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june 09, 2018 10:57am


With David Felton of Inspired by Lakeland I will be establishing a regular outdoor heritage podcast celebrating Cumbria, its people and places in all their wonderful diversity and glory - currently we plan to launch in August. COUNTRYSTRIDE will have a dedicated website from where, once a fortnight, new episodes will be freely accessed on all platforms. It has been one of my long-held ambitions to develop an unscripted conversation with people in their landscape, sharing their knowledge, enthusiasm, connection and walks of lifes experiences. All this spiced with topical discussion, sounds of the season forming an immersive backdrop. Each podcast will have a locational walk and advice on how you can follow in my footsteps. Many of the podcasts ending with a specially recorded folk music session. Watch this space for news of the first episode's arrival!


THE ULLSWATER WAY official guide published

march 13, 2018 03:35pm


Now released my latest guidebook, published by 'Inspired by Lakeland' exploring the gorgeous 22-mile waymarked walk around this adorable curvaceous lake. The guide includes a 6-mile round ramble from Pooley Bridge, via Dalemain and Dacre, that I have called the Four Bears Marmalade March. This derived from the four stone sculptures in Dacre churchyard, possibly bears possible even Roman lions, who knows? Also each March dalemain hold the World Marmalade Festival with accolade awards, hecne the 'Marmalade March'. It is brimming with my linescape drawings and clear-to-follow colourful hand-drawn maps all aimed at clarity to give path pilgrims every excuse to come again and again to wander and cruise in this heavenly corner of Lakeland.


The Cotswold Way

march 09, 2018 02:51pm

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Back in 1973 my first ever guidebook was published, it was the first to the newly opened Cotswold Way, tracing the intiamcies of the Cotswold escarpment from Chipping Campden all the wway down to the City of Bath. In 1984 Penguin Books published a new version that I meticulously prepared and a dozen years on Reardon published another largely hand-drawn guide. So you can see I have a long assocaition with this unique sylvan trail. The image here is a new piece of artwork I have prepared which is set to be printed at A2 size and sold as a memento for people who have complished the 102-mile walk as a record of their energetic achievement.

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