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Walk the Pod

By Rachel Wheeley
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S29E15 | Thank you for walking with me
A heartfelt thanks to everypoddy today from the SW19 bike track. It’s been andelight to stretch my legs with you this series and I look forward to bringing you Series 30 very soon.
September 23, 2022
Friyay BONUS | Stress and discipline
Thinking about artistry vs soldiering this morning
September 23, 2022
S29E14 | Home time energy
Walking the bike track at hometime and enjoying the energy of freshly released school kids. Then home for a cup of tea and some fruit cake.
September 22, 2022
S29E13 | Walking it off
I’ve given up calling the bike track a cycle path due to the number of times it’s been relabelled a psychopath by instagram!
September 21, 2022
S29E12 | Stress and consistency
The Queen attended her papers day in, day out, and I wonder whether it helped her with stress, at all?
September 20, 2022
S29E11 | Bank holiday edition
Stomping around Richmond Park in the early evening paying attention to what’s directly in front of me.
September 19, 2022
S29E10 | Listen carefully
Stomping along the cycle path today and bringing the wisdom of Marcel in the Netherlands on how to have fun when it’s grey and mis.
September 16, 2022
S29E9 | When it’s grey and mis…
…look out for cool shapes and structures in nature! Stomping the cycle path this lunchtime and keeping my eyes peeled.
September 15, 2022
S29E8 | Gathering clouds
Stomping the cycle path this lunchtime and eyeing an ominous cloud hanging overhead.
September 14, 2022
S29E7 | Stress and striving
Walking along sounds like a perfectly straight forward way to move from point A to point B, but have you ever stopped to consider the angle at which you are doing so?
September 13, 2022
S29E6 | Stress and control
Walking around Tooting Gardens park this lunchtime and thinking about stress and control. Plus — a voicenote from the Mothership.
September 12, 2022
S29 BONUS | A morning walk
Walking on Sunday morning on the cycle path with the sun at my back and thinking about how people react to things, and retaining expectations for mental health.
September 11, 2022
S29 BONUS | Step Up September day 9
A bonus edition for Walk the Pod lunch time walk club subscribers, walking along the cycle path with the sun at my back.
September 10, 2022
S29E5 | Death of Her Majesty The Queen
We all feel very sad in the UK today as the Queen has passed away. I’m walking around Tooting Gardens, a small park in SW17 and doing a mindfulness practice to invoke a bit of certainty at an uncertain time.
September 09, 2022
S29E4 | Stress and uncertainty
Stomping up and down the cycle path in the rain this lunchtime, thinking about stress and uncertainty.
September 08, 2022
S29E3 | Stress responses
Wandering around Fulham Palace gardens this afternoon, wide eyed at the beautiful fruits, veg and flowers on display and considering stress responses.
September 07, 2022
S29E2 | Coping
What is coping? If coping is the opposite of stress, what does that mean and should we define these terms as simply as possible, or try to understand everything before we can understand anything.
September 06, 2022
S29E1 | What is stress?
Walking around a small park in south west London and thinking about stress this afternoon. What is it, and does how we think about it help?
September 05, 2022
Bonus: the search for 29
Tramping the streets around my flat for the number 29 to use as the new series covert art and taking part in Step up September for the Trussell Trust.
September 03, 2022
Bonus: Ashdown forest
Walking to A.A. Milne’s famous Pooh sticks bridge in the Ashdown forest with Child 1, 2 and 3 in tow.
August 27, 2022
Bonus episode: study
I’m going back to school in September to study an MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement at the University of Edinburgh. I’m excited to enter into a formal programme of study again after 20 years out of education, and interested to see if my brain still works after a decade or two of sleep deprivation via childcare and shift work. My maternal great-grandfather, Ralph Stranger, was a physicist and wireless engineer who was a science communicator before this was an avenue of research or training. He wrote a number of books including my favourite title, Wireless: the Modern Magic Carpet. Can I complete a course of study around a full time job and childcare responsibilities? The course directors think that the part time course can be completed with 10-15 hours of study per week. The whole thing is online, with asynchronous content, meaning that there is no formal timetable. Despite all of these things that make the course easier, I feel nervous about it. My therapist tells me that the feeling of not being able to do a hard thing is part of doing the hard thing. So I’m trying to embrace the feeling which is settling on my brain now. I’m trying to see this feeling as a fluffy puppy, which will be with me for the duration, snoozing on the passenger seat as we navigate the route of the course. Sometime waking up to remind me that it’s highly unlikely I’ll get this across the line, sometimes sleeping peacefully, allowing me to get on with it. I’ll let you know how I get on. I’m very much looking forward to bringing you Series 29 of Walk the Pod, which is rather helpfully on stress and pressure. Have a listen to the podcast here and subscribe for new episodes from September 5th.
August 23, 2022
WtP S28E15 | Amor Fati
Thank you for walking with me this series, dear poddies. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed exploring rest with you and I’ll be back with series 29 in September.
June 24, 2022
WtP S28E14 | Cede control
Beautiful day after a grey and mis start this morning. Today I am recommending a newsletter article by Oliver Burkeman on the topic of ceding control - a type of spiritual rest?
June 23, 2022
WtP S28E13 | Winding wisteria
The longest wisteria snakes along the top of a fence on the SW19 cycle path, and today I noted the length of it as I walked along.
June 22, 2022
WtP S28E12 | Sky spider
It’s the most beautiful day in the world and a giant sky spider has smudged a lacey cloud web across the sky.
June 21, 2022
WtP S28E11 | Sunlight everywhere
Absolutely glorious day in the park this lunchtime.
June 20, 2022
WtP S28E10 | Windier than it looks
It’s the most beautiful day in the world in Tooting Gardens today, with a side salad of blustery wind! Happy Friyay poddies.
June 17, 2022
WtP S28E9 | Clumps of students
Clumps of healthcare students sitting around, picnicking on Tooting Gardens this lunchtime. And I’ve solved my email problem!
June 16, 2022
Wtp S28E8 | The most beautiful day
A beautiful day here in Tooting Gardens in SW17. People are out having picnics and sunbathing and hopefully you are listening to this whilst out on your lunchtime walk.
June 15, 2022
WtP S28E7 | An explosion of roses
Walked all along the cycle path, back around and along to the American sycamore again today, to see an explosion of roses erupting from some bushes I had never seen before.
June 14, 2022
WtP S28E6 | American sycamore
It’s my birthday! I walked to the very end of the cycle path today, and around the corner to visit one of my favourite trees.
June 13, 2022
WtP S28E5 | Bengal cat
A beautiful bengal cat came to see me today on the pod and indicates that there is some kind of side quest that i should pursue.
June 10, 2022
WtP S28E4 | Tooting gardens forest
Does 11 mature trees count as a forest? I’m walking around what I’m generously going to call the foresty bit of Tooting Gardens, and enjoying a small spot of warm rain.
June 09, 2022
WtP S28E3 | Blackberry flowers
Stomping the SW19 cycle path today and paying attention to beautiful blackberry flowers all around. Keep up the good walk!
June 08, 2022
WtP S28E2 | Bunting
What I can see directly in front of me today is bunting. Beautiful bunting from the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee which we celebrated here in the UK over the weekend.
June 07, 2022
WtP S28E1 | Welcome to Series 28
Hello and welcome to another Series of your daily walking show, Walk the Pod. This Series, we’re talking about rest. What is it, why is it important and how does it differ from sleep?
June 06, 2022
WtP S27E15 | Raindrops
Bringing the season to a satisfactory conclusion this afternoon with some thoughts on speciesism, stillness and presence. Thank you for walking with me.
May 20, 2022
WtP S27E14 | Swedish hornbeam
An absolutely glorious day in the Tooting Gardens park this afternoon. Four Swedish hornbeams stand resplendent in the sunshine as tiny birds flit betwixt their branches.
May 19, 2022
WtP S27E13 | Gorgeous elderflower
Gorgeous elderflower on the cycle path today, and a walk that started of blustery, then descended into total calm.
May 18, 2022
WtP S27E12 | Dandelion clocks
Walking amongst the dandelion clocks and advertising the Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture which takes place next Thursday 26 May at the Royal Geographic Society. I hope you can make it!
May 17, 2022
WtP S27E11 | Tiny white petals
Tiny white petals all over the ground today in Tooting Gardens, SW17. I’m excited to be kicking off another week looking at the four day week! Thank you for walking with me.
May 16, 2022
WtP S27E10 | The four day work week and mental health
It’s the most beautiful day in the world today and I’m walking the cycle path in SW19 thinking about the impact four day working could have on mental health.
May 13, 2022
WtP S27E9 | A robin in SW17
A beautiful robin sung to me today as I jaunted around Tooting Gardens and it was utterly glorious, Poddies.
May 12, 2022
WtP S27E8 | The badges have arrived!
Very excited that the ‘Don’t be a Dick’ badges have arrived! Join the Walk the Pod walking club for a beautiful pink and gold enamel pin.
May 11, 2022
WtP S27E7 | A visit from a beautiful cat
It’s grey and mis on the bike track today, and yet I have news from my new bird feeder, and am visited by a beautiful cat.
May 10, 2022
WtP S27E6 | One in four sick days due to workload
Trotting around the Tooting Gardens park this lunchtime and enjoying some more May sunshine under the leaves.Become a Paid Subscriber:
May 09, 2022
WtP S27 BONUS | A walk with the Mothership!
Very excited to be able to bring you a bonus episode of Walk the Pod this afternoon with no less than the Mothership!
May 08, 2022
WtP S27E5 | A packed park!
It’s the most beautiful day in the world here in SW17, as the Tooting Gardens Park is packed out with people having picnics. Some thoughts on the economics of the four day week and some email management tips!
May 06, 2022
WtP S27E4 | My brain is not a storage device!
Having a lovely day in the sunshine here in the UK and contemplating a couple of productivity tools which might make it easier to make the four day work week happen!
May 05, 2022
WtP S27E3 | It’s about trust!
Have had an entertaining 24 hours reading a white paper on the four day work week by an Auckland company who trialled this way of working and reported back on what they found.
May 04, 2022
WtP S27E2 | Light cloud everywhere
A walking report today from Kiwi Rob walking a coastal bush trail which recently reopened after an upgrade to prevent a viral plant disease spread. Part of the Hillary Trail named for the Everest Climber Sir Edmund Hillary who trekked and holidayed in the area all his life, and some more on the four day week.
May 03, 2022
WtP S27E1 | Four day week, could it work?
Hello and welcome to a brand new series of Walk the Pod! Kicking off this series with a couple of listener walking reports and an invitation to get in touch with your thoughts on the four day week.
May 02, 2022
WtP S26 BONUS | Unmaking sense
A whole episode of another podcast of philosophy and pontification, Unmaking Sense, Series 5 Episode 24. Look up ‘unmaking sense’ on Spotify to subscribe. Thank you to my Dad in Norfolk for agreeing to feature on Walk the Pod!
April 30, 2022
WtP S26E15 | Thank you 🙏🏼
Recording as the sunsets on SW19 and Series 26 of the podcast this afternoon. This series has been so much fun to make, and I’m indebted to you for walking with me. Do check out the Walk the Pod walking club at and I’ll be back in early May.
April 22, 2022
WtP S26E14 | Toads, frogs, or something else?
Stomping around the Tooting Gardens Play Space this afternoon and bringing you walking reports from Spain and the Scillies.
April 21, 2022
WtP S26E13 | The Frog and the Scorpion
A Russian folk tale for you today Poddies: the Frog and the Scorpion. Can we trust everyone, or is that a really foolish way to look at the world. And an invitation to give me a theme for our next Walk the Pod series.
April 20, 2022
WtP S26E12 | A tale of two bike tracks
Recordings from two cycle paths today as I stomp my local bike track in SW19 and bring recordings from Salisbury via Gaynor & Tati (and Walter the dog)
April 19, 2022
WtP S26E11 | A walk with Walter
A walk along the cycle path with lunchtime legends Gaynor, Tati and Walter the dog.
April 18, 2022
WtP S26E10 | Canizaro Park
It’s Good Friday and I am up the hill in SW19 in Canizaro park, enjoying the most beautiful day in the world, and bringing some footage of a live operatic recital from outside the hospital yesterday.
April 15, 2022
WtP S26E9 | Trusting nature
Great jeopardy in Tooting Gardens today as a small grey dog lost its ball, temporarily. Plus two voicenotes from Norfolk
April 14, 2022
WtP S26E8 | Trusting the universe
Reading from Lisa Marie Rankin’s incredible piece, ‘The Art of Taking People and Things at Face Value.’
April 13, 2022
WtP S26E7 | Playing a ‘nope’ card
Good afternoon Poddies and thank you for walking with me this Tuesday lunchtime. Today, I’m talking about trust in the workplace, although I only work this out towards the end.
April 12, 2022
WtP S26E6 | A walking report from Northern Spain
Good afternoon Poddies and welcome to the second Monday episode of Series 26. Today, I’m bringing you an extended walking report from Northern Spain, some more thoughts on trust and how useful it is to take a walk in the middle of a busy day.
April 11, 2022
WtP S26E5 | Imagine this opportunity as a teenager
Looking forward to a long weekend with my sisters’ families this Friyay, and some more thoughts on opportunity addiction. If you’re enjoying the show, please consider joining the Walk the Pod walking club!
April 08, 2022
WtP S26E4 | On Opportunity
Stomping around the Tooting Gardens Playspace this afternoon thinking about opportunity addiction. What is it, and why is it unecessary to survive in the world!
April 07, 2022
WtP S26E3 | On Listening
Why is it important to listen deeply and what difference can it make to the listened and the listener? A windy episode of Walk the Pod today.
April 06, 2022
WtP S26E2 | Trust vs belief
A voicenote from one if the Lunchtime Legends, my lovely sister Helen, today and a walking report from Kiwi Rob about to travel from the South to the North island on his cycle tour.
April 05, 2022
WtP S26E1 | On Trust
Ramblechatting about trust as we kick off Series 26! With a walking report from the Fathership in Norfolk and some thoughts on mountaineering from Nige in Northern Spain.
April 04, 2022
WtP S25 BONUS | Duncan Minshull - Why I walk
A ramblechat with Duncan Minshull, author of Where My Feet Fall, an anthology of walking essays which will be out on March 31st.
March 27, 2022
WtP S25E15 | Carpe that Diem
The final episode of Series 25 sees me walking behind Kensington library and marveelling at a slab of marble engraved with the names of fallen soldiers. Plus! What’s that bird, and voicenotes from Switzerland and Northern Spain.
March 25, 2022
WtP S25E14 | Odd behaviour
Sunny Jim raises an interesting question from South Manchester on the pod today, what odd behaviour do you find yourself partaking of on a walk?
March 24, 2022
WtP S25E13 | Powerful or pitiful?
Today, I’m walking the cyclepath thinking about power and pity on the most beautiful day in the world.
March 23, 2022
WtP S25E12 | More birdsong
A robin and a woodpecker on the pod today. Thank you to my Dad and the Mothership for these beautiful recordings.
March 22, 2022
WtP S25E11 | Holi and woodpeckers
Walking in the small park behind the giant hospital here in SW17 I notice that it was Holi festival on Friday as I walk over coloured chalk dust all over the grass.
March 21, 2022
WtP S25E10 | On Spring
It’s the most beautiful day in the world on the bike track here in SW19. A walking report from Laura in Pitstone on the Beds/Bucks border and an invitation to two gigs and the walk the pod walking club
March 18, 2022
WtP S25E9 | New Blooms
Polly from the mean city streets has been on with some flowers she’s grateful to have spotted on her daily school runs.
March 17, 2022
WtP S25E8 | Bringing back the birds
Laura from Norfolk has requested more birdsong! So this episode includes 30s of blue tit recording from my Dad’s microphone in rural Norfolk.
March 16, 2022
WtP S25E7 | On Time
Contemplating another deep time walk on the cycle path this afternoon. What do you think?
March 15, 2022
WtP S25E6 | On Affirmation
Someone has chalked a Ukraine flag on the wall of the railway bridge today and I’m reminded of “To learn something new, take the path that you took yesterday.” - John Burroughs
March 14, 2022
WtP S25E5 | On Failure
Feeling much better today and back on the cycle path in SW19. I bring some thoughts about failure from Marvin Minsky, Heather Havrilesky and Adam Savage (I remembered his second name!)
March 11, 2022
WtP S25E4 | Covid Tapes II
A rare non walking episode today as I sit in my living room gazing out of the window at the blue sky in SW19. Plus voice notes from Nige and the Mothership.
March 10, 2022
WtP S25E3 | Covid tapes I
Child 1, 3 and I have all come down with the C word over the last 48 hours. I particularly appreciate your company today as I’m feeling under the weather.
March 09, 2022
WtP S25E2 | On Optimism
A fresh bunch of beautiful voicenotes from various Poddies today, including Hannah, my Dad, the Mothership and Supreme Cross Border Selector Nige. It’s the most beautiful day in the world!