There’s nothing more British than a pub.
In a brand new adventure, The Hairy Bikers, Si King and Dave Myers, take to the road to pull up a bar stool, enjoy a pint and explore the hundreds of years of extraordinary history and tradition of these charismatic watering holes and their surroundings.
During their stay at the Wasdale Head Inn, at the foot of Scafell Pike and Great Gable and famous for its strong connection to early British climbing, they meet up with Professors Sally Bushell and Simon Bainbridge, from The Wordsworth Centre at Lancaster University, to take part in some 18th century tourist activities.
Professor Bainbridge accompanied Si on a walk towards Scafell and explained that it was a key location in the early history of mountaineering where the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge made a pioneering descent from the summit via the hazardous route of Broad Stand.
Professor Bushell took the more leisurely route alongside Wast Water where she outlined the merits of a picturesque experience of the landscape and advised Dave whilst he sketched the scene.
“It was a great pleasure working with Dave and Si,” says Professor Bushell. “The Hairy Bikers bring earlier historical ways of responding to the Lake District alive again in the present.”
Professor Bainbridge added: “At the Wordsworth Centre we are interested in researching all kinds of Lake District writing about the landscape. It was fantastic to be able to share this knowledge with Si and Dave and to make it accessible to the public.”
With their customary warmth, charm and humour, Si and Dave visit villages, towns and cities across Britain to meet passionate local experts, landlords and locals determined to keep alive the pubs, inns and taverns which have been at the heart of our communities for years.
Dave Myers, who hails from Barrow, comments: “Over fifteen episodes we examine the rich history and tradition of watering holes dating from the English Civil War to the Liverpool 'Mersey Beat' generation, the body-snatching Edinburgh pubs of Burke and Hare to the miners’ pubs of South Wales - and we’ve met some brilliant, eccentric and fascinating people along the way.”
‘The Pubs that Built Britain’ starts on Monday 18 April at 6.30pm on BBC Two and you can see Professors Bushell and Bainbridge in action on Tuesday (19 April).