New TV series ‘Britain by Bike’

Sorry about posting this late, only just found out it’s on. BBC Four are showing, A six part series to be shown on Tuesday evenings at 8.30pm. Clare Balding sets out on a two-wheel odyssey to re-discover Britain – from the saddle of a touring cycle.

The first two are still on the BBC iPlayer:-

North Devon
First broadcast BBC Four, 8:30pm Tue, 20 Jul 2010

Her first journey takes Clare to the rugged and beautiful Atlantic coast of north Devon – from Lynmouth, scene of Britain’s worst flood disaster in the early 1950s, to Ilfracombe via Little Switzerland, and a hidden silver mine whose riches probably helped England win the Battle of Agincourt.

URL: (Available until 8:59pm Tue, 31 Aug 2010)

The Welsh Borders
First broadcast BBC Four, 8:30pm Tue, 27 Jul 2010

Clare’s journey into Wales is rich in literary connections to both Bruce Chatwin and AE Housman. She reveals how a cycle factory went to war and finds out about the Bride’s Tree – a bizarre village ceremony with a dark secret.

URL: (Available until 8:59pm Tue, 31 Aug 2010)

Here is the information for the ones that are still to be showing on TV:-

The Isle of Wight (Tuesday 3rd August 2010)
Time: 08:30 PM to 09:00 PM

Her journey to the Isle of Wight explores its unique sense of otherness – a strange power which could cure Dickens’s writer’s block, repel the deadly attentions of the Luftwaffe and give Victorian poet Tennyson a comforting sense of his own death.

West Yorkshire (Tuesday 10th August 2010)
Time: 08:30 PM to 09:00 PM

As she cycles through Bronte Country on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border, Clare uncovers a unique photographic collection depicting the hidden daily life of a Yorkshire mill town, a string of remarkable women and a secret club for henpecked husbands.