We’re working on making new versions of our popular actor-guided walks – that you can do by yourself (or with a friend!).

All you need is a mobile device, a pair of headphones, sturdy shoes and a coat plus the downloads listed below. As this is a new thing, we’d love to know your thoughts on how it worked for you.

WWM#1 Spon End

WWM#2 Stoke

WWM#4 Naul’s Mill Park & Coventry Canal

>> WWM#1 Spon End

Sound waves never die, according to local resident, radio enthusiast and inventor, Herbert Cleaver, whose patented Audioscoper allows us to tune in to some of the stories and people of Spon End, one of Coventry’s oldest and most diverse neighbourhoods. There are stories in the stones, tales in the water and ideas in the air – if only you know where to search, how to listen…

Spon End

How to take the audio tour

You will need to use your mobile device to access the audiofiles for the walk. You can also download and print out the map if you would like to – or pick up a paper map from The Nest.

>> Access the audio here

The walk starts from the top of Barras Lane, on the junction with Holyhead Road, a short walk from the city centre via either the blue footbridge on Upper Hill Street > St Osburg’s > Coundon Road or Spon Street subway > Compass Court > Barras Lane.

You are in control of when the audio starts and stops so you can take the walk as slowly as you like. We’d love to hear your feedback (contact us here) about what you thought of the walk – what worked or didn’t work – to help us as we shape the final digital version.


>> WWM#2 Stoke

Soundwaves never die. We can’t see them, we can’t touch them, but with the right bit of kit we can tune into them. Luckily, our guide Ruby has her Grandma’s Auditory Imprinter to do just that: untangle the crossed wires and dial into the sounds of the people and stories of Stoke’s past – and even sometimes its future…

Stoke, Coventry

How to take the audio tour

You will need to use your mobile device to access the audiofiles for the walk. You can also download and print out the map if you would like to – or pick up a paper map from The Nest.

>> Access the audio here

The walk starts from Fargo Village on Far Gosford Street.

You are in control of when the audio starts and stops so you can take the walk as slowly as you like. We’d love to hear your feedback (contact us here) about what you thought of the walk – what worked or didn’t work – to help us as we shape the final digital version.

>> WWM#4 Naul’s Mill Park & Coventry Canal

Meera’s hacked her dad’s homemade bat detector and invented her own listening device: the Radford Radiophonic Naturescoper! Join her as she tries out the Naturescoper on a walk round Naul’s Mill Park and along Coventry Canal. Listen in close up to the birds, bugs and animals on the route and, as we all know that sound waves never die, you might just hear more than you bargained for!

Naul’s Mill Park at dusk.

How to take the audio tour

You will need to use your mobile device to access the audiofiles for the walk. You can also download and print out the map if you would like to (or pick up a paper map from the Canal Basin or The Nest).

>> Access the audio here

We think the current version takes about an hour to an hour and a half if you do the whole thing, and depending how much you enjoy a meander…

About the walk

The walk starts from Naul’s Mill Park on Middleborough Road (which is a short walk from the city centre either via Upper Hill Street > the blue bridge over the ring road > Coundon Road – or via the Radford Road and a left turn after the Fire Station) and it currently ends at Electric Wharf – although we plan to make the finished route a loop.

There are several benches along the route – feel free to take a seat in the park, at the Canal Basin or along the towpath if your feet need a rest. You are in control of when the audio starts and stops so you can take the walk as slowly as you like.

Please note that this is a PREVIEW route. We’d love to hear your feedback (contact us here) about what you thought of the walk – what worked or didn’t work – to help us as we shape the final version.

Thank you to everyone who has tested one or more of the walks so far and given us such useful and illuminating feedback! You can let us know what you thought of the walk here.


You can download the tours to your mobile device at home first to avoid mobile data use. 

All routes are ramp accessible. Please take care crossing roads while wearing headphones. 

If you have any questions about accessing the tours please e-mail access[at]talkingbirds.co.uk or leave us a message on 0800 012 2401 (freephone 24 hours)

Walk With Me is a Great Place project as part of UK City of Culture 2021. Walk With Me #4 has been supported by the Green Futures Programme.

This is an audio-led experience and audio description is built into the tours.

A script for each tour can be obtained by e-mailing access@talkingbirds.co.uk

This is designed to be a relaxed, at-your-own-pace experience; the tours can also be enjoyed at home via a computer, phone or tablet.