15 May 2020 by Brân Devey
For the final blog of the series I’ve decided to have a look at TV shows that can help us all escape for a short while and maybe inspire us to plan some treks for later down the line. Some of them are running right now, whilst others are on the various catch up TV platforms.
Brân's top 10 outdoors TV shows
1. Weatherman Walking (BBC Wales)
As a Welshman, I thought I’d start this blog with a Welsh Series, Weatherman Walking. The series will be well known to most in our small nation, but less so further afield. Presenter Derek Brockway is a weatherman, but by now renowned for his multiple series’ of weatherman walking, generally light hearted and informative, they explore some of the most stunning parts of the country, with the current series taking us on a journey of the 870 mile Wales Coast Path and meeting many of the characters connected to it.
2. Britain’s Best Walks with Julia Bradbury (ITV)
If Weatherman Walking is your cup of tea then Britain’s Best Walks with Julia Bradbury is a similar affair, but as the title suggests takes you on a wider variety of journeys in different parts of Britain. Prepare yourself for stunning scenery and beautiful landscapes that will take your breath away!
3. Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5)
In a similar vein to the suggestions above but focusing on exploring the areas of the rail network that began to be disregarded in the 1960’s - Walking Britain’s Lost Railways meets the characters and hears the stories behind the networks and the industries that transformed it.
4. Coast (BBC 2)
The Coast team are renowned for their dives into history and the latest series in no different. Join them as they take a fascinating journey around the shores of the United Kingdom, uncovering stories that have made us the island nation we are today.
5. The Mountain (BBC Scotland)
The Mountain charts the life around the stunning Cairngorm region, which lies at the heart of Scotland's greatest winter wilderness. It follows the lives of those who rely on the area for their livelihoods and the challenges they face.
6. Pilgrimage (BBC)
An intriguing series that’s on at the moment is Pilgrimage, featuring seven well-known personalities, all with differing faiths and beliefs. The group put on backpacks and walking boots and, on foot and by road, set out to cover sections of the Sultans Trail - a modern-day, 2,200 km pilgrimage across Eastern Europe, which starts in Vienna and ends in the historic city of Istanbul. But will this journey of a lifetime change the way they think about themselves and their beliefs?
7. Groundbreakers (BBC)
One for the adventure history buffs, taking us further afield - Groundbreakers with adventurer and travel writer, Leon McCarron, retraces part of the 1856 voyage to the Arctic made by one of his heroes, Lord Dufferin. He recreates this voyage by following the accounts written in Lord Dufferin's book and explores the parallels with his own background and adventurous life a century and a half later.
8. HARD Talk (with Sir Ranulph Fiennes)
A fascinating interview with adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. He has spent a lifetime embracing physical challenges at the extreme limit of human endurance. He has taken on and conquered the polar ice, the world’s highest peaks and the most gruelling deserts. Find out more about his motivation for this life of extreme adventure in this very frank interview.
9. The Horn (Red Bull TV)
If you are looking for something a bit more extreme, then The Horn series which follows Air Zermatt, one of the world’s best aerial search and rescue teams is for you! The rescue team is made up of people dedicated to saving the lives of climbers on Switzerland’s Matterhorn.
10. Let’s Go for a Walk (BBC)
For something a little less extreme and more family-friendly, Let’s Go for a Walk is a children’s TV series thatfollows Ranger Hamza and his Ramblers as he explores the outdoors and looks for the everyday adventure on their walks. From Puddle Splashing to looking for nature and hidden meadows it’s a light enjoyable watch for all the family.
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