The Yorkshire Dales and The Lakes: Season by Season


The Yorkshire Dales and The Lake District – two neighbouring national parks that are a hotspot for lovers of the great British outdoors, especially in summer. Whether it’s water sports or wildlife spotting, fell walking or countryside camping, you’re spoilt for choice in the Dales and Lakes.

But these places are far more than just high-season tourist attractions. Year round, rain or shine, the Dales and the Lakes are home to hard working folk that strive to earn a living in this beautiful, but sometimes harsh, corner of northern England.

Their lives are defined by the seasons – none more so than upland sheep farming families like the Blands – who must tend to their animals no matter what the weather brings.

In this seasonal four-part series, we’ll follow father and son shepherds, Peter and Robert Bland, as they shift their flocks of Herdwick sheep to and from the fell tops near Grasmere, tending to them in the same way as has been done for centuries.

From pregnancy testing in the bleak depths of winter to spring lambing; shearing in the warm summer months to selling off older sheep in the autumn, the Blands take us on their journey through the farming calendar, season by season.

As well as the Blands, the series also celebrates others that work and play here as the seasons come and go.

From adventurers scaling mountains and conquering rivers, to gamekeepers ensuring rare bird species thrive, and villagers that know of no better way to get together than a classic game of cricket.

These are the stories of the people that call the Dales and Lakes home, all year round.