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Interview about Kinder Scout with Writer - Paul Besley

Kinder Scout is Paul’s favourite place and in this interview he describes why it’s special to him, and why he thinks it’s loved so much by others. He curiously poses the question: “How can something that has taken lives and can be so threatening and violent be beautiful? ” Listen to the interview below.

Paul Besley sitting outside a barn at Lee Farm along the Pennine Way with his dog Scout
Paul Besley with his dog Scout

In this interview, Paul shares timeless stories and reflections that will both capture and hold your attention. If you’re familiar with the landscape and nature of Kinder then you’ll undoubtedly find yourself nodding and smiling to yourself while you listen. This will be an episode to return to time and time again, and will leave you wanting more!

Paul Besley is a writer who lives in Sheffield. His books include, Day Walks in the South Pennines and 1001 Walking Tips for Vertebrate Publishing, and three Peak District guidebooks for Cicerone Press. He has also written for outdoor magazines. For many years Paul volunteered as a ranger for the Peak District National Park. He was also a team member of Woodhead Mountain Rescue, and a dog handler in Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England with his Border Collie, Scout. 

Listen now to find out why Paul thinks Kinder Scout is magical! Click the play button below, find the episode in your preferred app, or download it here.

This interview was recorded inside a barn at Lee Farm along the start of the Pennine Way towards Jacobs Ladder on Kinder Scout, on Friday 3rd November 2023. 


Paul Besley on Mountain Walking Newbies podcast: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3


Scout on Twitter and Instagram

Doug Scott obituary in The Guardian

Host & Production

By Sarah Lister, About The Adventure

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