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Lydney to Newport

Michael Portillo sees why the Victorians fell for the romantic ruins of Tintern Abbey and discovers Britain's hidden micro-mines within the Forest of Dean.

Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with a copy of George Bradshaw's Victorian Railway Guidebook. Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country to see how the railways changed us, and what remains of Bradshaw's Britain.

All this week he is travelling west, from Oxford in the heart of England, through the Malvern Hills and into Wales, taking in the unique Victorian heritage of the South Wales coastline.

Today Michael discovers Britain's hidden micro-mines within the Forest of Dean, sees why the Victorians fell for the romantic ruins of Tintern Abbey and uncovers the railway engineering behind the industrial icon that is Newport Transporter Bridge.

29 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Michael Portillo
Series Producer Jay Taylor
Executive Producer John Comerford

Broadcasts

  • Wed 18 Jan 2012 18:30
  • Tue 29 May 2012 02:00
  • Fri 1 Jun 2012 01:05
  • Wed 21 Aug 2013 18:30
  • Wed 21 Aug 2013 19:30
  • Mon 25 Nov 2013 19:30
  • Tue 26 Nov 2013 01:50
  • Wed 22 Oct 2014 16:50

Steam Railways

Steam Railways

A collection of programmes from the BBC archives on the beauty of steam locomotives.