Simon turn someone who has difficulty distinguishing a Peregrine Falcon from a duck, into a birdwatcher?

205A04Suffolk20050318

Sports journalist Simon Barnes explains to Clare Balding why walking allows him to indulge in his lifelong love of birds, while walking along the Suffolk coast from Walberswick to Dunwich.

But can Simon turn someone who has difficulty distinguishing a Peregrine Falcon from a duck, into a birdwatcher?

205A05 LASTDerbyshire20050401

Travel writer David Else takes Clare to the Peak District.

205A05 LASTDerbyshire20050401

Travel writer David Else takes Clare to the Peak District.

205B01Suffolk20050520

Clare Balding takes a walk in the company of writer and environmentalist Roger Deakin.

On his home patch near Diss, they encounter the legend of St Edmund along an ancient droving road, rich in the season's flora and fauna.

205B01Suffolk20050520

Clare Balding takes a walk in the company of writer and environmentalist Roger Deakin.

On his home patch near Diss, they encounter the legend of St Edmund along an ancient droving road, rich in the season's flora and fauna.

205B02North Lincolnshire20050527

Clare Balding strides out along the North Lincolnshire coast in the company of Sir Tim Rice and two friends, as they approach the end of an impressive odyssey.

For nearly ten years, they've been walking the routes that link England's cardinal points, north, south, east and west.

Clare finds out what it means to them to achieve this long standing personal goal.

205B02North Lincolnshire20050527

Clare Balding strides out along the North Lincolnshire coast in the company of Sir Tim Rice and two friends, as they approach the end of an impressive odyssey.

For nearly ten years, they've been walking the routes that link England's cardinal points, north, south, east and west.

Clare finds out what it means to them to achieve this long standing personal goal.

205B03Tackley, Oxfordshire20050603

Clare Balding visits a small hamlet to accompany writer and poet Kim Taplin on the walk she has enjoyed in all weathers every day for the past 40 years.

205B03Tackley, Oxfordshire20050603

Clare Balding visits a small hamlet to accompany writer and poet Kim Taplin on the walk she has enjoyed in all weathers every day for the past 40 years.

205B04Lepton, West Yorkshire20050610

Clare Balding takes a walk with local historian George Redmonds, discovering the intriguing meanings and stories behind the names of places and people.

205B04Lepton, West Yorkshire20050610

Clare Balding takes a walk with local historian George Redmonds, discovering the intriguing meanings and stories behind the names of places and people.

205B0520050617

5/6.

Llanberis

The classically trained Chinese artist and Director of the Black Environment Network, Judy Ling Wong takes Clare Balding for a tour in Snowdonia.

205B0520050617

5/6.

Llanberis

The classically trained Chinese artist and Director of the Black Environment Network, Judy Ling Wong takes Clare Balding for a tour in Snowdonia.

205B06 LASTCranbourne Chase, Dorset20050624

Clare Balding joins writer and poet James Crowden for a walk on the chalk downs and cheese-making lowlands of Thomas Hardy country.

205B06 LASTCranbourne Chase, Dorset20050624

Clare Balding joins writer and poet James Crowden for a walk on the chalk downs and cheese-making lowlands of Thomas Hardy country.

206C0120060915

1/6.

Clare Balding visits Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland, famous for spectacular scenery, walks and distilleries.

Clare is joined by a group of locals born and bred in the area.

206C0120060915

1/6.

Clare Balding visits Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland, famous for spectacular scenery, walks and distilleries.

Clare is joined by a group of locals born and bred in the area.

206C0220060922

Clare Balding travels to Jura in the Western Isles to walk with Donald Euan Durrock and his teenage children.

They start on the coast at Inver.

206C0220060922

Clare Balding travels to Jura in the Western Isles to walk with Donald Euan Durrock and his teenage children.

They start on the coast at Inver.

206C0320060929

Clare Balding discovers the stories of Enid Blyton through the landscape of the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset.

For more than 20 years, the beauty spot was the Blyton family's holiday destination.

206C0320060929

Clare Balding discovers the stories of Enid Blyton through the landscape of the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset.

For more than 20 years, the beauty spot was the Blyton family's holiday destination.

206C0420061006

4/6.

Clare Balding and guests attempt to scale Tryfan, one of Snowdonia's more challenging mountains, and known as a training ground for Everest hopefuls.

206C0420061006

4/6.

Clare Balding and guests attempt to scale Tryfan, one of Snowdonia's more challenging mountains, and known as a training ground for Everest hopefuls.

206C0520061013

Clare Balding explores the nature of village life with Caroline Friend and Dale Morris.

They walk around the outskirts of the Oxfordshire village of Stonesfield.

206C0520061013

Clare Balding explores the nature of village life with Caroline Friend and Dale Morris.

They walk around the outskirts of the Oxfordshire village of Stonesfield.

206C06 LAST20061020

Arctic explorer Pen Hadow takes Clare Balding on one of his favourite Dartmoor walks which serves as a training ground for his polar adventures.

His wife Mary and daughter Freya (on horseback) accompany them.

206C06 LAST20061020

Arctic explorer Pen Hadow takes Clare Balding on one of his favourite Dartmoor walks which serves as a training ground for his polar adventures.

His wife Mary and daughter Freya (on horseback) accompany them.

207A01The Ulster Way20070302

For this series Clare Balding celebrates 100 editions of Ramblings with a series of iconic walks.

Clare takes the coastal pathway from the Giants Causeway to White Park Bay, perhaps the most dramatic section of the 560-mile Ulster Way in N Ireland.

Against the spectacular scenery, there is a plethora of myth and history including sunken Armada ships, fairy tale castles, and reputedly the world's tiniest church.

207A01The Ulster Way20070302

For this series Clare Balding celebrates 100 editions of Ramblings with a series of iconic walks.

Clare takes the coastal pathway from the Giants Causeway to White Park Bay, perhaps the most dramatic section of the 560-mile Ulster Way in N Ireland.

Against the spectacular scenery, there is a plethora of myth and history including sunken Armada ships, fairy tale castles, and reputedly the world's tiniest church.

207A02The West Highland Way20070309

Clare sets out from the Bridge of Orchy on the West Highland Way with well-known folk singer Jimmie MacGregor.

The route passes through stunning scenery, rich in history and wildlife.

207A02The West Highland Way20070309

Clare sets out from the Bridge of Orchy on the West Highland Way with well-known folk singer Jimmie MacGregor.

The route passes through stunning scenery, rich in history and wildlife.

207A03Glyndwr's Way20070316

The newest of the Welsh national trails is named after 15th-century nationalist hero Owain Glyndwr.

Clare covers the spectacular middle section between Dylife and Glaslyn.

207A03Glyndwr's Way20070316

The newest of the Welsh national trails is named after 15th-century nationalist hero Owain Glyndwr.

Clare covers the spectacular middle section between Dylife and Glaslyn.

207A0420070323

She takes her favourite walk near her family home in Hampshire.

She reminisces about walks past and the people she has met along the way.

207A0420070323

She takes her favourite walk near her family home in Hampshire.

She reminisces about walks past and the people she has met along the way.

207A05The Pennine Way20070330

Clare is in the dramatic landscape of Upper Teesdale to walk the section of the Pennine Way between two spectacular waterfalls, Cauldron Snout and High Force.

The dark cliffs of the Great Whin Sill border onto heather moorland, wide open pastures and river meadows rich in arctic alpine flora, with clusters of rare juniper trees scattered amongst the whitewashed cottages and farms.

207A05The Pennine Way20070330

Clare is in the dramatic landscape of Upper Teesdale to walk the section of the Pennine Way between two spectacular waterfalls, Cauldron Snout and High Force.

The dark cliffs of the Great Whin Sill border onto heather moorland, wide open pastures and river meadows rich in arctic alpine flora, with clusters of rare juniper trees scattered amongst the whitewashed cottages and farms.

207A06Offa's Dyke20070413

Clare walks the section of Offa's Dyke from the Severn Estuary to Brockweir, taking in Chepstow, Devil's Pulpit and Tintern Abbey.

207A06Offa's Dyke20070413

Clare walks the section of Offa's Dyke from the Severn Estuary to Brockweir, taking in Chepstow, Devil's Pulpit and Tintern Abbey.

207A07 LAST20070420

She walks a section of the Cotswold Way, starting at Coaley Peak, meandering through the hilly woodlands and finishing in the village of Dursley with a pint of local beer in one of Gloucestershire's oldest pubs.

207A07 LAST20070420

She walks a section of the Cotswold Way, starting at Coaley Peak, meandering through the hilly woodlands and finishing in the village of Dursley with a pint of local beer in one of Gloucestershire's oldest pubs.

207C01Bryher In The Isles Of Scilly20070720

Clare Balding visits the extremities of the United Kingdom, from the Scilly Isles to the Orkneys, and walks with people for whom these places are just 'home'.

Clare arrives by helicopter and then motor launch to the most westerly of the Isles of Scilly for a gentle stroll around its perimeter.

The resident artist and his wife, Richard and Caroline Pearce, tell of shipwrecks in days gone by and of the joys, frustrations and quirks of island life today when debris washed up is still seen as treasure.

207C01Bryher In The Isles Of Scilly20070720

Clare Balding visits the extremities of the United Kingdom, from the Scilly Isles to the Orkneys, and walks with people for whom these places are just 'home'.

Clare arrives by helicopter and then motor launch to the most westerly of the Isles of Scilly for a gentle stroll around its perimeter.

The resident artist and his wife, Richard and Caroline Pearce, tell of shipwrecks in days gone by and of the joys, frustrations and quirks of island life today when debris washed up is still seen as treasure.

207C0220070727

Clare Balding is accompanied by Alison O'Neill for a walk in the Howgills in Cumbria, a range of 40 peaks situated between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.

207C0220070727

Clare Balding is accompanied by Alison O'Neill for a walk in the Howgills in Cumbria, a range of 40 peaks situated between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.

207C0320070803

Clare Balding visits one of the last remaining strongholds of the Caledonian Forest in the majestic Glen Affric.

She is guided by Sandra Reid of the Forestry Commission and by Alan Watson Featherstone, the founder of Trees for Life, an organisation which has seen the planting or natural regeneration of over a million native trees in the last decade.

207C0320070803

Clare Balding visits one of the last remaining strongholds of the Caledonian Forest in the majestic Glen Affric.

She is guided by Sandra Reid of the Forestry Commission and by Alan Watson Featherstone, the founder of Trees for Life, an organisation which has seen the planting or natural regeneration of over a million native trees in the last decade.

207C0420070810

Clare Balding experiences the wildness of Cornwall on the South West Coast Path between Bosigran and Gurnard's Head.

She is accompanied by naturalist David Chapman and his wife Sarah, who can trace her family back to the early 17th century, all from this region.

207C0420070810

Clare Balding experiences the wildness of Cornwall on the South West Coast Path between Bosigran and Gurnard's Head.

She is accompanied by naturalist David Chapman and his wife Sarah, who can trace her family back to the early 17th century, all from this region.

207C0520070817

Clare Balding explores an area of the Norfolk Broads, walking along the river Ant.

Her companion is locally born naturalist Simon Partridge

207C0520070817

Clare Balding explores an area of the Norfolk Broads, walking along the river Ant.

Her companion is locally born naturalist Simon Partridge

207C06 LAST20070824

Clare Balding visits the Orkneys and walks the spectacular coast path from Rackwick to the Old Man of Hoy.

Born and bred on the islands, writer Morag MacInnes shares her knowledge and love of the area as does David Lea, formerly of the RSPB.

207C06 LAST20070824

Clare Balding visits the Orkneys and walks the spectacular coast path from Rackwick to the Old Man of Hoy.

Born and bred on the islands, writer Morag MacInnes shares her knowledge and love of the area as does David Lea, formerly of the RSPB.

207D0120071123

1/5.

Clare Balding and Ramblers Association President Chris Smith take theatre director Nancy Meckler for a walk in the beautiful Glen Tilt in Perthshire.

207D0120071123

1/5.

Clare Balding and Ramblers Association President Chris Smith take theatre director Nancy Meckler for a walk in the beautiful Glen Tilt in Perthshire.

207D0220071130

Clare Balding walks the Northumbrian coast with Jonathan Manning.

As editor of a walking magazine, Jonathan is evangelical about encouraging people to experience our countryside on foot.

He takes Clare on what he considers the perfect walk.

207D0220071130

Clare Balding walks the Northumbrian coast with Jonathan Manning.

As editor of a walking magazine, Jonathan is evangelical about encouraging people to experience our countryside on foot.

He takes Clare on what he considers the perfect walk.

207D0320071207

3/5.

Clare Balding walks in the West Country with Beryl Griffiths, founder of Granny Treks.

Beryl has raised huge sums for her local children's hospice through sponsored walks.

She takes Clare on the route that is has become the annual Granny Trek around Charlton Farm in Wraxall, Somerset.

207D0320071207

3/5.

Clare Balding walks in the West Country with Beryl Griffiths, founder of Granny Treks.

Beryl has raised huge sums for her local children's hospice through sponsored walks.

She takes Clare on the route that is has become the annual Granny Trek around Charlton Farm in Wraxall, Somerset.

207D0420071214

Clare Balding walks around Betws-y-Coed in North Wales with parents, toddlers and pushchairs.

Hilary Bradman and her nine-year-old son Joshua have tested walks in the area to ensure that even when encumbered by babies and pushchairs there are still plenty of routes that will guarantee an enjoyable family hike and great views.

207D0420071214

Clare Balding walks around Betws-y-Coed in North Wales with parents, toddlers and pushchairs.

Hilary Bradman and her nine-year-old son Joshua have tested walks in the area to ensure that even when encumbered by babies and pushchairs there are still plenty of routes that will guarantee an enjoyable family hike and great views.

207D0520071221

Clare Balding visits eastern Scotland to join the Forfar Ramblers on their weekly walk.

Led by Evelyn Taylor, this walking club has developed into a social and supportive group that embraces retirement and the freedom it brings.

207D0520071221

Clare Balding visits eastern Scotland to join the Forfar Ramblers on their weekly walk.

Led by Evelyn Taylor, this walking club has developed into a social and supportive group that embraces retirement and the freedom it brings.

207D0620071228

Clare Balding celebrates 100 editions of Ramblings with a series of iconic walks.

She takes her favourite walk near her family home in Hampshire, reminiscing about previous walks and the people she has met along the way.

207D0620071228

Clare Balding celebrates 100 editions of Ramblings with a series of iconic walks.

She takes her favourite walk near her family home in Hampshire, reminiscing about previous walks and the people she has met along the way.

208A01Walking Through Time20080328

Clare Balding explores routes with connections to the past.

1/5.

She walks the Ridgeway in the company of comedian and activist Mark Thomas.

A stone circle enthusiast, Mark explains why walking has become so important to him and how he plans the venues for many of his gigs around the ancient sites he wants to visit.

208A01Walking Through Time20080328

Clare Balding explores routes with connections to the past.

1/5.

She walks the Ridgeway in the company of comedian and activist Mark Thomas.

A stone circle enthusiast, Mark explains why walking has become so important to him and how he plans the venues for many of his gigs around the ancient sites he wants to visit.

208A0220080404

Walking through Time

Clare Balding explores routes with connections to the past.

2/5.

She joins a group of ley hunters at Llanthony Priory near Abergavenny.

Lawrence Main and writer Phil Rickman explain the work of Alfred Watkins, author of The Old Straight Track, as they take a group of enthusiasts on one of the ancient spirit paths that criss-cross Britain.

208A0220080404

Walking through Time

Clare Balding explores routes with connections to the past.

2/5.

She joins a group of ley hunters at Llanthony Priory near Abergavenny.

Lawrence Main and writer Phil Rickman explain the work of Alfred Watkins, author of The Old Straight Track, as they take a group of enthusiasts on one of the ancient spirit paths that criss-cross Britain.

208A0320080411

Clare Balding explores routes with connections to the past.

3/5.

She walks along a beautiful stretch of coastline near Cardiff, the site of the proposed Severn Barrage.

Scientist Annabel Cartwright and her geologist husband Joe explain what the area will lose and gain from the proposed structure.

208A0320080411

Clare Balding explores routes with connections to the past.

3/5.

She walks along a beautiful stretch of coastline near Cardiff, the site of the proposed Severn Barrage.

Scientist Annabel Cartwright and her geologist husband Joe explain what the area will lose and gain from the proposed structure.

208A0420080418

Walking through Time

Clare Balding explores routes with connections to the past.

4/5.

She strides out onto the moors behind Haworth in the footsteps of the Brontes with Ann Dinsdale and Judith Bland.

They intend to walk to Top Withins, thought to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights, but they wander a little off course and in doing so forge a much stronger connection to the famous sisters.

208A0420080418

Walking through Time

Clare Balding explores routes with connections to the past.

4/5.

She strides out onto the moors behind Haworth in the footsteps of the Brontes with Ann Dinsdale and Judith Bland.

They intend to walk to Top Withins, thought to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights, but they wander a little off course and in doing so forge a much stronger connection to the famous sisters.

208A0520080425

Walking through Time

Clare Balding explores routes with connections to the past.

5/5.

Clare goes on a Pilgrimage to the Pips as she visits Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex.

The castle was home to the Greenwich Time signal for over fifty years and Clare discovers the reason as she walks in the company of the Radio 4 continuity team, including Charlotte Green, Brian Perkins and Peter Donaldson.

They are using this walk to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.

208A0520080425

Walking through Time

Clare Balding explores routes with connections to the past.

5/5.

Clare goes on a Pilgrimage to the Pips as she visits Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex.

The castle was home to the Greenwich Time signal for over fifty years and Clare discovers the reason as she walks in the company of the Radio 4 continuity team, including Charlotte Green, Brian Perkins and Peter Donaldson.

They are using this walk to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.

208C01*20080718

Clare Balding explores holiday walking routes.

1/5.

She visits Borrowdale in the Lake District to discover what it takes to walk over long distances.

She meets walking coach Heather Waring, who helps people prepare for tackling sponsored charity walks all over the world.

She discusses the importance of preparation, good socks and a cheerful disposition.

They are joined by her group the East-End girls, who have walked many miles and raised thousands of pounds for charity.

208C01*20080718

Clare Balding explores holiday walking routes.

1/5.

She visits Borrowdale in the Lake District to discover what it takes to walk over long distances.

She meets walking coach Heather Waring, who helps people prepare for tackling sponsored charity walks all over the world.

She discusses the importance of preparation, good socks and a cheerful disposition.

They are joined by her group the East-End girls, who have walked many miles and raised thousands of pounds for charity.

208C02*20080725

Clare Balding explores holiday walking routes.

2/6.

She visits Guernsey to preview the island's walking festival.

In the company of Frances Le Tissier, whose family have lived on the island for generations, and local walking guide Elizabeth Gardener Wheeler, she discovers the island's hidden pathways.

The history of the island and its folklore is revealed as they set off inland to explore the miles of green footpaths that dissect the landscape.

208C02*20080725

Clare Balding explores holiday walking routes.

2/6.

She visits Guernsey to preview the island's walking festival.

In the company of Frances Le Tissier, whose family have lived on the island for generations, and local walking guide Elizabeth Gardener Wheeler, she discovers the island's hidden pathways.

The history of the island and its folklore is revealed as they set off inland to explore the miles of green footpaths that dissect the landscape.

208C0320080801

Clare Balding explores holiday walking routes.

3/5.

Clare walks the rugged landscape of Alderney with the island's harbour master.

With a population of only 2,500, there is plenty of space on the most northerly of the Channel Islands to get away from it all, as Clare discovers when she joins a group of local walkers.

208C0320080801

Clare Balding explores holiday walking routes.

3/5.

Clare walks the rugged landscape of Alderney with the island's harbour master.

With a population of only 2,500, there is plenty of space on the most northerly of the Channel Islands to get away from it all, as Clare discovers when she joins a group of local walkers.

208C04*20080808

She goes to a remote but idyllic part of Ireland to walk round Mullaghmore Head.

In the company of two local fishermen, she discovers why this beautiful part of the country is an ideal area for holiday walking.

208C04*20080808

She goes to a remote but idyllic part of Ireland to walk round Mullaghmore Head.

In the company of two local fishermen, she discovers why this beautiful part of the country is an ideal area for holiday walking.

208C05 LAST*20080815

Walking from St Hugh's to St Bridget's wells on the shores of Lough Allen in the Republic of Ireland, Clare is joined by a group of local women who have fallen in love with the area.

Aedin McCloughlin, the originator of the walk, hopes that the healing properties of these sacred places might give some relief to Clare's bad back.

208C05 LAST*20080815

Walking from St Hugh's to St Bridget's wells on the shores of Lough Allen in the Republic of Ireland, Clare is joined by a group of local women who have fallen in love with the area.

Aedin McCloughlin, the originator of the walk, hopes that the healing properties of these sacred places might give some relief to Clare's bad back.

2101Flamborough Head to Bridlington20120524

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) in this new series of Ramblings.

Programme 1: Flamborough Head to Bridlington with Stuart Jessup, Kate Atkin and Poppy the springer spaniel.

Stuart Jessup and his springer spaniel, Poppy, started an 8 month, 2,500 mile walk around the English coast in October 2011. Occasionally joined by Stuart's wife, Kate, Stuart is walking as part of a campaign to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and to raise money for Sane and Anxiety UK. Clare Balding joined Stuart, Kate and Poppy for a stretch of the walk from Flamborough Head to Bridlington on the Yorkshire Coast, to hear more about his adventures. Poppy has been central to the success of the walk; her friendliness encourages conversations between Stuart and other walkers, who often reveal their own problems with depression - both parties leaving the encounter enriched.

Producer Karen Gregor.

2101Flamborough Head To Bridlington2012052420120526

Clare Balding meets Stuart and his dog Poppy, walking round England for charity.

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) in this new series of Ramblings.

Programme 1: Flamborough Head to Bridlington with Stuart Jessup, Kate Atkin and Poppy the springer spaniel.

Stuart Jessup and his springer spaniel, Poppy, started an 8 month, 2,500 mile walk around the English coast in October 2011. Occasionally joined by Stuart's wife, Kate, Stuart is walking as part of a campaign to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and to raise money for Sane and Anxiety UK. Clare Balding joined Stuart, Kate and Poppy for a stretch of the walk from Flamborough Head to Bridlington on the Yorkshire Coast, to hear more about his adventures. Poppy has been central to the success of the walk; her friendliness encourages conversations between Stuart and other walkers, who often reveal their own problems with depression - both parties leaving the encounter enriched.

Producer Karen Gregor.

2101Flamborough Head To Bridlington2012052420120526

Clare Balding meets Stuart and his dog Poppy, walking round England for charity.

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) in this new series of Ramblings.

Programme 1: Flamborough Head to Bridlington with Stuart Jessup, Kate Atkin and Poppy the springer spaniel.

Stuart Jessup and his springer spaniel, Poppy, started an 8 month, 2,500 mile walk around the English coast in October 2011. Occasionally joined by Stuart's wife, Kate, Stuart is walking as part of a campaign to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and to raise money for Sane and Anxiety UK. Clare Balding joined Stuart, Kate and Poppy for a stretch of the walk from Flamborough Head to Bridlington on the Yorkshire Coast, to hear more about his adventures. Poppy has been central to the success of the walk; her friendliness encourages conversations between Stuart and other walkers, who often reveal their own problems with depression - both parties leaving the encounter enriched.

Producer Karen Gregor.

2101Flamborough Head to Bridlington2012052420120526

Clare Balding meets Stuart and his dog Poppy, walking round England for charity.

2102Dartmoor2012053120120531 (R4)

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) in this new series of Ramblings.

Prog 5: Dartmoor with Alex Lyons who is a search and rescue dog handler.

Alex Lyons is a dog handler with the Tavistock-Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team. He and several members of his team - and their dogs - take Clare for a wild, wet and windy walk on Dartmoor. Clare sees how the rescue dogs work, and asks why anyone would want to spend their leisure time doing a voluntary job which is exhausting and occasionally upsetting. The answer? A sense of fulfilment, the opportunity to spend time in beautiful and remote countryside, and - of course - the joy of working with highly trained and intelligent dogs (who make their presence felt, and heard, throughout the programme).

Producer Karen Gregor.

2102Dartmoor2012053120120602

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) in this new series of Ramblings.

Prog 5: Dartmoor with Alex Lyons who is a search and rescue dog handler.

Alex Lyons is a dog handler with the Tavistock-Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team. He and several members of his team - and their dogs - take Clare for a wild, wet and windy walk on Dartmoor. Clare sees how the rescue dogs work, and asks why anyone would want to spend their leisure time doing a voluntary job which is exhausting and occasionally upsetting. The answer? A sense of fulfilment, the opportunity to spend time in beautiful and remote countryside, and - of course - the joy of working with highly trained and intelligent dogs (who make their presence felt, and heard, throughout the programme).

Producer Karen Gregor.

2102Dartmoor2012053120120602
20120531 (R4)
20120602 (R4)

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) in this new series of Ramblings.

Prog 5: Dartmoor with Alex Lyons who is a search and rescue dog handler.

Alex Lyons is a dog handler with the Tavistock-Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team. He and several members of his team - and their dogs - take Clare for a wild, wet and windy walk on Dartmoor. Clare sees how the rescue dogs work, and asks why anyone would want to spend their leisure time doing a voluntary job which is exhausting and occasionally upsetting. The answer? A sense of fulfilment, the opportunity to spend time in beautiful and remote countryside, and - of course - the joy of working with highly trained and intelligent dogs (who make their presence felt, and heard, throughout the programme).

Producer Karen Gregor.

2102Dartmoor2012053120120602

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) in this new series of Ramblings.

Prog 5: Dartmoor with Alex Lyons who is a search and rescue dog handler.

Alex Lyons is a dog handler with the Tavistock-Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team. He and several members of his team - and their dogs - take Clare for a wild, wet and windy walk on Dartmoor. Clare sees how the rescue dogs work, and asks why anyone would want to spend their leisure time doing a voluntary job which is exhausting and occasionally upsetting. The answer? A sense of fulfilment, the opportunity to spend time in beautiful and remote countryside, and - of course - the joy of working with highly trained and intelligent dogs (who make their presence felt, and heard, throughout the programme).

Producer Karen Gregor.

2102Dartmoor2012053120120602

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) in this new series of Ramblings.

Prog 5: Dartmoor with Alex Lyons who is a search and rescue dog handler.

Alex Lyons is a dog handler with the Tavistock-Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team. He and several members of his team - and their dogs - take Clare for a wild, wet and windy walk on Dartmoor. Clare sees how the rescue dogs work, and asks why anyone would want to spend their leisure time doing a voluntary job which is exhausting and occasionally upsetting. The answer? A sense of fulfilment, the opportunity to spend time in beautiful and remote countryside, and - of course - the joy of working with highly trained and intelligent dogs (who make their presence felt, and heard, throughout the programme).

Producer Karen Gregor.

2102Dartmoor2012053120120602
20120531 (R4)
20120602 (R4)

Clare walks with members of the Tavistock-Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team, and their dogs.

2103Alnmouth, Northumberland20120607

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) in this series of Ramblings.

Programme 3: Alnmouth, Northumberland

If you go walking with a dog, something extraordinary happens: complete strangers will talk to you. Sometimes this doesn't go any further than a regular 'good morning' but occasionally strong friendships are formed.

On this week's Ramblings Clare Balding goes walking in rural Northumberland with Kelly Smith and her friend Carolyn Ryan. They met while dog-walking and struck up a close friendship which is mirrored by the incredibly strong connection between their dogs: Mel the Border Terrier and Kizzy the Lurcher.

The walk begins in Kelly's kitchen, where her partner (the author Val McDermid) explains why a Border Terrier was such an obvious choice of dog for this neck of the woods. Then (leaving Val behind to make bacon sandwiches for their return), Clare, Kelly and Carolyn head down to the beach for a bracing, uplifting walk. Kelly and Carolyn explain how their friendship works, and how - despite an initially difficult start their dogs are now inseparable.

Producer Karen Gregor.

2103Alnmouth, Northumberland2012060720120607 (R4)

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) in this series of Ramblings.

Programme 3: Alnmouth, Northumberland

If you go walking with a dog, something extraordinary happens: complete strangers will talk to you. Sometimes this doesn't go any further than a regular 'good morning' but occasionally strong friendships are formed.

On this week's Ramblings Clare Balding goes walking in rural Northumberland with Kelly Smith and her friend Carolyn Ryan. They met while dog-walking and struck up a close friendship which is mirrored by the incredibly strong connection between their dogs: Mel the Border Terrier and Kizzy the Lurcher.

The walk begins in Kelly's kitchen, where her partner (the author Val McDermid) explains why a Border Terrier was such an obvious choice of dog for this neck of the woods. Then (leaving Val behind to make bacon sandwiches for their return), Clare, Kelly and Carolyn head down to the beach for a bracing, uplifting walk. Kelly and Carolyn explain how their friendship works, and how - despite an initially difficult start their dogs are now inseparable.

Producer Karen Gregor.

2103Alnmouth, Northumberland20120607

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) in this series of Ramblings.

Programme 3: Alnmouth, Northumberland

If you go walking with a dog, something extraordinary happens: complete strangers will talk to you. Sometimes this doesn't go any further than a regular 'good morning' but occasionally strong friendships are formed.

On this week's Ramblings Clare Balding goes walking in rural Northumberland with Kelly Smith and her friend Carolyn Ryan. They met while dog-walking and struck up a close friendship which is mirrored by the incredibly strong connection between their dogs: Mel the Border Terrier and Kizzy the Lurcher.

The walk begins in Kelly's kitchen, where her partner (the author Val McDermid) explains why a Border Terrier was such an obvious choice of dog for this neck of the woods. Then (leaving Val behind to make bacon sandwiches for their return), Clare, Kelly and Carolyn head down to the beach for a bracing, uplifting walk. Kelly and Carolyn explain how their friendship works, and how - despite an initially difficult start their dogs are now inseparable.

Producer Karen Gregor.

2103Alnmouth, Northumberland20120607

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) in this series of Ramblings.

Programme 3: Alnmouth, Northumberland

If you go walking with a dog, something extraordinary happens: complete strangers will talk to you. Sometimes this doesn't go any further than a regular 'good morning' but occasionally strong friendships are formed.

On this week's Ramblings Clare Balding goes walking in rural Northumberland with Kelly Smith and her friend Carolyn Ryan. They met while dog-walking and struck up a close friendship which is mirrored by the incredibly strong connection between their dogs: Mel the Border Terrier and Kizzy the Lurcher.

The walk begins in Kelly's kitchen, where her partner (the author Val McDermid) explains why a Border Terrier was such an obvious choice of dog for this neck of the woods. Then (leaving Val behind to make bacon sandwiches for their return), Clare, Kelly and Carolyn head down to the beach for a bracing, uplifting walk. Kelly and Carolyn explain how their friendship works, and how - despite an initially difficult start their dogs are now inseparable.

Producer Karen Gregor.

2103Alnmouth, Northumberland2012060720120609
20120607 (R4)
20120609 (R4)

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) in this series of Ramblings.

Programme 3: Alnmouth, Northumberland

If you go walking with a dog, something extraordinary happens: complete strangers will talk to you. Sometimes this doesn't go any further than a regular 'good morning' but occasionally strong friendships are formed.

On this week's Ramblings Clare Balding goes walking in rural Northumberland with Kelly Smith and her friend Carolyn Ryan. They met while dog-walking and struck up a close friendship which is mirrored by the incredibly strong connection between their dogs: Mel the Border Terrier and Kizzy the Lurcher.

The walk begins in Kelly's kitchen, where her partner (the author Val McDermid) explains why a Border Terrier was such an obvious choice of dog for this neck of the woods. Then (leaving Val behind to make bacon sandwiches for their return), Clare, Kelly and Carolyn head down to the beach for a bracing, uplifting walk. Kelly and Carolyn explain how their friendship works, and how - despite an initially difficult start their dogs are now inseparable.

Producer Karen Gregor.

2103Alnmouth, Northumberland2012060720120609

Clare walks with Kelly and Carolyn and dogs Mel the border terrier and Kizzy the lurcher.

2104Larkhall, South Lanarkshire20120614

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) throughout this series of Ramblings.

Prog 4: Larkhall, South Lanarkshire.

This week Clare Balding travels to Larkhall in South Lanarkshire to meet Scott Cunningham. A veteran of some of Britain's long-distance walks (including the West Highland Way, the Pennine Way and the Southern Upland Way) as well as the bagger of multiple Munros, he never walks without the dog, he describes as his 'best-mate', Travis. On this walk around the Larkhall area, he describes the intensity of their relationship and the joy of his companionship. This will be a particularly moving walk for Scott, as Travis (who is a guide-dog) is retiring the following day, and a new dog, Milo, will take over.

Producer Karen Gregor.

2104Larkhall, South Lanarkshire2012061420120614 (R4)

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) throughout this series of Ramblings.

Prog 4: Larkhall, South Lanarkshire.

This week Clare Balding travels to Larkhall in South Lanarkshire to meet Scott Cunningham. A veteran of some of Britain's long-distance walks (including the West Highland Way, the Pennine Way and the Southern Upland Way) as well as the bagger of multiple Munros, he never walks without the dog, he describes as his 'best-mate', Travis. On this walk around the Larkhall area, he describes the intensity of their relationship and the joy of his companionship. This will be a particularly moving walk for Scott, as Travis (who is a guide-dog) is retiring the following day, and a new dog, Milo, will take over.

Producer Karen Gregor.

2104Larkhall, South Lanarkshire20120614

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) throughout this series of Ramblings.

Prog 4: Larkhall, South Lanarkshire.

This week Clare Balding travels to Larkhall in South Lanarkshire to meet Scott Cunningham. A veteran of some of Britain's long-distance walks (including the West Highland Way, the Pennine Way and the Southern Upland Way) as well as the bagger of multiple Munros, he never walks without the dog, he describes as his 'best-mate', Travis. On this walk around the Larkhall area, he describes the intensity of their relationship and the joy of his companionship. This will be a particularly moving walk for Scott, as Travis (who is a guide-dog) is retiring the following day, and a new dog, Milo, will take over.

Producer Karen Gregor.

2104Larkhall, South Lanarkshire2012061420120614 (R4)

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) throughout this series of Ramblings.

Prog 4: Larkhall, South Lanarkshire.

This week Clare Balding travels to Larkhall in South Lanarkshire to meet Scott Cunningham. A veteran of some of Britain's long-distance walks (including the West Highland Way, the Pennine Way and the Southern Upland Way) as well as the bagger of multiple Munros, he never walks without the dog, he describes as his 'best-mate', Travis. On this walk around the Larkhall area, he describes the intensity of their relationship and the joy of his companionship. This will be a particularly moving walk for Scott, as Travis (who is a guide-dog) is retiring the following day, and a new dog, Milo, will take over.

Producer Karen Gregor.

2104Larkhall, South Lanarkshire2012061420120616

Clare walks with veteran long-distance walker Scott Cunningham and his 'best mate', Travis

2105Pen Farthing on Dartmoor20120621

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) throughout this series of Ramblings.

Prog 5: Pen Farthing on Dartmoor

Pen Farthing is a former Royal Marine. While serving in Afghanistan he rescued an Afghan fighting dog, which he named NowZad after the village where his unit was based. He brought NowZad back to the UK and when he left the Marines started a charity which runs shelters in Afghanistan for stray and abandoned animals. Pen lives in Tiverton in Devon and, for this edition of Ramblings, he takes Clare Balding on a wild walk across Dartmoor. Accompanying them will be Patchdog (a massive Afghan Koochi); Tali (short for Taliban) and Maxchap (rescued from Iraq). Sadly Nowzad is a little old for such a long walk, but his story is central.

Producer Karen Gregor.

2105Pen Farthing On Dartmoor2012062120120623

Clare Balding walks across a wild Dartmoor with former Royal Marine Pen Farthing.

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) throughout this series of Ramblings.

Prog 5: Pen Farthing on Dartmoor

Pen Farthing is a former Royal Marine. While serving in Afghanistan he rescued an Afghan fighting dog, which he named NowZad after the village where his unit was based. He brought NowZad back to the UK and when he left the Marines started a charity which runs shelters in Afghanistan for stray and abandoned animals. Pen lives in Tiverton in Devon and, for this edition of Ramblings, he takes Clare Balding on a wild walk across Dartmoor. Accompanying them will be Patchdog (a massive Afghan Koochi); Tali (short for Taliban) and Maxchap (rescued from Iraq). Sadly Nowzad is a little old for such a long walk, but his story is central.

Producer Karen Gregor.

2105Pen Farthing On Dartmoor2012062120120623

Clare Balding walks across a wild Dartmoor with former Royal Marine Pen Farthing.

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) throughout this series of Ramblings.

Prog 5: Pen Farthing on Dartmoor

Pen Farthing is a former Royal Marine. While serving in Afghanistan he rescued an Afghan fighting dog, which he named NowZad after the village where his unit was based. He brought NowZad back to the UK and when he left the Marines started a charity which runs shelters in Afghanistan for stray and abandoned animals. Pen lives in Tiverton in Devon and, for this edition of Ramblings, he takes Clare Balding on a wild walk across Dartmoor. Accompanying them will be Patchdog (a massive Afghan Koochi); Tali (short for Taliban) and Maxchap (rescued from Iraq). Sadly Nowzad is a little old for such a long walk, but his story is central.

Producer Karen Gregor.

2105Pen Farthing on Dartmoor2012062120120623

Clare Balding walks across a wild Dartmoor with former Royal Marine Pen Farthing.

2106 LASTWhitley Bay with Barry Stone20120628

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) throughout this series of Ramblings.

Prog 6 - Whitley Bay with Barry Stone

In this week's programme Clare Balding meets author Barry Stone, his partner Paul and their dog, Bonzo the black Lab.

Barry's childhood was coloured by the secret of his father's homosexuality and alcoholism; both parents had been traumatised by their experiences during the second world war and Barry had a deep personal struggle in coming to terms with his own sexuality.

Over the years he attempted to write his story - eventually burning one manuscript of 300,000 words - and it was only at his mother's funeral that he was struck by the need to write through the 'voice' of Brucie (his childhood pet dog). The resulting book, a semi-autobiographical novel called 'Barking at Winston' was initially self-published with local distribution but was quickly picked up commercially and is now selling successfully around the country.

Barry and Paul take Clare on a favourite local walk through Whitley Bay to the village of Holywell. Starting at Barry's childhood home, the place where Brucie first came into his life, they head down to the beach and then the promenade of Whitley Bay sea-front. From there they turn inland and walk through Holywell Dene - a beautiful and peaceful area of ancient woodland - before heading home.

Producer Karen Gregor.

2106 LASTWhitley Bay with Barry Stone2012062820120630

Clare Balding meets author Barry Stone, his partner Paul and their dog, Bonzo.

2106 LASTWhitley Bay With Barry Stone2012062820120630

Clare Balding meets author Barry Stone, his partner Paul and their dog, Bonzo.

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) throughout this series of Ramblings.

Prog 6 - Whitley Bay with Barry Stone

In this week's programme Clare Balding meets author Barry Stone, his partner Paul and their dog, Bonzo the black Lab.

Barry's childhood was coloured by the secret of his father's homosexuality and alcoholism; both parents had been traumatised by their experiences during the second world war and Barry had a deep personal struggle in coming to terms with his own sexuality.

Over the years he attempted to write his story - eventually burning one manuscript of 300,000 words - and it was only at his mother's funeral that he was struck by the need to write through the 'voice' of Brucie (his childhood pet dog). The resulting book, a semi-autobiographical novel called 'Barking at Winston' was initially self-published with local distribution but was quickly picked up commercially and is now selling successfully around the country.

Barry and Paul take Clare on a favourite local walk through Whitley Bay to the village of Holywell. Starting at Barry's childhood home, the place where Brucie first came into his life, they head down to the beach and then the promenade of Whitley Bay sea-front. From there they turn inland and walk through Holywell Dene - a beautiful and peaceful area of ancient woodland - before heading home.

Producer Karen Gregor.

2106 LASTWhitley Bay With Barry Stone2012062820120630

Clare Balding meets author Barry Stone, his partner Paul and their dog, Bonzo.

Clare Balding is walking with dogs (and their owners) throughout this series of Ramblings.

Prog 6 - Whitley Bay with Barry Stone

In this week's programme Clare Balding meets author Barry Stone, his partner Paul and their dog, Bonzo the black Lab.

Barry's childhood was coloured by the secret of his father's homosexuality and alcoholism; both parents had been traumatised by their experiences during the second world war and Barry had a deep personal struggle in coming to terms with his own sexuality.

Over the years he attempted to write his story - eventually burning one manuscript of 300,000 words - and it was only at his mother's funeral that he was struck by the need to write through the 'voice' of Brucie (his childhood pet dog). The resulting book, a semi-autobiographical novel called 'Barking at Winston' was initially self-published with local distribution but was quickly picked up commercially and is now selling successfully around the country.

Barry and Paul take Clare on a favourite local walk through Whitley Bay to the village of Holywell. Starting at Barry's childhood home, the place where Brucie first came into his life, they head down to the beach and then the promenade of Whitley Bay sea-front. From there they turn inland and walk through Holywell Dene - a beautiful and peaceful area of ancient woodland - before heading home.

Producer Karen Gregor.

2201Richmond Park, London, with Artist Nicola Hicks20120920

In this series of Ramblings Clare Balding is going on wildlife walks around the UK.

Today she is in Richmond Park in London with internationally renowned sculptor and artist Nicola Hicks M.B.E. Nicola's work focuses on animals sculpted in straw and clay and drawn on huge sheets of paper. Dynamic and distinctive, it has gained wide critical and public acclaim. Her statues of a dog in Battersea Park and a giant beetle in Bristol have become local landmarks.

Twenty years ago, Hicks grew tired of the pressures of the London art scene and decided to make her artistic love of wildlife a reality. She decided to move her growing family to Cumbria and become a sheep farmer. It was steep learning curve with many joys and setbacks. As Clare and Nicola explore the surprisingly rich wildlife habitats of Richmond Park, she discusses her acclaimed artwork, her deep love of British countryside and wildlife and the highs and lows of adapting to rural living.

Having just taken the decision to sell the farm and the rolling hills to return to London for good, Nicola shares with Clare her excitement and sadness at the transition. Can you really find walking and wildlife satisfaction in London? Nicola shows Clare how, she passionately believes, you can find natural beauty, insects and animals as rich and diverse as that in the countryside.

Producer: Lucy Dichmont.

2201Richmond Park, London, With Artist Nicola Hicks20120920

In this series of Ramblings Clare Balding is going on wildlife walks around the UK.

Today she is in Richmond Park in London with internationally renowned sculptor and artist Nicola Hicks M.B.E. Nicola's work focuses on animals sculpted in straw and clay and drawn on huge sheets of paper. Dynamic and distinctive, it has gained wide critical and public acclaim. Her statues of a dog in Battersea Park and a giant beetle in Bristol have become local landmarks.

Twenty years ago, Hicks grew tired of the pressures of the London art scene and decided to make her artistic love of wildlife a reality. She decided to move her growing family to Cumbria and become a sheep farmer. It was steep learning curve with many joys and setbacks. As Clare and Nicola explore the surprisingly rich wildlife habitats of Richmond Park, she discusses her acclaimed artwork, her deep love of British countryside and wildlife and the highs and lows of adapting to rural living.

Having just taken the decision to sell the farm and the rolling hills to return to London for good, Nicola shares with Clare her excitement and sadness at the transition. Can you really find walking and wildlife satisfaction in London? Nicola shows Clare how, she passionately believes, you can find natural beauty, insects and animals as rich and diverse as that in the countryside.

Producer: Lucy Dichmont.

2201Richmond Park, London, With Artist Nicola Hicks20120920

In this series of Ramblings Clare Balding is going on wildlife walks around the UK.

Today she is in Richmond Park in London with internationally renowned sculptor and artist Nicola Hicks M.B.E. Nicola's work focuses on animals sculpted in straw and clay and drawn on huge sheets of paper. Dynamic and distinctive, it has gained wide critical and public acclaim. Her statues of a dog in Battersea Park and a giant beetle in Bristol have become local landmarks.

Twenty years ago, Hicks grew tired of the pressures of the London art scene and decided to make her artistic love of wildlife a reality. She decided to move her growing family to Cumbria and become a sheep farmer. It was steep learning curve with many joys and setbacks. As Clare and Nicola explore the surprisingly rich wildlife habitats of Richmond Park, she discusses her acclaimed artwork, her deep love of British countryside and wildlife and the highs and lows of adapting to rural living.

Having just taken the decision to sell the farm and the rolling hills to return to London for good, Nicola shares with Clare her excitement and sadness at the transition. Can you really find walking and wildlife satisfaction in London? Nicola shows Clare how, she passionately believes, you can find natural beauty, insects and animals as rich and diverse as that in the countryside.

Producer: Lucy Dichmont.

2201Richmond Park, London, with Artist Nicola Hicks2012092020120922

Clare is in Richmond Park exploring a sculptor's unique view of London's animal park-life.

2202Taxidermists in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire20120927

In this series Clare Balding is going on wildlife walks around the UK.

Today Clare meets taxidermists and life long friends Dave Astley, Mike Gadd and James Dickinson. They follow Mike's daily route along the river Wharfe in West Yorkshire to observe the rich variety of local animals, insects and birds.

Taxidermists might not be the first people who spring to mind when you think about wildlife-lovers. However, the intimate knowledge of the anatomy and behaviour of birds and animals that a successful taxidermist needs, can only be developed through detailed observation of the natural world. So for a taxidermist a walk can become a valuable research trip.

Dave, James and Mike are three of the UK's leading taxidermists. They have worked with exotic animals, repaired museum specimens of extinct creatures and worked with international British Fine artists. They've even created mythical beasts.

Over 20 years the trio have worked and walked together. Clare joins them to find out more about their close and unusual friendship.

Clare accompanies them along the banks of the river to find out about their techniques and the motivation behind their trade. Is it macabre as many might think? On the walk they share their unique insights into viewing the natural world. They seek out kingfishers, wrens and fritillary butterflies.

They share stories from behind the scenes of Britain's thriving, but little known world of taxidermy. They also discuss the profession which they feel is still misunderstood.

Producer: Lucy Dichmont.

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Clare joins three taxidermists with a unique take on wildlife by the River Wharfe.

2203Dublin Bay With Eanna Ni Lamhna20121004

Clare Balding continues her series of wildlife walks with a visit to the Irish Coast.

Today it's "Ramblings reunited", as she is joined again by Irish naturalist and broadcaster Eanna Ni Lamhna and her husband John Harding. Clare Balding last walked with her on a 'holiday hike' in the Wicklow mountains in September 2002. Today expert naturalist and broadcaster Eanna, takes her on a beautiful tour of the diverse wildlife havens of her home city, Dublin.

They dig for lugworms and talk Ulysses in Sandymount strand. They discover the unlikely winter stopover of flocks of thousands of Brent geese - Fontenoy Football Club (the geese have a taste for the well mown turf!)

On they walk to Ringsend Nature Reserve. In this a wonderful elevated wooded area, built on reclaimed builders rubble, they find a haven for linnets, goldfinches, blackbirds, wrens, curlews and egrets in the surrounded by wonderful views of the Dublin mountains and city spires.

As they walk, they revisit their walk, conversations and friendship built in the rainy Wicklow Mountains ten years ago, and explore how much their lives, and their walks, have changed since Clare's last visit.

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Clare Balding continues her series of wildlife walks with a visit to the Irish Coast.

Today it's Ramblings reunited, as she is joined again by Irish naturalist and broadcaster Eanna Ni Lamhna and her husband John Harding. Clare Balding last walked with her on a 'holiday hike' in the Wicklow mountains in September 2002. Today expert naturalist and broadcaster Eanna, takes her on a beautiful tour of the diverse wildlife havens of her home city, Dublin.

They dig for lugworms and talk Ulysses in Sandymount strand. They discover the unlikely winter stopover of flocks of thousands of Brent geese - Fontenoy Football Club (the geese have a taste for the well mown turf!)

On they walk to Ringsend Nature Reserve. In this a wonderful elevated wooded area, built on reclaimed builders rubble, they find a haven for linnets, goldfinches, blackbirds, wrens, curlews and egrets in the surrounded by wonderful views of the Dublin mountains and city spires.

As they walk, they revisit their walk, conversations and friendship built in the rainy Wicklow Mountains ten years ago, and explore how much their lives, and their walks, have changed since Clare's last visit.

2203Dublin Bay with Eanna Ni Lamhna20121004

Clare Balding continues her series of wildlife walks with a visit to the Irish Coast.

Today it's Ramblings reunited, as she is joined again by Irish naturalist and broadcaster Eanna Ni Lamhna and her husband John Harding. Clare Balding last walked with her on a 'holiday hike' in the Wicklow mountains in September 2002. Today expert naturalist and broadcaster Eanna, takes her on a beautiful tour of the diverse wildlife havens of her home city, Dublin.

They dig for lugworms and talk Ulysses in Sandymount strand. They discover the unlikely winter stopover of flocks of thousands of Brent geese - Fontenoy Football Club (the geese have a taste for the well mown turf!)

On they walk to Ringsend Nature Reserve. In this a wonderful elevated wooded area, built on reclaimed builders rubble, they find a haven for linnets, goldfinches, blackbirds, wrens, curlews and egrets in the surrounded by wonderful views of the Dublin mountains and city spires.

As they walk, they revisit their walk, conversations and friendship built in the rainy Wicklow Mountains ten years ago, and explore how much their lives, and their walks, have changed since Clare's last visit.

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Clare Balding continues her series of wildlife walks with a visit to the Irish Coast.

2204Samuel West at Rainham Marshes in Essex20121011

Clare Balding walks with the actor, and passionate bird-watcher, Samuel West around one of his favourite birding spots, the RSPB reserve at Rainham Marshes in Essex.

Currently in rehearsals for a West End production of Uncle Vanya, Samuel West takes a day off to share with Clare Balding his deep love of birding.

He's drawn to birdlife because, he says, it reflects human-nature so well, birds interact with the world through colour and song, both of which we - as humans - really get.

A trip to Kenya at the age of 14 ignited this passion; In Britain, birds were 3 inches long and brown.. in Kenya they were 7ft tall and couldn't fly, or bright blue... they were easy to tell apart... that's where it all started.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

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Clare Balding walks with the actor, and passionate bird-watcher, Samuel West.

2205Simon Evans of the Wye and Usk Foundation20121018

Clare Balding walks with Simon Evans and his family along a tributary of the Usk, in the shadow of the Sugar Loaf. Simon is a passionate fisherman and river conservationist who works for the Wye and Usk Foundation.

Simon's wife Hazel and their two children - Freya and Arlo - also joined in... Freya contributing musical accompaniment (Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose...) and Arlo narrowly avoiding tree-branches from his elevated position in Simon's backpack. A highlight was discovering otter spraint under a bridge - concrete evidence of recent otter activity. It's lilac-scented although perhaps not (as Clare pointed out) enough to warrant taking it home and putting it in her chest of drawers...

An extraordinary 1000 year old sweet chestnut tree loomed into view towards the end of the walk... one of the boughs as big as a sizable tree. Clare's attempts to create a human circle ended in tears.. not her's... rather Freya's nose got rather too close to the trunk.

We started at the Red Lion pub in Llanbedr, the walk took us along a tributary of the River Usk...(with a small trout leaping upstream) to our end point at The Bell in the village of Glangrwyney

Producer: Karen Gregor.

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Clare Balding walks with Simon Evans, fisherman and river conservationist.

Clare Balding walks with Simon Evans and his family along a tributary of the Usk, in the shadow of the Sugar Loaf. Simon is a passionate fisherman and river conservationist who works for the Wye and Usk Foundation.

Simon's wife Hazel and their two children - Freya and Arlo - also joined in... Freya contributing musical accompaniment (Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose...) and Arlo narrowly avoiding tree-branches from his elevated position in Simon's backpack. A highlight was discovering otter spraint under a bridge - concrete evidence of recent otter activity. It's lilac-scented although perhaps not (as Clare pointed out) enough to warrant taking it home and putting it in her chest of drawers...

An extraordinary 1000 year old sweet chestnut tree loomed into view towards the end of the walk... one of the boughs as big as a sizable tree. Clare's attempts to create a human circle ended in tears.. not her's... rather Freya's nose got rather too close to the trunk.

We started at the Red Lion pub in Llanbedr, the walk took us along a tributary of the River Usk...(with a small trout leaping upstream) to our end point at The Bell in the village of Glangrwyney

Producer: Karen Gregor.

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Clare Balding walks with Simon Evans, fisherman and river conservationist.

Clare Balding walks with Simon Evans and his family along a tributary of the Usk, in the shadow of the Sugar Loaf. Simon is a passionate fisherman and river conservationist who works for the Wye and Usk Foundation.

Simon's wife Hazel and their two children - Freya and Arlo - also joined in... Freya contributing musical accompaniment (Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose...) and Arlo narrowly avoiding tree-branches from his elevated position in Simon's backpack. A highlight was discovering otter spraint under a bridge - concrete evidence of recent otter activity. It's lilac-scented although perhaps not (as Clare pointed out) enough to warrant taking it home and putting it in her chest of drawers...

An extraordinary 1000 year old sweet chestnut tree loomed into view towards the end of the walk... one of the boughs as big as a sizable tree. Clare's attempts to create a human circle ended in tears.. not her's... rather Freya's nose got rather too close to the trunk.

We started at the Red Lion pub in Llanbedr, the walk took us along a tributary of the River Usk...(with a small trout leaping upstream) to our end point at The Bell in the village of Glangrwyney

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2205Simon Evans of the Wye and Usk Foundation2012101820121020

Clare Balding walks with Simon Evans, fisherman and river conservationist.

2206 LASTSteve Backshall20121025

Clare Balding walks with naturalist, author & TV presenter, Steve Backshall. Together they stroll along his favourite stretch of the Thames from Bourne End to Boulter's Lock in Buckinghamshire.

Steve is best known for presenting CBBC's 'Deadly 60', and has recently started writing children's fiction - his first book is 'Tiger Wars', about a group of renegade children who become involved with tiger poaching in India.

He spends a lot of time filming abroad so Clare was lucky to catch up with him on his home patch. As they wander along the Thames, Steve explains that his love of the outdoors began when - as a child - his parents sent him and his sister out to play and told them not to come back until it was dark. This kind of 'feral' (as he put it) freedom developed in him an enduring passion for the natural world.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

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Clare Balding walks with naturalist, author & TV presenter, Steve Backshall. Together they stroll along his favourite stretch of the Thames from Bourne End to Boulter's Lock in Buckinghamshire.

Steve is best known for presenting CBBC's 'Deadly 60', and has recently started writing children's fiction - his first book is 'Tiger Wars', about a group of renegade children who become involved with tiger poaching in India.

He spends a lot of time filming abroad so Clare was lucky to catch up with him on his home patch. As they wander along the Thames, Steve explains that his love of the outdoors began when - as a child - his parents sent him and his sister out to play and told them not to come back until it was dark. This kind of 'feral' (as he put it) freedom developed in him an enduring passion for the natural world.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2206 LASTSteve Backshall2012102520121027

Clare Balding walks with naturalist, author & TV presenter, Steve Backshall. Together they stroll along his favourite stretch of the Thames from Bourne End to Boulter's Lock in Buckinghamshire.

Steve is best known for presenting CBBC's 'Deadly 60', and has recently started writing children's fiction - his first book is 'Tiger Wars', about a group of renegade children who become involved with tiger poaching in India.

He spends a lot of time filming abroad so Clare was lucky to catch up with him on his home patch. As they wander along the Thames, Steve explains that his love of the outdoors began when - as a child - his parents sent him and his sister out to play and told them not to come back until it was dark. This kind of 'feral' (as he put it) freedom developed in him an enduring passion for the natural world.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

Clare Balding walks with naturalist, author and TV presenter Steve Backshall.

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Clare Balding walks with naturalist, author and TV presenter Steve Backshall.

2206 LASTSteve Backshall2012102520121027

Clare Balding walks with naturalist, author and TV presenter, Steve Backshall. Together they stroll along his favourite stretch of the Thames from Bourne End to Boulter's Lock in Buckinghamshire.

Steve is best known for presenting CBBC's 'Deadly 60', and has recently started writing children's fiction - his first book is 'Tiger Wars', about a group of renegade children who become involved with tiger poaching in India.

He spends a lot of time filming abroad so Clare was lucky to catch up with him on his home patch. As they wander along the Thames, Steve explains that his love of the outdoors began when - as a child - his parents sent him and his sister out to play and told them not to come back until it was dark. This kind of 'feral' (as he put it) freedom developed in him an enduring passion for the natural world.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

Clare Balding walks with naturalist, author and TV presenter Steve Backshall.

2301The Walking Book Group20130207

Clare Balding is walking for self improvement in this new series of Ramblings; in six weeks time she hopes to be smarter, fitter, calmer and cleverer. In this first programme she joins a walking book group in west London, who find wandering on Hampstead Heath much more conducive to discussing literature than sitting round a coffee table. The walking book group is the brainchild of Emily Rhodes.Emily explains to Clare how she chooses the books each month and why she thinks the group attracts a growing and enthusiastic following. The book under discussion today is Elizabeth Taylor's Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont. Clare, an English graduate, joins in enthusiastically with her opinions on the novel as well as discussing with fellow group members the issues of aging, loneliness and retirement homes. Archie, her Tibetan Terrier accompanies Clare but is sadly, not improved by the experience.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

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Clare Balding walks for self improvement, joining a walking book group in West London.

Clare Balding is walking for self improvement in this new series of Ramblings; in six weeks time she hopes to be smarter, fitter, calmer and cleverer. In this first programme she joins a walking book group in west London, who find wandering on Hampstead Heath much more conducive to discussing literature than sitting round a coffee table. The walking book group is the brainchild of Emily Rhodes.Emily explains to Clare how she chooses the books each month and why she thinks the group attracts a growing and enthusiastic following. The book under discussion today is Elizabeth Taylor's Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont. Clare, an English graduate, joins in enthusiastically with her opinions on the novel as well as discussing with fellow group members the issues of aging, loneliness and retirement homes. Archie, her Tibetan Terrier accompanies Clare but is sadly, not improved by the experience.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

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Clare Balding walks for self improvement, joining a walking book group in West London.

2302Walking for Spiritual Renewal20130214

Clare Balding is walking for self improvement in this series of Ramblings and today she hopes to find a new inner calm with the help of Dr Kate Kirkwood. Kate attempts to lead Clare on a path of spiritual renewal by teaching her to walk silently. Silence is not a state that comes naturally to Clare but as she and Kate walk where the mood takes them, in the Herefordshire countryside just outside Haye on Wye, they discover why walking can be one of the bet forms of stress relief.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

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Clare Balding attempts to walk in a silent, meditative state. It doesn't come naturally.

2303Walking with friends20130221

Clare Balding explores the beautiful Longdendale Trail in Derbyshire, joining long -term friends, Tracey Standring and Christine Valentine. They explain the vital role walking has played in their lives, cementing their friendship and keeping them sane and healthy. They've been walking together for over a year now and they explore new places each week. Neither are keen or particularly competent map readers and Clare tries to convert them with her own expertise, although with a gale blowing along the valley, it's not all that easy.

Producer Lucy Lunt.

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Clare Balding explores the Longdendale Trail and why walking can cement a friendship.

Clare Balding explores the beautiful Longdendale Trail in Derbyshire, joining long -term friends, Tracey Standring and Christine Valentine. They explain the vital role walking has played in their lives, cementing their friendship and keeping them sane and healthy. They've been walking together for over a year now and they explore new places each week. Neither are keen or particularly competent map readers and Clare tries to convert them with her own expertise, although with a gale blowing along the valley, it's not all that easy.

Producer Lucy Lunt.

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Clare Balding explores the Longdendale Trail and why walking can cement a friendship.

2304Toyah Willcox20130228

Actress and singer, Toyah Willcox, takes Clare Balding for a walk in rural Worcestershire.

The theme for this series of Ramblings is 'self-improvement' and for Toyah - who has always had problems with her joints, including a recent hip replacement - walking is the perfect exercise. She says it helps her keep her weight down and remain active.

Clare met Toyah at Croome Landscape Park, a National Trust Property famous for its stunning grounds designed by Capability Brown. Unfortunately Toyah was injured - 97 pantomime performances over Christmas had taken their toll - but, crutch in hand, the ramble went ahead.

By the end of the walk, during which Toyah discussed her serendipitous route into show business and forthcoming performance in a 'bawdy' show called Hormonal Housewives, she actually felt better. Proof, she said, that walking is one of the best ways to remain healthy.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

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Actress and singer Toyah Willcox takes Clare Balding for a walk in rural Worcestershire.

2304Toyah Willcox2013022820130302

Actress and singer, Toyah Willcox, takes Clare Balding for a walk in rural Worcestershire.

The theme for this series of Ramblings is 'self-improvement' and for Toyah - who has always had problems with her joints, including a recent hip replacement - walking is the perfect exercise. She says it helps her keep her weight down and remain active.

Clare met Toyah at Croome Landscape Park, a National Trust Property famous for its stunning grounds designed by Capability Brown. Unfortunately Toyah was injured - 97 pantomime performances over Christmas had taken their toll - but, crutch in hand, the ramble went ahead.

By the end of the walk, during which Toyah discussed her serendipitous route into show business and forthcoming performance in a 'bawdy' show called Hormonal Housewives, she actually felt better. Proof, she said, that walking is one of the best ways to remain healthy.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

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Actress and singer, Toyah Willcox, takes Clare Balding for a walk in rural Worcestershire.

The theme for this series of Ramblings is 'self-improvement' and for Toyah - who has always had problems with her joints, including a recent hip replacement - walking is the perfect exercise. She says it helps her keep her weight down and remain active.

Clare met Toyah at Croome Landscape Park, a National Trust Property famous for its stunning grounds designed by Capability Brown. Unfortunately Toyah was injured - 97 pantomime performances over Christmas had taken their toll - but, crutch in hand, the ramble went ahead.

By the end of the walk, during which Toyah discussed her serendipitous route into show business and forthcoming performance in a 'bawdy' show called Hormonal Housewives, she actually felt better. Proof, she said, that walking is one of the best ways to remain healthy.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2305David Sedaris20130307

David Sedaris, the American author and comedian, takes Clare Balding on a litter-picking walk in West Sussex.

When David Sedaris was a child he would clear up around the house, and keep his own bedroom perfectly tidy. This obsession has, in recent years, been transferred to the outdoors and Sedaris is now a devoted daily litter-picker, cleaning the roadside verges of Pulborough and the surrounding area.

Clare imagined that this edition of Ramblings might take her across the South Downs, occasionally reaching for a stray bottle or piece of paper. In reality it involved walking less than two miles, and filling six bin bags full to bursting with all manner of filthy rubbish. All while wearing a fetching hi-viz jacket. A very unusual edition of Ramblings!

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The author, David Sedaris, takes Clare Balding on a litter-picking walk in West Sussex.

When David Sedaris was a child he would clear up around the house, and keep his own bedroom perfectly tidy. This obsession has, in recent years, been transferred to the outdoors and Sedaris is now a devoted daily litter-picker, cleaning the roadside verges of Pulborough and the surrounding area.

Clare imagined that this edition of Ramblings might take her across the South Downs, occasionally reaching for a stray bottle or piece of paper. In reality it involved walking less than two miles, and filling six bin bags full to bursting with all manner of filthy rubbish. All while wearing a fetching hi-viz jacket. A very unusual edition of Ramblings!

Producer: Karen Gregor.

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, the American author and comedian, takes Clare Balding on a litter-picking walk in West Sussex.

When David Sedaris was a child he would clear up around the house, and keep his own bedroom perfectly tidy. This obsession has, in recent years, been transferred to the outdoors and Sedaris is now a devoted daily litter-picker, cleaning the roadside verges of Pulborough and the surrounding area.

Clare imagined that this edition of Ramblings might take her across the South Downs, occasionally reaching for a stray bottle or piece of paper. In reality it involved walking less than two miles, and filling six bin bags full to bursting with all manner of filthy rubbish. All while wearing a fetching hi-viz jacket. A very unusual edition of Ramblings!

Author David Sedaris takes Clare on a litter-picking walk in West Sussex.

The author, David Sedaris, takes Clare Balding on a litter-picking walk in West Sussex.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

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Author David Sedaris takes Clare on a litter-picking walk in West Sussex.

2306 LASTMichael Weltike - Barefoot Walker2013031420130316

Michael Weltike tries to persuade Clare Balding of the benefits of barefoot walking on a wintry wander in the West Country.

They meet at the church of St Andrew in Compton Bishop, near Weston-super-Mare, and walk from there to Crook Peak. Accompanied by Michael's permanently barefoot companion, Woody, Clare and Michael strip off from the ankles down and revel in the unusual pleasure of walking barefoot.

Michael is certain that by 'earthing' himself regularly he maintains a high level of health and well-being.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

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Michael Weltike tries to persuade Clare Balding of the benefits of barefoot walking on a wintry wander in the West Country.

They meet at the church of St Andrew in Compton Bishop, near Weston-super-Mare, and walk from there to Crook Peak. Accompanied by Michael's permanently barefoot companion, Woody, Clare and Michael strip off from the ankles down and revel in the unusual pleasure of walking barefoot.

Michael is certain that by 'earthing' himself regularly he maintains a high level of health and well-being.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2306 LASTMichael Wettike - Barefoot Walker20130314

Michael Wettike tries to persuade Clare Balding of the benefits of barefoot walking on a wintry wander in the West Country.

They meet at the church of St Andrew in Compton Bishop, near Weston Supermare, and walk from there to Crook Peak. Accompanied by Michael's permanently barefoot companion, Woody, Clare and Michael strip off from the ankles down and revel in the unusual pleasure of walking barefoot.

Michael is certain that by 'earthing' himself regularly he maintains a high level of health and well-being.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

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Michael Wettike tries to persuade Clare Balding of the benefits of barefoot walking on a wintry wander in the West Country.

They meet at the church of St Andrew in Compton Bishop, near Weston Supermare, and walk from there to Crook Peak. Accompanied by Michael's permanently barefoot companion, Woody, Clare and Michael strip off from the ankles down and revel in the unusual pleasure of walking barefoot.

Michael is certain that by 'earthing' himself regularly he maintains a high level of health and well-being.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2401Chilterns American Women's Club hiking group20130523

Clare Balding joins a hiking group for ex-pat American and international spouses.

2401Chilterns American Women's Club hiking group20130523

In this new series of Ramblings, Clare Balding will be walking in search of new places, new people and new experiences. In this first programme she joins the Chilterns American Women's Club hiking group, who walk in search of learning more about their new home and meeting other ex-pat spouses. The club offers a range of activities for ex-American and International women who find themselves living in Britain but the walking group is one of the most popular allowing them to discover and explore their adopted home.

Later in the series Clare talks to people who walk in search of a new partner, to discover more about the environment and she walks with the celebrated author Robert MacFarlane who walks to discover the old routes. Producer Lucy Lunt.

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Clare Balding joins a hiking group for ex-pat American and international spouses.

In this new series of Ramblings, Clare Balding will be walking in search of new places, new people and new experiences. In this first programme she joins the Chilterns American Women's Club hiking group, who walk in search of learning more about their new home and meeting other ex-pat spouses. The club offers a range of activities for ex-American and International women who find themselves living in Britain but the walking group is one of the most popular allowing them to discover and explore their adopted home.

Later in the series Clare talks to people who walk in search of a new partner, to discover more about the environment and she walks with the celebrated author Robert MacFarlane who walks to discover the old routes. Producer Lucy Lunt.

2401Chilterns American Women's Club hiking group2013052320130525

In this new series of Ramblings, Clare Balding will be walking in search of new places, new people and new experiences. In this first programme she joins the Chilterns American Women's Club hiking group, who walk in search of learning more about their new home and meeting other ex-pat spouses. The club offers a range of activities for ex-American and International women who find themselves living in Britain but the walking group is one of the most popular allowing them to discover and explore their adopted home.

Later in the series Clare talks to people who walk in search of a new partner, to discover more about the environment and she walks with the celebrated author Robert MacFarlane who walks to discover the old routes. Producer Lucy Lunt.

2402George Monbiot In Search Of The Wild20130530
2402George Monbiot in search of the wild20130530

Clare Balding goes rambling, near Machynlleth, with the writer and environmentalist, George Monbiot. The theme of this series of Ramblings is 'In Search Of.' and, together, George and Clare are walking in search of wildness.

George's new book, 'Feral', is partly a personal story about his attempt to stave off the monochrome nature of modern-day life: I could not continue just sitting and writing, looking after my daughter and my house, running merely to stay fit, watching the seasons cycling past without ever quite belonging to them. I was, I believed, ecologically bored.

In this walk, George explains how he has attempted to 'rewild' his own life and describes what he believes needs to be done in order to reintroduce true wildness to our countryside through the large-scale restoration of ecosystems. He says researching it felt like stepping through the back of the wardrobe.

Using OS Explorer OL23 - Cadair Idris and Llyn Tegid - George takes Clare to his favourite place in mid-Wales, a rare stand of ancient native woodland, which stirs him to his very soul.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2402In Search of Love2013053020130601

Clare Balding meets those who have found love and companionship through walking when she joins a group to walk a section of the Greensand Way in Surrey.

She speaks to Liz and James who explain how walking side-by-side took the awkwardness out of their first meeting. Liz said she knew James liked her when he started flirting like a teenager over lunch, even though she was wearing her Mum's over-sized waterproof at the time.

Margaret explains how walking transformed her retirement and led to a wider range of social activities. She adds, London can be very lonely when you live on your own.

Clare hears how walk-leader Roger met his wife Sue thirty years ago on a walk, and that this history can provide a map of a relationship both literally and metaphorically. Although they walk at a different pace, Sue's keen to point out that Roger never forgets she's on the walk.

Producer: Toby Field.

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Clare Balding meets those who have found love and companionship through walking when she joins a group to walk a section of the Greensand Way in Surrey.

She speaks to Liz and James who explain how walking side-by-side took the awkwardness out of their first meeting. Liz said she knew James liked her when he started flirting like a teenager over lunch, even though she was wearing her Mum's over-sized waterproof at the time.

Margaret explains how walking transformed her retirement and led to a wider range of social activities. She adds, "London can be very lonely when you live on your own".

Clare hears how walk-leader Roger met his wife Sue thirty years ago on a walk, and that this history can provide a map of a relationship both literally and metaphorically. Although they walk at a different pace, Sue's keen to point out that Roger never forgets she's on the walk.

Producer: Toby Field.

2403George Monbiot in search of the wild20130606

Clare Balding goes rambling, near Machynlleth, with the writer and environmentalist, George Monbiot. The theme of this series of Ramblings is 'In Search Of.' and, together, George and Clare are walking in search of wildness.

George's new book, 'Feral', is partly a personal story about his attempt to stave off the monochrome nature of modern-day life: I could not continue just sitting and writing, looking after my daughter and my house, running merely to stay fit, watching the seasons cycling past without ever quite belonging to them. I was, I believed, ecologically bored.

In this walk, George explains how he has attempted to 'rewild' his own life and describes what he believes needs to be done in order to reintroduce true wildness to our countryside through the large-scale restoration of ecosystems. He says researching it felt like stepping through the back of the wardrobe.

Using OS Explorer OL23 - Cadair Idris and Llyn Tegid - George takes Clare to his favourite place in mid-Wales, a rare stand of ancient native woodland, which stirs him to his very soul.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2403George Monbiot in search of the wild2013060620130608

Clare Balding goes rambling, near Machynlleth, with the writer and environmentalist, George Monbiot. The theme of this series of Ramblings is 'In Search Of.' and, together, George and Clare are walking in search of wildness.

George's new book, 'Feral', is partly a personal story about his attempt to stave off the monochrome nature of modern-day life: I could not continue just sitting and writing, looking after my daughter and my house, running merely to stay fit, watching the seasons cycling past without ever quite belonging to them. I was, I believed, ecologically bored.

In this walk, George explains how he has attempted to 'rewild' his own life and describes what he believes needs to be done in order to reintroduce true wildness to our countryside through the large-scale restoration of ecosystems. He says researching it felt like stepping through the back of the wardrobe.

Using OS Explorer OL23 - Cadair Idris and Llyn Tegid - George takes Clare to his favourite place in mid-Wales, a rare stand of ancient native woodland, which stirs him to his very soul.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2403George Monbiot In Search Of The Wild2013060620130608

Clare Balding goes rambling, near Machynlleth, with the writer and environmentalist, George Monbiot. The theme of this series of Ramblings is 'In Search Of.' and, together, George and Clare are walking in search of wildness.

George's new book, 'Feral', is partly a personal story about his attempt to stave off the monochrome nature of modern-day life: "I could not continue just sitting and writing, looking after my daughter and my house, running merely to stay fit, watching the seasons cycling past without ever quite belonging to them. I was, I believed, ecologically bored".

In this walk, George explains how he has attempted to 'rewild' his own life and describes what he believes needs to be done in order to reintroduce true wildness to our countryside through the large-scale restoration of ecosystems. He says "researching it felt like stepping through the back of the wardrobe".

Using OS Explorer OL23 - Cadair Idris and Llyn Tegid - George takes Clare to his favourite place in mid-Wales, a rare stand of ancient native woodland, which stirs him to his very soul.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2404In Search of the Old Ways20130613

Clare Balding walks with the celebrated author and academic, Robert Macfarlane who takes her from his home in Cambridge out onto the Icknield Way. For a man known to love mountains, Robert explains how he's slowly come to love the tame lowlands of Cambridgeshire and how he now relies on climbing trees to give him height and views. While Clare is not tempted to join him at the top of an accommodating beech tree, she's happy to admire the graffiti left on the bark.

Walking out in the summer sunshine Robert shares his fascination for the ancient tracks, drove-roads and sea paths that criss-cross the British Countryside.

Producer Lucy Lunt.

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Clare Balding walks in Cambridgeshire with author and academic Robert Macfarlane.

2404In Search Of The Old Ways2013061320130615

Clare Balding walks in Cambridgeshire with author and academic Robert Macfarlane.

Clare Balding walks with the celebrated author and academic, Robert Macfarlane who takes her from his home in Cambridge out onto the Icknield Way. For a man known to love mountains, Robert explains how he's slowly come to love the tame lowlands of Cambridgeshire and how he now relies on climbing trees to give him height and views. While Clare is not tempted to join him at the top of an accommodating beech tree, she's happy to admire the graffiti left on the bark.

Walking out in the summer sunshine Robert shares his fascination for the ancient tracks, drove-roads and sea paths that criss-cross the British Countryside.

Producer Lucy Lunt.

2404In Search of the Old Ways2013061320130615

Clare Balding walks with the celebrated author and academic, Robert Macfarlane who takes her from his home in Cambridge out onto the Icknield Way. For a man known to love mountains, Robert explains how he's slowly come to love the tame lowlands of Cambridgeshire and how he now relies on climbing trees to give him height and views. While Clare is not tempted to join him at the top of an accommodating beech tree, she's happy to admire the graffiti left on the bark.

Walking out in the summer sunshine Robert shares his fascination for the ancient tracks, drove-roads and sea paths that criss-cross the British Countryside.

Producer Lucy Lunt.

2405West Highland Way from Balmaha20130620

Clare Balding walks a section of the West Highland Way, north from Balmaha, with twin sisters Pauline Walker and Fiona Rennie.

Pauline and Fiona are both 'ultra runners' and they haven't, before, walked the West Highland Way. However they have run the entire route, non-stop, several times. It's one of their favourite challenges on the ultra-runner calendar; running through the night, dealing with hallucinations, and pushing themselves to the limit is all part of the experience.

Clare hears about their adventures, their close and supportive relationship, and Fiona's recent battle with mouth cancer as they slow to an unfamiliar pace to enjoy the beautiful scenery north of Balmaha.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2405West Highland Way from Balmaha2013062020130622

Clare Balding walks a section of the West Highland Way, north from Balmaha, with twin sisters Pauline Walker and Fiona Rennie.

Pauline and Fiona are both 'ultra runners' and they haven't, before, walked the West Highland Way. However they have run the entire route, non-stop, several times. It's one of their favourite challenges on the ultra-runner calendar; running through the night, dealing with hallucinations, and pushing themselves to the limit is all part of the experience.

Clare hears about their adventures, their close and supportive relationship, and Fiona's recent battle with mouth cancer as they slow to an unfamiliar pace to enjoy the beautiful scenery north of Balmaha.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2406 LASTTara Bariana recalls his long walk home to India20130627

Clare Balding walks on Cannock Chase with Tara Bariana who recalls his extraordinary walk home to India.

Tara Bariana was born in Punjab, and at the age of 13 came to the UK with his mother. His father and older brother had arrived four years earlier, in 1958.

In 1995 Tara decided he needed an adventure and made the decision to walk from the Midlands - where he'd grown up, married and settled - back to his home village in India.

He walked to Southampton where he caught the ferry to Cherbourg. There he realised he didn't speak any French, he couldn't even say 'bonjour'... but, despite being hit by the reality of what he'd decided to do, he couldn't turn back.

Nineteen months later, of almost non-stop walking, he arrived in his home village but instead of returning home, remembers thinking 'is that it?', and stayed in India for a further 18 months.

On this walk, around Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, Tara is accompanied by his son, Clive, Clive's wife, Jodie, and their two children.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2406 LASTTara Bariana recalls his long walk home to India20130627

Clare Balding walks with Tara Bariana, who recalls his extraordinary walk home to India.

2406 LASTTara Bariana recalls his long walk home to India2013062720130629

Clare Balding walks with Tara Bariana, who recalls his extraordinary walk home to India.

2406 LASTTara Bariana Recalls His Long Walk Home To India2013062720130629

Clare Balding walks with Tara Bariana, who recalls his extraordinary walk home to India.

2501The Tuesday Walkers of North Devon20130919

Clare Balding walks in Somerset as the guest of The Tuesday Walkers of North Devon. Meeting at the village of Exford on Exmoor, they set out on a six mile circular route, which, like all of the group's walks, begins and ends at a pub. All the members are retired and take their Tuesday hike as an important weekly date in their diaries. While enjoying the scenery, the company and the exercise all have good advice to offer Clare, on how to ensure a fit, healthy, active and happy retirement.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

2501The Tuesday Walkers Of North Devon2013091920130921

Clare Balding walks in Somerset with the Tuesday Walkers of North Devon.

Clare Balding walks in Somerset as the guest of The Tuesday Walkers of North Devon. Meeting at the village of Exford on Exmoor, they set out on a six mile circular route, which, like all of the group's walks, begins and ends at a pub. All the members are retired and take their Tuesday hike as an important weekly date in their diaries. While enjoying the scenery, the company and the exercise all have good advice to offer Clare, on how to ensure a fit, healthy, active and happy retirement.

Producer: Lucy Lunt

2501The Tuesday Walkers of North Devon2013091920130921

Clare Balding walks in Somerset with the Tuesday Walkers of North Devon.

2502Werca's Folk, Warkworth in Northumberland20130926

Clare Balding is in Northumberland to join the walking group from the local women's choir, Wercas Folk. It was formed over eighteen years ago by the well- known folk singer and composer, Sandra Kerr. They set off from the village she lives in and loves very much, Warkworth. Wercas Folk, an unauditioned group, specialise in singing new and traditional folk songs about the area, its people and its history.

Many of the original founder members are still in the choir and they explain it's not just the singing that keeps them turning up week after week. The group have developed a collaborative and mutually supportive ethos that has forged strong friendships, resulting in them enjoying social time together even away from the rehearsal room and concert hall. They regularly escape from home and family for weekends away to walk, talk and indulge in the odd glass of wine.

As they set off on a circular route around the village they talk to Clare about the role the choir plays in their lives and the joy of singing and walking together.

Producer Lucy Lunt.

2502Werca's Folk, Warkworth In Northumberland2013092620130928

Clare Balding walks with Werca's Folk, a women's choir from Warkworth in Northumberland.

Clare Balding is in Northumberland to join the walking group from the local women's choir, Wercas Folk. It was formed over eighteen years ago by the well- known folk singer and composer, Sandra Kerr. They set off from the village she lives in and loves very much, Warkworth. Wercas Folk, an unauditioned group, specialise in singing new and traditional folk songs about the area, its people and its history.

Many of the original founder members are still in the choir and they explain it's not just the singing that keeps them turning up week after week. The group have developed a collaborative and mutually supportive ethos that has forged strong friendships, resulting in them enjoying social time together even away from the rehearsal room and concert hall. They regularly escape from home and family for weekends away to walk, talk and indulge in the odd glass of wine.

As they set off on a circular route around the village they talk to Clare about the role the choir plays in their lives and the joy of singing and walking together.

Producer Lucy Lunt

2502Werca's Folk, Warkworth in Northumberland2013092620130928

Clare Balding walks with Werca's Folk, a women's choir from Warkworth in Northumberland.

2503Durham with Maggie and Keith Bell20131003

Clare Balding is in Durham for today's edition of Radio4's walking series, when she joins Maggie and Keith Bell. They take her on one of their favourite routes from their home, Crook Hall, through the outskirts of the city and along the river. The couple now use walking as a time to catch up, hold business meetings and relive memories of their courtship, when they both arrived in the city over thirty years ago as students.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

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Clare Balding walks around the city of Durham with Maggie and Keith Bell.

2503Durham With Maggie And Keith Bell2013100320131005

Clare Balding walks around the city of Durham with Maggie and Keith Bell.

Clare Balding is in Durham for today's edition of Radio4's walking series, when she joins Maggie and Keith Bell. They take her on one of their favourite routes from their home, Crook Hall, through the outskirts of the city and along the river. The couple now use walking as a time to catch up, hold business meetings and relive memories of their courtship, when they both arrived in the city over thirty years ago as students.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

2504Newbiggin on Lune to Kirkby Stephen20131010

This week's Ramblings is presented by the broadcaster and musician, Dougie Vipond, who took over the map and microphone on a beautiful July day when Clare Balding was away.

Dougie joined an amazing young girl, ten year old Annabelle Asher, on a stretch of the Coast to Coast walk from Newbiggin on Lune to Kirkby Stephen.

With her parents' support, Annabelle spent the first couple of weeks of her summer holidays walking the entire 190 mile route in order to raise money for the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal.

Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe, was the highest ranking officer to die in Afghanistan. He was a pupil at the boarding school where Annabelle's parents teach, and where Annabelle lives. When Annabelle found out what had happened to Lieutenant Colonel Thorneloe, she was determined to raise money in his memory.

Always a keen walker - once turning down a trip to Disney, for the chance to climb Snowdon - Annabelle completed the Cotswold Way last year (for the same charity), and has her sights set on the Pennine Way.

Dougie Vipond was a founding member of Deacon Blue. For BBC Scotland he presents the rural affairs TV programme, Landward, The Adventure Show, and Sportscene.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2504Newbiggin on Lune to Kirkby Stephen2013101020131012

Dougie Vipond meets 10-year-old Annabelle Asher, walking the 190-mile 'Coast to Coast'.

2504Newbiggin On Lune To Kirkby Stephen2013101020131012

Dougie Vipond meets 10-year-old Annabelle Asher, walking the 190-mile 'Coast to Coast'.

This week's Ramblings is presented by the broadcaster and musician, Dougie Vipond, who took over the map and microphone on a beautiful July day when Clare Balding was away.

Dougie joined an amazing young girl, ten year old Annabelle Asher, on a stretch of the Coast to Coast walk from Newbiggin on Lune to Kirkby Stephen.

With her parents' support, Annabelle spent the first couple of weeks of her summer holidays walking the entire 190 mile route in order to raise money for the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal.

Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe, was the highest ranking officer to die in Afghanistan. He was a pupil at the boarding school where Annabelle's parents teach, and where Annabelle lives. When Annabelle found out what had happened to Lieutenant Colonel Thorneloe, she was determined to raise money in his memory.

Always a keen walker - once turning down a trip to Disney, for the chance to climb Snowdon - Annabelle completed the Cotswold Way last year (for the same charity), and has her sights set on the Pennine Way.

Dougie Vipond was a founding member of Deacon Blue. For BBC Scotland he presents the rural affairs TV programme, Landward, The Adventure Show, and Sportscene.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2504Newbiggin on Lune to Kirkby Stephen2013101020131012

This week's Ramblings is presented by the broadcaster and musician, Dougie Vipond, who took over the map and microphone on a beautiful July day when Clare Balding was away.

Dougie joined an amazing young girl, ten year old Annabelle Asher, on a stretch of the Coast to Coast walk from Newbiggin on Lune to Kirkby Stephen.

With her parents' support, Annabelle spent the first couple of weeks of her summer holidays walking the entire 190 mile route in order to raise money for the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal.

Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe, was the highest ranking officer to die in Afghanistan. He was a pupil at the boarding school where Annabelle's parents teach, and where Annabelle lives. When Annabelle found out what had happened to Lieutenant Colonel Thorneloe, she was determined to raise money in his memory.

Always a keen walker - once turning down a trip to Disney, for the chance to climb Snowdon - Annabelle completed the Cotswold Way last year (for the same charity), and has her sights set on the Pennine Way.

Dougie Vipond was a founding member of Deacon Blue. For BBC Scotland he presents the rural affairs TV programme, Landward, The Adventure Show, and Sportscene.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2505The Same Walk 365 Times20131017

This week's walk is a little unusual. The guest, Cathy Dreyer, wrote to the programme to suggest we join her on a short, local route which she has chosen to walk 365 times.

Cathy began her project after reading the first few pages of Robert Macfarlane's book, 'The Old Ways'. She was filled with envy at his freedom to walk in exciting, far flung places. But rather than moan about her domestic responsibilities, Cathy thought she'd respond by doing a very short walk, 365 times over.

Cathy says she is using the walk to examine what's really there in both the natural world and in her domestic life as a parent which is repetitive and intimate, going over and over the same worn but wonderful ground. Motherhood and work means it's taking longer than a year to complete the project, something Cathy is chronicling in a blog www.walkinginacircle.wordpress.com

The theme of this series of Ramblings is listeners' walks, and this week's presenter is a previous Ramblings' guest: the broadcaster, actor and musician, Toyah Willcox.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

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Guest presenter Toyah Willcox joins listener Cathy Dreyer for a walk in Oxfordshire.

2505The Same Walk 365 Times2013101720131019

Guest presenter Toyah Willcox joins listener Cathy Dreyer for a walk in Oxfordshire.

This week's walk is a little unusual. The guest, Cathy Dreyer, wrote to the programme to suggest we join her on a short, local route which she has chosen to walk 365 times.

Cathy began her project after reading the first few pages of Robert Macfarlane's book, 'The Old Ways'. She was filled with envy at his freedom to walk in exciting, far flung places. But rather than moan about her domestic responsibilities, Cathy thought she'd respond by doing a very short walk, 365 times over.

Cathy says she is using the walk to examine "what's really there" in both the natural world and in her domestic life as a parent which is repetitive and intimate, going over and over the same worn but wonderful ground. Motherhood and work means it's taking longer than a year to complete the project, something Cathy is chronicling in a blog www.walkinginacircle.wordpress.com

The theme of this series of Ramblings is listeners' walks, and this week's presenter is a previous Ramblings' guest: the broadcaster, actor and musician, Toyah Willcox.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2506 LASTJohn McCarthy walks with volunteer rangers on the South Downs20131024

John McCarthy is this week's guest presenter, while Clare is away.

The theme of this series of Ramblings is listeners' walks .Today's guests are volunteer rangers on the South Downs Way, Anni Townend and Ian Lock. Anni wrote to the programme to suggest we walk with her on a six mile stretch of the Way from Housedean Farm to Southease. This is her 'patch', which - as a ranger - she walks every month carrying out conservation work including scrub clearance and hedge laying, as well as improving public access and surveying wildlife and plantlife.

OS Explorer 122 South Downs Way, Steyning to Newhaven 1:25,000

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2506 LASTJohn Mccarthy Walks With Volunteer Rangers On The South Downs2013102420131026

John McCarthy is this week's guest presenter, while Clare is away.

The theme of this series of Ramblings is listeners' walks.Today's guests are volunteer rangers on the South Downs Way, Anni Townend and Ian Lock. Anni wrote to the programme to suggest we walk with her on a six mile stretch of the Way from Housedean Farm to Southease. This is her 'patch', which - as a ranger - she walks every month carrying out conservation work including scrub clearance and hedge laying, as well as improving public access and surveying wildlife and plantlife.

OS Explorer 122 South Downs Way, Steyning to Newhaven 1:25,000

Producer: Karen Gregor.

John McCarthy walks with volunteer rangers on the South Downs.

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John McCarthy walks with volunteer rangers on the South Downs.

2601Tom Isaacs, Chorley Wood20140213

2601Tom Isaacs, Chorley Wood20140213

In this new series Clare Balding revisits some of her favourite and most memorable guests. Eleven years ago she joined Tom Isaacs in West Wales as he walked the entire coastline of Britain in an attempt to raise money and awareness for research into a cure for Parkinson's disease. Tom had been diagnosed at the exceptionally young age of twenty-seven but has always been determined not to let his condition get in the way of him leading a fulfilling and productive life. Clare now walks with Tom and his wife Lyndsey, along the river Chess, close to their home just outside London.

Producer Lucy Lunt.

2601Tom Isaacs, Chorley Wood2014021320140215

2601Tom Isaacs, Chorley Wood2014021320140215

In this new series Clare Balding revisits some of her favourite and most memorable guests. Eleven years ago she joined Tom Isaacs in West Wales as he walked the entire coastline of Britain in an attempt to raise money and awareness for research into a cure for Parkinson's disease. Tom had been diagnosed at the exceptionally young age of twenty-seven but has always been determined not to let his condition get in the way of him leading a fulfilling and productive life. Clare now walks with Tom and his wife Lyndsey, along the river Chess, close to their home just outside London.

Producer Lucy Lunt.

2601Tom Isaacs, Chorley Wood2014021320140215

In this new series Clare Balding revisits some of her favourite and most memorable guests. Eleven years ago she joined Tom Isaacs in West Wales as he walked the entire coastline of Britain in an attempt to raise money and awareness for research into a cure for Parkinson's disease. Tom had been diagnosed at the exceptionally young age of twenty-seven but has always been determined not to let his condition get in the way of him leading a fulfilling and productive life. Clare now walks with Tom and his wife Lyndsey, along the river Chess, close to their home just outside London.

Producer Lucy Lunt.

2602Rachael Kiddey, Avon Estuary20140220

2602Rachael Kiddey, Avon Estuary20140220

This series is themed 'Ramblings Revisited' as Clare Balding walks again with some of her favourite and most memorable guests.

In March of 2006 Clare Balding went rambling with Rosie Barrett and her two children, Rachael and Rob. They took her on their local walk around the Avon Estuary in south Devon. It had always been part of their lives, as a route for venting teenage tantrums or simply as a ramble to the pub, but after Rosie's other son, Hugh, died of cancer at the age of 19 the walk took on a deeper significance. The family, and a hundred others, planted trees in Hugh's memory on a nearby hillside and a new section of the walk was created through dense woodland.

For this programme Clare revisits Rachael and Rosie and follows the same route. Rob can't make it this time, but in his place is Jonno, Rosie's husband. It's now 11 years since Hugh died and of course the trees have grown; meanwhile Rachael now works in academia where her speciality is - appropriately enough - memory, landscape and therapeutic heritage.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2602Rachael Kiddey, Avon Estuary2014022020140222

2602Rachael Kiddey, Avon Estuary2014022020140222

This series is themed 'Ramblings Revisited' as Clare Balding walks again with some of her favourite and most memorable guests.

In March of 2006 Clare Balding went rambling with Rosie Barrett and her two children, Rachael and Rob. They took her on their local walk around the Avon Estuary in south Devon. It had always been part of their lives, as a route for venting teenage tantrums or simply as a ramble to the pub, but after Rosie's other son, Hugh, died of cancer at the age of 19 the walk took on a deeper significance. The family, and a hundred others, planted trees in Hugh's memory on a nearby hillside and a new section of the walk was created through dense woodland.

For this programme Clare revisits Rachael and Rosie and follows the same route. Rob can't make it this time, but in his place is Jonno, Rosie's husband. It's now 11 years since Hugh died and of course the trees have grown; meanwhile Rachael now works in academia where her speciality is - appropriately enough - memory, landscape and therapeutic heritage.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2602Rachael Kiddey, Avon Estuary2014022020140222

This series is themed 'Ramblings Revisited' as Clare Balding walks again with some of her favourite and most memorable guests.

In March of 2006 Clare Balding went rambling with Rosie Barrett and her two children, Rachael and Rob. They took her on their local walk around the Avon Estuary in south Devon. It had always been part of their lives, as a route for venting teenage tantrums or simply as a ramble to the pub, but after Rosie's other son, Hugh, died of cancer at the age of 19 the walk took on a deeper significance. The family, and a hundred others, planted trees in Hugh's memory on a nearby hillside and a new section of the walk was created through dense woodland.

For this programme Clare revisits Rachael and Rosie and follows the same route. Rob can't make it this time, but in his place is Jonno, Rosie's husband. It's now 11 years since Hugh died and of course the trees have grown; meanwhile Rachael now works in academia where her speciality is - appropriately enough - memory, landscape and therapeutic heritage.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2603Hopetoun with the Monday Walkers20140227

2603Hopetoun with the Monday Walkers20140227

In this series Clare Balding revisits some of her favourite walks and walkers from past programmes.

Here she travels to the Hopetoun Estate, just west of Edinburgh to meet up with a group of women she first met twelve years ago. The Monday walkers have been together for over twenty five years, when they first met Clare, their average age was early sixties, now it's mid seventies. They explain that although walking still keeps them fit, they do now tailor their routes to take account of the passing years. A wee dram may still be part of their days outings but skinny dipping is accepted as a past pleasure.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

2603Hopetoun with the Monday Walkers2014022720140301

2603Hopetoun With The Monday Walkers2014022720140301

In this series Clare Balding revisits some of her favourite walks and walkers from past programmes.

Here she travels to the Hopetoun Estate, just west of Edinburgh to meet up with a group of women she first met twelve years ago. The Monday walkers have been together for over twenty five years, when they first met Clare, their average age was early sixties, now it's mid seventies. They explain that although walking still keeps them fit, they do now tailor their routes to take account of the passing years. A wee dram may still be part of their days outings but skinny dipping is accepted as a past pleasure.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

2603Hopetoun with the Monday Walkers2014022720140301

In this series Clare Balding revisits some of her favourite walks and walkers from past programmes.

Here she travels to the Hopetoun Estate, just west of Edinburgh to meet up with a group of women she first met twelve years ago. The Monday walkers have been together for over twenty five years, when they first met Clare, their average age was early sixties, now it's mid seventies. They explain that although walking still keeps them fit, they do now tailor their routes to take account of the passing years. A wee dram may still be part of their days outings but skinny dipping is accepted as a past pleasure.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

2604Mental Health Walking Group, Shrewsbury20140306

2604Mental Health Walking Group, Shrewsbury20140306

This series of Ramblings is themed 'Ramblings Revisited' as Clare catches up with people she walked with once before.

In 2005 Clare rambled with a group based at the Radbrook Day Service centre in Shrewsbury, for people with mental health difficulties. The group had been running for ten years at the time of the original programme, but in the intervening years the Day Service centre was closed and the walking group folded.

However one of the walkers in the original programme, clinical psychologist Penny Priest, has continued her interest in the mental health benefits of walking and introduces Clare to psychologist Guy Holmes who began a similar 'walk and talk' group in Shrewsbury which allowed original members to continue walking, and also brought new members on board.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2604Mental Health Walking Group, Shrewsbury2014030620140308

2604Mental Health Walking Group, Shrewsbury2014030620140308

This series of Ramblings is themed 'Ramblings Revisited' as Clare catches up with people she walked with once before.

In 2005 Clare rambled with a group based at the Radbrook Day Service centre in Shrewsbury, for people with mental health difficulties. The group had been running for ten years at the time of the original programme, but in the intervening years the Day Service centre was closed and the walking group folded.

However one of the walkers in the original programme, clinical psychologist Penny Priest, has continued her interest in the mental health benefits of walking and introduces Clare to psychologist Guy Holmes who began a similar 'walk and talk' group in Shrewsbury which allowed original members to continue walking, and also brought new members on board.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2604Mental Health Walking Group, Shrewsbury2014030620140308

This series of Ramblings is themed 'Ramblings Revisited' as Clare catches up with people she walked with once before.

In 2005 Clare rambled with a group based at the Radbrook Day Service centre in Shrewsbury, for people with mental health difficulties. The group had been running for ten years at the time of the original programme, but in the intervening years the Day Service centre was closed and the walking group folded.

However one of the walkers in the original programme, clinical psychologist Penny Priest, has continued her interest in the mental health benefits of walking and introduces Clare to psychologist Guy Holmes who began a similar 'walk and talk' group in Shrewsbury which allowed original members to continue walking, and also brought new members on board.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2605Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight20140313

2605Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight20140313

In this series of Ramblings, Clare Balding revisits some of her favourite walks and walkers. After thirteen years she returns to the Isle of Wight to meet Elizabeth Hutchings who introduced her to the Tennyson Trail.

Elizabeth's late husband, Richard, was the founder of the Farringford Tennyson Society, so it was only fitting that he should have a bench, placed in his memory, under the poet's monument on top of the Down. But when Clare last visited this National Trust site, it was their policy not to have memorial plaques on benches, a disappointment to Elizabeth. But thanks to the likes of Head Ranger Robin Lang, they have reversed their position and now the bench has an inscription, to Richard, carved into the wood.

Although now in her mid eighties and unable to make the steep climb onto the Down, with the help of Robin's four by four, Elizabeth and Clare once again visit the monument , the Down and Richard's seat and discuss the role walking has played in Elizabeth's long and eventful life.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

2605Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight2014031320140315

2605Tennyson Down, Isle Of Wight2014031320140315

Clare Balding revisits Tennyson Down on the Isle of Wight to meet Elizabeth Hutchings.

In this series of Ramblings, Clare Balding revisits some of her favourite walks and walkers. After thirteen years she returns to the Isle of Wight to meet Elizabeth Hutchings who introduced her to the Tennyson Trail.

Elizabeth's late husband, Richard, was the founder of the Farringford Tennyson Society, so it was only fitting that he should have a bench, placed in his memory, under the poet's monument on top of the Down. But when Clare last visited this National Trust site, it was their policy not to have memorial plaques on benches, a disappointment to Elizabeth. But thanks to the likes of Head Ranger Robin Lang, they have reversed their position and now the bench has an inscription, to Richard, carved into the wood.

Although now in her mid eighties and unable to make the steep climb onto the Down, with the help of Robin's four by four, Elizabeth and Clare once again visit the monument , the Down and Richard's seat and discuss the role walking has played in Elizabeth's long and eventful life.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

2605Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight2014031320140315

Clare Balding revisits Tennyson Down on the Isle of Wight to meet Elizabeth Hutchings.

2606 LASTOver the Hill walkers, Windsor Great Park20140320

2606 LASTOver the Hill walkers, Windsor Great Park20140320

This series is themed 'Ramblings Revisited' as Clare Balding walks again with some of her favourite and most memorable guests.

In the spring of 2006, Clare went rambling with a female hockey team who had been walking together for 15 years. In this time they'd developed enduring friendships on as well as off the pitch.

Now, eight years on - and with most of the original walkers now retired - Clare is going back to catch up with the 'Over the Hill' club. The group started-up after an advertisement was placed on the hockey club wall; it stipulated that the requirements of those attending were 'A sense of humour, walking boots or strong shoes, haversack, waterproof clothing and approximately £65 plus beer and lunch money'.

The group walk in a different location each time they gather, this week they'll be in Windsor Great Park.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2606 LASTOver the Hill walkers, Windsor Great Park2014032020140322

2606 LASTOver The Hill Walkers, Windsor Great Park2014032020140322

Clare Balding walks with the 'Over the Hill club', a group of veteran hockey players.

This series is themed 'Ramblings Revisited' as Clare Balding walks again with some of her favourite and most memorable guests.

In the spring of 2006, Clare went rambling with a female hockey team who had been walking together for 15 years. In this time they'd developed enduring friendships on as well as off the pitch.

Now, eight years on - and with most of the original walkers now retired - Clare is going back to catch up with the 'Over the Hill' club. The group started-up after an advertisement was placed on the hockey club wall; it stipulated that the requirements of those attending were 'A sense of humour, walking boots or strong shoes, haversack, waterproof clothing and approximately £65 plus beer and lunch money'.

The group walk in a different location each time they gather, this week they'll be in Windsor Great Park.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

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Clare Balding walks with the 'Over the Hill club', a group of veteran hockey players.

2701Thundersley, Essex20140522

2701Thundersley, Essex20140522

There's a watery theme to this new series of Ramblings, as Clare Balding walks along rivers, lakes and streams. In this first programme we find her exploring part of the Thames estuary in Essex, with local enthusiast, Eileen Peck. Eileen's written a book of local walks around her village of Thundersley trying to encourage locals to enjoy walking in their own area, rather than feeling they have to travel further a field. Producer: Lucy Lunt.

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2701Thundersley, Essex2014052220140524

There's a watery theme to this new series of Ramblings, as Clare Balding walks along rivers, lakes and streams. In this first programme we find her exploring part of the Thames estuary in Essex, with local enthusiast, Eileen Peck. Eileen's written a book of local walks around her village of Thundersley trying to encourage locals to enjoy walking in their own area, rather than feeling they have to travel further a field. Producer: Lucy Lunt.

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There's a watery theme to this new series of Ramblings, as Clare Balding walks along rivers, lakes and streams. In this first programme we find her exploring part of the Thames estuary in Essex, with local enthusiast, Eileen Peck. Eileen's written a book of local walks around her village of Thundersley trying to encourage locals to enjoy walking in their own area, rather than feeling they have to travel further a field. Producer: Lucy Lunt.

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Today on Ramblings, Clare Balding walks with a group of women who met while on a horse-trekking trip in Outer Mongolia. Firm friendships were formed on that adventure, and since then the group has met many times. For the past five years they've been walking Offa's Dyke bit-by-bit, and they've now reached the section that runs close to Hay on Wye, which is where Ramblings is based this week.

The theme for this series of Ramblings is 'water ways'. This week and next, we explore two different sections of the River Wye.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2702Hay-on-Wye20140529

2702Hay-on-Wye20140529

Today on Ramblings, Clare Balding walks with a group of women who met while on a horse-trekking trip in Outer Mongolia. Firm friendships were formed on that adventure, and since then the group has met many times. For the past five years they've been walking Offa's Dyke bit-by-bit, and they've now reached the section that runs close to Hay on Wye, which is where Ramblings is based this week.

The theme for this series of Ramblings is 'water ways'. This week and next, we explore two different sections of the River Wye.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2702Hay-on-wye2014052920140531

Today on Ramblings, Clare Balding walks with a group of women who met while on a horse-trekking trip in Outer Mongolia. Firm friendships were formed on that adventure, and since then the group has met many times. For the past five years they've been walking Offa's Dyke bit-by-bit, and they've now reached the section that runs close to Hay on Wye, which is where Ramblings is based this week.

The theme for this series of Ramblings is 'water ways'. This week and next, we explore two different sections of the River Wye.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

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Clare walks on the Doward with Nadia Smith, who has had two partial hip replacements.

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2703The Doward20140605

This series of Ramblings is themed 'waterways' and in the second of two programmes based on the banks of the River Wye, Clare Balding walks with Nadia Smith on the Doward, near Ross-on-Wye.

Nadia has a grown-up son with cerebral palsy; when he was younger she needed to lift him a great deal, something she thinks contributed to osteoarthritis, which eventually led to two partial hip-replacements.

She fought having these metal-hips for a long time, fearful that she would lose fitness and mobility.

However, following the first operation, she followed a programme of gentle exercise and learned to adapt her walking posture. Nadia now feels as fit and active as before. Join Clare and Nadia as they walk along a stretch of the Wye close to Nadia's home.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

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This series of Ramblings is themed 'waterways' and in the second of two programmes based on the banks of the River Wye, Clare Balding walks with Nadia Smith on the Doward, near Ross-on-Wye.

Nadia has a grown-up son with cerebral palsy; when he was younger she needed to lift him a great deal, something she thinks contributed to osteoarthritis, which eventually led to two partial hip-replacements.

She fought having these metal-hips for a long time, fearful that she would lose fitness and mobility.

However, following the first operation, she followed a programme of gentle exercise and learned to adapt her walking posture. Nadia now feels as fit and active as before. Join Clare and Nadia as they walk along a stretch of the Wye close to Nadia's home.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

Clare walks on the Doward with Nadia Smith, who has had two partial hip replacements.

2704Fingle Bridge to Castle Drogo20140612

2704Fingle Bridge to Castle Drogo20140612

Clare Balding completes one of her very favourite walks in South Devon, Fingle Bridge to Castle Drogo. Today she's in the company of a U3A local walking group, Stride Out.

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Clare Balding walks from Fingle Bridge to Castle Drogo in South Devon.

Clare Balding completes one of her very favourite walks in South Devon, Fingle Bridge to Castle Drogo. Today she's in the company of a U3A local walking group, Stride Out.

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Clare Balding walks from Fingle Bridge to Castle Drogo in South Devon.

2705Arundel, West Sussex20140619

2705Arundel, West Sussex20140619

Tristan Gooley is the self-styled 'Natural Navigator' who makes his living teaching people how to orient themselves by using clues and signs within the landscape.

On today's Ramblings he takes Clare on one of his favourite walks, near Arundel in West Sussex. En route they take their bearings from the most fascinating and unlikely natural sources, and Clare hears where Tristan's passion for the outdoors began at the age of 10, on a sailing course on the Isle of Wight, and how that eventually led to his current career.

Tristan is an adventurer and explorer who has led expeditions across five continents. He's the only living person to have both flown solo and sailed singlehanded across the Atlantic.

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Clare walks near Arundel in West Sussex with Tristan Gooley.

Tristan Gooley is the self-styled 'Natural Navigator' who makes his living teaching people how to orient themselves by using clues and signs within the landscape.

On today's Ramblings he takes Clare on one of his favourite walks, near Arundel in West Sussex. En route they take their bearings from the most fascinating and unlikely natural sources, and Clare hears where Tristan's passion for the outdoors began at the age of 10, on a sailing course on the Isle of Wight, and how that eventually led to his current career.

Tristan is an adventurer and explorer who has led expeditions across five continents. He's the only living person to have both flown solo and sailed singlehanded across the Atlantic.

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Clare walks near Arundel in West Sussex with Tristan Gooley.

2706 LASTThe Diamond Ramblers, Otterton20140626

2706 LASTThe Diamond Ramblers, Otterton20140626

Clare Balding has a sparkling day out joining The Diamond Ramblers for a circular walk from the South Devon village of Otterton. The group came together after meeting up at a local slimming club and deciding to accelerate their weight lose by starting walking. Having now been together for just over two years, the eleven have lost more than thirty-six stone between them and despite most of the members being over sixty they now walk for miles together, cementing their friendship and their resolve to remain fit and healthy. With Clare, they share some of their thoughts on dieting, being overweight and the tremendous value they've found in walking out together.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

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2706 LASTThe Diamond Ramblers, Otterton2014062620140628

Clare Balding has a sparkling day out, walking in Devon with the Diamond Ramblers.

2801The Dales Way20140918

Clare Balding embarks on her first leg of The Dales Way, in the company of Sarah Howcroft. Sarah, an enthusiastic walker and climber for many years, along with her husband founded one of the foremost outdoor clothing companies. The Dales Way is an 82 mile route, starting at Ilkey in Yorkshire. Sarah and Clare walk along the River Wharfe to Bolton Abbey.

Producer Lucy Lunt.

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Clare Balding sets off to walk the Dales Way, one of England's most-loved walking routes.

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Clare Balding sets off to walk the Dales Way, one of England's most-loved walking routes.

Clare Balding embarks on her first leg of The Dales Way, in the company of Sarah Howcroft. Sarah, an enthusiastic walker and climber for many years, along with her husband founded one of the foremost outdoor clothing companies. The Dales Way is an 82 mile route, starting at Ilkey in Yorkshire. Sarah and Clare walk along the River Wharfe to Bolton Abbey.

Producer Lucy Lunt.

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Clare Balding embarks on the second leg of her journey along The Dales Way, one of England's most loved long distance walking paths. This week she walks from Cavendish Pavilion to Burnsall Bridge in the company of Phil Richards, Access Ranger for the Yorkshire Dales National Park and photographer and blogger, Charles Hawes.

Producer Karen Gregor.

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Clare Balding embarks on the second leg of her journey along The Dales Way, one of England's most loved long distance walking paths. This week she walks from Cavendish Pavilion to Burnsall Bridge in the company of Phil Richards, Access Ranger for the Yorkshire Dales National Park and photographer and blogger, Charles Hawes.

Producer Karen Gregor.

Clare Balding embarks on the second leg of her journey along the Dales Way.

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Clare Balding embarks on the second leg of her journey along the Dales Way.

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Clare Balding continues her journey along The Dales Way, hiking from Grassington to Kettlewell in the company of two experienced long distance walkers, Aileen Strangham and Brenda Dodd. Clare enjoys their company so much and their tales of taking part in every Great North Run, that they wander off track and have to use all their combined map reading skills to get themselves back onto the right route.

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Clare Balding continues her journey along The Dales Way, hiking from Grassington to Kettlewell in the company of two experienced long distance walkers, Aileen Strangham and Brenda Dodd. Clare enjoys their company so much and their tales of taking part in every Great North Run, that they wander off track and have to use all their combined map reading skills to get themselves back onto the right route.

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Clare Balding continues her journey along The Dales Way, hiking from Grassington to Kettlewell in the company of two experienced long distance walkers, Aileen Strangham and Brenda Dodd. Clare enjoys their company so much and their tales of taking part in every Great North Run, that they wander off track and have to use all their combined map reading skills to get themselves back onto the right route.

2804The Dales Way, Part Four2014100920141011 (R4)

Clare Balding walks from Buckden to Beckermonds with John Sparshatt and Randal Metzger.

Clare Balding reaches one of the most beautiful stretches of the Dales Way, setting out from Buckden to Beckermonds, in the company of the Chairman of the Long Distance Walking Association, John Sparshatt and his Californian born friend, Randal Metzger. Despite being very familiar with this part of the route, both men infect Clare with their passion for this landscape and their commitment to ensuring as many people as possible can enjoy walking the path.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

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Clare Balding reaches one of the most beautiful stretches of the Dales Way, setting out from Buckden to Beckermonds, in the company of the Chairman of the Long Distance Walking Association, John Sparshatt and his Californian born friend, Randal Metzger. Despite being very familiar with this part of the route, both men infect Clare with their passion for this landscape and their commitment to ensuring as many people as possible can enjoy walking the path.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

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Clare Balding walks from Buckden to Beckermonds with John Sparshatt and Randal Metzger.

2805The Dales Way, Part Five20141016

Clare Balding is now really into her stride as she comes close to the end of her journey along The Dales Way, walking from Dent to Sedburgh. The route is one of the most popular in England and enjoyed by thousands every year, mainly thanks to the enthusiastic group of volunteers who run The Dales Way Association. Today she walks with two of their members, Chris Grogan and Kath Doyle who explain why this route means so much to them.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

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Clare Balding walks from Dent to Sedburgh on her fifth leg of the Dales Way.

Clare Balding is now really into her stride as she comes close to the end of her journey along The Dales Way, walking from Dent to Sedburgh. The route is one of the most popular in England and enjoyed by thousands every year, mainly thanks to the enthusiastic group of volunteers who run The Dales Way Association. Today she walks with two of their members, Chris Grogan and Kath Doyle who explain why this route means so much to them.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

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Clare Balding walks from Dent to Sedburgh on her fifth leg of the Dales Way.

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Clare Balding enjoys the final leg of The Dales Way in the company of one of the men who designed it, Colin Spearman. Colin, joined by his wife Fleur, explains his intention of linking the industrial conurbations of West Yorkshire with the Lake District. As they walk from Staveley to Bowness, Clare reflects on her experience of the route and how much it has meant to her. Colin , Fleur and Clare celebrate the end of the journey with ice cream and a paddle in Lake Windermere.

Producer Lucy Lunt.

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Clare walks the final leg of her journey with Colin Spearman, designer of the route.

Clare Balding enjoys the final leg of The Dales Way in the company of one of the men who designed it, Colin Spearman. Colin, joined by his wife Fleur, explains his intention of linking the industrial conurbations of West Yorkshire with the Lake District. As they walk from Staveley to Bowness, Clare reflects on her experience of the route and how much it has meant to her. Colin , Fleur and Clare celebrate the end of the journey with ice cream and a paddle in Lake Windermere.

Producer Lucy Lunt.

2806 LASTThe Dales Way, Part Six2014102320141025 (R4)

Clare walks the final leg of her journey with Colin Spearman, designer of the route.

2901Bonding Walks: Stiperstones, Shropshire20150219

2901Bonding Walks: Stiperstones, Shropshire20150219

2901Bonding Walks: Stiperstones, Shropshire2015021920150221 (R4)

In this new series of Ramblings, Clare Balding explores the way walking can help us bond with other people, the countryside and our history. In this first programme she's invited to take part in the 20th annual walk up to the top of the Stiperstones in Shropshire with a group of men who came together to bond as fathers. Quentin Shaw started the tradition when his sons were at primary school as a way of encouraging the men to get to know each other.

The group has grown from the original five fathers to about fifty men, from teenagers to some in their seventies: fathers, colleagues, friends, sons, friends of sons. The aim is now to keep the group as diverse as possible, introducing men who would not otherwise meet: men working in mental health, children's services, housing, health, education, ex-army, scouting, craftsmen, tradesman etc. Quentin explains to Clare that overall ethos has always been to celebrate fatherhood and friendship in a low key way, and to give men a reason for a day off when they are stressed out just before Christmas.

Clare is the first woman ever to be invited to join the group, who end their morning walk with a large cooked breakfast at a local pub.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

2901Bonding Walks: Stiperstones, Shropshire20150219

In this new series of Ramblings, Clare Balding explores the way walking can help us bond with other people, the countryside and our history. In this first programme she's invited to take part in the 20th annual walk up to the top of the Stiperstones in Shropshire with a group of men who came together to bond as fathers. Quentin Shaw started the tradition when his sons were at primary school as a way of encouraging the men to get to know each other.

The group has grown from the original five fathers to about fifty men, from teenagers to some in their seventies: fathers, colleagues, friends, sons, friends of sons. The aim is now to keep the group as diverse as possible, introducing men who would not otherwise meet: men working in mental health, children's services, housing, health, education, ex-army, scouting, craftsmen, tradesman etc. Quentin explains to Clare that overall ethos has always been to celebrate fatherhood and friendship in a low key way, and to give men a reason for a day off when they are stressed out just before Christmas.

Clare is the first woman ever to be invited to join the group, who end their morning walk with a large cooked breakfast at a local pub.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

2901Bonding Walks: Stiperstones, Shropshire2015021920150221 (R4)

In this new series of Ramblings, Clare Balding explores the way walking can help us bond with other people, the countryside and our history. In this first programme she's invited to take part in the 20th annual walk up to the top of the Stiperstones in Shropshire with a group of men who came together to bond as fathers. Quentin Shaw started the tradition when his sons were at primary school as a way of encouraging the men to get to know each other.

The group has grown from the original five fathers to about fifty men, from teenagers to some in their seventies: fathers, colleagues, friends, sons, friends of sons. The aim is now to keep the group as diverse as possible, introducing men who would not otherwise meet: men working in mental health, children's services, housing, health, education, ex-army, scouting, craftsmen, tradesman etc. Quentin explains to Clare that overall ethos has always been to celebrate fatherhood and friendship in a low key way, and to give men a reason for a day off when they are stressed out just before Christmas.

Clare is the first woman ever to be invited to join the group, who end their morning walk with a large cooked breakfast at a local pub.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

2902Philip Marsden, Truro, Cornwall20150226

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Clare Balding walks with the writer Philip Marsden from his home near the banks of the River Fal out to the Cornish coastal path. Clare and Philip discuss why we react so strongly to certain places and why layers of stories and meaning build up around particular features in the landscape.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

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Clare Balding walks with the writer Philip Marsden from his home near the banks of the River Fal out to the Cornish coastal path. Clare and Philip discuss why we react so strongly to certain places and why layers of stories and meaning build up around particular features in the landscape.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

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Clare Balding walks with the writer Philip Marsden from his home near the banks of the River Fal out to the Cornish coastal path. Clare and Philip discuss why we react so strongly to certain places and why layers of stories and meaning build up around particular features in the landscape.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

2903Cardiac Walkers20150305

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In today's programme Clare Balding walks with a group of medics who have all suffered - as they put it - a 'cardiac event'. With good humour and no real restraint, they gather as often as possible to explore new and familiar routes for friendship and health. The group is made up of GPs, hospital doctors, surgeons and a psychiatrist, and their cardiac experiences range from living with angina to surviving a severe heart-attack. They joke about whose turn it is to carry the defibrillator, but the truth is, they don't let their medical conditions get in the way of a good ramble.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2903Cardiac Walkers20150305

In today's programme Clare Balding walks with a group of medics who have all suffered - as they put it - a 'cardiac event'. With good humour and no real restraint, they gather as often as possible to explore new and familiar routes for friendship and health. The group is made up of GPs, hospital doctors, surgeons and a psychiatrist, and their cardiac experiences range from living with angina to surviving a severe heart-attack. They joke about whose turn it is to carry the defibrillator, but the truth is, they don't let their medical conditions get in the way of a good ramble.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2903Cardiac Walkers2015030520150307 (R4)

In today's programme Clare Balding walks with a group of medics who have all suffered - as they put it - a 'cardiac event'. With good humour and no real restraint, they gather as often as possible to explore new and familiar routes for friendship and health. The group is made up of GPs, hospital doctors, surgeons and a psychiatrist, and their cardiac experiences range from living with angina to surviving a severe heart-attack. They joke about whose turn it is to carry the defibrillator, but the truth is, they don't let their medical conditions get in the way of a good ramble.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2904Hertfordshire - Bell-Ringers20150312

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The theme of this series of Ramblings is 'bonding' and this week Clare walks with a group who bond, not just through walking, but through their shared passion for bell-ringing. Twice a year, Janet Betham and a fellow Janet organise what have become known as "Janets' Jaunts", where a number of bell-ringers gather together for a ramble between two churches. They ring bells at the start of the walk, stop for a pub-lunch mid-way, and ring again at their destination bell-tower. Join Clare Balding for one of her most unusual Ramblings to date.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2904Hertfordshire - Bell-Ringers20150312

The theme of this series of Ramblings is 'bonding' and this week Clare walks with a group who bond, not just through walking, but through their shared passion for bell-ringing. Twice a year, Janet Betham and a fellow Janet organise what have become known as Janets' Jaunts, where a number of bell-ringers gather together for a ramble between two churches. They ring bells at the start of the walk, stop for a pub-lunch mid-way, and ring again at their destination bell-tower. Join Clare Balding for one of her most unusual Ramblings to date.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2904Hertfordshire - Bell-Ringers2015031220150314 (R4)

The theme of this series of Ramblings is 'bonding' and this week Clare walks with a group who bond, not just through walking, but through their shared passion for bell-ringing. Twice a year, Janet Betham and a fellow Janet organise what have become known as Janets' Jaunts, where a number of bell-ringers gather together for a ramble between two churches. They ring bells at the start of the walk, stop for a pub-lunch mid-way, and ring again at their destination bell-tower. Join Clare Balding for one of her most unusual Ramblings to date.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2905Nordic Walking in Bramcote Park, Nottingham20150319

2905Nordic Walking in Bramcote Park, Nottingham20150319

2905Nordic Walking In Bramcote Park, Nottingham2015031920150321 (R4)

Clare Balding takes a lesson in Nordic Walking as she joins national coach, Catherine Hughes, in one of her classes in Bramcote Park in Nottingham. Some of those who regularly attend, are a group of mothers with their daughters, all of whom have learning difficulties. Nordic walking has proved to be an ideal activity for them all to enjoy. The poles give confidence to those who find walking difficult, the fresh air is beneficial to all and the chance for mothers and daughters to be able to exercise together has made the group very popular.

Producer Lucy Lunt.

2905Nordic Walking in Bramcote Park, Nottingham20150319

Clare Balding takes a lesson in Nordic Walking as she joins national coach, Catherine Hughes, in one of her classes in Bramcote Park in Nottingham. Some of those who regularly attend, are a group of mothers with their daughters, all of whom have learning difficulties. Nordic walking has proved to be an ideal activity for them all to enjoy. The poles give confidence to those who find walking difficult, the fresh air is beneficial to all and the chance for mothers and daughters to be able to exercise together has made the group very popular.

Producer Lucy Lunt.

2905Nordic Walking in Bramcote Park, Nottingham2015031920150321 (R4)

Clare Balding takes a lesson in Nordic Walking as she joins national coach, Catherine Hughes, in one of her classes in Bramcote Park in Nottingham. Some of those who regularly attend, are a group of mothers with their daughters, all of whom have learning difficulties. Nordic walking has proved to be an ideal activity for them all to enjoy. The poles give confidence to those who find walking difficult, the fresh air is beneficial to all and the chance for mothers and daughters to be able to exercise together has made the group very popular.

Producer Lucy Lunt.

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Clare Balding walks with a group of families in Derbyshire.

Clare Balding travels to Derbyshire this week to ramble with a group of families who gather once a month for a long walk and a pub lunch. Paul Cotton, along with his wife and children, meet with up to seventeen other families - neighbours, colleagues and friends - in any weather, all year round, to share their mutual love of the outdoors.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2906Derbyshire - Family Walk20150326

2906Derbyshire - Family Walk20150326

Clare Balding travels to Derbyshire this week to ramble with a group of families who gather once a month for a long walk and a pub lunch. Paul Cotton, along with his wife and children, meet with up to seventeen other families - neighbours, colleagues and friends - in any weather, all year round, to share their mutual love of the outdoors.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

2906Derbyshire - Family Walk2015032620150328 (R4)

Clare Balding walks with a group of families in Derbyshire.

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Clare Balding walks with a group of parents who each have children with special needs.

In the first of a new series of Ramblings, Clare Balding meets a group of parents who regularly share uplifting walks in Royal Greenwich Park. The walkers each have children with special needs and find that rambling in one of London's most beautiful parks is both joyful and supportive.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

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Clare Balding walks with a group of parents who each have children with special needs.

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In the first of a new series of Ramblings, Clare Balding meets a group of parents who regularly share uplifting walks in Royal Greenwich Park. The walkers each have children with special needs and find that rambling in one of London's most beautiful parks is both joyful and supportive.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

3002Old Birds, Pegsdon Hills20150528

3002Old Birds, Pegsdon Hills2015052820150530 (R4)

Clare Balding walks in the Pegsdon Hills, Bedfordshire, with a group of female birders who call themselves the 'Old Birds'. The group initially bonded over their mutual love of nature, but also have many members who have been widowed, so find the gatherings a source of support as well as a way of exploring the local countryside.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

3002Old Birds, Pegsdon Hills20150528

Clare Balding walks in the Pegsdon Hills, Bedfordshire, with a group of female birders who call themselves the 'Old Birds'. The group initially bonded over their mutual love of nature, but also have many members who have been widowed, so find the gatherings a source of support as well as a way of exploring the local countryside.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

3002Old Birds, Pegsdon Hills2015052820150530 (R4)

Clare Balding walks in the Pegsdon Hills, Bedfordshire, with a group of female birders who call themselves the 'Old Birds'. The group initially bonded over their mutual love of nature, but also have many members who have been widowed, so find the gatherings a source of support as well as a way of exploring the local countryside.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

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3003Lyke Wake Walk2015060420150606 (R4)

Clare Balding undertakes a section of the Lyke Wake Walk on the North York Moors. The route was originally devised sixty years ago by a local farmer who issued a challenge in the Dalesman magazine. He thought it might be possible to cross 40 miles of the Moors from near Osmotherley to Ravenscar in 24 hours, crossing only one or two roads. A club was formed following the first successful crossing, and with a blackly humorous nod to the pain and suffering endured by walkers, a tradition grew of reciting an ancient song known as the Lyke-Wake Dirge which tells of the soul's journey from earth to purgatory. The route was named after this dirge. Clare is joined by veterans and newcomers to the walk, who are known - depending on the number of crossings they've made - as Dirgers, Witches, Doctors of Dolefulness, Masters of Misery or, the most senior of all, Past Masters or Mistresses.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

3003Lyke Wake Walk20150604

Clare Balding undertakes a section of the Lyke Wake Walk on the North York Moors. The route was originally devised sixty years ago by a local farmer who issued a challenge in the Dalesman magazine. He thought it might be possible to cross 40 miles of the Moors from near Osmotherley to Ravenscar in 24 hours, crossing only one or two roads. A club was formed following the first successful crossing, and with a blackly humorous nod to the pain and suffering endured by walkers, a tradition grew of reciting an ancient song known as the Lyke-Wake Dirge which tells of the soul's journey from earth to purgatory. The route was named after this dirge. Clare is joined by veterans and newcomers to the walk, who are known - depending on the number of crossings they've made - as Dirgers, Witches, Doctors of Dolefulness, Masters of Misery or, the most senior of all, Past Masters or Mistresses.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

3003Lyke Wake Walk2015060420150606 (R4)

Clare Balding undertakes a section of the Lyke Wake Walk on the North York Moors. The route was originally devised sixty years ago by a local farmer who issued a challenge in the Dalesman magazine. He thought it might be possible to cross 40 miles of the Moors from near Osmotherley to Ravenscar in 24 hours, crossing only one or two roads. A club was formed following the first successful crossing, and with a blackly humorous nod to the pain and suffering endured by walkers, a tradition grew of reciting an ancient song known as the Lyke-Wake Dirge which tells of the soul's journey from earth to purgatory. The route was named after this dirge. Clare is joined by veterans and newcomers to the walk, who are known - depending on the number of crossings they've made - as Dirgers, Witches, Doctors of Dolefulness, Masters of Misery or, the most senior of all, Past Masters or Mistresses.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

3004The Malvern Hills2015061120150613 (R4)

Clare Balding becomes part of Team Zulu as she strides the Malvern Hills in a pith helmet.

Clare Balding joins Team Zulu, a group of walkers, led by Tarquin Shaw- Young, who prepare for long distance charity walks by training on the majestic Malvern hills. Tarquin became obsessed by the 1964 epic war film, depicting the Battle of Rorke's Drift, as a small child and now uses Zulu as the motif for bringing friends and family together to embark, each year, on completing the Worcestershire Way.

As Clare marches across the hills with the group she talks to Tarquin's wife, Kelly about what it means to be married to a man who turned up at their wedding in a pith helmet.

Producer Lucy Lunt.

3004The Malvern Hills20150611

3004The Malvern Hills2015061120150613 (R4)

Clare Balding becomes part of Team Zulu as she strides the Malvern Hills in a pith helmet.

3004The Malvern Hills20150611

Clare Balding joins Team Zulu, a group of walkers, led by Tarquin Shaw- Young, who prepare for long distance charity walks by training on the majestic Malvern hills. Tarquin became obsessed by the 1964 epic war film, depicting the Battle of Rorke's Drift, as a small child and now uses Zulu as the motif for bringing friends and family together to embark, each year, on completing the Worcestershire Way.

As Clare marches across the hills with the group she talks to Tarquin's wife, Kelly about what it means to be married to a man who turned up at their wedding in a pith helmet.

Producer Lucy Lunt.

3005Edge Hill20150618

3005Edge Hill2015061820150620 (R4)

Clare Balding joins a group of fathers who have been walking together for 20 years.

Clare Balding revisits the English Civil War by walking round Edge hill in the company of a group of fathers who've been walking together for twenty years.

3005Edge Hill2015061820150620 (R4)

Clare Balding joins a group of fathers who have been walking together for 20 years.

3005Edge Hill20150618

Clare Balding revisits the English Civil War by walking round Edge hill in the company of a group of fathers who've been walking together for twenty years.

3006The Red Ramblers in Dorset20150625

3006The Red Ramblers In Dorset2015062520150627 (R4)

Clare Balding joins the Red Ramblers walking from Symondsbury in Dorset.

Clare Balding joins The Red Ramblers, members of the local Labour party, who instead of being downhearted after the general election result, are glad to be striding out across the beautiful Dorset countryside, after months of trudging on pavements delivering leaflets.

They walk from Symondsbury, near Dorchester, regaling Clare with their campaigning exploits as well as their plans for the future. They explain that walking together creates a bond for when the political going gets tough.

Producer Lucy Lunt.

3006The Red Ramblers in Dorset2015062520150627 (R4)

Clare Balding joins the Red Ramblers walking from Symondsbury in Dorset.

3006The Red Ramblers in Dorset20150625

Clare Balding joins The Red Ramblers, members of the local Labour party, who instead of being downhearted after the general election result, are glad to be striding out across the beautiful Dorset countryside, after months of trudging on pavements delivering leaflets.

They walk from Symondsbury, near Dorchester, regaling Clare with their campaigning exploits as well as their plans for the future. They explain that walking together creates a bond for when the political going gets tough.

Producer Lucy Lunt.

3101Artists Ways: Louise Ann Wilson, Warnscale20150917

3101Artists Ways: Louise Ann Wilson, Warnscale2015091720150919 (R4)

Louise Anne Wilson discusses her walking guide and art book that reflect on childlessness.

Clare Balding discovers the essential role walking plays in contemporary artist's work.

In this programme she walks with Louise Anne Wilson, a scenographer, who has created a walking guide and artbook specific to, and created in, Warnscale, an area of fells to the south of Buttermere Lake. Louise explains to Clare that this 9 kilometre walk and the accompanying guide, are aimed at women who are childless by circumstance. Society offers no rituals or rites of passage through which women who have missed the life-event of biological motherhood can be acknowledged and can come to terms with that absence. Louise created this project to offer imaginative and creative ways through which women can engage with landscape to reflect upon and even transform their experience of this circumstance.

It provides a multi-layered yet non-prescriptive means for the walker - whether walking alone, with a partner, friend or in a group - to make and perform their own journey, and can also be used by others who are in sympathy with women in this circumstance and persons in comparable situations.

They are joined by Zakyeya Atcha, who has undertaken the walk before and found it a consoling and affirming experience and Dr Celia Roberts of Lancaster University

The route can be followed on OS Explorer - The English Lakes North Western Area

Grid reference NY 196 150

Producer Lucy Lunt.

3101Artists Ways: Louise Ann Wilson, Warnscale20150917

Clare Balding discovers the essential role walking plays in contemporary artist's work.

In this programme she walks with Louise Anne Wilson, a scenographer, who has created a walking guide and artbook specific to, and created in, Warnscale, an area of fells to the south of Buttermere Lake. Louise explains to Clare that this 9 kilometre walk and the accompanying guide, are aimed at women who are childless by circumstance. Society offers no rituals or rites of passage through which women who have missed the life-event of biological motherhood can be acknowledged and can come to terms with that absence. Louise created this project to offer imaginative and creative ways through which women can engage with landscape to reflect upon and even transform their experience of this circumstance.

It provides a multi-layered yet non-prescriptive means for the walker - whether walking alone, with a partner, friend or in a group - to make and perform their own journey, and can also be used by others who are in sympathy with women in this circumstance and persons in comparable situations.

They are joined by Zakyeya Atcha, who has undertaken the walk before and found it a consoling and affirming experience and Dr Celia Roberts of Lancaster University

The route can be followed on OS Explorer - The English Lakes North Western Area

Grid reference NY 196 150

Producer Lucy Lunt.

3101