Appealing to history buffs and dedicated ramblers alike, Sir Tony Robinson embarks on spectacular walks through some of Britain's most historic landscapes in search of the richest stories from Britain's past. In each programme, Tony follows a bespoke route that allows him to explore on foot both the history of a particularly colourful historical period or event, and the spectacular landscape in which those events unfolded. The walks are proper expeditions with each one taking Tony several days. With various experts he encounters on the way, Tony reveals and discovers places and their hidden stories that ordinary walkers and ramblers might otherwise miss. As well as the history, Tony infuses each walk with an appreciation of some of the striking landscapes and geographical features Britain contains.
1. Bronte Country Tony's walk tells the life story of the remarkable Bronte family and explores how the moors inspired their most famous novels.
2. Victoria and Albert's Highland Fling Tony walks across the Cairngorms to Balmoral, in the footsteps of Victoria and Albert who discovered and promoted the Scottish Highlands, enthusiastically adopting the kilt, the Highland Games, hunting and fishing.
3. The Norman Conquest of Pembrokeshire Tony traces the Norman conquest of this corner of Wales which still feels more English than the rest of the country, nearly 1000 years later.
4. Nazi Occupation: The Channel Islands For five years, the Channel Islands were occupied by the Germans, the only part of the British Isles to be so. Tony tells of the story of the Occupation; its physical impact is still very visible and the experience still remembered.
5. King John's Ruin: The Peak District Nowhere is fact and fiction so entwined than in the stories of King John, Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Yet out of this legendary time came Magna Carta, a foundation stone of modern democracy. On the 800th anniversary of the signing, Tony unravels the history from the myth.
6. England's Last Battle: The West Country In 1685, a rebel army landed at the pretty Dorset port of Lyme Regis and swept up through Somerset, pausing at Taunton to declare its leader, Duke of Monmouth, the rightful king. Tony walks in their footsteps and relives their spirit.