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

Countryfile Magazine - - Lazy Days -

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

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