Britain's Best Drives

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Travel Documentary hosted by Richard Wilson, published by BBC in 2009 - English narration

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Richard Wilson takes a journey into the past, following routes raved about in motoring guides of 50 years ago.

[edit] North Yorkshire Moors

Richard drives a classic Morris Minor Traveller from Scarborough to Whitby via the Yorkshire moors. On the way, he learns about the rise and fall of the British seaside resorts, takes a toll road through the Dalby Forest and checks out the Hole of Horecum. He finds out how the village of Goathland now lives a double life, and ends up with a carload of goths on their way to visit Whitby Abbey.

[edit] North Wales

Richard takes the wheel of Ford Zodiac to drive the circular route from Caernarfon that loops through some of Snowdonia's most sensational scenery. He gets a Welsh lesson at Caernarfon Castle, learns the significance of the Dinorwic slate quarry, drives the Llanberis Pass, meets 71-year-old human fly Eric Jones and takes a trip down memory lane at a former Butlins holiday camp.

[edit] North Cornish Coast

Richard struggles to get to grips with a retro VW camper van as he drives the coast road from St Ives to Land's End. He learns of St Ives's 1950s abstract art heyday and meets a 95-year-old painter still at work in Porthmeor Studios. He discovers why DH Lawrence was expelled from the county, hears legends of Cornish mermaids and gets to know his van on a blustery clifftop campsite.

[edit] Lake District

Richard drives a sporty, convertible Triumph TR3A around some of the Lake District's most famous roads. He gets the lowdown on the area from author and resident Hunter Davies, takes on a notorious road, celebrates his birthday at one of Britain's highest pubs and learns how climate change is affecting this delicate landscape.

[edit] The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

Using an Austin Cambridge to explore an area that claims to be the birthplace of British tourism, Richard learns about life before the Severn Bridge, finds out why thousands of tourists flocked to the Wye Valley in search of the 'picturesque' and discovers how ancient customs are still practised in the medieval Forest of Dean, with his trip culminating at a renowned viewpoint.

[edit] The Trossachs

Richard returns to the country of his birth in a splendid 1950s Bentley. He drops in on his sister, returns to the original 'Dr Finlay' house, takes to the water to find out how Sir Walter Scott inspired a deluge of sightseers to the region, drives Scotland's most famous road in the company of a bevy of vintage bikers and discovers just what it is about great vistas that gives us all such a thrill.

[edit] Richard Wilson Learns to Drive (Extra)

In preparation for a motor journey, Richard is put through his paces as he learns how to use a gear stick again, having driven only automatics for the past 30 years. He drives classic cars, goes off-road, experiences the thrills and spills of the skidpan and gets a lesson in driving high performance cars from five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
  • Video Bitrate: CRF 20
  • Video Resolution: 1280x720
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frame Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC
  • Audio Bitrate: Q=0.45 VBR 48KHz (~120Kbps)
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 29 mins
  • Number of Parts: 6+1
  • Part Size: 596 MB (average)
  • Source: HDTV (upscaled)
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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