The Lakes: Walking Through History

The Lakes: Walking Through History

Series 2



The Lake District was not always considered a place of stirring beauty. Long before Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter helped popularise the area, it was a forbidding, mountainous enclave that invading Roman legions struggled to conquer.

Tony Robinson retraces the Romans’ steps and discovers that once they had settled, they built roads, forts, bath houses and a major port; all of which enabled them to export the lead, silver and iron they mined in the region. Most tourists hiking through notice little of this, but Robinson finds there are numerous relics of the 300-year occupation – if you know where to look.


It was 30 years after the Romans invaded Britain that they were ready to take on the challenge of conquering the Lake District. With the toughest landscape they had encountered in the nation, peopled by a rebellious tribe, it was no small task, but within a few years, the whole of Lakeland was under their control. Tony Robinson tackles the journey by himself, walking 50 miles from Penrith to Ambleside and on to the Irish Sea at Ravenglass, discovering that the Romans encountered beauty and danger in equal measure.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Tony Robinson
Director Nick Gillam-Smith
Executive Producer Philip Clarke
Producer Nick Gillam-Smith
Series Producer Owen Rodd