Episode 6 of Phoebe’s Wander Woman Podcast “Notes from a Small Island” is now available to listen to online or download for free. In her monthly, audio travel magazine she takes you to off-the-beaten track places, reveals wild spaces in unlikely destinations, discovers the world’s best wildlife encounters and meets the unsung heroes behind conservation efforts and grills a travel celebrity. Come wonder with her…

Chapter 1 – Night Vision Challenge: Adventure on Britain’s Waterways
Many of us get caught in the trap of thinking that Adventure – with a capital A – is only something we can have if we cross borders or head overseas, but there are actual ways to have proper expeditions within miles from your house. This episode Phoebe takes us with her as she and her friend Dr John Pike embark on their Night Vision Challenge (raising money and awareness for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance who John is an emergency doctor for), a self-devised 10-night adventure that saw them connecting the River Thames, Grand Union Canal, Oxford Canal and the Kennet and Avon to complete 300miles, in the dark, by kayak. For Phoebe who was feeling particularly down at the time, it this trip turned out to be just what the doctor ordered and so she wanted to share it with you all this episode.

Britain is veined with a network of waterways © Ben Watt

Chapter 2 – Travel Hack: Enjoy a homegrown adventure

Continuing the theme of enjoying expeditions close to where you live, Phoebe shares more than 14 years worth of experience of the best ways to find adventure in your own back yard.

You don’t need to travel far to find adventure © Phoebe Smith

Chapter 3 – Hidden Hero: Barrie Gilbert (in association with Destination Canada)

This month Phoebe meets Barrie Gilbert – an 82-year old biologist, naturalist and bear expert who, after being mauled by a grizzly over 40 years ago, has fought tirelessly to protect them from humans. Based in Canada, he talks about the moment when he nearly lost his life and the reason bears need our help.

Barrie Gilbert leading a trip to British Columbia’s Khutzeymateen © Phoebe Smith

Chapter 4 – Top 10: Best British Escapes

From the Dark Skies of Northumberland to the high mountains of Snowdonia and Scotland’s remote Outer Hebrides, Phoebe reveals the best places Britain has to offer for a real escape.

The beautiful mountains of Snowdonia in Wales are incredible – but where did they fall in this month’s Top 10? © Phoebe Smith

Chapter 5 – Wander Woman’s Guide to… Jeans (in association with Rohan)

In her monthly dose of Gear talk, Phoebe talks Jeans – but these are no ordinary denim trousers, these hide a wealth of travel-friendly features.  PLUS you can get a 10% discount on your Rohan gear with an exclusive code for Wander Woman listeners revealed in the podcast.

Jeans – good for sitting in the pub, but can you wear them while adventuring too? © Jason Leung / Unsplash

Chapter 6 – Bill Bryson

Travel author and general legend Bill Bryson catches up with Phoebe in Oxford at the launch of his new book – The Body: A Guide for Occupants– to talk how he fell into travel writing, where he’d still love to visit and how to avoid making the mistakes every aspiring travel writer does…

This episode Phoebe talks to travel author and legend Bill Bryson © Phoebe Smith

Chapter 7 – Wander Woman of the Month – Mary Anning

Hear the story of the traveller who should be a household name but isn’t, simply because of her gender. This month it’s Mary Anning who travelled the length of Britain’s Jurassic Coast in search of fossils to sell to tourists and inspired the fitty ‘She Sells, Sea Shells, on the Sea Shore’.

The Jurassic Coast was the stomping ground for Wander Woman Mary Anning © Sidharth Bhatia / Unsplash

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