We love celebrating the glorious landscape of Yorkshire and want to inspire locals and tourists alike to visit the landmarks and hidden gems of God’s Own Country. So when we heard that BBC Four’s new programme Winter Walks featured Yorkshire locations in four out of its five episodes we couldn’t help shout about it.
The series started on the 4th January and was presented by Scarborough-born Selina Scott – who walks Thorpe to Applewick in the Yorkshire Dales. Last night saw Lemn Sissay – the official poet of the 2012 London Olympics – travel around Cumbria. The series aims to capture the “natural beauty of our landscapes, and allows its presenters a chance to reflect and find peace of mind”.
There are four more episodes this week. Tonight’s episode has poet laureate Simon Armitage, West-Yorkshire born poet, walk along Yorkshire’s enchanting, historic frontier with the North Sea. Other presenters are Dewsbury-born Baroness Sayeeda Warsi and Reverend Richard Coles.
The series which was mostly shot pre-lockdown by each presenter using 360-degree cameras, give an “intimate and immersive” view of each of the walks, mixed with aerial images.
Aisling O’Connor, Head of TV Commissioning for BBC England, previously said: “I’m very proud of Winter Walks. It showcases the fabulous landscape of the North of England and was ahead of its time before everyone was out walking for their mental health and well-being. We need a series like this now, more than ever.”
“They are perfect programmes to sit back, relax and unwind to. The crunch of the leaves underfoot, the sound of bird call and the contemplation of the presenters allows viewers to experience the outdoors in the comfort of their own homes. We are bringing glorious nature right into your front room.”
You can watch the whole series on BBC Iplayer here. If you’re inspired by any of these walks, why not check out our favourite winter walks in Yorkshire here. Make due to lockdown that you only stay local when going on walks.