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First strides of COUNTRYSTRIDE

september 01, 2018 08:48am

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Fabulous first day's recording for the Countrystride podcast on Wednesday 29th August, climbing Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head. We shared the day with the core of the National Trust Fix the Fells team. We certainly learnt a lot, especially from Iain Gray (red top) with thirty years brilliant service engineering the boot-worn ways of Scafell Pike and beyond. He says he's determined to achieve many more years yet. His skill, knowledge and oratory is rightly much appreciated. The beating heart of the National Trust's Scafell Pike Fix the Fells team.  A massive thank-you to Lewis and Liam too. Conversations on the summit were uplifting with people, young and older, filled with the elation of standing on top the 'world'. Sadly we also witnessed from the summit Air Sea Rescue helicopters recovering walkers including very sadly one who had died attempting to descend Broad Stand, proof that even on a calm sunny day the mountains are cruel masters.


WALKING THE LAKE DISTRICT FELLS All the Fells - All the Routes

august 27, 2018 02:02pm

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More than four years after my eight volume LAKELAND FELLRANGER series was completed - following many years devotional walking research and detailed graphic and writing record - change is about to come to my great CICERONE work. Plans are now in place to re-structure the series to meet the needs of the modern fell adventurer. Far more than a cosmetic name-change, the eight volumes will cover subtly different fell groups and be re-designed to fit the smaller standard Cicerone size. Orientated to the valley approaches, importantly the new guides will be more practical to use on the fell. Walkers come in all shapes and sizes of ability and ambition and the series needs to offer a bedrock of sound advice, notably for those new to the thrill of these wonderful high places. The first two will be LANGDALE and WASDALE



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!

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