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Former Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury will lead ITV viewers on a magical walk in Dorset in her new series Best Walks with a View, including the coastal cliffs of Golden Cap.
“It was absolutely glorious, there were sun rays illuminating the sea. It was absolutely beautiful,” Bradbury said to the media in the lead up to the programme, which started airing in late February. “We were lucky in Dorset. We took an executive decision, the forecast was good for the first day of filming. So we did the final bit of the walk and Golden Cap first. We wanted to make sure the end of the walk was in the sunshine, so we filmed back to front.”
The Dorset episode of Best Walks with a View will air on ITV1 on Friday 4 March. If you miss it live, the episode will be available on demand afterwards on the digital ITV Hub.
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The Golden Cap Estate is part of the National Trust and includes more than 25 miles of coastal footpaths. From Langdon Hill Wood to the cliffs of Thorncombe Beacon, the Golden Cap Estate encompasses all of the breathtaking natural beauty of the Jurassic Coast. With views of Dartmoor on clear days, it is no wonder that producers of the programme selected it to feature.
“It’s not a documentary, it’s meant to be a story and they are meant to show off the local landscape and history to their absolute best,” Bradbury said. “I really enjoy that coastline, it’s always a pleasure to come back every time.”
During the television episode, Bradbury walked to Colmer’s Hill in Symondsbury and spoke to local residents about the hill’s special place, not just in the landscape of the Jurassic Coast, but also in the hearts and minds of its locals. The crew then went for a pint and some food at the nearby Anchor Inn.
In creating the eight-part series, they also filmed portions of the new series in West Dorset, as well as travelling around the UK to locations including the Peak District and the Lake District to find the best walks with the best views.
See Dorset’s Golden Cap yourself
A jewel of England, Dorset is a perennial favourite for travellers seeking the best in cottage holidays. Its natural diversity, proximity to the sea, and ease of access from London and cities in the North all make Dorset a destination not to be missed.
You can walk in Bradbury’s footsteps when staying in your own holiday cottage in Dorset. At Heber Cottage in Toller Porcorum, a family of six can comfortably enjoy the experience. This 200-year-old cottage features two wood-burning stoves and is only 9 miles from the Jurassic Coast. See more details here.