“The modern world still holds onto its magic...if we can attune ourselves to its enchantments”
- Carolyne Larrington,
Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold
Folktrails is a unique 'outdoor storying' project created by storyteller Pridie Tiernan in 2020.
Her series of blogs, podcasts, short films and story walks focus on the extra special inter-connectivity that exists between story and the great outdoors - and the power that potent combination has to relax, inspire and empower us.
This year, the Covid-19 pandemic stripped us of our freedom to wander far; it locked us down in our local areas and we spent a great deal of time indoors looking longingly outdoors!
A new appreciation of the natural world and the history and traditions associated with it has emerged which Folktrails aims to both celebrate and build upon!
This is all about blending folklore and fairytales with actual outdoor experience - channeling the magic that comes when imagination meets exploration! Join us and enjoy using story to breathe new life into the landscapes we encounter when we step outside!
GIFT A STORY WALK
Pridie's story walks are such a great way to spend time connecting with nature, people and stories - she's reignited my love of the outdoors! So relaxing and so inspiring!
What a gorgeous and fascinating walk! As a mum, I love sharing stories outdoors with my little ones. Your walks have given me so much to show and tell them when we next go out - all about the trees, the flowers... Perfect for helping us all re-connect with nature and the outdoors!
I remembered lots of the stories you'd told and enjoyed sharing them with my family.
Thank you for bringing the walk to life!
Pridie is a professional storyteller based in Bristol. A self-confessed story obsessive, she performs and delivers workshops for all ages.
Her focus is on traditional folk and fairy tale narratives, myths and legends, and her love of the Great Outdoors means that every one of her events draws deeply from the wild outside!
A qualified teacher, Mountain Leader and bushcraft enthusiast, Pridie has also been leading groups in the outdoors since she was eighteen. She's a huge fan of the wild outside with a keen interest in all the flora and fauna it holds! (As well as sharing a story, watch out for the weird and wacky facts that she'll throw into the mix from practical bushcraft tips and ancient remedies to flower spells and animal spirit medicine!)
Keeping everyone safe...
To keep everyone safe, my story walks will be operating with reduced group sizes over winter, and additional safety and hygiene measures and changes to recommended kit have been put in place. We will also be following all social distancing guidance. Some of the routes have been amended and new routes added to facilitate social distancing and avoid the busiest times or locations.
I welcome 'one to one' bookings / 'family' bookings and 'open group' public bookings. For any booking you are able to reschedule for up to 12 months and obtain a full refund if needed as a result of COVID-19. Just contact me if you need to change your booking. If I am unable to run the walk as a result of COVID-19, a full refund or option to reschedule will always be provided. If you wish to discuss your booking please contact me at any time. I will aim to make changes wherever possible to ensure you are completely happy with all arrangements. If you are from one of the vulnerable groups, I can talk with you about how we can deliver the experience that is right for you, for example as a private booking or with other additional measures.
If you would like to read more about COVID-19 in the outdoor setting please read this article by Professor Ian Hill and the BMC.
What you will need:
**Hand sanitiser and a face mask/covering ** (This is mandatory as although a face mask/covering does not need to be worn while we are observing a social distancing of 2m, it could be required in emergency situations, or when social distancing is not possible.
Appropriate walking clothing to keep you warm on the day (no jeans please!)
Spare warm layers (several thinner layers are more versatile than 1 thick)
Sturdy boots (some areas are rough and uneven so boots that go above the ankle, providing good ankle support, are recommended rather than low cut walking/trail shoes on most walks. Boots will also keep your feet drier than walking shoes in muddy areas). No trainers please!
Warm hat and gloves or sun hat if sunny
Food, drink and snacks for the walk
Personal first aid kit (for minor cuts, blisters, sun cream, pain relief and any personal medication)
Rucksack with waterproof liner/bag
Money/phone for car park fees
Optional additions: gaiters and/or walking poles if you use them