Podcast #002: Hometown Travel

Bentinck Banks and Portland Park in the background - an old coal mine and railway yard in my hometown now given back to nature.

Welcome to Episode 2 of my “Travel Tales From Beyond The Brochure” podcast.

This week, the theme is “Hometown Travel”. I’ve always felt too many people go travelling across the world to find and see interesting and scenic things, and yet some things equally as spectacular, interesting, or different may lie on your own doorstep. Remember, “Everywhere is interesting” if you look closely enough, and you may find some historic event took place within walking distance of your house, or a notable person has a connection with your town that you hadn’t realised.

The picture above is of a parkland on the edge of my hometown – Bentinck Banks and Portland Park. It’s an old coal mine and railway yard (you can tell where the railway embankment was; it’s now a footpath) that’s been returned back to nature – it’s even a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

I talk about:
* My house and my local area
* Why some towns are where they are
* The ‘familiar’ making things less obvious
* World culture in local settings
* Coal-mining in Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire
* Local personalities in the world of sport, arts, and science
* Local churches
* Prehistoric Cave paintings

The “lesser-known destination of the week” this week is Southwell, Nottinghamshire, famous for religion and apples.

You can listen via the feed above, or via Spotify, or on your podcast app of choice 🙂 Let me know if it isn’t, by the way, and I’ll see what I can do.

As always, if you have anything to say about the topic, or indeed about my podcasting in general, leave a comment or let me know.

Contributions in this podcast came from @amandakendle, @natpackertravel, @biggsytravels, and @LauraLundahl on Twitter, and my friends Jade and Jeja who … do not have an easy social media presence.

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