Saturday, 2 February 2013

Podcast Edition 014 - Show Notes

Edition 14 of the Walks Around Britain podcast features information about the Great South West Walk  event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the South West Coast Path, Sally Broom tells us about Tripbod and John Driskell recounts one of the first documented trips up Everest.  Presented by Andrew White.

Great South West Walk

2013 is the 40th Anniversary of the South West Coast Path, and we travelled down to Cornwall to find out more about the Path and the anniversary celebrations.  The Secretary of the South West Coast Path Association, Steve Church, talked passionately about the history of the Path and the plans for the Great South West Walk.
Julian Powis (left) and Peter Maxted

Peter Maxted and Julian Powis from the Cornwall Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty told Andrew about the AONB and their love of the Coast Path.

The South West Coast Path is England's longest National Trail, with a total length of 630 miles (1,014 km).  It runs from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, to Poole Harbour in Dorset.

The Path hugs the coast as much as possible, and so rises and falls with every river mouth.  It has been calculated the total height climbed of the Path is 114,931 ft (35,031 m), almost four times the height of Mount Everest.

To join the Great South West Walk, visit their website here.

We stayed at The Nare hotel on the Roseland Peninsula, with access to a particularly stunning section of the Coast Path just outside the hotel.  There are also many circular inland walks on offer too - making it a great base for walking. Named the best hotel in Cornwall for 15 years, The Nare provides a a warm friendly welcome.

Sally Broom (right) joined Andrew to talk about Tripbod, the website which enables people across the world to offer experiences and trip planning.

We have our own Tripbod store, where you can book a guided walk led by Andrew along some of the most popular walking routes on the Walks Around Britain website.

Everest The Old Way

John Driskell told Andrew about the first recorded trek to Mount Everest in 1968.  Starting from the unlikely setting of Barnsley, 5 local students tackled the world's highest mountain.

John and Dave's talk about their experience is part of 2013's Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, taking place in the Steel City between 1st and 3rd of March.

To find out more about the 80 epic films and the numerous talks and lectures in the three days, visit the ShAFF website here,

"Everest The Old Way" in on Saturday 2nd March 14.15 and you can find out more information and to book tickets on the ShAFF website page here.

That's another podcast finished.  We hope you enjoy listening to them as much as we do putting them together.  Any comments and suggestions are gratefully received - pop them in the comment section below.

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