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Wednesday, 01 April 2015

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Rory Bremner to highlight Lakeland idylls

TV presenter and impressionist Rory Bremner is set to take viewers on a journey around Britain – including Cumbria – in a collection of 20, hour-long travel shows specially commissioned for afternoons on ITV.

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Rory Bremner with shepherdess Alison O'Neill

Viewers will see the writer and comedian visit 20 iconic views around Great Britain, including the beautiful rural idylls of the Lake District.

Each show will culminate in a classic British view as seen by Rory, as well as taking in some less well-known sights along the way, as seen through the eyes of locals, who live and work in each of the places he visits.

The first episode is to be broadcast today on ITV, at 2pm, during which Rory visits the Lake District and discovers a whole host of interesting things along the way.

He takes a trip to Honister Slate Mine, a paddle on Derwentwater with Keswick Canoe & Bushcraft, trying his hand at a spot of bushcraft along the way with Paul Weller, one of the instructors. During his time in the Lakes, Rory, 51, also visited Honister, the last working slate mine in England, based at the summit of the fourth steepest road in the country.

At the 900-year-old mine Rory, discovered how Honister, is keeping alive one of Britain’s dying industries. He watched craftsmen work on a variety of slate products including bathroom sinks, dining utensils and headstones. Afterwards he walked to the summit of Fleetwith Pike, standing 2,126ft above the valley floor to take in one of the most stunning views in the country; overlooking the Buttermere Valley, Crummock Water and Loweswater.

Rory also spent time with Alison O’Neill, the Shepherdess, walking with her around Yew Tree Farm, Coniston, discovering the freedom of barefoot walking in the beautiful Lake District.

During the course of filming for the programme, Rory visited the length and breadth of the country, taking in sights all over the UK.

Rory said: “It’s a journey around Britain looking for the most spectacular views – taking in the natural beauty of our mountains, lakes and coastlines and the fascinating history of our cities and castles.

“Along the way I get to meet people who live and work in the midst of some of our finest scenery. It doesn’t get any better than that.

“One of the greatest views was high up above a slate mine at Honister in the Lakes – their ‘little treasure’ as they described it.”


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