Where in Northern England did the nine presenters of the BBC Winter Walks series actually walk? Which maps would they have needed to plot their walking routes? Which paths, tracks and roads would they have followed? Here are all the answers.
The BBC Winter Walks series and episodes
Winter Walks series 1 episode 1 was presented by Selina Scott. Selina’s Thorpe and Appletreewick walk was in Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales. Thorpe is 6 miles north of Skipton and 1½ miles south-east of Grassington.
Winter Walks series 1 episode 2 was presented by Lemn Sissay. Lemn’s Flinter Gill and Dent Station walk was in Dentdale in the Yorkshire Dales. Flinter Gill is 1 mile south-west of Dent and 5 miles south-east of Sedbergh.
Winter Walks series 1 episode 3 was presented by Simon Armitage. Simon’s Ravenscar and Robin Hood’s Bay walk was along the Yorkshire Coast in the North York Moors. Ravenscar is 8½ miles south-east of Whitby and 9 miles north-west of Scarborough.
Winter Walks series 1 episode 4 was presented by Sayeeda Warsi. Sayeeda’s Kettlewell and Conistone walk was in Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales. Kettlewell is 6 miles north of Grassington and 12½ miles south-east of Hawes.
Winter Walks series 1 episode 5 was presented by Richard Coles. Richard’s Sutton Bank and Rievaulx Abbey walk was in the Cold Kirby and Old Byland area in the North York Moors. Sutton Bank is 5½ miles east of Thirsk and 6 miles west of Helmsley.
Winter Walks series 2 episode 1 was presented by Amanda Owen. Amanda’s Bainbridge and Semer Water walk was in Wensleydale and Raydale in the Yorkshire Dales. Bainbridge is 4 miles east of Hawes and 11½ miles west of Leyburn.
Winter Walks series 2 episode 2 was presented by Alastair Campbell. Alastair’s Scaleber Force and Catrigg Force walk was in Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales. Scaleber Force is 1½ miles south-east of Settle and 11½ miles north-west of Skipton.
Winter Walks series 2 episode 3 was presented by Kate Bottley. Kate’s Jervaulx Abbey and Middleham Castle walk was in Coverdale in North Yorkshire. Jervaulx Abbey is 4½ miles south-east of Leyburn and 4½ miles north-west of Masham.
Winter Walks series 2 episode 4 was presented by Nihal Arthanayake. Nihal’s Arnside Pier and Jenny Brown’s Point walk was in the Arnside and Silverdale area of Morecambe Bay. Arnside Pier is 3 miles east of Grange-over-Sands and 10 miles south-west of Kendal.
(The distances quoted above are approximate and as the crow flies.)
The BBC Winter Walks Northern England areas
Key to map below: SS Selina Scott; LS Lemn Sissay; SA Simon Armitage; SW Sayeeda Warsi; RC Richard Coles; AO Amanda Owen; AC Alastair Campbell; KB Kate Bottley; NA Nihal Arthanayake.
Winter Walks S1E1 – Selina Scott – Thorpe and Appletreewick
Selina Scott enjoys a gentle walk around Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales.
The sound of the countryside fills the air as broadcaster and author Selina Scott enjoys a gentle walk around Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales. Exploring quaint villages, magical waterways and breathtaking landscapes, Selina offers her personal take on this special corner of the Dales. Filming herself and all that is around her on a 360-degree camera, Selina wanders through the countryside, often deep in thought and stopping only to chat, recite poetry and reflect. Along the way, she learns of extraordinary philanthropy, meets walkers and a fisherman, and ends her journey drinking local ale in a pub famed for ferret racing.https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000qfrw
Winter Walks S1E2 – Lemn Sissay – Flinter Gill and Dent Station
Lemn Sissay journeys into a world of snow-capped hills, blue skies and birdsong.
The picture-perfect setting of Cumbria’s Dentdale is the location for Lemn Sissay’s breathtaking journey into a world of snow-capped hills, blue skies and birdsong. Starting high on the moorlands above Dent village, and carrying a 360-degree camera, Lemn walks along ancient drovers’ roads and the old postman’s path, with breathtaking winter views in every direction. Meeting locals, including a farmer who collects vintage tractors and a lone bagpiper, Lemn is inspired by the landscape and reflects on the power of being immersed in nature. After a challenging climb to England’s highest mainline train station, Dent, Lemn reflects that he must find time to walk and explore the countryside more.https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000qftx
Winter Walks S1E3 – Simon Armitage – Ravenscar and Robin Hood’s Bay
Poet Laureate Simon Armitage rambles along Yorkshire’s frontier with the North Sea.
A coastal walk is the setting for Poet Laureate Simon Armitage’s ramble along Yorkshire’s enchanting and historic frontier with the North Sea. Starting in Ravenscar, Simon Armitage takes the old Cinder Track – a disused railway line. Carrying a 360-degree camera, he passes former quarries and brickworks before taking a beach walk from Boggle Hole to the picture-perfect Robin Hood’s Bay. Simon witnesses at first hand the impact of coastal erosion and meets farmers and locals living and working by the sea. He ends his journey with a seaside pint of local ale.https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000qd6r
Winter Walks S1E4 – Sayeeda Warsi – Kettlewell and Conistone
Yorkshire peer Sayeeda Warsi takes time out to seek peace and calm in the Dales.
Accompanied by the gentle soundscape of the great outdoors, Yorkshire peer Sayeeda Warsi takes time out from her political life to seek peace and calm in the Dales. On her ramble through Wharfedale, the former government minister meets villagers in Kettlewell, a farmer preparing for lambing and a long-distance fell runner. Sayeeda discovers an other-worldly hidden landscape. Filming herself and everything around her on a 360-degree camera, she wanders through beautiful countryside and finds inspiration along the way.https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000qzmy
Winter Walks S1E5 – Richard Coles – Sutton Bank and Rievaulx Abbey
The North York Moors provide a picturesque setting for Richard Coles on a winter walk.
The North York Moors provide a picturesque setting for Reverend Richard Coles on a winter walk through this historic landscape. Departing from the iconic Sutton Bank with its panoramic views, Richard takes the viewer across countryside shaped by centuries of change marked by conflict, mining and religion. Armed with his handheld 360-degree camera, Richard finds inspiration in the sights and sounds of his walk. Along the way, he shares his personal reflections. Finishing at Rievaulx Abbey, Richard guides the viewer around the ruins with thoughtful comment. This was once the site of one of England’s most powerful Cistercian monasteries. Richard ends his journey talking of the need for silent contemplation.https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000qfw1
Winter Walks S2E1 – Amanda Owen – Bainbridge and Semer Water
Farmer Amanda Owen walks across the Dales and describes her love for life in Yorkshire.
The ‘Yorkshire Shepherdess’, Amanda Owen, explores familiar territory as she crosses hills and fields through Wensleydale and Raydale on her winter walk. Taking ancient routes first made by the Romans, Amanda meets fellow sheep farmers and exchanges notes on their shared occupation. As she walks across the Dales with her 360-degree camera, she describes what life is like living and working in this landscape. She takes her time to tune in to the soft sounds and scenes of the rolling hills, finding fossils in the stones below her feet. Crossing over the Dales, she drops down to Semer Water, ending her walk on the pebble banks as the water laps at her feet.https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001226k
Winter Walks S2E2 – Alastair Campbell – Scaleber Force and Catrigg Force
Alastair Campbell explores the snow-covered hillsides of the Yorkshire Dales.
The snow-covered hillsides of Ribblesdale are the setting for Alastair Campbell’s winter walk through the Yorkshire Dales. Fog and snow don’t deter the political veteran as he makes his way through the county he was born and raised in. Starting at a waterfall above the market town of Settle, Alastair descends into town, meeting local residents who are also out braving the weather. Twisted trees and drystone walls line his route. The steep hillsides and dramatic views remind Alastair of the humbling power of nature. Talking about his mental health, Alastair describes the comfort he draws from being out in a landscape and how time in this space can help him focus on what’s really important in life.https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0012290
Winter Walks S2E3 – Kate Bottley – Jervaulx Abbey and Middleham Castle
Reverend Kate Bottley explores the historic ruins of Wensleydale on her winter walk.
Reverend Kate Bottley takes in the historic ruins and snow-dusted landscape of Wensleydale and Coverdale on her winter walk. Kate sets off on her walk as the sun rises over the ruins of Jervaulx Abbey. With a 360-degree camera in her hand, she walks along the banks of the River Cover and into the dale of the same name. Passing through woodland she meets local residents who are out braving the chilly conditions. As she walks, Kate reflects on her faith and relationships. Her journey ends at Middleham Castle, the ruined fortress that was a childhood home of Richard III.https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00122hp
Winter Walks S2E4 – Nihal Arthanayake – Arnside Pier and Jenny Brown’s Point
DJ Nihal Arthanayake enjoys solitude and calm by the coast in Cumbria and Lancashire.
Nihal Arthanayake, broadcaster and radio DJ, explores coast and countryside around the Cumbria and Lancashire border, and finds local characters, breathtaking views and moments of serenity along the way. As a recent resident of the north west, Nihal is keen to discover what is on his doorstep. Starting in the coastal town of Arnside and looking out over the mudflats of Morecambe Bay, Nihal heads south with just his 360-degree camera for company. The quiet and stillness of his walk gives him time to ‘declutter’ his mind and reflect on the importance of solitude. Along the way, Nihal passes Arnside Tower and crosses the border into Lancashire. Views from the top of Arnside Knott and from hidden coves on the Silverdale coast showcase the beauty of this corner of the country, and give Nihal fresh perspectives on his work and relationships.https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00122hx
Look at these walking guides
Three very good paperbacks from the Amazon Cicerone store. There are many others to choose from. Although I make up my own walking routes, I regularly look at these guides for inspiration.