25 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 #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
    Countrystride #24: Review of 2019 & AW's lost broadcast

    Countrystride #24: Review of 2019 & AW's lost broadcast

    …in which we are joined by Lakeland Walker editor John Manning to serve up a selection of our favourite moments from the Countrystride year on the fells. We hear from film maker Terry Abraham about his connection with the high places; we re-wander the great Pennine Way crossing to High Cup; we discuss ongoing battles to retain access; and we pick our best walks of 2019, before closing with an as-yet-unbroadcast interview with fell walking legend Alfred Wainwright as he talks about the road passes of Lakeland.


     


     You can find John on Twitter @outdoorsmanning


     With thanks to Ron Scholes for his recording of Alfred Wainwright, and to Chris Butterfield for the digitised version we played.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Countrystride #23: West Coast Christmas - Voices from the past

    Countrystride #23: West Coast Christmas - Voices from the past

    …in which we walk the sandstone cliffs from St Bees to Whitehaven with author and historian Alan Cleaver. As we stroll, above a millpond-still Irish Sea, we learn about the coast's Mummers' tradition and the ghost ship Mary Jane; we hear bygone memories of snowy winters and diary entries from a Regency-era farm; we discuss the smuggling origins of rum butter; and we sign off with a yuletide letter from the Western Front. 

    Alan’s award-winning book, The Corpse Roads of Cumbria, is available from all good bookshops.


    You can find Alan on Twitter at @thelonningsguy


     

    • 41 min
    Countrystride #22: Lost Words - Past and future in the woods of Wreay

    Countrystride #22: Lost Words - Past and future in the woods of Wreay

    …in which we follow the gently-meandering River Petteril from an M6 underpass on Carlisle’s urban fringe through Wreay’s ancient woodland to one of Cumbria's most beautiful churches in search of lost words. As we stroll, with Jamie Normington from Cumbria Wildlife Trust, we discuss our changing woodlands, Cumbrian birdlife vernacular, how we can reforge a connection with the landscape, and the remarkable architectural legacy of Sara Losh, first lady of Wreay (pronounced ‘rear’). 

    • 47 min
    Countrystride #21: Great Gable - Remembrance Sunday

    Countrystride #21: Great Gable - Remembrance Sunday

    …in which we walk from Honister Pass to the summit of Great Gable in the company of Dr Jonathan Westaway to join the annual Remembrance Sunday service led by the Fell and Rock Climbing Club. As we walk, past the Drum House and over Green Gable, we talk about the pioneering years of British rock climbing, boisterous nights in the Wasdale Head Inn, finding solace on the heights and the dedication of Gable to the nation, before joining the felltop congregation for the act of remembrance.

    • 40 min
    Countrystride #20: Upper Eden - The fight to roam, with Kate Ashbrook

    Countrystride #20: Upper Eden - The fight to roam, with Kate Ashbrook

    …in which we follow the River Eden downstream to Kirkby Stephen with leading campaigner in the walking world, Kate Ashbrook, General Secretary of the Open Spaces Society and Chair of the Ramblers. As we head north from Pendragon Castle we discuss the joy of sunrise walks, the never-ending battle to open the countryside and taking Nicholas van Hoogstraten to court.
     
    To find out more about Kate see https://campaignerkate.wordpress.com/about-kate-ashbrook/
    We're grateful to today's guest producer, Helen Millican from BBC Cumbria, for standing in for Dave. Helen hosts the weekly Great Outdoors Show.
    For more about the Ramblers 'Don't Lose Your Way' campaign see https://www.ramblers.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-with-us/dont-lose-your-way-2026.aspx

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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.

torticle ,

Be transported to the Lakes

Listening to these brilliant podcasts you can easily imagine you are on the best walk of your life.

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For those who Love the Lake District

Fantastic and informative podcast all about the Lake Districts most famous walks. Really interesting hearing about the history behind a lot of the landscapes and names. Always waiting for the next episode.

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