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Countrystride #46: CUMBRIA IN A CAMPERVAN which we temporarily swap our walking boots for the passenger seat of an ancient Bongo campervan to take an A–Z trip around the Lake District with Carlisle-based author Richard Harris. As we roam the National Park in search of solitude and mini adventures, we discover a Martindale stained-glass window that holds clues to wartime tragedy; we learn how Nibthwaite – with its Arthur Ransome claim to fame – has rejected the tourist limelight; we discuss how, post-lockdown, camper vans became public enemy No.1; and we hear why Cleator Moor – one-time candidate for Lourdes of the north – is the friendliest place in the county.

St Peter's Church, Martindale, with its window dedicated to Saint Nicholas, patron saint of sailors, in memory of Lieutenant Commander W.H. Parkin and the officers and men of HMS Glorious.
Richard, with his beloved Bongo.
At the Buttermere side of Honister Pass.
Tthe newly enlarged car parking space at the entry to the common above Coniston, where the Walna Scar track begins.
A Bongo Night.


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