I am enjoying the series Great British Journeys on British television at the moment.
In this fascinating series, Nick Crane investigates eight epic and challenging journeys, following in the footsteps of our greatest indigenous explorers.
From the 12th century to the 20th, from major cities to the wilds of the Hebrides, Nick pieces together how the map of Britain took shape. And, in the process, discovers something about who we are.
In 1772, Thomas Pennant set out to explore the last remaining blank on the map of the British Isles, a place he described as ‘desolation itself’.
At the time, more was known about America’s east coast than about the Hebrides.
In Observations on the River Wye (1770), William Gilpin drew, painted and discussed one of the most beautiful rivers in Great Britain.
The next journey undertaken in the series and the one I’m looking forward to, was that of the lady explorer, Celia Fiennes.