...in which we depart busy Tebay to climb atop biting cold Rondthwaite Common on a trip to meet some of Cumbria's oldest residents: the Globetrotter fell ponies – roamers of the uplands since time immemorial. As we trail above the 'other Borrowdale' with long-time fell pony champion Libby Robinson, we hear about the moment in Kentmere, aged eight, when she first fell for the semi-wild breed; we reminisce about a Lakeland childhood – otters under the bridge, minnows from the tap; we look back at the remarkable industrial history of the pack pony and the part it played in the north's historic economy; finally, we consider what role the pony might play in 21st-century Lakeland.
You can find out more about Libby and her ponies at facebook.com/GlobetrotterStud
Libby is campaigning to establish a Fell Pony Heritage Centre. You can found our more here.
If you enjoy this podcast, Libby – and many other people involved with the fell pony breed – can be found on Tom Lloyd's superb Fell Pony podcast.
Spring comes to Roundthwaite. Still blimmin' cold though!
Yes, we cheated! Libby and the CS gang catch a 4x4 lift.
Mabbin Crag across Borrowdale.
Ponies, Howgills beyond.
Libby and Dave.
Pony wants to be interviewed.
Dave being interfered with by the pony.
What did they say about children and animals?!