Ramblings with Clare Balding

Ramblings with Clare Balding

Inspirational walks around the UK countryside with Clare Balding. Clare is joined by guests on a walk that’s significant in their lives.

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  • 20 Mar 2014: Over the Hill Walkers

    Thu, 20 Mar 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding walks with the 'Over the Hill' club, a group of veteran hockey players who get together once a year to explore a new route.

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  • 13 Mar 2014: Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight

    Thu, 13 Mar 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Medium After thirteen years, Clare Balding revisits Tennyson Down, on the Isle of Wight, with Elizabeth Hutchings, whose late husband, Richard, founded the Tennyson Society. 5/6

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  • 6th Mar 2014: Mental Health Walking Group

    Thu, 6 Mar 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    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.

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  • 27 Feb 2014: Monday Walkers, Hopetoun

    Thu, 27 Feb 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding visits the Hopetoun estate, to rejoin The Monday Walkers whom she first met twelve years ago, when they took for on the longest walk she ever did for Ramblings.

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  • 20 Feb 2014: Rachael Kiddey, Avon Estuary

    Thu, 20 Feb 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    This series is themed 'Ramblings Revisited' as Clare Balding walks again with some of her favourite and most memorable guests. This week Clare walks again with a family she first met in 2006. 2/6

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  • 13 Feb 2014: Tom Isaacs, Chorley Wood

    Thu, 13 Feb 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Medium Clare Balding walks along the banks of the river Chess with Tom Isaacs, who suffer from Parkinson, and his wife Lyndsey. 1/6

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  • John McCarthy walks with Anni Townend & Ian Lock

    Thu, 24 Oct 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    John McCarthy walks on the South Downs with volunteer rangers, Anni Townend and Ian Lock.

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  • Toyah Willcox walks with Cathy Dreyer

    Thu, 17 Oct 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Guest presenter, Toyah Willcox, joins listener, Cathy Dreyer, as she completes yet another circuit of a short local route which she has chosen to walk 365 times.

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  • Dougie Vipond walks with Annabelle Asher

    Thu, 10 Oct 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    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 raising money for the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal.

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  • Durham with Maggie and Keith Bell

    Thu, 3 Oct 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding walks with Keith and Maggie Bell around the city of Durham. It's a walk they still enjoy now as much as they did thirty years ago, during their courting days.

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  • Werca's Folk, Warkworth in Northumberland

    Wed, 2 Oct 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding joins the walking group of Werca's Folk, a women's choir from Warkworth in Northumberland, led by the legendary Sandra Kerr, of Bagpuss fame. Expect songs en route.

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  • The Tuesday Walkers of North Devon

    Thu, 19 Sep 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding launches a new series by joining The Tuesday Walkers of North Devon, to discover the vital role the group plays in the lives of its members, who are all now retired.

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  • In Search of Home

    Thu, 27 Jun 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Tara Bariana recalls his extraordinary walk from home to home: from the West Midlands to India.

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  • West Highland Way from Balmaha

    Thu, 20 Jun 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    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.

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  • In search of the old ways

    Thu, 13 Jun 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding walks with author and academic, Robert Macfarlane, from his home in Cambridge out onto the ancient Icknield Way. He reveals his love of tree climbing and beech trees. Producer: Lucy Lunt

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  • In Search of the Wild

    Thu, 6 Jun 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding goes walking in the Welsh Hills with environmentalist and author, George Monbiot. He discusses his growing desire to experience wild places, and his belief that the British countryside itself should be 'rewilded'.

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  • In Search of Love

    Thu, 30 May 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    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. Producer: Toby Field

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  • Chilterns American Women's Hiking Group

    Thu, 23 May 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding joins the hiking group of the Chilterns American Women's Club, as they walk to discover more about their new home area and to meet other ex-pat spouses.

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  • 14 Mar 13: Barefoot walking

    Thu, 14 Mar 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding slips off her walking boots and dares to try a little bit of barefoot walking with Michael Wettike.

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  • 07 Feb 13: David Sedaris

    Thu, 7 Mar 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding goes litter picking in West Sussex with the author, David Sedaris.

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  • Toyah Willcox at Croome Landscape Park 28 Feb 13

    Thu, 28 Feb 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Actress and singer, Toyah Willcox, takes Clare Balding on a windy walk around Croome Landscape Park in Worcestershire.

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  • Longdendale Trail 21 Feb 13

    Thu, 21 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Clare Balding walks part of the Longdendale Trail in Derbyshire, in the company of walking partners Christine Valentine and Tracey Standring.

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  • Hay-on-Wye 16th Feb13

    Sat, 16 Feb 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare discovers walking can be the best form of stress relief in the Herefordshire countryside.

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  • Hampstead Heath 9th Feb 13

    Sat, 9 Feb 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare walks for self-improvement, joining a walking book group on Hampstead Heath.

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  • 25 Oct 12: Clare Balding walks with Steve Backshall

    Thu, 25 Oct 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    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.

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  • Country: Clare Balding walks with Simon Evans and family

    Thu, 18 Oct 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    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 sock drawer...

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  • Country: Clare Balding walks with the actor Samuel West

    Thu, 11 Oct 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding walks around the RSPB reserve at Rainham Marshes in Essex with the actor, Samuel West.

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  • Country: Ramblings 04 Oct 12: Dublin Bay

    Thu, 4 Oct 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding continues her series of wildlife walks with a visit to Dublin Bay, Ireland. Famous Irish naturalist and environmentalist Eanna Ni Lamhna and husband, John Harding, join Clare on a hunt for geese on a football pitch, curlew and dolphins along the Irish coast. On the walk from Sandymount Strand they discuss deadly seafood, James Joyce, Molly Malone and Ulysses, and catch some peculiarly named insects in an umbrella.

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  • Country: 27 SEP 02:Wicklow Mountains (archive)

    Thu, 4 Oct 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Clare Balding goes on a series of Holiday hikes. This podcast is a repeat of her walk in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland in 2002. Clare is joined by environmentalist and well-known broadcaster Eanna Ni Lamhna in this fabulous walking country. She™is a mine of information on many subjects and keeps Clare entertained as they climb - to be rewarded by a view of the lakes of Glendalough. Producer: Lucy Lunt, BBC Birmingham

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  • Country: Ramblings 27 SEP 12: Taxidermists

    Thu, 27 Sep 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding joins 3 award winning taxidermists in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire for a walk to explore their unique view of wildlife. Or should that be "dead-life"? In their 40 years in the trade, Mike Gadd, Dave Astley and James Dickinson have mounted creatures from big game to small mammals, elephants to shrews. They have worked with artists like Damien Hirst, and helped repair extinct creatures like the Great Awk. But they won't do pets. They have even made mammoths and mermaids. As they stroll along the river Wharfe, they tell Clare Balding fascinating stories from their careers and paint a vivid picture of the state of taxidermy in the UK today.

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  • Country: Ramblings, Wildlife Walks 20 SEP 12

    Thu, 20 Sep 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding joins Nicola Hicks, an award winning British artist and sculptor, to discover wildlife in London. They discuss Nicola's unique artistic approach to wildlife and the contrast (and perils)of city versus country living. Along the route they encounter unusual horses, birds and deer - and try to stop their dogs repeating the infamous youtube "Fenton!" incident. Finally Clare reveals where you can find perhaps the best (and least known) view of the the whole city...

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  • Coast & Country: 28 Jun 12 Whitley Bay - Barry Stone

    Thu, 28 Jun 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    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.

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  • Coast & Country: 21 Jun 2012 Dartmoor - Pen Farthing

    Thu, 21 Jun 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    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 (which in itself required military-style planning) and when he left the Marines started a charity which runs a shelter in Afghanistan for stray and abandoned animals. The central aim of the charity is to catch, neuter and release stray dogs to prevent the population growing yet further. Pen lives in Tiverton in Devon and, for this edition of Ramblings, he takes Clare Balding on a wild walk across Dartmoor. Accompanying them is Patchdog (a massive Afghan Kuchi) and Maxchat (rescued from Iraq). Sadly Nowzad is a little old for such a long walk, but his story is central.

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  • Country: 14 Jun 12: Ramblings Scott Cunningham and Guide Dog

    Thu, 14 Jun 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    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 Munroes, 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. Scott was awarded an MBE last year for his achievements, which include raising over £150,000 for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

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  • Country: 070612 Ramblings Alnmouth, Northumberland

    Thu, 7 Jun 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    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.

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  • Country: 310512 Ramblings Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team

    Thu, 31 May 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    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 fulfillment, 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).

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  • Country: Ramblings 240512: Stuart Jessup and Poppy the Springer Spaniel

    Thu, 31 May 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    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.

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  • Country: 150312 Ramblings Sir Andrew Motion

    Thu, 15 Mar 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding is joined by the former poet laureate, Sir Andrew Motion, in his childhood village of Stisted in Essex

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  • Country: 080312 Ramblings Brecon Beacons

    Thu, 8 Mar 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding walks part of the Beacons Way in the Brecon Beacons National Park

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  • Country: Ramblings Kinder Scout

    Thu, 1 Mar 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    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.

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  • Country: 230212 Ramblings Cornwall

    Thu, 23 Feb 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding joins poet and writer, Annamaria Murphy, on a storytelling journey in Cornwall

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  • Country: 160212 Ramblings Northern Ireland

    Thu, 16 Feb 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding joins walkers from the Wee Binnians Walking Club to climb to the summit of Slieve Binnian in Northern Ireland.

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  • Country: 090212 Ramblings Kent

    Thu, 9 Feb 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding joins Dame Fiona Reynolds, Director General of the National Trust, to walk a section of the new Octavia Hill Centenary Trail.

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  • Country: 22 Oct 11: Hope Cove to Salcombe

    Sat, 22 Oct 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    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.

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  • Country: 151011 Ramblings Lincolnshire Wolds

    Sat, 15 Oct 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding walks a stretch of the Viking Way in the Lincolnshire Wolds

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  • Country: 081011 Kent - Chilham to Wye

    Sat, 8 Oct 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding joins a group of retired friends to walk from Chilham to Wye in Kent

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  • Country: 011011 Dales Way

    Sat, 1 Oct 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    In a series of walks suggested by listeners, Clare Balding joins Colin Speakman, creator of the Dales Way, to walk a section of this iconic long distance footpath.

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  • Country: 240911 The Roaches

    Sat, 24 Sep 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding is in Staffordshire discovering some of the myths and legends of the Peak District

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  • Country: Ramblings John Jones TX170911

    Tue, 20 Sep 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding joins folk artist John Jones of the Oysterband for the first in a new series of walks suggested by listeners.

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  • Country: Ramblings Alan Garner TX250611

    Sat, 25 Jun 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding walks with author Alan Garner to explore the legend of Alderley Edge.

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  • Country: Ramblings Du Maurier TX 180611

    Sat, 18 Jun 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding walks in Fowey to discover the maritime spirit of Daphne Du Maurier

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  • Country: Ramblings Darwin TX 110611

    Sat, 11 Jun 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding walks the Ancestor's Trail in the Quantock Hills in celebration of Darwin

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  • Country: Shropshire Malcolm Saville TX 040611

    Sat, 4 Jun 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding walks with the Malcolm Saville Society, exploring the authors love of Shropshire.

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  • Country: Black Hill Bruce Chatwin TX280511

    Sat, 28 May 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding walks on the Black Hill in Hereford, following in the steps of author Bruce Chatwin.

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  • Country: Ramblings Plath Hughes TX 210511

    Sat, 21 May 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    On the first of a series of literary walks Clare Balding walks in Heptonstall, visiting Ted Hughes birth place and the resting place of Sylvia Plath.

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  • Country:Ramblings12Mar11

    Sat, 12 Mar 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Stuart Maconie with a group of first time walkers from inner city Birmingham

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  • Country:Ramblings05Mar11

    Sat, 5 Mar 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Stuart Maconie and guest, poet Simon Armitage walk part of the Pennine Way near to Manchester

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  • Country: Ramblings26Feb11

    Sat, 26 Feb 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Stuart Maconie walks up the Garth outside Cardiff

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  • Country:Ramblings12Feb11

    Sat, 12 Feb 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Stuart Maconie takes another city skyline walk in the Belfast Hills

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  • Country: Ramblings05Feb11

    Sat, 5 Feb 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    New series of Ramblings, this time presented by Stuart Maconie, starts a series of six city skyline walks for winter days in Bath

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  • Country:Ramblings23Oct10

    Sat, 23 Oct 10

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding takes a walk through the Glasgow Necropolis with a group who are researching the history of women in the city

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  • Country:Ramblings16Oct10

    Sat, 16 Oct 10

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding is in the Pentland Hills outside of Edinburgh with a group of friends who have been walking together for twenty years

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  • Country: Ramblings09Oct10

    Sat, 9 Oct 10

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding walks with a group of women who've produced a book of their favourite walks in the Peak District

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  • Country:Ramblings02Oct10

    Sat, 2 Oct 10

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding in the Forest of Dean with a group walking with donkeys as part of the Cultural Olympiad

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  • Country:Ramblings25Sep10

    Sat, 25 Sep 10

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding walks with a group of people trying to fight the onset of Alzheimers Disease

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  • Country:Ramblings180910

    Sat, 18 Sep 10

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Clare Balding walks with a group of inner city Londoners on Hampstead Heath

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