Wainwright Walks Coast to Coast

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  • 2009
  • 1 Season

Wainwright Walks Coast to Coast is a British travel show that takes viewers on a stunning journey across England's Lake District, from the Irish Sea to the North Sea. Hosted by Julia Bradbury, the series follows in the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright, who penned a series of hand-drawn guidebooks to the region's fells, valleys, and peaks.

Over the course of six episodes, Bradbury hikes over 190 miles through some of England's most breathtaking landscapes, sharing the history and legends of the region, and reflecting on the beauty of nature. The series is shot in high-definition, showcasing the stunning vistas, lush green meadows, and rugged terrain that make the Lake District a world-famous hiking destination.

In each episode, Bradbury sets out to complete a portion of Wainwright's coast-to-coast walk, which covers a route across the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, and North York Moors. Along the way, she meets locals, visits historic landmarks, and explores quaint villages, offering insights into the area's culture and way of life.

One of the standout moments of the series is when Bradbury reaches the summit of Helvellyn, the third-highest peak in the Lake District. She braves high winds and rocky terrain to reach the top, and her sense of accomplishment is palpable as she gazes out over the sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Throughout the series, Bradbury also spends time reflecting on the life and legacy of Alfred Wainwright, who spent over a decade exploring and documenting the Lake District's natural wonders. She shares anecdotes from his personal life, such as his love of solitude and his obsession with cats, adding depth and personality to this iconic figure in British hiking history.

The show is also notable for its exceptional production values, with director Nik Wood-Jones capturing both the grand scale of the landscapes and the intimate details of the flora and fauna. The show's soundtrack is comprised of beautiful original compositions, adding an emotional resonance to the stunning visuals.

Wainwright Walks Coast to Coast is a must-watch for anyone who loves hiking, nature, and British history. Julia Bradbury's infectious enthusiasm for the outdoors, combined with Nik Wood-Jones' expert direction, make this series an unforgettable journey through one of the world's most beautiful regions.

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The End of the Road
6. The End of the Road
May 14, 2009
Julia completes the North York Moors before glimpsing the North Sea. Then she ventures through Littlebeck's tranquil woods to Robin Hood's Bay for a clifftop finale.
Mowbray and the Moors
5. Mowbray and the Moors
May 7, 2009
Julia explores the medieval streets of the historic town of Richmond, before enjoying the broad views and fine weather on the rugged escarpment of the North York Moors.
Swaledale Uncovered
4. Swaledale Uncovered
April 30, 2009
Julia next journeys across Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales. The villages, landscape, and history are a delight, as Julia learns about the area's lost mining industry.
Eden and the Pennines
3. Eden and the Pennines
April 23, 2009
As Julia begins her climb up and over the Pennines, the spine of England is a landmark on the walk, but during the wettest autumn in memory, it's a very boggy challenge.
Heart of the Lakes
2. Heart of the Lakes
April 16, 2009
Over three mountain ranges and across three valleys, the second stage of Julia's journey across northern England is a grand traverse of the much-loved Lake District.
Gateway to the Lakes
1. Gateway to the Lakes
April 9, 2009
Julia begins her adventure at the western extremity of northern England: St Bees Head, in Cumbria. But the weather deteriorates fast as she tackles the Lakeland valley.
  • Premiere Date
    April 9, 2009