Lore of The Wild

Walking piece details

Cost Free

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!


Hosted by: Metal and London Borough of Bexley for Estuary 2021.

Bernadette Russell

I am an author and storyteller. I have been creating audio story walks and live story walks since 2008, usually with a mixture of ancient myth, science, folklore, natural and local history. I am a storyteller/volunteer tree planting supervisor for Trees fo...

Sophie Austin

Sophie Austin

SWS23 shortlisted

I'm a storyteller working across theatre, film and audio to tell stories that bond us to the natural world. I specialise in writing and directing site-responsive projects that work with communities; human and more-than-human to explore the nature of our co...

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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