Radio 4 comes to the Roaches with LJMU astronomer

03 October 2011

LJMU astronomer accompanies Clare Balding on Radio 4’s ‘Ramblings’ programme.

The BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Ramblings’ hosted by Clare Balding this week features the Roaches, a millstone grit escarpment on the edge of the Peak District in North Staffordshire. The walk was suggested to the programme by listener Professor Mike Bode of LJMU’s Astrophysics Research Institute. Mike was born and brought up in nearby Leek, and the Roaches have always been one of his favourite places.

During the course of the walk, Clare Balding is joined by Mike, local author and historian Doug Pickford and Steven Bell from the Peak District National Park. Clare was obviously fascinated to learn of the myths and legends of the area, its stunning geology, but not least about its rare and exotic wildlife, including the wild wallabies.

The programme was broadcast on Thursday 29 September at 3.00pm.

Further details, and the opportunity to ‘Listen Again’ can be found at:

Pictured: Clare Balding (centre) flanked by Mike Bode (left) and Doug Pickford. Clare is holding Mike’s daughter’s dog ‘Maisie’ who also completed the walk.

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