Aerial Journeys | Looking at the British landscape from the air
CHANNEL | Radio 4
FIRST BROADCAST | 13 January 1988
DURATION | 44 minutes 47 seconds
From the humble beginnings of rock climbing near London to scaling Mount Everest, Chris Bonington recalls the significant expeditions and places in his life while climbing Goat Crag near his home. Despite it all, he concludes that wherever he goes in the world, there's nowhere more beautiful than his beloved Lake District.
Goat Crag was formed during the Caledonian period (approximately 500 million years ago). Some geology of the area may even predate this time. The Lake District contains the largest English lake, Windermere, and the highest English mountain, Scafell Pike, and became a national park in 1951.
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