In Off the Beaten Track, Christine Bleakley goes in search of this side of our country that's hidden from view - a world you can only discover if you turn off our busy main roads and follow our enchanting byways, bridleways and winding country lanes.
This is off-the-beaten-track Britain as you have never seen it before; a Britain that we may have thought was disappearing but is in fact thriving - brimming with secret histories, curious customs and lively traditions - where old-fashioned and modern ways mingle.
And there's only one way to truly explore it: by getting involved. Across the six episodes Christine rolls her sleeves up and joins a ladies' tug of war team in the Peak District, is chased by bloodhounds in Essex, dodges whirlpools in Northern Ireland and that's before she's even uncovered ancient cave markings in Fife, whipped up some eye cream in Herefordshire, or gone swimming in the River Wye.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Off the Beaten Track - Off the Beaten Track (TV series) - Netflix
Off the Beaten Track was a British travel documentary show that aired on ITV from 1 November to 13 December 2013 and was presented by Christine Bleakley. In the series, a rival to the BBC's Countryfile, Bleakley “discovered Britain's hidden gems”, by travelling to places that are not generally considered tourist attractions. It was reported that she was inspired by “her love of Britain and a childhood spent holidaying at home”. She said of the series: “When we first discussed ideas for the series, I happened to mention that I had never had a foreign holiday until I was 18. I always holidayed at home and we travelled the length and breadth of Ireland and Scotland. I have a real appreciation of what is around us and this series is reminding people what a beautiful part of the world we live in. I loved every minute filming the show as it really was such a lovely, happy time.” Bleakley said she would “love” to make a second series, but in March 2014, it was announced that a second series would not be commissioned, said to be because of low ratings. A source for the show said, “It simply wasn't as strong as similar rival shows, and there's no chance of it returning.”
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