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Interview with geologist and hill and moorland leader - Gemma Scougal

Do you look at Kinder Scout in awe, wondering how the landscape was formed? In this interview with Gemma Scougal, we explore some of the geological features and the stories behind them. You’ll also hear about her first impression of Kinder Scout, how her passion for the outdoors has developed, why she decided to qualify as a Hill and Moorland Leader, and how she communicates her scientific knowledge in an engaging way when leading groups. At the end she describes what makes her wild about Kinder Scout.

Gemma is a professional geologist who, after a geology field trip to Castleton as an undergraduate, was thrilled when she moved closer to the Peak. She never gets bored of coming to Kinder; it’s full of wonderful stories to tell through geological, natural and human history. In 2018 she founded her side-hustle, WildWays, as a way to share her passion and enthusiasm for the outdoors with others, providing guided walks and navigation skills in the Peak District and South Yorkshire designed for all abilities. As well as earth sciences, she loves running, road cycling, climbing and hill walking.

Listen to the interview

Click the play button below, find the episode in your preferred app, or download it here.

Recording date

This interview was recorded on Kinder Scout on 29th April 2022.

Host & Production

Host - Sarah Lister, About The Adventure

Lead editor - Gabby Wolstenholme, The Northern Project

Coediter and art designer - Alec Boyd, The Northern Project

Supported by Peak District National Park

This project is supported by the Peak District National Park Communities Small Grants Scheme.


WildWays website

WildWays on Instagram


British Geological Survey

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Get involved with the conversation

Share your thoughts by tagging @about.the.adventure and @peakdistrictnationalpark on Instagram @ABTheAdventure and @peakdistrict on Twitter, with the hashtag #WildAboutKinder.

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