Appealing to history buffs and dedicated ramblers alike, Sir Tony Robinson embarks on six walks through some of Britain's most spectacular and historic landscapes in search of the richest stories from the past. In each episode, Tony follows a bespoke route that allows him to explore on foot both the history of a particularly colourful period or events that unfolded in the region. With experts he encounters on the way, Tony reveals and discovers places that ordinary walkers and ramblers might otherwise miss, infusing each walk with an appreciation of some of the striking landscapes and geographical features he encounters.
Episode 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.
Episode 2. Victoria & 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.
Episode 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.
Episode 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.
Episode 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.
Episode 6. England's Last Battle - 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.