A SURPRISE AROUND EVERY CORNER
The Yorkshire Wolds Way airs on BBC Two in June. Here, presenter Paul Rose reveals why he loves this particular walking route
Q: You have walked several of Britain’s long-distant paths – what makes the Yorkshire Wolds Way distinct and special?
A: I spend my life working in the world’s most remote and challenging environments. I love the truly wild places and am willing to pay the physical and emotional cost of those huge journeys. Typically when I am home in England I still find myself looking for physically demanding activities – big walks, runs, bike rides, canoeing and climbing. But when I walked the Wolds Way I instantly loved the sense of ease and peaceful beauty. There is a beautiful surprise around every corner. Nobody was more surprised than me that a walk this rewarding could be so easy. I’m hooked!
Q: What were your highlights?
A: My absolute favourite moment was riding a vintage penny farthing. I loved it so much that I bought one and I ride it every day!
It’s hard to pick just a few highlights. I rowed across the Humber in a traditional Humber gig, I re-created a David Hockney painting, learned how to fly a glider, caught moths using Victorian methods. I camped at Bempton Cliffs with a few hundred sheep and enjoyed a cuppa and cake with the locals at Thixendale… There was so much to do!
Q: Did you encounter any challenges on the walk?
A: I was gripped by riding the penny farthing. The seat is nose high, the pedals are fixed to the front axle so when I pedalled I found that I was in a wrestling match with myself as I fought the effect of pushing the pedals into the steering. Sitting so high made me feel that I would surely go over the handlebars and there are no brakes!
Q: What does country walking do for you personally?
A: Country walking offers so much reward for a small amount of physical and emotional effort that it brings me a true state of plenitude. The movement, sense of pace, sights, sounds and smells with regular stops at those terrific cafes bring my life in balance.
Explorer Paul Rose stayed closer to home for his Yorkshire Wolds Way walk