Episode One – Windermere
For the last twenty years, the Lake District has been the place that adventurer and explorer Paul Rose calls home.
He can see the central fells from his living room window and within a few minutes can walk to the shores of Windermere, England’s biggest lake.
In the first episode of this new documentary series, Paul explores Windermere and joins the 18 million tourists who make the Lake District the most visited national park in the country.
Paul takes the helm of one the Windermere cruise ships which carry one in ten of every visitor to area, and he takes a look at how Windermere first became a tourist destination for wealthy adventurers who wanted a different kind of wild experience in 18th century Britain.
He also goes in hunt of things modern day visitors may miss, including a hound trailing event that’s been a part of the Lake District calendar for more than 200 years. Plus, he meets one of the survivors of the Holocaust who came to the Lake District in 1945 as part of a mercy mission to help Jewish orphans from the Second Word War.
Paul ends the programme with the ascent of Orrest Head, which offers a spectacular view of Windermere, and was the first hill climbed by Alfred Wainwright when he came to the Lakes in the 1930s.
In further episodes, Paul explores Coniston, Derwent Water/Borrowdale and Eskdale.
Episode 2 – Derwentwater/Borrowdale
This week, adventurer and presenter Paul Rose explores Derwentwater/Borrowdale.
The Lake District is a landscape shaped by water and in this programme Paul gets to feel its power first hand. He heads for Seathwaite to meet the people who live in the wettest place in England.
Paul also gets a thorough soaking as flooding hits the Borrowdale valley. This part of the Lakes is no stranger to heavy duty weather – flood damage from Storm Desmond in 2015 is still being repaired.
In between the downpours, Paul joins the crew of a Viking longboat for the Derwentwater Regatta.
Back on dry land, Paul heads out on the trail to follow in the footsteps of Millican Dalton, the self-styled Professor of Adventure who spent his summers living in a cave on Castle Cragg. He also meets members of Keswick Mountain rescue team on his ascent of Great Gable, one of the Lakes’ most majestic peaks.
Episode 3 – Coniston
In this week’s programme, adventurer and Lake District resident Paul Rose explores Coniston and follows in the footsteps of the people who’ve made this corner of the Lakes one of its great centres of adventure.
Coniston Water isn’t the biggest of Cumbria’s Lakes – but it’s one of the most iconic. It’s here that Donald Campbell lost his life trying to break the world water speed record.
Paul meets Campbell’s daughter Gina and crew member Robbie Robinson who was there on the fateful day in January 1967 when Bluebird crashed on the lake.
Paul gets his own adrenalin levels racing by entering a Lakeland bike ride with a difference – all the way to Coniston on a penny farthing. He also joins the modern day adventurers who are putting their bodies on the line in pursuit of their dreams – including mountain bikers in Grizedale Forest and climbers on Dow Cragg, one of the Lakes’ most notorious peaks.
The programme ends with Paul having a crack at reaching the summit of The Old Man of Coniston.
Episode 4 – Eskdale
In the final episode, adventurer and presenter Paul Rose explores Eskdale.
The Lake District National Park might get 18 million visitors a year – but relatively few make it as far as Eskdale in the Western Lakes.
Paul journeys from sea level to the highest point in England as he climbs Scafell Pike. On the way he looks at how people make a living in this remote corner of the Lake District.
He gets up close and personal with a vulture from the bird of prey centre at Muncaster Castle, and helps get the steam trains ready for action on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.
He also takes a look at how the Outward Bound movement has been bringing young people from the cities to the fells since the Second World War.
Finally, Paul gets his hands well and truly dirty at Eskdale Show – including taking a few tumbles during a spot of Cumberland Wrestling with the locals.