Appealing to history buffs and dedicated ramblers alike, Sir Tony Robinson embarks on six walks through some of Britain’s most spectacular and historic landscapes in search of the richest stories from Britain’s past. In each episode, Tony follows a bespoke route that allows him to explore on foot both the history of a particularly colourful period or event and the spectacular landscape in which those events unfolded.With experts he encounters on the way, Tony reveals and discovers places that ordinary walkers and ramblers might otherwise miss. And he infuses each walk with an appreciation of some of the striking landscapes and geographical features he encounters.
Episode 1:The Path to Stonehenge.
Walking from the stone circles of Avebury to Stonehenge, Tony explores the origins, the latest theories and the connections between Europe’s finest collection of Neolithic monuments.
Episode 2:Romans in the Lakes.
The Lake District is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations – but few see just how much the conquering Roman army made their mark on the stunning landscape.
Episode 3:Smuggler’s Cornwall.
Tony walks a stretch of the fabulous Cornish coast, discovering why and how smuggling was the biggest industry in the area for decades, back in the eighteenth century.
Episode 4: Wigan Pier.
The Liverpool-Leeds canal is the longest single man-made waterway in the country Tony travels the first 50 miles from Liverpool to the iconic Pier at Wigan, uncovering the extraordinary stories from its Georgian and Victorian origins.
Episode 5: The Dark Age of Northumbria.
From just north of the Scottish border, Tony Robinson sets off across the ancient kingdom of Northumbria which in the 7th century stretched from Edinburgh to York, on the trail of the truth about St Cuthbert, the greatest saint of his time.
Episode 6 : North Norfolk.
Tony takes in the wonderful seascapes of the North Norfolk coast, determined to discover how the area remained so blissfully unchanged when the Victorian age of industry and railways transformed lives and landscapes across the country. From the arrival of Bertie, Prince of Wales at Sandringham House to the opening of Cromer pier, Tony’s four day walk unveils an extraordinary tale of landowning power.