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If you've a question about Walks Around Britain, we'd love to hear it - but before you email us, it is likely the answer is covered below and you will get an answer much more quickly than by contacting us.  If not, please get in touch... the info is at the bottom of the page.


Do you have to pay or subscribe to the Walks Around Britain website?
No, access to our website is free - we don't charge for our walks, as we want everyone to have access to our walks to be able to go and do them.  


We do have an online Map and Bookshop and we have adverts throughout the site - these are the ways we fund the site to keep it free of charge... so it helps us if you bought your next outdoor clothing through the links on our site.  That way, we get commission to help us keep access to the site free.


You can already buy, rent or stream the Walks Around Britain TV series on Amazon Video and buy or rent on YouTube.  Our first DVD is also now available and in 2017 we'll be producing a range of exclusive walking series on Amazon Video, YouTube and DVD - but the website will remain free-of-charge to use.


Why isn't there any walks in the .... area on your website?

Our website builds upon the walks from our television series, and we have 14 walks in each series.  We always try to make sure there's a good geographical spread throughout the series, and we're always interested in working with destinations to get walks into our television series and onto the website.


If you are a tourist board, council, hotel chain or similar company, and would like us to feature your area sooner, then please get in touch here.  We'll gladly share the short version of our video walks on your site and give you credits and links.


When will the Walks Around Britain TV series be shown in HD?

We've always filmed and edited our walks in High Definition right from the start, so all our TV series and specials have been made in HD from the start.  However, all the 16 National and Local TV channels across the UK which take our series only broadcast in SD at the moment, and so on television the series will continue to be in standard definition for the foreseeable future.


The series is of course available in HD on Amazon Prime Instant Video and YouTube.


When is Walks Around Britain on television?

With Walks Around Britain being broadcast on 20 TV channels in the UK, it isn't possible for us to keep up-to-date times of all the showings here on our website... but on this page there's a list of all those 20 channels with links to the TV listings/schedule pages of their website for you to check.


Alternatively, type "Walks Around Britain" into the Electronic Programme Guide of your prefered TV supplier on your TV or set-top box.  Or, use the online versions... for Freeview/YouView click here, for Sky click here, for Freesat click here and for Virgin Media click here.


Also, we try as much as we can to keep our followers on our Twitter and Facebook accounts up-to-date with news of showings, so you're welcome to follow us on those.


All our programmes are available to buy, rent or stream in HD on either Amazon Prime Instant Video or YouTube, which can be watched on a big screen using many modern TVs, Blu-Ray players or streaming devices.


What channels is Walks Around Britain shown on?

An up-to-date list of all the channels showing Walks Around Britain is on this page, along with links to the TV listings/schedule pages of their website for you to check when we will be next on.


Will Walks Around Britain be available on DVD?

Yes - it is already!  You can order our first DVD here, which is a selection of Andrew White's favourite 10 walks from series one and two of our television series.


It has always been our intention to have Walks Around Britain both online, on television and on a series of DVDs.  Our later DVDs will focus on a specific area of the country - for example, the Peak District - and may contain longer versions of walks and/or exclusive walks which won't be shown on television.  As Walks Around Britain is filmed in HD, we are looking into releasing titles on Blu-ray too.


Will Walks Around Britain be available in 3D?

It is unlikely to be in the near future given the television industry is moving away from 3D.  In 2012/3, when the latest attempt to launch 3D in the UK was supported by manufacturers and broadcasters, we developed plans for a short series of 3D walks, but as the push towards 3D died in 2015, we have decided not to proceed and to focus on developing productions in 4K / UHD instead.


Will Walks Around Britain be available in 4K / UHD?

Unlike 3D, we do have a move to producing and editing Walks Around Britain is 4K / UHD (Ultra High Definition) planned - although this is unlikely to be in 2017.  4K/UHD increases the picture size from 1920 pixels wide and 1080 pixels tall (HD) to 3840 pixels wide by 2160 pixels tall (4K/UHD) - so that’s about four times more definition.  There's no doubt 4K/UHD would certainly add to the experience of watching Walks Around Britain, and would bring a heightened sense of being out there with us - which is why we are keen to use it.


We actually do have the capability right now to be producing in 4K/UHD, but, however, to do so now would greatly add to the costs and the complexity of making Walks Around Britain.  Put simply, four times the definition means much larger files sizes from the camera when we are filming - so we need more storage cards; it means longer times to edit and render the programmes - so each programme takes longer to make; and perhaps most importantly, filming in 4K/UHD makes everything cost more - which means we'd be able to make less editions.


Given all of that, and the fact the only way currently we'd have of getting the 4K/UHD versions to do is on YouTube, we'll be sticking to HD production for the foreseeable future... but 4K/UHD is certainly something we'll be moving towards soon.


Does Walks Around Britain have access services such as subtitles, audio description and signing?

We're proud to have subtitles on all our TV series and specials, and there are available on Amazon Video and YouTube.  Currently, the TV channels in the UK which broadcast Walks Around Britain don't have the capacity as yet to broadcast subtitles, but we will make ours available to them when they can.  Our first DVD didn't have subtitles, but we're working on including subtitles on future releases.


What does the "PP" mean at the start of Walks Around Britain?

It means "Product Placement", and it's where a company pays a programme-maker to include its products in a programme.  For us, this means we can have deals with companies like outdoor clothing manufactures for our presenters to wear their kit and destination managment companies to go on walks in their area.  Product Placement is an important way we are able to fund the Walks Around Britain TV series.


All Product Placement in TV programmes specifically made for UK audiences has to conform to the rules of the regulator, Ofcom - and the "PP" logo which is shown on-screen at various times throughout the programme is part of thos rules.  If you would like to read more about product placement click here.


Why can't I get Community Channel on my Freeview box?

Community Channel is a not-for-profit channel, and benefits from donated capacity on Freeview.  This means that although the channel is available 24 hours a day, it is only available to viewers with a DVB-T2 compatible device and in areas which currently receive the full set of Freeview channels.


In order to watch Community Channel on Freeview you need to check whether you have...

  • a TV or set-top box marked Freeview HD, Freeview Play, EE TV or YouView

If not, then you won't be able to watch Community Channel on Freeview, and we suggest using a different platform such as Freesat, Sky, Virgin Media or watching Community Channel online on TV Player here.

If you have, and Community Channel isn't already on channel 63, then try retuning your device.  For more information about how to do this, consult your device's instruction manual, or visit the Freeview site here for help.

If, once you've retuned, you don't have Community Channel on channel 63, check to see whether you have either BBC Four HD on channel 106 or The Craft Channel on channel 88 as well.  If not, then you could be in an area where the full set of Freeview channels aren't available as yet.  Try typing your postcode into the Digital UK Coverage Checker to see whether you are receiving all the channels available in your area.  If not, it could be you need a new aerial to receive all the Freeview channels.

Remember, Community Channel is available 24 hours a day on Freesat, Sky, Virgin Media or online on TV Player here.


How can I advertise on your website or television programme?

We offer a variety of advertising opportunities on our website, podcast, DVDs, social media channels and inside our television series, as well as larger integration possibilities with our content.  To learn more about commercial opportunities and how your brand can work with us please visit our dedicated page first, and feel free to get in touch with our Advertising team.


Who performs the music used in Walks Around Britain?

Our music is written and performed by a very talented Amercian artist called Josh Woodward, and all his tracks are available to be bought online.  For more information about Josh, visit his website here.


Why does Walks Around Britain have background music and can it be turned off?

We've always included background music on our films, going back to when we made the first short video walks for our YouTube channel in 2010.  Background music can be very useful in setting the mood for a sequence, but it is important to get the use right.  When we were making the first couple of editions of our television series, we screened them to a selected audience with and without the background music to see which they prefered - and the choice was with the background music, but to keep in lower in the mix when there is talking, and we have done that.

We do try very hard to choose music which is inkeeping with the walk, the story and the landscape we are walking through, but we do know some people would perfer our programmes without the background music.  Unfortunately it isn't possible on any of the TV channels or broadcast platforms to transmit a version wher the music can be switched off or on.

It is possible, however, to use the extra soundtrack feature of DVD to be able to have a soundtrack with background music as usual and another without the music - and we'll look into that for future DVD releases.


How can I become a presenter on Walks Around Britain?

We aren't currently looking out for new presenters for Walks Around Britain, but we do look at showreels sent to us from suitably qualified presenters.  However, please email us a link to the showreel hosted on a site such as YouTube, Vimeo or Facebook, instead of attaching it to the email.

If you don't already have a showreel, then film something around 2-3 minutes in length and always have in mind how Walks Around Britain looks and feels.  Do not go to great expense and get family or friends to help.


I've an idea for a great walk for the series, who do I contact?

We're always happy to have suggestions for possible walks to include in the TV series, and if you have one, then please send as much detail as possible to info@walksaroundbritain.co.uk and state in the subject line "walk suggestion".


How do I stock the Walks Around Britain DVDs?

If you have a retail outlet - either physical or online - and are interested in stocking the range of Walks Around Britain DVDs, then we'd be happy to hear from you.  Please get in touch, sending as much detail as possible to homevideo@novatv.co.uk.


How do I comment on one of your programmes?

We also like to hear from our audience, so if you've got anything you'd like to tell us - good or bad - please get in touch using one of the methods on this page.


What HD format is Walks Around Britain produced in?

In keeping with all HD productions from Nova Productions, our television series are all produced in the 1080i standard.


Will there be any books to accompany the Walks Around Britain series?

More than likely, yes.  We are currently talking to a publisher about the possibility of a book taking in a selection of walks from the first four series of Walks Around Britain... so watch this space.


Can I download the videos and play them on my iPhone / iPad / phone?

Not yet, but it is part of our plans to offer a download version of our videos, but we haven't as yet decided on whether we will charge for these.


Can I submit my own videos?

Yes.  Our Facebook page is the perfect place for sharing your walking videos with us.

 



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