Episode 12

Published on:

2nd Jan 2023

A look back at the highlights of 2022

Happy New Year and welcome back to Footprints!

In this our first episode of the year, we look back at our highlights from 2022. More than 40 people took part in the shows last year and a huge thanks must go to them for making the episodes so fascinating and varied to listen to. They and the organisations they represent are at the very heart of the Bathscape and we will hear from many more in 2023.


Ep 1 February - Views of Bath: Andy Dinham whose family farmed Kelston Round Hill for decades.

Ep 2 March - Death in Paradise: John Payne, local historian whose ancestors are buried in the workhouse burial ground near Wellsway.

Ep 2 March - Death in Paradise: Dr Molly Conisbee on the history of the workhouse.

Ep 3 April - One farm through one century: Rachel De Fossard talking about her father's dairy herd and Foot and Mouth.

Ep 4 May - A path through the trees: Oliver Langdon from Kilter Theatre Company in the character of January, taking us through the wassailing ceremony at Bath City Farm.

Ep 5 June - Paddling the canals of Bath: Patrick Moss (Chair) and Derrick Hunt (Committee Member) from the Somersetshire Coal Canal Society.

Ep 6 July - Spotting beavers on the river Avon: Bevis Watts, CEO Triodos Bank paddles me up and down beaver alley - do we spot a beaver?

Ep 7 August - Meadows, seeds and yellow rattle: Paul Pearce Bath Parks Dept talking about the state of wildlife and the importance of meadows.

Ep 8 September - Walking Festival magic: Stephen Bird, former Head of Heritage Services Bath, on his passion for walking.

Ep 9 October - Community Growers: Claire Loader, co-founder of Bloomin' Whiteway and Rachel Spence, co-founder of the Peace Path in Whiteway.

Ep 10 November - The wonders of Bath stone: Miranda Litchfield, CEO Museum of Bath Stone showing me around the museum.

Ep 11 December - Tourism in Bath, past and present: Kirsten Elliot, local historian guiding me through a day in the life of a Georgian visitor to Bath.

Contributors throughout 2022

Di Sheppard, Landscape Architect, Bath and North East Somerset Council

Andy Dinham, retired farmer, Kelston Round Hill

Dick Bateman, local historian, Kelston Round Hill

Billie Brocklehurst, Brocks Outdoor Adventures

Barry Cox, Cotswold Warden

Nicole Daw, Cotswolds National Landscape

Rob Kendall, Cotswold Warden & Little Solsbury Commoner

John Bartram, Cotswold Warden & Chair of the Cotswold Way Association

Richard White, lecturer Bath Spa University, creator ‘Walking the Names’ project

Bathscape volunteers

John Payne, local historian and writer

Dr Molly Conisbee, Researcher, University of Bristol

Marianne Brunt, granddaughter of first owners of Manor Farm, Langridge

Rachel de Fossard, daughter of family of farmers, Manor Farm, Langridge

Donald MacIntyre, current owner and farmer, Manor Farm, Langridge

Jane Lipington, current owner and farmer, Manor Farm, Langridge

Laurie MacIntyre, daughter of current owner and farmer, Manor Farm, Langridge

Fiona Bell, Tree trail enthusiast

Joe Middleton, Woodland Trust site manager

Oliver Langdon, Kilter Theatre Company

Tom Sheppard, High Sheriff of Somerset

Councillor June Player, Mayor of Bath

Patrick Foss (Chair) and Derrick Hunt (Committee member) Somersetshire Coal Canal Society

Julian Stirling, Claverton Pumping Station

Bevis Watts, CEO Triodos Bank

Alison Peach, Bath resident and ottercam operator

Anna Baker, Director, Cleveland Pools Project

Anita Breeze and Chris Kinchin-Smith, Directors of the Friends of Lyncombe Hill Fields

Issy Troth, National Trust Assistant Ranger

George Cook, Avon WIldlife Trust

Paul Pearce, Team Leader, Bath Parks Project, Bath Parks Department

Stephen Bird, former head of Heritage Services, Bath and North East Somerset Council

Bath City Farm

Hamish Evans, co-founder Middle Ground Growers

Emily Wright, Chair, Grow Batheaston

Claire Loder, co-founder Bloomin' Whiteway and its annual Front Gardens Festival

Rachel Spence, Community worker, Whiteway

Miranda Litchfield, Chief Executive, Museum of Bath Stone

Robin Dixon, National Trust Volunteer, Prior Park Mansion

Kate Lock, Project Gardener, Dams Project, Prior Park Gardens, National Trust

Paul Simons, founder Thermae Bath Spa; Chair of the Trustees Cleveland Pools Project and Secretary General of the Great Spa Towns of Europe

Kathryn Davis, Director of Tourism, Visit West

Kirsten Elliott, historian and Mayor Guide Emerita

Music: Audionautix

Produced by Pommy Harmar


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About the Podcast

This podcast is designed to inspire you to get out and explore the beautiful natural landscape surrounding the city of Bath, with its hills and valleys, grasslands and woodlands.

Season 1 brought a monthly flavour of the September walking festival through interviews with special guests, a recorded local walk and a 'top-tip' section with festival organiser Lucy Bartlett.

Season 2 delves deep into the rich diversity of the Bathscape, its culture, heritage, landscape and people.

Footprints was nominated for two ARIAS in 2023 in the Grassroots Show and Best Local Show categories!!

Hosted by walking and podcasting enthusiast Pommy Harmar. Get in touch with us through Facebook or Twitter or visit our website: www.bathscape.co.uk

About your hosts

Pommy Harmar

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Freelance Journalist, radio producer, podcaster and walker. Pommy has been working in radio since 2013. She has produced and hosted podcasts including Sleeping with the Moon, Footprints, The Bristol Walkfest Podcast, The Quarantini, and Follow The Sun.

"It was excellent, really interesting and informative. The details and the way it was done, with three women farmers as key players, was really refreshing. I liked the voiceover and all the interviews." (Footprints, season 2 listener)

"All your topics on the Footprints podcast were relevant and fascinating to me as an older, female solo walker for the first time in the U.K." (Footprints season 1 listener)

Email: pommyharmar@yahoo.co.uk

Lucy Bartlett

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Lucy is the Bathscape Community Projects Officer and a keen walker. She organises the annual Bathscape Walking Festival which aims to encourage people to discover the beautiful landscape around Bath.
Bathscape is very grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and players of the National Lottery who fund our work.