Walk 17 – Walk & Talk With The Poet & Naturalist

  • DATE: Monday 22 August 2022

  • TIME: 10.00am 

  • START LOCATION: Bedales School Car Park, Steep

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  • DISTANCE: 4.5 miles

  • DURATION: 2.5 hours 

A walk in the footsteps of famous local resident and poet, Edward Thomas, led by Jeremy Mitchell of The Edward Thomas Fellowship and accompanied by the renowned naturalist, poet and writer Matthew Oates. The route will visit local landmarks that both inspired and commemorate Thomas’ work. Along the way, Jeremy and Matthew will share readings of selected poetry and prose.

Walk Key

Please look at the festival website ‘Information’ page to understand the walk key, what to wear, advice on medical information, weather plans, arriving before the scheduled departure time etc before deciding if you would like to join this walk.

Walk Pace


Walk Grade

Varying landscape with some more challenging slopes. Suitable for keen walkers or anyone who is reasonably active

Take refreshments

Circular walk

Dogs on lead welcome

Walk Leader

Jeremy is Chair of the Edward Thomas Fellowship, which was founded in 1980 to perpetuate the memory of poet Edward Thomas, and to foster interest in his life and works. The fellowship retains a relationship with the family and descendants of Thomas and also helps conserve the countryside, places and things associated with the writer. Every year the fellowship organises a couple of walking events local to Petersfield that follow in Thomas’ footsteps. 


Matthew is an English naturalist and nature writer, in love with the natural world, particularly butterflies – especially the mighty Purple Emperor. He worked in nature conservation for some 40 years, primarily as a specialist advisor with the National Trust. You might have come across him on the TV, radio or newspaper, as he has been a contributor to Countryfile, the One Show, Springwatch, Radio 4 and writes a monthly Nature Notebook column for The Times. Now retired, he still helps the National Trust, Butterfly Conservation, the Heart of England Forest project and runs Purple Emperor Safaris at Knepp Castle Estate. The major influences on his career have been Edward Thomas, WH Hudson, Richard Jefferies and his cats.