Ellie is in South Yorkshire, right on the border of the Peak District, following in the footsteps of the Clarion Ramblers.
Ellie is in South Yorkshire, right on the border of the Peak District, following in the footsteps of the Clarion Ramblers. They were England's first working men's walking society and were founded by the legendary GHB Ward. Ellie joins historians Roly Smith and Terry Howard to find out more about the Ramblers and their visionary founder. She also meets poet and songwriter Sally Goldsmith, who draws inspiration from the Clarion guidebooks and writes songs about the South Yorkshire landscape she loves.
Finally, Ellie visits the Peak District, where she meets former Clarion Ramblers Les Johnson and Graham Baxby, who actually walked with Ward. And to help prompt their memories Ellie has brought with her Ward's actual rucksack and walking jacket.
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The Clarion Ramblers
Ellie’s on the trail of George Herbert Bridges Ward a rambling legend who paved the way for all of us to get out and about in our countryside. His belief that that the countryside and fresh air were good for the workers in Sheffield’s mills and forges led him to found the Britain’s first rambling club, the Clarion Ramblers in 1900. Ellie begins retracing his footsteps through the South Yorkshire landscape that he fought so hard to open up to all.
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The Clarion guidebooks
GHB Ward wrote his own Clarion guidebooks describing the walks the Clarions would take come rain or shine. Ellie meets up with writer and singer Sally Goldsmith who takes place names and descriptions from the guidebooks and turns them into poems and songs. Sally explains to Ellie how the Clarion Ramblers became one of the first places where women were seen on an equal footing as men.
The Countryfile Ramble
With just two weeks to go until the big Ramble weekend, Matt Baker meets his walking partner for the Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need. Nineteen year old Georgia has made an incredible recovery after diagnosis of a cancerous brain tumour seven years ago meant she had to undergo an emergency operation which left her in a coma for three months. She’ll be attempting to walk three miles over the demanding terrain of Dartmoor with Matt on the ramble weekend, that's further than she’s ever walked since her operation. Matt and Georgia go for a test ramble, and get to know each other while preparing for the challenge that lies ahead.
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The Barrel Inn
Ellie’s final stop brings her to the Barrel Inn where Ward started many of his walks. There she meets two members of the Clarion Ramblers who walked alongside Ward and experienced first-hand his passion for the great outdoors. Now in their 80’s Len Johnson and Graham Baxby were just youngsters, but the walks left a lasting impression. Ellie reveals to them both the rare collection Ward’s artefacts, his boots, glasses and backpack sparking memories of those early walks. It’s all a far cry from today’s technical all weather gear we now take for granted.
|Executive Producer||William Lyons|
|Series Producer||Andrea Buffery|
|Series Producer||Joanna Brame|