Serial walker and "AW" groupie, Julia Bradbury dons her boots and rucksack again to tackle Wainwright's famous 192 mile Coast to Coast walk from St Bee's in Cumbria to Yorskshire's Robin Hood's Bay. I really enjoyed her previous walking series in the Lake District
and the Railway Walks
and fans of those will not be disappointed here. Highlights for me include the familiar territory of the lakes, the ridge of Nine Standards with it's unexplained stone obelisks and then Swaledale, scarred by the mines but with nature reclaiming it's stone, still attractive and very dramatic in parts.
Julia Bradbury has made walking programmes her own in recent years and she has a lot of energy and enthusiasm for the landscape, it's people and Wainwright himself which makes this series a joy to watch. She presents well and with good humour although her interviewing technique will not give Alan Whicker many sleepless nights. Each programme has just the right balance of scenery, history and commentary. AW makes frequent cameo appearances from archive footage and the trademark voiceovers (not him, I assume) of passages from his books greatly add to the atmosphere. I probably enjoyed this more than the Lakes series due to the variety of terrain and "JB"s more relaxed presenting style. She has learned that you do not need to try and come out with profound statements when confronted with stunning views; they often speak better for themselves...
I've completed the Wealdway twice (Gravesend to Eastbourne), a shorter water to water walk and knew exactly how Julia felt when she put her feet in the sea at Robin Hood's Bay. Nice one JB :o)
All good stuff, for those who like to walk or those who just like to watch people walk on this green and pleasant land. Highly recommended.