A new podcast will celebrate the best, and often overlooked, hidden corners of Wiltshire's countryside.

Glyn Coy currently runs the Hidden Wiltshire website which suggests walks and highlights corners of the county that tend to go under people's radar.

The website, alongside its associated social media pages, took off and resulted in the first 'Hidden Wiltshire' book, with a second in the works.

Now, Glyn and collaborator Paul Timlett have pulled together a new venture - a podcast. The intrepid pair both moved to Wiltshire from other areas and share a love for walking and photography.

The first episode of Hidden Wiltshire comes out tomorrow (January 3) and focuses on the hills above the town of Warminster that are home to a smattering of Iron Age forts.

Episode two will explore Imber, an uninhabited village between West Lavington and Tilshead.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Photo by Scott WyliePhoto by Scott Wylie
The entire civilian population was evicted in 1943 to provide an exercise area for American troops preparing for the invasion of Europe during the Second World War. After the war, villagers were not allowed to return to their homes.

To walk in the footsteps of ancient people is, explains Glyn, an incredibly poignant experience and he hopes his love for Wiltshire can reach listeners of the Hidden Wiltshire podcast.

"Some walks are so quiet that you can barely hear a thing," he said.

Two photos from a similar spot - Oliver's Castle near Roundway. One was taken recently, the other is a screen shot from the movie "1984" with Richard Burton and John Hurt.

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"When you can look around and stitch together your surroundings by the hills and views, just as they would have done years ago, then that does feel special."

He added: "I moved to Wiltshire 14 years ago, but it was only four years ago I really started to explore.

"I was amazed at the size of the county and all it held. I had tended to go out of Wiltshire to walk, but then realised there was so much more on my doorstep.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Paul (left) and Glyn (right) host the podcastPaul (left) and Glyn (right) host the podcast

"I hope our enthusiasm gets through to people and encourages them to look into their area and discover really amazing things they maybe didn’t know before."

The podcast can be found at www.hiddenwiltshire.com/podcast tomorrow (Sunday January 3) as well as other popular podcast sites.

Episodes will be uploaded every two weeks and, in the future, feature guest speakers.