Mary-Ann said: “It has been fantastic to be involved in these films. Hill walking is something almost everyone can do and it has massive benefits for health and wellbeing. The Lake District has sublime summits, picture-postcard landscapes, and some wonderful villages and pubs. There is also a great cultural tradition stretching from Wordsworth to Wainwright and far beyond. Get out there and explore it for yourself.”
Hugh Harris from Marmot UK said: “These films show you don’t need to be a hardened mountaineer to have meaningful adventurous experiences – the Lake District hills are for everyone, and they are on our national doorstep.”
Ben Winston RIP: It is with deep regret that we report that our much-loved and talented filmmaker Ben Winston died in the Peak District on Saturday 19 September. Read tributes to Ben here.
Alex Messenger of BMC TV said: “It's no exaggeration to say Ben's films made BMC TV what it is. From his series of short films of Britain's Mountain Challenges and Great Walks to his more thoughtful wandering such as iWalk and Go Wild, his experience of a storyteller who fully loved the British outdoors shines through.”
Great Walks presenter Mary-Ann said: “I only met Ben this May, but in the short time we worked together, I knew I’d made a lifelong friend. The quality of Ben’s work speaks for itself – but it’s not always obvious just how much graft a 4-minute short demands.
“Ben never stopped - he was as enthusiastic at the end of an 18–hour day as he was at the start. It felt less like work and more like being on holiday with a great mate. We just happened to make five films along the way and walk some fantastic fells. His work will stand tribute to him, and hopefully inspire a new generation of people to discover the mountains for themselves.”
So in tribute to 'Wild' Ben, and primarily because they are cracking little films, please share the Great Walks series wherever you can. Enjoy!