New BBC 2 series filmed in charity’s grounds near Ambleside



The stunning estate grounds of youth charity, Brathay Trust, is the location for a new BBC 2 series with Chris Packham starting next week (5 April).
 

‘Me And My Dog’ sees eight owners and their canines, from across the UK, compete for the title of ‘top dog’ in a unique partnership contest set in the testing terrain of the Lake District.
 
Over the four weekly episodes, the duos’ tackle physical and mental challenges supported by dog trainers and canine scientists. Only one pair can be crowned ultimate champion.
 
Challenges set in the 360 acre estate at Brathay Hall, at the head of Windermere, feature in all four episodes. In the first two episodes they include a gate trial, where the dogs navigate a series of gates on instructions from their owners, and paddle-boarding on the Lake. The contest also includes testing scenarios in Grizedale Forest and Rydal Beck.
 
Dog devotee, naturalist, wildlife expert and TV presenter Chris Packham provides a fascinating insight into the science behind the incredible bond between hound and human as the competition progresses.
 
Filmed last summer, Brathay’s Venue Manager Yvonne Athersmith said:
 
“It’s been great to see the grounds used in a totally new way. Usually it’s full of youngsters and adults on our programmes or those taking part in events like the ASICS Windermere Marathon, Brathay 10in10 or our cycling sportives.
 
“We are lucky to be based in such an inspiring and beautiful place. Coming here can be a life-changing experience and I am sure some of the contestants will have some unforgettable moments to look back on” added Yvonne.
 
The first episode of Me and My Dog will be broadcast on Wednesday 5 April, on BBC 2 between 8pm and 9pm. The second episode will air at the same time, the following week (Wednesday 12 April).
 
Brathay works with 7,000 young people a year in the north of England and many visit Brathay Hall. The 70 year old charity’s mission is to improve the life chances of children, young people and families by inspiring them to engage positively in their communities. This work is helped by revenue from Brathay’s People and Organisation Development consultancy along with enterprising fundraising and support from individuals, businesses and partners.
 

 
Image shows, from left:

Josh Rice with dog Douglas
Jennie (Badger) Routley with dog Bodger
Colin Edwards with dog Mitch
Toni Pugh-Thomas with dog Flapjack
Andrew Paterson with dog Betty
 

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