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Fridays 15:00-15:30
Clare Balding walks with purpose.
Programme Details
Spring 2005
Clare Balding
Clare Balding explores the British landscape and our relation to it.
25 February 2005

The first programme starts in the centre of Sheffield when people gather from as far away as Turkey, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Liberia to take a walk through the city's parks to the edge of the Peak district. This walk has been set up by the local Ramblers Association and the Northern Refugee centre as a way of helping refugees and asylum seekers learn a little more about their new home and practise their English with local residents. Clare discovers that picnics play an important part in cultural exchange.

Map references: Explorer 278 - Sheffield and Barnsley, Rotherham.

Start Grid Ref: SK 328 867.

Distance: 2 miles (walk could extend into Peak District National Park)

Terrain: Fairly level footpath, easy walking.
Suitable for: Fit of all ages.

Getting There:
By Bus: From the train Station to Endcliff Park- John Powell Travel Service Number 82 from Angel Street C G 4, Sheffield Centre to Ecclesall Road/Rustlings Road, Hunters Bar, Sheffield. Journey time 34 minutes approx.Traveline Yorkshire 0870 608 2 608
By Car: Parking available on Rustlings Road and Broccobank Road alongside park perimeter. For directions see maps below.

Further information:

Maps and cycle routes: Sheffield City Council maps and route

Park details: Call 0114 2500 500 or E-mail : or

Other parks in the area:
A-Z of parks from Sheffield City Council

Parks from the Artful Lodger site

4 March 2005

Clare is in Warwickshire for the second programme, walking in the company of children's writer Meg Harper. Meg's main reason for walking is for prayer and contemplation. Meg explains why the countryside offers her more spiritual inspiration than most churches

From All Saints Church (which is built with ironstone and has its characteristic orange glow) Clare and Meg take a narrow footpath through to fields that pass by King's Stile where Charles 1st was believed to have rested. Crossing the B4525, which runs through between Banbury and Northampton, they move into a potato field which is filled with the aroma of a near by coffee factory. Just to the right lies a municipal golf course which is crossed to reach a small area of woodland which then leads onto a small road and a field with donkeys. Here the walk passes by the edge of Chacombe House and takes a detour to see the 12th century priory. Chacombe is well-known amongst bell-ringers as the home of Hugh Bagley a renowned bell maker. His grave is in the church yard there, as is that of one of the survivors of the Charge of the Light Brigade. The Jurassic Way is then picked up just by Silver Street with views across fields and pockets of woodland. From here the walk moves on to Wardington Manor , a house recently damaged by a huge fire where villagers worked together to rescue treasures. The walk ends at Cropredy at the site of the civil war's Battle of Cropredy Bridge and the annual Cropredy Festival.

Map references: (Warwickshire). Map: OS Explorer 206
Start Point: All Saints Church, Middleton Cheney, just north east of the M40.
Distance: 3 miles
Terrain: Easy walking with slight incline.
Suitable for: Fit of all ages.
Getting There:
By Train: Banbury Station (2.5 miles) or Kings Sutton (3.6 miles)
By Car: Just off the B4525 (Banbury LN) or the A422. Limited parking in Middleton Cheney itself.

Further information:
Details about the starting point at Middleton Cheney:>
Street map of local area:
11 March 2005

Location : Wilderhope Manor, Nr Shrewsbury
We all know that walking helps keep us physically fit but its power to help those suffering from mental illness is explored in the third programme. Clare goes to Shropshire to discover why a day centre in Shrewsbury has found that their walking group is so effective in supporting those suffering from depression and schizophrenia.

Map references: Explorer 217
Start Grid Ref: SO545929
Distance: 3.5 miles
Terrain: Gentle hill
Suitable for: All with reasonable fitness
Getting There: Address for Wilderhope Manor: Longville,Much Wenlock,TF13 6EG
By Train: Church Stretton (7 miles)
By Car: Severn miles south west of Much Wenlock. Severn miles east of Church Stretton. Half mile south of B4371. Free Parking 25 yards.

Further information:
Telephone 0870 770 6090 (Hostel Warden YHA) at Wilderhope Manor.
There are an additional two circular walks through farmland and woods.
For Mental Health Issues contact: or call the mindinfo line on 0845 766 0163
18 March 2005

Simon Barnes takes Clare to the marshes and haunting coastline of Suffolk to teach her how to be a bad birdwatcher. Simon has been passionate about birds for most of his life and he attempts to pass on this love to all prepared to walk with him.

Map references:  Landranger 156  Saxmundham Aldeburgh and Southwold
Distance: 4 miles approx
Terrain: marshy in places
Suitable for: All of reasonable fitness

Getting There:
By Train: : The nearest train station is Darsham, on the line between Ipswich and Lowestoft, from where you can take a taxi to Blythburgh. Or use the bus service from Halesworth or Lowestoft train stations to Blythburgh. Timetables are available from Southwold Tourist Information Centre.
See the Links page for national public transport information links.
By Car: Walberswick runs between Blythburgh and the Blyth Estuary South. There is a car park on the Reserve, and others in the surrounding area. There is an occasional, infrequent, bus service to Walberswick. There is disabled access to the site, however, it is unsuitable for wheelchairs.

Further information
East of England Tourist Board

Suffolk County Council
Southwold Tourist Information Centre
69 High Street, Southwold, Suffolk IP11 6DS
Tel: 01502 724729
Opening hours, April to end of September: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10.30am-3.30pm, Sunday 11am-4pm.
October to end of March: Monday-Friday 10.30am-3.30pm (Wednesday 3pm), Saturday 10am-4.30pm.
For more details on the history of the area, nature reserves, walks, local transport, etc.
Local community websites
Details about the starting point of Walberswick:

Details about the Walberswick National Nature Reserve
1 April 2005
In the final programme in the series we return to the Peak district in the company of David Else - who walks for a living, writing walking guides. Does the need to note every hill, pub and café detract from his enjoyment of the landscape?

Map references:  O.S. Explorer OL1 
Start:  Castleton
Distance: 7 miles approx.
Terrain: Hill walking
Suitable for: those with moderate walking experience
Getting There:
By Train and Bus and Taxi: Nearest train Station at Hope and then bus to Castleton 173, 200, 272, 274. Or Taxi (Hope) 01433 620 525 (Castleton) 01433 621 924.  or traveline 0870 608 2608.
By Car: A625 from Sheffield or A625 from Manchester then Winnats Pass.
Further information
Tourist Information Office: Castle Street (01433) 620679

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