Lore of the Wild

Friday 21st May 2021 to
Friday 31st December 2021

Lore of the Wild

Lore of the Wild is an audio storywalk for Lesnes Abbey Woods co-created by Bernadette Russell and Sophie Austin commissioned through a partnership between Metal and London Borough of Bexley for Estuary 2021.

Lore of the Wild will invite you to hear tall tales and true stories. Hear songs and sounds from the human and non-human inhabitants of Lesnes, as you walk through this ancient woodland listening to the tracks on your smart phone.

As you journey the route you will hear from the woodland inhabitants and be invited to connect with, observe and interact with the environment. Look out for the faces in the trees, make a decision at the crossroads, experience the oak tree dance, share wisdom with the Green Man and feel a part of the ancient past and the infinite future.

The walk lasts approximately two hours and is suitable for 10+ Please be warned, there are steep inclines, muddy steps, and some tricky terrain. This walking route is not accessible for wheelchair users

Download the tracks on to your phone via

Soundcloud or Spotify

Pick up the map from the Chestnut Kiosk at Lesnes Abbey Wood

Or download the map here.

The walk begins at the old well.

Let’s go!

Artist Led Walks – Book Here

Join creators Bernadette Russell and Sophie Austin as they take you on an artist led walk as part of the Estuary 2021 festival. Each walk will include listening to some of the stories on the audiowalk and a live music experience deep in the heart of the woodland.

Booking is essential.

Guided Walks will take place on:

· Sunday May 23rd 2021 – 8am with musician George Hoyle

· Sunday May 30th 2021 – 3pm with musician Jo Quail

· Sunday June 6th 2021 – 7pm with musician Nick Hart

Share your stories with us: Instagram - @lore_ofthe_wild #loreofthewild

Lore of the Wild has been created by Bernadette Russell & Sophie Austin Sound Design by Hannah Marshall Illustration and Design by Melanie Smith


Charlie Folorunsho

Harriet Kershaw

Natasha Magigi

Bernadette Russell

Thierry Spall


Friday 21st May 2021 to
Friday 31st December 2021


Lesnes Abbey Lodge, Lesnes Abbey Woods, New Road, London



Contact Detail

[email protected] 01702470700

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