Lore of The Wild

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Lore of The Wild is an audio storywalk, co-created and written by Bernadette Russell and Sophie Austin, commissioned through a partnership between Metal and London Borough of Bexley for Estuary 2021.

We invite you to hear stories, songs and sounds from non-human inhabitants of Lesnes, as you walk through this ancient woodland listening to the tracks on your smart phone.

As you journey the route you will hear from the woodland inhabitants and be invited to connect with, observe and interact with the environment. Look out for the faces in the trees, make a decision at the crossroads, experience the oak tree dance, share wisdom with the Green Man and feel a part of the ancient past and the infinite future.

The walk lasts approximately two hours and is suitable for 10+. Please be warned, there are steep inclines, muddy steps, and some tricky terrain. This walking route is not accessible for wheelchair users

The tracks are available on SoundCloud and Spotify.

Pick up the map from the Chestnut Kiosk at Lesnes Abbey Wood, find the Lore of Wild map, below.

Click to access Lore-of-the-Wild-final-A3-map.pdf

The walk begins at the old well.

Let’s go!

Bernadette Russell

Hello! I am an author and storyteller. I have been making audio story walks for around six years, usually with a mixture of science, folklore, natural and local history. I am the storyteller-in-residence and volunteer tree planting supervisor for Trees for...

sjaustin

sjaustin

United Kingdom

I'm a writer and director working across film, theatre and audio to tell stories that aim to reinvigorate our bond to the wild world. I am writer in residence at the magical Lesnes Abbey Woods, creative associate at Dash Arts and former Artistic Director...

Near Lesnes Abbey Woods, Walden Close, Belvedere, UK

5 thoughts on “Lore of The Wild

  1. A wonderful collection of of stories offering voices to the elements. This is powerful and beautiful audio. Wish I could be onsite!

    1. Thank you so much for listening David and leaving this feedback, we’re so glad the stories resonated for you. Come to the woods soon! Sophie & Bernadette

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