Intrepid presenter Nicholas Crane investigates eight epic journeys, following in the footsteps of our greatest indigenous explorers.
Nick presents eight of the most interesting traveller-chroniclers to have explored and reported on the state of the nation. From Gerald of Wales who embarked on a seven week journey around the wild perimeter of Wales in March 1188, to HV Morton, the journalist and travel writer who crossed the length and breadth of England by car in the 1920s. Others include Celia Fiennes who started her many journeys around Britain on horseback in the late 1600s at the age of 20, Tudor antiquarian John Leland, Daniel Defoe, William Cobbett, Thomas Pennant, and William Gilpin, who travelled through the north of England by boat in 1770.
Nicholas Crane is one of the world's incandescent enthusiasts - Guardian
A man with adventure in his soul and a talent for communicating his passion, Crane is something of a treasure - DAILY MAIL
A serious and absorbing book - DAILY TELEGRAPH
With his passion for travelling and the traveller, Crane is a fascinating guide . . . A unique account - WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY
Highly readable, informative, amusing . . . These travellers found challenge, diversity and beauty . . . it's a joy that, in following them, we find similar experiences today - BBC COUNTRYFILE MAGAZINE
He presents so triumphantly that you can't help sharing his thrill of discovery - THE TIMES
Nicholas Crane is an author, geographer, cartographic expert and recipient of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society's Mungo Park Medal in recognition of outstanding contributions to geographical knowledge, and of the Royal Geographical Society's Ness Award for popularising geography and the understanding of Britain. He has presented several acclaimed series on BBC2, among them MAP MEN, TOWN, BRITANNIA and COAST. He was elected President of the Royal Geographical Society in 2015.