Listen to our Inside Out show!
Join us as we bring the great outdoors into your home. Each episode we visit one of the beautiful locations where you can hire a Tramper with Countryside Mobility as well as bringing you conversation from special guests passionate about exploring and enjoying the great outdoors.
Episode 1 - Down by the Riverside - For our new series we head to the South West's lakes and rivers, often overlooked in favour of the better-known coastline. We visit partner site, Seaton Wetlands nature reserve, and discover that you might be surprised by what you spot while birdwatching, hear how the South West Lakes Trust is approaching the opportunities and challenges of new visitors to their beautiful locations, and accessible tourism expert, Chris Veitch (Tourism for All), shares his insights into how places to stay and visit are progressing in providing an inclusive welcome.
Episode 2 - Dipping into Nature - How do you experience nature? We discover how increase numbers are being drawn to open water swimming as we chat to Suffolk enthusiast, Seamus Bennett. Alex Smalley from the University of Exeter shares how their research in partnership with the BBC is discovering the benefits of virtual experiences of nature. Durlston Country Park on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset is our final stop as they talk about their award winning work to be more accessible.
Episode 3 - Discovering the Outdoors - Where, when and how does our love for the outdoors begin? Childhood plays a big part as Matt Rawlingson Plant from outdoor activity, Mill on the Brue, tells us. Outdoor film maker, Holly Brega, agrees as she reflects on her personal journey and her passion for using video to help people connect with nature. We visit the film location of a childhood classic, Alice in Wonderland, as we speak to our latest partner location, National Trust Antony, and give a sneak preview of the #ilovemygarden competition with HCT Turf.
Episode 4 - National Parks - With the future role and importance of National Parks a hot topic, this episode focusses on the challenges and opportunities they face. Dan James of Exmoor National Park Authority shares his love for one of England's few southern National Parks, introducing us to the world of bolving, their latest walking initiative and the balancing act of environment and economy. Julia Walker reflects on the first years of the charity she helped to set up, Lake District Mobility, and the difference it is making to providing access in there and in the North York Moors, while Jenny Griffiths showcases the latest partner site of Countryside Mobility, Robinswood Hill Country Park, where they are encouraging locals to 'Return to the Hill'.
Episode 1 - Stepping Out - In our first 'virtual venturing out' we head to one of Britain's most iconic coastal locations, Lulworth Cove, start exploring the world from your window with a man who shares a passion for rugby and dormice, and find out how Trampers are transforming visits to the countryside for one of Countryside Mobility's members.
Episode 2 - Stretching Our Legs - It's time to go a little further afield as we head to Suffolk to discover how groundbreaking research is improving access to the countryside, discover a slice of Americana tucked away in the Cotswolds and find out how Living Options Devon, the charity behind Countryside Mobility, is transforming lives.
Episode 3 - Off to the Coast - Julian Gray shares what it is that attracts people to tackle the 630 mile South West Coast Path, we stop off at the ever-popular Woolacombe and learn what to look for in hedgerows. There's also a special prize draw for you to enter!
Episode 4 - Into the Woods - We discover how the secrets of the Forest of Dean are being revealed, travel to the Dorset woodland that inspired a young Thomas Hardy and find out how The Outdoor Guide is opening opportunities to explore the country.
Episode 5 - The Positive Power of Being Outdoors - We travel along the south coast to discover how time outdoors can transform lives. Starting with the international research of the Beyond Greenspace project, we go on to hear two inspiring grassroots initiatives in the South Downs and Dorset, stopping off at partner site, National Trust Saltram, on the way to discover, amongst other things, what it's like to live in a mansion.
Episode 6 - The Overnighter - We discover the progress being made to make accommodation more accessible, VisitEngland's work with partners to make the UK Europe's leading accessible tourism destination, listen to pioneers, Hoe Grange and Bespoke Hotels, visit the family friendly Haldon Forest, and get the inside stories on life as a Hotel Inspector.
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