Friday, 2 November 2012

Podcast Edition 010 - Show Notes

Edition 10 of the Walks Around Britain podcast features a trip to Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour with writer and blogger Karen Guttridge, a day volunteering on a Fell Care Day in the Lake District with Tanya Oliver and Alan Hinkes OBE tells us about giving the Wainwright Society's 10th Memorial Lecture.

Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island is dramatically located in Poole Harbour, with spectacular views across to the Purbeck Hills.

Thriving natural habitats - including woodland, heathland and a lagoon - create a haven for wildlife, such as the rare red squirrel and a wide variety of birds, including  dunlin, kingfishers, common and sandwich terns and oystercatchers.

You can find out more from the Brownsea Island pages on the National Trust's website.

Karen has got a set of photos from her trip to Brownsea on her Flickr page here - and you can follow her travels on her blog, Twitter and Facebook.

Fell Care Days

Organised by the charity Friends of the Lake District, the Fell Care Day on October 25th which Tanya Oliver reported from saw 150 volunteers, 90 school children and 27 organisations give the equivalent of 125 days conservation work on the fells in a single day.

The day on Windermere followed the Ullswater event in September when 210 volunteers put in 1000 hours' (142 days) work conserving the fells, cleaning out 24.5km of footpath drains, repairing 40m paths, rebuilding 12m of dry stone walls and clearing 28 bags of rubbish from the lake shore.

You can find the Friends of the Lake District on Facebook here.  Follow Tanya's excellent blog here.

Tanya's first book "From High Heels to High Hills" is available now from good bookshops across the land (and if it isn't, you should complain!) or you can order it from Amazon here.

Alan Hinkes OBE

From The Wainwright Society's first meeting on November 9th 2002 at Ambleside Youth Hostel, the primary aim of the Society has been to keep alive the spirit of Alfred Wainwright.

The annual Memorial Lecture is one of the most anticipated in the Outdoor Event Calendar - and this year it's to be given by Alan Hinkes OBE.

Alan is the first Briton to climb the world's highest mountains. These are the fourteen 8000m peaks, all of which are in the 'death zone', where human survival rate is measured in hours. They are the most dangerous mountains on the planet. Alan is part of an exclusive club of only 12 people alive who have achieved this feat, which is the same number of people who have stood on the moon - and many have perished attempting this challenge.

The 2012 Wainwright Memorial Lecture is to be held on Friday 9th November at 7pm - and tickets can be purchased direct from Rheged on 01768 868000.  To find out more information, visit the Society''s webpage here.

The Bald Explorer

And we've just got time to hear from our friend Richard Vobes - aka The Bald Explorer - who has news
that the first 3 episodes have been picked up by The Community Channel!!  Richard is currently working on more programmes, so if you have an idea which you think might be of interest, send him a Tweet or contact him on his Facebook page.

As always, if you have any comments on this edition of the podcast, please leave them below - we love to read your posts!

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