Griff Rhys Jones is an old hand this sort of thing. The BBC are old hands at this sort of thing. There is therefore absolutely no reason not to enjoy this series. However the "old-handedness" of the participants is both a strength and a weakness as very often we retreat into aerial shot cliche and we still amazingly find experts on various subjects as if by magic en route. So far so ho hum, but what makes this series worth watching is that as the title suggests it does veer off the beaten track and presents us with some tasty nuggets of information with which I for one was unfamiliar, such as the saucy dance that was one of Queen Elizabeth I's favourite and the fact that highland cattle drovers who were "moved" to America after the clearances made up the bulk of the early cowboys of Western legend. Even the "setups" are well done and very informative making no pretence that they are coincidental. Griff's Plum Duff is particulalrly well received. The general conceit of recreating historical journeys as close as possible to the manner in which they were conducted (eg horseback, walking, thames barge and sedan chair) works well and of course the scenery is spectacular so I recommend this series to anyone wishing to get a peek of historic Britain by taking new journeys on ancient routes.