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Countrystride #19: PIKE O'STICKLE - 50 years on the fells which to celebrate Countrystride's first birthday producer Dave Felton asks the questions of host Mark Richards, who guides us onto Pike o'Stickle and talks about his journey from Cotswolds farmer to Lakeland guidebook author, his pen-and-ink apprenticeship with Alfred Wainwright, and his lifelong love of walking. Climbing out of Great Langdale, we discuss secret ways onto the iconic Pikes, favourite fells and why home for Mark was always going to be Cumbria.

You can find Mark's new editions of his Fellranger guidebooks at

Herdwicks down from the fell.

Lingmoor Fell and Side Pike from the Mark Gate path.

Perfect skies over Harrison Stickle.

From Loft Crag to Pike o'Stickle.

The end point of today's walk: magnificent Pike o'Stickle.

The South Scree - above the Axe Factory.

50 years since his first ascent: Mark Richards.

...a windswept Dave Felton.

Afternoon light on Harrison Stickle.

Our route for the day.

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