Having cycled 9,000 miles to India, raised $550,000 for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and been voted as one of the top 100 happiest people in the UK, Danny Bent's perfectly placed to impart some positivity on the podcast. On a walk through Brockwell Park to the summit of Lambeth – Westow Hill, by Crystal Palace Park – we talk happiness, adventure and near-death experiences.
This episode we look to the skies as Dr Marek Kukula, Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, gives a fascinating insight into the wonders of our universe, the rich history of Greenwich and, naturally, whether or not aliens exist.
Founder of GoodGym, short filmmaker and all-round lovely bloke Ivo Gormley joins us for an expedition along the Regent's Canal. Before we reach Tower Hamlets' mountainous 16m high point, Ivo discusses GoodGym's mission to combine fitness with community work, his inspiring short film The Runners, and the small matter of whether we, as humans, are intrinsically 'good'.
London historian Jerry White takes Rick Pearson on a magical history tour of Islington. En route to the borough's peak, Jerry talks about "London's worst road", prisoner of war camps and why we should all pay better attention to our past. Those interested in learning more about London history are advised to read one of Jerry's many books on the subject: jerrywhite.co.uk
The founder of parkrun – a series of free, 5K runs held every Saturday morning in parks across the country and indeed the world – Paul Sinton-Hewitt, joins Isaac for a stroll through Hyde Park. With over three million registered runners, parkrun has been credited with transforming people's perception of fitness and, with 47 events held across our capital, Londoners have embraced it like nowhere else.
Up-and-coming rapper Awate talks about his memories of growing up in the borough of Camden – from being chased by members of the National Front to discovering music and a means through which to express himself. He's certainly had to overcome his fair share of challenges, but in doing so it's made him who he is: a brave, bold London voice fighting inequality wherever he finds it.
Leader of the Women's Equality Party, Sophie Walker, takes time out of her busy schedule to walk with Isaac to the summit of Westminster: a not-so-notable point on Boundary Road, just south of Swiss Cottage tube station. While the peak left much to be desired, the chat did not – with Sophie explaining why equality for women is the transformative issue for London.
Author, music critic for The Times and proud Peckhamite Will Hodgkinson takes a walk to the top of One Tree Hill. We know, it's not technically the summit Southwark and Lewisham (that's the shared summit of Sydenham Hill). However, it does provide a breathtaking vista of London and is located next to Walter's Way, a collection of self-build houses. Along the way, Will talks anarchism, walking and why he'd like Johnny Depp to fire his ashes out of a cannon.
‘Guerilla geographer’ Dan Raven-Ellison puts his navigation skills to good use as he and Isaac find their way from Richmond to the highest point in Wandsworth, Putney Heath. En route, Dan discusses his campaign to make London a National Park City, with a rallying cry for Londoners to “rip up their paving slabs.”
Humourist and humanist Shappi Khorsandi takes a walk with Rick to the highest point in the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, which stands a dizzying 44m above sea-level. On the ascent, Shappi discusses addiction, her new book Nina is Not OK, and why she thinks stand-up comedy is "a disease".