[A]ctor and history buff Sir Tony Robinson brings his trademark warmth and enthusiasm to northern England’s iconic Coast to Coast route, stepping off the beaten track to reveal the fascinating religious and industrial heritage that underscores this near-200- mile stretch of lush and diverse countryside.
This week, Tony starts in the upland hills of the Lake District’s Borrowdale valley, where he meets one of the last tenant sheep farmers, who is facing challenging times but determined to keep working his farm.
Tony also gets an exclusive tour of the only inhabited island on Derwentwater, and visits the magnificent Derwent Island House, a National Trust property leased out to private residents.
At Grasmere, Tony rolls his sleeves up and learns how to cook chutney. Its ingredients are the 18th-century legacy of ships from the West Indies, Asia and Africa, who unloaded their exotic produce at nearby ports.
At Ullswater, Tony boards a tourist boat to discover the integral part they played in the industrial heritage of the area, and gets a rare sighting of a red squirrel at one of only a handful of places where they can still be spotted in the wild.
His journey ends at the village of Shap, where he visits the last Abbey to be founded in England, and the last to be dissolved by Henry VIII.
Tony Robinson’s Coast to Coast airs tonight, Friday on Channel 5 at 8pm.