Friday, 14 December 2012

Podcast Edition 012 - Show Notes

Edition 12 of the Walks Around Britain podcast is a special dedicated to helping you with Christmas with some top gifts ideas for walking and outdoor people.  If you're still searching for Christmas gift inspiration, then perhaps you'll find some here...

Mountain House navigation courses

These make a great gift for any outdoor person.  Join their popular Hill and Moorland Navigation courses based in the Derbyshire Peak District.  They offer a range of 1 day courses, with a flexible and individual approach designed for both novice and more experienced walkers.  For more info, visit their website


Quality camping people Outwell have some fantastic gifts suitable for Christmas presents - despite Andrew's initial hesitancy...  How about the On Air Digital Radio for instance?  Find out all about the products Clive talked about by visiting their website.

Mendip Hills AONB "8 Wild Walks"

The walks, devised by local landscape ecologist Adrian Boots, range from just over 2 miles (4km) to just over 7 miles (12km) take you through a wide variety of landscape types in the Mendip Hills AONB including steep scarp slopes with impressive views across the Levels, windswept plateau criss-crossed with dry stone walls, valley village to lakeside and all with the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife that will change according to the seasons. The guide also includes fascinating facts on plants and wildlife and where to look out for them.

For details of all the stockists and for how to order by mail, visit

Treasure Trails

Treasure Trails create fun and unique ways to get outside and explore.  They currently have over 1,000 Treasure Trails throughout the UK and are writing more every day.

For more information about the trails on offer, visit their website

Chocolate Fish Merino

For all things Merino, click on the Chocolate Fish Merino website here.

And for a good read, check out their blog -

From High Heels to High Hills

From the pen of one of the familiar voices from the Walks Around Britain podcast, Tanya Oliver's first book tells the story of her passion for the mountains of the Lake District and how she’s conquered them - in her own style.

Well worth a read :)

To order from Amazon click here, and to find Tanya's blog, visit here.

Scotland End to End

Documenting the recently opened Scottish National Trail, Cameron McNeish's new book is a great read - and a fantastic guide to the 470 mile route between Kirk Yetholm and Cape Wrath.

As one of the driving forces behind the trail, Cameron is perhaps the most suited to write this book.

For more information, visit the Mountain Media website or to order from Amazon, click here.

Well, that's it - hope you all have a great Christmas and we'll see you for another podcast on the 1st January!

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Podcast Edition 011 - Show Notes

Edition 11 of the Walks Around Britain podcast features a walk over the iconic Kinder Scout with blogger Dean Read, "Mr Peak District" writer Roly Smith tells us about his latest book - an anthology about the Peak, we hear about a competition to find the best dog walk along the South West Coast Path, and former Gladiator Diane Youdale explains her passion for walking.

Kinder Scout

In this year of the 80th anniversary of the Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout, audio blogger Dean Read retraces the steps of those pioneering walkers who fought for access for us all.  Over one of the classic routes through possibly the most challenging terrain in the Peak District, Dean enlightens us with his description of the route; making it come alive.

If you'd like to listen to more of Dean's podcasts, visit his website at Peak Routes.

Roly Smith

"Mr Peak District", as Roly has been dubbed by his local newspaper, is a prolific freelance writer, editor and consultant - and the author of over 60 books on walking and the countryside.  His is also the president of the Outdoor Writers’ and Photographers’ Guild.

His latest book is an anthology of writings about Britain's first - and possible busiest - National Park - the Peak District.

You can order "A Peak District Anthology: A Literary Companion to Britain's First National Park" from Amazon here.