National Trust podcast: series three

Codger's Fort on the estate at Wallington, Northumberland

Download and listen to twelve audio episodes exploring the renowned gardens, world-class interiors and breathtaking walks of the National Trust.

Presented by an expert guide, these 20-minute episodes give an inside look at some of the most extraordinary places cared for by the National Trust. Along the way we'll tell the stories of the people behind them, from the humble cabinet maker who became the 'Shakespeare of Furniture' to the devoted rangers who watch over wildlife on Northumbria's weather-beaten shores.

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Recording the National Trust Podcast at Divis Mountain, Northern Ireland

Battling the elements on Divis Mountain 

In this episode we take a bracing walk with ranger Kate Martin as she battles against howling winds and biting rain on the summit of Divis Mountain, 1,500 feet above Belfast. As we cross this wild landscape we’ll discover blanket bogs that are as dangerous as they are healing, ruins that hold the secret to 2,000 years of life and death, and awe-inspiring views of the city and hills beyond.

Recording the National Trust Podcast at Divis Mountain, Northern Ireland

Episode 62: Battling the elements on Divis Mountain

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Member of staff checking the records at the Plant Conservation Centre

Caring for the UK's rarest plants 

In this episode we’re at the Trust’s most secretive location: the Plant Conservation Centre. Few visitors will have heard of this well-guarded site; it doesn’t appear in the National Trust Handbook nor does it have its own guidebook. But this secret garden is one of the most important places in our care. Join us as we go beyond its locked gates to find out how we protect our rarest species of plant.

Member of staff checking the records at the Plant Conservation Centre

Episode 59: Caring for the country's rarest plants

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Living room of Mendips, childhood home of John Lennon

Backstage at the Beatles’ childhood homes 

Join us in Liverpool as we step inside the childhood homes of two men who changed the face of pop culture: John Lennon and Paul McCartney. We’ll take you on a trip down Penny Lane to visit the houses where John and Paul grew up, bought their first guitars and wrote some of the Beatles’ world-famous songs.

Living room of Mendips, childhood home of John Lennon

Episode 57: Backstage at the Beatles' childhood homes

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Young visitor enjoying the view

Escaping the city at Box Hill 

In this episode we’re at Box Hill, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just a short train ride from Central London. A million visitors flock to this part of the Surrey countryside every year – whether to cycle the legendary Olympic incline, absorb the views or explore the diverse wildlife and plants. On our walk, you’ll hear what makes Box Hill special for so many people.

Young visitor enjoying the view

Episode 55: Escaping the city at Box Hill

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A waterfall in winter surrounded by trees

A winter garden in Wales 

Join us in the foothills of Snowdonia National Park as we take a crisp winter stroll through the world-famous Bodnant Garden. You’ll encounter dramatic waterfalls and romantic dells, towering trees and exotic rhododendrons. Hear about Henry Pochin, the plant hunter and aspiring politician who created Bodnant 150 years ago, and meet the gardeners who continue his legacy today.

A waterfall in winter surrounded by trees

Episode 53: A winter garden in Wales

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A view of Clouds Hill on a sunny day looking towards the front door of the cottage

Lawrence of Arabia's humble home at Clouds Hill 

In this episode we’re at Clouds Hill, the rustic retreat of T.E. Lawrence. Nestled among pine trees in the Dorset countryside, this dilapidated cottage is where 'Lawrence of Arabia' fled his new-found fame, following his adventures in the desert during the First World War. We’ll take you on a tour of the intimate spaces where he entertained friends, listened to music, and kept his beloved motorbike.

A view of Clouds Hill on a sunny day looking towards the front door of the cottage

Episode 50: A tour of Lawrence of Arabia's woodland retreat

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Wicken Fen - sunset over Sedge Fen

A walk through ancient wetlands in East Anglia 

We’re at Wicken Fen in East Anglia for a walk through the National Trust’s oldest nature reserve. We’ll set off on foot, exploring the multi-use trails that allow easy access to this other-worldly place, before venturing across the water on boat. Along the way, we’ll discover how a landscape created thousands of years ago is still providing a crucial home for thousands of animals, birds and plants.

Wicken Fen - sunset over Sedge Fen

Episode 48: A walk through ancient wetlands in East Anglia

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visitors in the maze summerhouse at Glendurgan Garden

A tropical garden at Glendurgan 

Join us on a journey through a tropical Cornish paradise at Glendurgan Garden – where lush rolling valleys meet the sea, and exotic plants grow alongside native wildflowers. We get to know the Fox family, who laid down the plans for the garden back in the 1820s, and still live in the house today. And we’ll navigate the mind-bending maze that continues to puzzle visitors of all ages.

visitors in the maze summerhouse at Glendurgan Garden

Episode 46: A tropical garden at Glendurgan

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Visitors admiring William Morris's wallpaper designs at Red House

William Morris at Red House 

In this episode we’re at Red House in South East London, once home to one of Britain’s most celebrated designers of the 20th Century, William Morris. Famous for his iconic floral wallpaper designs, Morris’s prints and patterns are still in fashion today. But his story doesn’t end there – he was also a poet, translator, novelist and political figure.

Visitors admiring William Morris's wallpaper designs at Red House

Episode 44: William Morris at Red House

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Northumberland Coast

Walking with wildlife in Northumbria 

We’re off to the North East with ranger Kate Martin for a bracing and beautiful walk along Long Nanny beach. Join us as we stroll over sand dunes and past a freshwater stream, exploring the wildlife that calls this spectacular shoreline home. Learn to identify the birds that breed here each year and hear from the dedicated staff who camp out under the stars to protect them.

Northumberland Coast

Episode 41: Walking with wildlife in Northumbria

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The temple at Sheringham Park

Repton's vision at Sheringham 

In this episode we’re at Sheringham in Norfolk to discover 1,000 acres of glorious parkland, woods and clifftops. Learn about the designer who sculpted the landscape, Humphry Repton, and meet the staff and volunteers who keep his vision alive today. We’ll take you on a stroll through Sheringham’s magnificent rhododendron gardens and uncover the adventures of the plant hunter who sourced them.

The temple at Sheringham Park

Episode 39: Repton's vision at Sheringham

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Chippendale’s chinoiserie furniture and Chinese wallpaper in the State Dressing Room at Nostell

Chippendale at Nostell 

Join us as we explore how the inhabitants of Nostell in West Yorkshire used furniture, architecture and interior design to elevate their status and political clout. At the centre of the story is local man Thomas Chippendale, known today as 'The Shakespeare of Furniture'. We'll delve into an archive of letters and an incredible illustrated manual in order to understand this man of talent, ambition and business nous.

Chippendale’s chinoiserie furniture and Chinese wallpaper in the State Dressing Room at Nostell

Episode 37: Chippendale at Nostell

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