Episode 7

Getting excited about the festival!

This is the first of a two-parter for September!

It's only a few days until the festival starts and we hear all about it from the festival's tireless planner and organiser Lucy Bartlett. There are 73 walks on offer this year with something for everyone from social history to postcard-making to long rambles through Bath's beautiful countryside.

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Where do walking festivals originate? I dig down a little and discover Hebden Bridge Walkers Action group are behind the Walkers Are Welcome initiative which has led to the development of more than 150 walking festivals around the UK.

I decided to try out recording a walk for this episode and I chose the self-guided walk devised by the Cleveland Pools project. Download the walk here and also find volunteers talking about the Cleveland Pools restoration project on Saturday 11th September from 11-3pm at Kensington Meadows.

Bathscape Walking Festival timetable is here.


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Host and Producer: Pommy Harmar

About the Podcast

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Pommy Harmar

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
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Lucy Bartlett

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.