The Diamond Ramblers is made up eleven ladies from East Devon who met up at a local slimming club and who decided to accelerate their weight loss by walking. They have been together for just over two years now and despite most of their group being over 60 their weekly walks together vary from 7 to 13 miles.
Cilla Franks, one of the members, explained “as a group, we have lost 36 stone between us! Our walks help to improve our fitness and keep the weight off, whilst enjoying the gorgeous countryside around us.” She added “One of our members suggested I write to Clare, saying that we thought a group of 60 year old (ish) ladies could be an inspiration to listeners who are overweight, unfit, or both, and think they’re too old to do anything about it. We’re living proof that it’s never too late! Clare and Lucy, her producer, said they wanted to do a waterways walk and I immediately thought of the River Otter and the coastal path. Afterwards, we always finish up at Otterton Mill for some tasty soup and gorgeous bread”.
‘Ramblings’ is presented by Clare and follows her as she joins notable and interesting people on a walk through the countryside. This new series (Series 27) has a watery theme, as Clare walks along rivers, lakes and streams. In this episode the ladies share some of their thoughts with Clare on dieting, being overweight and the tremendous value they've found in walking out together.
The Diamond Ramblers walk airs on BBC Radio 4 Thursday 26th June at 15:00 and again on Saturday 28th June at 06:00 (times may be subject to change). It will be the last episode of the current series.