Park & Stride


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In December 2005 my monthly visits to the Radio Cumbria studio began. What better way of expressing the fun and pleasure of a country walk than in enthusiastic conversation? Val Armstrong was my first convivial host, followed by stints with Martin Plenderleith and Paul Braithwaite, then for the next two years I shared the company of Ian Timms. When he was switched to drive time enter stage left Liz Rhodes and it is to her lively Mid-Morning Show that I wend my merry way.

Print-outs and galleries - For each walk I prepare a PDF, which can be downloaded, printed-off to actually take with you on the walk. This website also gives scope to show a range of images from the walk. The first year's walks also feature on the BBC Radio Cumbria website with extensive picture galleries. All the walks to twenty-seven were genuine fell-walks, mountain walking for hardier types. Henceforward look out for walks in your part of Cumbria - you never know when I'll come down your way!

I had a four-month break this summer (2008) caused by my need to concentrate on researching walks down in the Peak District. But October brought me gleeful back and with the break came the opportunity to change tack. My new brief to offer walks for all, lower-level off-the-fell rounds giving scope to discover and share with listeners a greater range of the beautiful countryside of Cumbria.

The intention henceforward is to visit the studio on the first Friday of each month thus giving listeners weekend walking ideas for the month ahead.

Consult the list below and then either click the name to elicit a downloadable PDF or click the drop-down tab (with the walks collated in batches of ten) to read up the walk, view images and download a PDF to print and take with you on your walk.

Park & Stride contents list:

  1. Great Gable from Honister Pass December 05
  2. Dow Crag from Coniston January 06
  3. Great Dodd from Threlkeld February 06
  4. Pike o’Stickle from New Dungeon Ghyll March 06
  5. Westmorland Borrowdale from Huck's Bridge April 06
  6. High Street from Haweswater May 06
  7. Coledale Horseshoe from Braithwaite June 06
  8. Rampsgill Head from Martindale July 06
  9. Haystacks from Buttermere August 06
  10. Helm Crag from Grasmere September 06
  11. Seatallan from Nether Wasdale October 06
  12. Glaramara from Stonethwaite November 06
  13. Carrock Fell from Stone Ends January 07
  14. Mellbreak from Kirkstile February 07
  15. High Street from Kentmere March 07
  16. Lingmoor Fell from Little Langdale April 07
  17. Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head May 07
  18. Crinkle Crags from Great Langdale June 07
  19. Skiddaw from Bassenthwaite July 07
  20. Place Fell from Patterdale August 07
  21. Robinson from Rigg Beck September 07
  22. Haycock from Ennerdale Bridge October 07
  23. Stybarrow Dodd from Glenridding November 07
  24. Blencathra from Mungrisdale December 07
  25. Grange Fell from Grange-in-Borrowdale January 08
  26. Harter Fell from Sadgill, Longsleddale February 08
  27. Nab Scar from Rydal March 08
  28. Thirlmere from Station Coppice April 08
  29. Todd Crag from Ambleside May 08
  30. Long Meg from Addingham Church October 08
  31. Brough Castle from Church Brough November 08
  32. Comb Crag from Chapelburn December 08
  33. 555 StagePath Windermere to Brockhole February 09
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  36. Loweswater Terraces June 09
  37. 108 StagePath (Penrith to Yanwath) July 09
  38. Berrier Hill Aug 09
  39. 108 StagePath Aira Force to Glenridding Sept 09
  40. Keldas from Glenridding Oct 09
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