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Countrystride #18: THE PENNINE WAY - Creation of a long green trail which we walk from Langdon Beck to Dufton along the UK's most iconic National Trail with author and Pennine Way authority Andrew McCloy. As we embrace the big skies of the North Pennines, we discuss Tom Stephenson's tireless access campaigning, consider the highs and lows of the 268-mile walk, theorise over Wainwright's dislike of the Trail and end up spellbound atop the glacial canyon of High Cup.

Andrew's book, The Pennine Way - the Path, the People, the Journey, can be purchased from Cicerone. It comes highly recommended.

The jaw-dropping view over High Cup, Pennine Way route marker in the foreground.

Mark and Andrew.

Birkdale Farm - the most remote in England?

Scrambling alongside the infant Tees.

Below Falcon Clints.

Cauldron Snout: the only scramble on the Pennine Way.

High Cup - surely one of the geological wonders of these islands.

Dave and Mark chatting atop breathtaking High Cup. It was breezy up there!

Countrystride listener Sharon Leedel, pictured on her walk along the Pennine Way aged just six-years-old.

Our route for the day.

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