About us

Countrystride is brought to you by presenter Mark Richards and producer Dave Felton. (Mark is the young man on the right; Dave the young man on the left).

Strongly influenced by his mother’s roots in the Yorkshire Dales, from his youth Mark has adored the hills and dales of northern England. Mark gained encouragement in directing his passions for pen and ink drawing and walking into writing and illustrating walking guides from Alfred Wainwright, with whom he spent many weekends in the '70s. Mark is the author of many guidebooks, including his seminal eight-volume Lakeland Fellranger series. Mark lives at the northern tip of the Pennines and can be found at markrichards.info and on Twitter at @fellranger1.  

Dave is a publisher, photographer, writer and broadcaster who runs the Cumbrian business Inspired by Lakeland, makers of the Lake District Sticker Book and Lake District Quiz Book. He has wandered the Lakeland fells since he could stand on two legs and in 2017 walked from Land's End to John o'Groats. He lives in the North Lakes and can be found at inspiredbylakeland.co.uk and on Twitter at twitter.com/ByLakeland.