Tony Robinson: Coast to Coast

Tony Robinson: Coast to Coast

Series 1 - Episode 3



This is a cut above most amiable travelogues, due to the sheer level and variety of activity. The genre’s all about meeting people and having a go at stuff, and Tony Robinson never stops.

This week he traverses Cumbria’s Eden Valley, which he ends up preferring to the Lake District. Steady on! Perhaps you would too if you’d made Cumberland sausage, milked a Jersey cow, sniffed a wild orchid, investigated ancient hilltop beacons, commanded a sheepdog and overseen a dramatic mountain rescue, all in quick succession.

Robinson usually charges urgently eastwards on foot, but travel nerds will love the section on the working mid-century buses that are more than a heritage attraction: for villages where all other transport links have been cut, they’re a lifeline.


The presenter visits Eden Valley, Cumbria, where he makes a dramatic ascent to the limestone-paved Great Asby Scar, the last evidence of a 300 million-year-old tropical sea. Smardale Gill viaduct has Tony marvelling at its engineering genius, before he investigates the 21st-century technology driving a traditional dairy. The actor and history buff gets a masterclass working with border collie sheepdogs before heading to Nine Standards Rigg, a summit high on the backbone of Britain, where he contemplates the origins of the huge drystone cairns that dominate the skyline.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Tony Robinson
Executive Producer Colette Foster
Executive Producer Melanie Darlaston
Series Director Chris Kershaw