Griff Rhys-Jones climbs Napes NeedleSet the recorders: the second programme in the Mountain series airs tomorrow, with presenter Griff Rhys Jones in the Lake District, in his new guise as all-conquering action hero.

Griff Rhys Jones climbs Napes Needle


After his Cuillins adventure and conquering of Ben Hope and Suilven, Griff ropes up and tackles the more challenging Napes Needle, on the side of Great Gable.

Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, dubbed the original ‘adrenalin junkie’ inspires the former Not the Nine O’Clock News comedian’s visit to Broad Stand, scene of many a fatal accident on Scafell. He also traces the roots of the Quaker movement and examines how the Lake District, once thought a fearful place no-one in their right mind would want to visit, has become one of Britain’s honeypots, with 12m visitors a year. Griff on Fox's pulpit, Firbank Fell, near Sedbergh, with Quaker Roy StevensonFor that, we have Coleridge’s pal William Wordsworth to thank, for his near-single handed conversion of the view of Lakeland to that of an area of scenic splendour rather than foreboding mountains.

Actually, we rather like foreboding hills, but according to the BBC, they were once considered ‘God’s mistake’.

Griff on Fox's pulpit, Firbank Fell, near Sedbergh, with Quaker Roy Stevenson
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 The first of the series, in north-west Scotland, was generally well received, at least if grough readers’ comments are a gauge, and the scenery came across well, which is not an easy task on the small screen.

Julia Bradbury tackles Catbells in Wainwright's Walks Mountain screens on BBC1 tomorrow, Sunday 5 August, at 9pm. When it ends at 10pm, digital viewers can flip over to BBC4 to watch Julia Bradbury walking up Catbells, the introduction to Lakeland mountains for thousands of tourists who fancy a brisk stride at the end of their motor launch trip on Derwent Water. Julia’s programme is the second in the second series of Wainwright’s Walks, following routes described by the original Grumpy Old Fellwalker.

Julia Bradbury tackles Catbells in Wainwright's Walks