Life Affirmingly Good!

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Cornish adventures in “Cornwall and Devon Walks with Julia Bradbury” is now airing Wednesdays at 8pm, on ITV.

Yes, the eight-episode series does what it says on the tin, as Julia Bradbury exuberantly exclaims in her introduction that Cornwall and Devon are “Life affirmingly good!”

And right she is. Julia treks with backpack along some of the most breathtaking scenery captured with drone photography in these two counties and remains uplifting and cheery throughout. 

Although much of her walks would be accessible for most moderately healthy folks, some are arduous treks for those wanting more. 

I remember watching Julia on her The Greek Islands series, so I knew I was in for some stunning scenery, and perhaps more importantly for our times,  not requiring international travel!

This new eight-part series for ITV features Julia Bradbury taking us to parts of the West Country that can only be explored on foot – from the epic wilderness of Dartmoor, the white sands and azure seas of the Atlantic coastline, to the soaring cliffs of Land’s End.

The first episode has Julia visiting a stretch of coastline in west Cornwall known for its mythical landscapes and a special quality of light that is said to have inspired artists for centuries.  It was 100% what the Cornish coast is about in my opinion and captured me completely!

For those not familiar with what is Dartmoor Moor, her travels through the national park shows off one of the UK’s most inspirational landscapes and last great wildernesses.  I wanted to be alongside her on her seven-mile circular walk from the iconic Hay Tor, although the part where she was climbing its towering granite rocks, would perhaps be a good chance for me to stay and just take photos.  She talks about the Dartmoor Pony, and discovers some of the myths and legends of the moor, including the Harry Potter connection.

“The best way to see the true landscape of Cornwall and Devon is on foot. I’ll be going to the places only your walking boots can take you, from the rugged rocks of Dartmoor to the drama of the North Atlantic coast. And en route, I’ll be seeking out the counties’ most unforgettable views, sampling some of the region’s most famous fare, and meeting the people that make Cornwall and Devon so unique. So walk with me, it’s going to be an adventure you never forget.”

– Julia Bradbury

 From beautiful beaches to ancient woodlands and winding estuaries, Julia singularly harnesses the country’s love of the outdoors and the best walks the south west has to offer.

And Padstow of course!

Cornwall and Devon are home to thousands of miles of the country’s most varied terrain and walking routes, and one of the best parts of the series is just when Julia stops and has a chat with people who live and work in these two counties, as well as sampling some of its legendary fare.

And speaking of legendary fare, I was really pleased to see her explore the home port of my favourite chef, Rick Stein, as she set off from popular picturesque Padstow, five miles up the stunning north Cornish coast, to the surfing hotspot of Trevone Bay.   The sense that we get from her exploration of the region on foot is not usually touched upon by ‘normal’ travel or outdoors series.   You really feel the beauty and majesty of the country in an inspirational way. 

Julia’s stamina and vibrancy are infectious, and each episode had me transfixed. 

Cornish adventures in “Cornwall and Devon Walks with Julia Bradbury” is now airing Wednesdays at 8.00pm, on ITV.

Speaking of Padstow, don’t miss my review of Rick Stein’s Cornwall series here.

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