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12 Aug 2008

Have a BLAST! with the Slapton Sands Coastal Walk Podcast

Start Point Lighthouse - the finish of the walk

Start Point Lighthouse - the finish of the walk

The Open University has produced a new podcast to accompany a beautiful coastal walk near Exeter.

The walk takes place at Slapton Sands in Devon and is six miles in length (but includes 18 stops along the way!) At each one, the podcast will tell users about the history, geography and natural history of one of the UK’s most stunning stretches of coastline.

The podcast is like having your own tour-guide in your pocket.

The Slapton Sands coastal walk is currently a pilot project from The Open University’s BLAST! (Broadcast-Linked Activities in Science and Technology) team but they hope to produce a series of walks and podcasts for other areas of the country.

The walk was devised by Open University Associate Lecturer Phil Bradfield and produced by Andrew Denyer.

Emily Unell, science project manager with The Open University said: "The walk is along a lovely part of the Devon coastline, with some spectacular views.

"I really enjoyed taking part in the walk and, as you’ll hear from the recording, Phil Bradfield is a mine of information, not only about the natural history and geology of the area, but about the history too.

"The podcast’s a pilot so we’re encouraging people to have a listen (even if you can’t go on the walk) and tell us what you think so that we can learn about what worked and what didn’t. As a little encouragement, we have a prize draw for people who have filled in the evaluation survey.

"All you need to do is fill in your e-mail address after you’ve finished and you’ll automatically be entered to win a £50 Amazon Voucher."

To find more details on the walk or to download the podcast click on the link to the right or visit www.open.ac.uk/coastalwalk .

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