With Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan we drive across the natural wonders of Northern England. Starting from London, they’re making a report for the Observer magazine. You see first the Lancashire valleys north of Manchester. One could have in mind the industrial view of Northern England, but nature is quite preserved. They’re starting to see them from the A59 in Clitheroe.

Why don’t we use the GPS?

– I always like maps. When we used to go on holidays as kids, my father would plan the route, and he would show us on the map what it was. And we did follow it. That was nice.

The actors are first staying and eating at « The Inn » at Whitewell for the first night after a day-long drive from London. No network, so that the actors are forced to climb a hill just to make a call:

That inn is located right at the south of The Bowland region that are petty hills situated right in the centre of Great Britain.

Down South Cumbria on to Cartmel where they would see the Morecambe Bay from the distance:

At Cartmel you see the actors eating at L’Enclume restaurant and staying there overnight. Rob and Steve never managed to do « the Trip to France », but the waiter has the accent and you quite feel here on the other side of the Channel…

Next you see them along the Windermere, to eat alongside it at Windermere, Holbeck Ghyll, which is food is a « contemporary take on English and French cuisine », as the website reads.

Walking the Cumbrian Way (CW) near Langdale:

And then visiting the Dove Cottage in Grasmere:

At some point in the film you see them elsewhere, in a hotel that’s possibly in Kettlewell. This is very far away the previous scene. It may be a glitch in the scenes.

Next we see them in the countryside. This is presumably south of the Yorshire Dales area, where a meeting with the team is taking place. It’s in the Hipping Hall hotel and restaurant, around which Steve Coogan was photoshooted:

After that photograph meeting, the two heroes leave and cross the Yorkshire Dales and we hear the name of some places among which are Hawes, Oughtershaw, Buckden, Kettlewell; they’re using the small roads on purpose.

Then that gorgeous remote place that looks to be the Gordale Scar and Malham Cove where Steve Coogan left Rob for a while to climb atop the cliff to find an incredible limestone pavement; but he did not enjoyed his rest too long…

Harry Potter, he’s been there too.

They’re then eating and resting at the Yorke Arms restaurant at Ramsgill on the shores of the Gouthwaite Reservoir:

Early in the next morning, they would visit the ruins of the Bolton Abbey and discuss about the vicissitudes of life there.

The final step would be eating outside at The Angel Inn in Hetton, enjoying a sunny winter day.

Before visiting Steve’s parents at Harrogate and heading back to London for the end of the trip.

You might have missed my trip to Scotland in 2019 : it’s here

(Mappingforyou.eu is a free map service dedicated to landscapes and slow tourism)