Expert walker Julia Bradbury has spent years wandering Britain’s countryside discovering some of its most beautiful and spectacular landscapes. In this series, Julia chooses her favourite, most accessible family treks in search of the perfect walk with a view which anyone can do in a lovely morning or afternoon ramble.
Julia uses all her knowledge of Britain’s best haunts to pick irresistible walks that offer great views, local history, colourful characters and a perfect pub lunch or picnic on each route – all under six miles. The series explores coastal, mountain, valley and river walks and includes stunning aerial perspectives to bring Britain’s lovely landscape to life. Even if you never leave your arm chair, just watching Julia walk her best walks with a view is an outdoor treat.
Episode 4 – The High Cup Walk, Cumbria
Hidden beneath the hulking great Pennines, Julia sets off from the ancient village of Dufton in search of one of Britain’s best kept secrets – the Grand Canyon of the North, a magnificent hanging glaciated valley, that’s been 500 million years in the making. A true highlight of the Pennine Way, it was described by walking legend, Alfred Wainwright, as a ‘natural wonder’ and ‘unforgettable sight’.
Along her route, Julia meets a family of Olympic rake makers, learns about the notorious Helm wind – the only British wind deemed worthy of a name – and meets Mike Hartley, the current record holder of the Pennine Way, who ran the whopping 268 miles in under three days!
It’s then on to High Cup Nick, at the top the impressive glaciated valley, with mesmerizing views over High Cup Gill. With over 16 million people visiting the nearby Lake District each year, and just 6000 getting up to High Cup – the Grand Canyon of the North is a very well-kept secret.