Craig and Bruno’s Great British Road Trips – 21 July 2021 – 21/7/2021 – Wednesday – ITV
In episode two, Bruno and Craig explore the stunning Yorkshire Dales. Their route begins in Skipton, passing Bolton Priory before winding their way across Malham Moor and Ribblehead Viaduct. Further north, they then drive the awe-inspiring Buttertubs Pass, before following the River Swale to enjoy Tea for Two in Richmond.
Bruno’s in the driving seat and it’s proving a white-knuckle ride for Craig as they get their first taste of the hairpin bends and dramatic peaks and troughs of the dale’s roads. But thankfully there is a treat in store, as Bruno has arranged a game of cricket with the locals, to make Aussie Craig feel at home by playing his national sport. They arrive at the Upper Wharfedale Cricket Club for some coaching with the team but Craig is feeling anxious: “Do you know how hard the ball is and how fast it travels? I don’t think I’ve ever done it with real cricket balls, I’ve only ever used tennis balls!”
Bruno gets them padded up in all their ‘special places’ and donning their best cricket whites, only for Craig to be bowled out on his very first ball. But he soon gets into the swing of it and decides it must be in his Australian blood after all.
Their next stop is the historical village of Malham, where they meet traditional blacksmith Annabelle to have a go at crafting their own shepherd’s crook using a hammer and anvil. Craig tells Bruno: “You’re like an old Granny with it! Come on! Release your aggression!”
Back on the road, they head to Ribblehead Viaduct and Craig is impressed: “That is unbelievable. How gorgeous. There are 24 archways, I think it’s 104-feet-tall, so it’s quite a beast. It took 2000 men to build it.”
Bruno and Craig meet up with the Yorkshire Dales Classic Car Club and are as excited as kids in a candy store. Bruno says: “I am in car heaven. Monumental landscapes and classic cars!”
Craig is thrilled to meet a fellow owner of his own beloved Triumph Stag and they are delighted to join the car procession down the picturesque country road. Admiring the vehicles Bruno says: “It’s almost like a fashion show of supermodels!”
The following day, the guys are back in their red mini driving north to the majestic Buttertubs Pass, one of the most famous roads in the world. As they wind their way uphill on the narrow road against a dramatic drop, it becomes clear this is a route for adrenaline junkies.
Bruno recovers by sampling some Yorkshire Ale and enjoying the views at Britain’s highest inn. The Tan Hill Inn dates back to 1586 and started as a watering hole for miners and travellers believed to include Dick Turpin. While cooking enthusiast Craig can’t resist getting behind the pub barbecue to help cook-up a lunch of T-bone steaks and lamb chops.
Craig says: “The beauty about the Yorkshire Dales is that they are ever changing, aren’t they? As you move from one dale to the next. Completely different.”
Their next stop is the huge 1800-acre Ellerton Abbey Farm. Craig’s Great-Great Grandfather was a sheep farmer and he’s keen to get stuck in. As the farmer shows them the old abbey ruin from which the farm takes its name, Craig says: “Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have this in your back yard? With a big tree growing inside it?!”
Bruno and Craig agree to help move the cows into an area of fresh grass before Bruno is given the job of directing a sheepdog to herd some sheep through a gate. It soon turns out to be one of the greatest choreography challenges of his career, despite his attempts to win them over with his best Yorkshire accent…
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About Craig and Bruno’s Great British Road Trips
Quickstep on the gas! Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli are exploring some of the country’s most iconic and best loved road trips in this brand new six-part series, as the two great friends leave the dancefloor behind to enjoy some spectacular sights around beautiful Britain.
Taking on six of the ultimate scenic routes, from Cornwall to the Cotswolds, the Yorkshire Dales to the Lake District, surprise petrol-heads Craig and Bruno are massive motoring enthusiasts and determined to make some memories.
Originally hailing from Australia and Italy, the pair have both lived in Britain for many years but travel around their adopted homeland has so far been limited to showbiz tours and demanding performance schedules.
So, each episode Craig and Bruno will immerse themselves in a different part of Britain. From the twists and turns of Cheddar Gorge, the brooding mountain roads of the Scottish Highlands, the sparkling waters of the Lake District, the captivating Cornish coast, magnificent Yorkshire Dales and the dizzying heights of the mountains of Snowdonia.
Featuring breath-taking scenery, fascinating stories, incredible adventures led by local experts and a shared passion for good food and spontaneous dance moves, this is a trip that promises to be as much about the journey as the destination.
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