Julia Bradbury shares her walking highlights at one of The Telegraph’s most successful reader events -
Entering to rapturous applause, Julia Bradbury took centre stage last month as Telegraph readers were invited to an exclusive event to hear about her globetrotting adventures, which have seen her walking in some of Britain’s most beautiful locations.
Packed to the rafters, the eager crowd were seated more than half an hour before the talk began, none wishing to give up their place in the audience with our "roving ambassador."
Starting by drawing parallels with her hero Jackie Collins, Julia talked about how she made the leap from Hollywood correspondent on daytime TV, by following her life-long passion for walking and landing her dream job presenting Countryfile. This role has seen her go on to some amazing around-the-world adventures, whilst still managing to celebrate everything that is great about exploring the UK.
Highlights of the talk included riding the Trans-Siberian Express with fellow Countryfile presenter Matt Baker as part of Children in Need’s Around the World in the 80s and trekking 60km of Iceland’s spectacular Lanmann-allauger Trail, a path rich in volcanoes and geothermal features, reinvigorated with new hills in the wake of the famous Eyjafjallajokull’s eruption. Julia also boasts being lucky enough to experience a walking safari in South Africa, before the proliferation of hunting and the displacement of animals made it too dangerous a pursuit in many local regions.
Closer to home, her stint on ‘The Wonders of Britain’ allowed her to return to her beloved Peak District, trekking Winnat’s Pass for the very first time alongside her father, who first inspired her love of walking as a child. The unmissable Lake District was also given a mention, not just for its breathtaking beauty, but for marking a pivotal point in her career, as she secured the chance to follow in the footsteps of British Fellwalker Alfred Wainwright. A role that she describes as one of the most rewarding projects she has ever worked on.
Journalist and interviewer Jeremy Skidmore found no shortage of questions for after the talk, with the audience desperate to learn more about her forthcoming walks and benefit from her endless recommendations. In fact, having inspired the crowd around this unique way of exploring the world, where adventures abound and friendships are formed, one thing was clear; after 45 minutes of pure travel bliss, Julia had certainly gained more than a few new friends of her own!
This year we've worked with Julia to put together "Julia Loves", a collection of her favourite tours from our latest holiday brochure.