What makes you wild about Kinder Scout? Perhaps it’s the vastness of the large moorland Plateau, the weathered gritstone rock, the history of the mass trespass, or a combination of things that draw you in. My new podcast is a platform for interviews with people who appreciate this landscape. As the host I will ask guests about why they love it here, what makes it special and unique to them, and how their personal experiences relate to a sense of connection. My aim is to create an accessible resource for people to listen to stories, to learn about important issues in a relatable and engaging way, and to bring together a feeling of community between the people who appreciate Kinder Scout.
Why Kinder Scout?
I first walked here in October 2016, a brave solo adventure after discovering that I could easily travel to the Hope Valley on the train from London. You should’ve seen my face as I walked up Jacob’s Ladder on to the Plateau! I couldn’t quite believe my eyes. I remember eating lunch under Noe Stool, meeting lovely people along the route, and the deep feeling of not wanting to get back on the train to London that evening. Kinder Scout really captured my attention, gave me a sense of freedom, and space to think outside of my circumstances in London. I kept coming back, and now I’m very lucky to live right below it in the village of Edale.
Spending time here has inspired me to learn navigation, to train as a Hill and Moorland Leader, to learn about nature and conservation, and to share my knowledge and experiences with other people. There are many different things that make it interesting and special to me - but what about other people and their stories? I’m going to find out and you’re invited to join me!
How will the interviews be recorded?
Interviews will be recorded outdoors, either on Kinder Scout or with it in view. The locations will be chosen by each guest and through different seasons, so that listeners can experience unique sounds of nature in the background. For this reason, the best listening experience will be through headphones.
Who will be interviewed?
Guests will have the opportunity to express their connection with the landscape, to share personal stories, and to explain why it’s important to look after the National Park’s special qualities. I will include residents from Edale, Hayfield, Glossop, other villages in the Hope Valley, and also people from further afield who feel a strong connection with Kinder Scout.
I hope to improve my knowledge of the history, culture, and flora and fauna in the area, and to share this with other people who are interested, in a way that is accessible and relatable. There will also be a strong emphasis on the arts and local businesses, and how Kinder Scout inspires people in different ways.
There will be unique questions for each guest, but every person interviewed will be asked: "What makes you wild about Kinder Scout?" This will provide a nice collection of different responses throughout the making of the show.
When is this happening?
It’s been in slow progress for a while, and will gain momentum now that I’m finally announcing it! The trailer and first episode are both available now and I plan to release at least one episode per month.
I envisage it to be a two-year project because there are so many people that I would love to interview, and I know that there are many different voices to be heard.
Collaboration with the Northern Project
Alec Boyd and Gabby Wolstenholme from The Northern Project are working with me on this project. Editing, mixing, and mastering the podcast episodes will be undertaken by Peaks-based artist and creative technician Gabby Wolstenholme. The podcast cover art has been created by Alec Boyd, who is also Peaks-based. He will design individual cover art for each episode, and create the soundscape audio tracks from field recordings. I will pay them for their work based on an agreed quotation.
The Northern Project is an arts collective based on helping primarily northern arts practice.
Supported by Peak District National Park
This project is supported by the Peak District National Park Communities Small Grants Scheme.
Where is the podcast available?
You’ll be able to listen to the interviews online using podcast apps. You’ll also be able to download an MP3 file for each episode. If you follow my podcast on your favourite app, such as Apple Podcasts (coming soon), Spotify, or Google Podcasts, you will be able to see when new episodes are released.
I will provide show notes for every episode, which will include links to more information about each guest and any references made during the interviews.
You can follow updates in these ways:
Follow @about.the.adventure on Instagram
Like/follow Peak District National Park on Facebook
Opportunities to get involved
If you’d like to be interviewed, or to suggest a guest, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spread the word
If you enjoy listening to this podcast and you think other people will too, then I would really appreciate it if you can help me to spread the word by sharing it with your friends, family, and social media following.