Robin Hood's Bay to feature on new BBC Winter Walks series set to air next week

Poet Laureate Simon Armitage takes a beach walk from Boggle Hole to Robin Hood's Bay, as well as the Cinder Track, as part of a new BBC series screening next week.

By Duncan Atkins
Thursday, 10th December 2020, 4:04 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th December 2020, 4:08 pm

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.

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 aerial images.

In Winter Walks: Simon Armitage, which screens on BBC1 North East & Cumbria on Tuesday (Dec 15), at 8.30pm, a coastal walk is the setting for the Poet Laureate's ramble along Yorkshire’s enchanting and historic frontier with the North Sea.

Simon Armitage on his walk around Robin Hood's Bay.

Starting in Ravenscar, Simon Armitage takes the old Cinder Track disused railway line.

Carrying a 360-degree camera, he passes former quarries and brickworks, before taking a beach walk from Boggle Hole to picture-perfect Robin Hood’s Bay.

Simon witnesses at first-hand the impact of coastal erosion, and meets farmers and locals living and working by the sea.

He ends his journey with a seaside pint of local ale.

Simon Armitage in Robin Hood's Bay

The series, which can be seen in its entirety next month on BBC 4 as well as on iPlayer, also features Rev Richard Coles, Selina Scott, Lemn Sissay and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi taking in other majestic landscapes including the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria.

Aisling O’Connor, Head of TV Commissioning for BBC England, said: “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.”

Winter Walks was made for BBC England and produced by Cy Chadwick at Atypical.

A message from the editor

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the highest standards in the world.

The dramatic events of 2020 are having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers and consequently the advertising that we receive.

We are now more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news by buying a copy of our newspaper.

Thank you,

Jean MacQuarrie, Editor-in-Chief