BBC England series Winter Walks comes to BBC Four
Winter Walks, the latest series from BBC England, captures the natural beauty of our landscapes, and allows its presenters a chance to reflect and find peace of mind
"I’m very proud of Winter Walks. It showcases the fabulous landscape of the North of England and was ahead of its time, before everyone was out walking for their mental health and well-being. We need a series like this now, more than ever" — Aisling O’Connor, Head of TV Commissioning, BBC England
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This unique series was mostly shot pre-lockdown* by the presenters themselves on hand-held 360-degree cameras, so audiences get an intimate and immersive view of each of the walks, mixed in with stunning aerial images.
The presenters include Reverend Richard Coles, Selina Scott, Lemn Sissay, Simon Armitage and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi. Meeting locals and fellow walkers along the way, they each discover breathtaking views and forgotten histories, and offering personal insights on how they see the world around them.
Filmed in the North of England, the series invites viewers to allow their minds to glide gently along, and to take inspiration from the experience of our walkers. Audiences will be able to relax and unwind with walks that offer unique perspectives on majestic landscapes from the Yorkshire Dales, East Coast of Yorkshire, Cumbria, North York Moors and Robin Hood’s Bay.
Aisling O’Connor, Head of TV Commissioning for BBC England, says: “I’m very proud of Winter Walks. It showcases the fabulous landscape of the North of England and was ahead of its time, before everyone was out walking for their mental health and well-being. We need a series like this now, more than ever.
“They are perfect programmes to sit back, relax and unwind to. The crunch of the leaves underfoot, the sound of bird call and the contemplation of the presenters allows viewers to experience the outdoors in the comfort of their own homes. We are bringing glorious nature right into your front room.”
Reverend Richard Coles says: "At the centre of what we do in order to be who we are, we need silence, we need retreat, we need contemplation.”
Winter Walks was made for BBC England and produced by Cy Chadwick at Atypical.
Watch Winter Walks on BBC Four from 4 January at 7pm or catch up on the BBC iPlayer.
Notes to Editors
*All documentaries were filmed between January and March 2020, except Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, who filmed her walk November.
4 January - Selina Scott
5 January - Lemn Sissay
6 January - Simon Armitage (pictured)
7 January - Baroness Warsi
8 January - Reverend Richard Coles
Source BBC Four
December 9, 2020 4:05am ET by BBC Four