30 episodes

A celebration of the landscapes, culture, heritage and people of Cumbria and the Lake District.

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A celebration of the landscapes, culture, heritage and people of Cumbria and the Lake District.

    Countrystride #30: Buttermere - Tales from the secret valley

    Countrystride #30: Buttermere - Tales from the secret valley

    ...in which we take a stroll down memory lane along that finest of lakes – Buttermere – journeying from the bluebells of Rannerdale to Gatesgarth, a farm with a remarkable history. As we wander, with Angus Winchester, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History, Lancaster University, who was bought up in Lorton Vale, we talk about fact and bloody fiction in 'the secret valley'; the tragic charms of Buttermere's famous Maid; the crucial role Gatesgarth played in establishing the Herdwick breed; and the unlikely reason behind the name Innominate Tarn.


     



    Angus' book The Language of the Landscape is available from Handstand Press at handstandpress.net/product/the-language-of-the-landscape/
     

    • 54 min
    Countrystride #29: Dorothy Wordsworth & women walking pioneers

    Countrystride #29: Dorothy Wordsworth & women walking pioneers

    ...in which we take a lockdown-necessitated virtual walk up Scafell Pike with historian and author Kathryn Aalto, whose new book, Writing Wild, gives voice to women walking pioneers whose writing has deepened our connection to the natural world. Taking a 200-year overview of nature writing, we discuss the life and legacy of Dorothy Wordsworth, inspiration behind the most famous poem in the English language, and the key role she played in the lives of the Lakeland poets. Relocating briefly to the shores of Ullswater we discuss the Romantics' backlash against industrial 'progress', learn why James Rebanks is Kathryn's Cumbrian hero, talk about how landscapes can heal both individuals and societies, and attempt to answer the question, when walking in England, how does it make you feel?


     



    For more about Kathryn's book 'Writing Wild' see www.kathrynaalto.com/writing/




    Find Kathryn on Twitter at twitter.com/kathrynaalto

    • 50 min
    Countrystride #28: Future farming – Six generations working the land

    Countrystride #28: Future farming – Six generations working the land

    …in which we explore the Crake Valley, south of Coniston Water, with sixth-generation hill farmer John Atkinson and his partner Maria Benjamin. From the yard of Nibthwaite Grange – where we learn about John’s rare breeds and Maria’s wool enterprise – we discover how the couple are building a diversified farm business that both respects heritage and works with nature. As we walk onto airy Bethecar Moor we discuss the return of lapwings to the common; lonely lives on the fell; holidaymakers who've packed nothing but Bollinger for their stay at Parkamoor – an off-grid house in the clouds; and why all farmers should take up golf…

    • 44 min
    Countrystride #27: Bill Birkett - Lakeland legend in Langdale

    Countrystride #27: Bill Birkett - Lakeland legend in Langdale

    …in which we make a Little Langdale circuit with climber, author, photographer and campaigner Bill Birkett. From iconic Slater’s Bridge we explore the cavernous Cathedral Quarry, where Bill made his first climb, then head through tunnels into the heart of the mountain to reach the airy drovers’ track above High Tilberthwaite. As we walk we discuss a family with rock in its blood, plotting the 541 ‘Birketts’, haymaking time in bygone days, Bill’s plans for a Viking send-off and the increasingly thorny issue of off-road 4x4s.


     


    For more about Bill and to buy his books see https://billbirkett.com
    For more about the 4x4 campaign and the Lake District Green Lanes Alliance see www.savethelakedistrict.com



     
     

    • 44 min
    Countrystride #26: Piers Gill - A winter's ascent with Mountain Rescue

    Countrystride #26: Piers Gill - A winter's ascent with Mountain Rescue

    ...in which we attempt a winter ascent of Lingmell alongside the dramatic chasm and accident blackspot of Piers Gill with Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association chairman and Wasdale team member Richard Warren. As we walk, through increasingly Alpine conditions, we talk about the non-judgemental camaraderie of the teams, rescuing lost dogs and cannabis casualties and why it's so easy to go wrong descending Scafell Pike. Abandoning our summit attempt we discuss the pros and cons of social media and learn about how teams say farewell to those who lose their lives on the fells.


     



    To find out more about the Wasdale team see: www.wmrt.org.uk




    AdventureSmart UK can be found at www.adventuresmart.uk


     
     

    • 53 min
    Countrystride #25: Smugglers, bombs and Plague Dogs - A walk on Wetherlam

    Countrystride #25: Smugglers, bombs and Plague Dogs - A walk on Wetherlam

    …in which we climb the perennial Coniston favourite from the Tilberthwaite quarries up the breezy ridge of Steel Edge, one of Wainwright’s missing routes. As we stroll, with George Kitching, we discuss Andy Goldsworthy’s sheepfolds, the tricks of Langdale smuggler Lanty Slee, how a WWI Howitzer ended up below the Coniston waves, and an unlikely IRA terror plot to assassinate John Major using Levers Water.


     You can read George's blog at lakelandwalkingtales.co.uk


      

     

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Cabernetpet ,

Heart warming and motivating!

Great podcast!
Discovered this podcast when planning my next visit to the lakes.
I couldn’t ask for more...
Insightful, informative and clearly heartfelt from presenters who clearly know every knook and cranny (and fell) of the Lake District.
Get your OS Map out and follow their routes to plan your next walks...and even if you’re not going there, learn much more about this beautiful and popular area of Great Britain.
Please keep going, thank you and tell us more...

gbj456 ,

Outstanding - keep it up, please

Brilliant podcast for any fan of Lakeland

Giuseppe the alpaca ,

Fascinating insight into the landscape, people and history of Cumbria

A must listen to for anyone who is interested in hill walking, nature and heritage.

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