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Nidderdale to star on BBC Two this Saturday!

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Published by Lizzy McEllan at 4:01pm 13th February 2019.

Nidderdale is set to star in a BBC Two programme at 8pm on Saturday night.

  • Nidderdale is to feature in a BBC Two programme at 8pm on Saturday night
  • 'River Walks' will see blind adventurer, Amar Latif, abseiling, canoeing and swimming a 13-mile route along the River Nidd
  • Tune in and feel proud!

'River Walks' follows the journey of Amar Latif, a blind man from Leeds with a passion for adventure.

The programme will follow Amar on an adventure along the River Nidd, as he abseils into a hidden canyon, canoes across Scar House reservoir and swims through icy waters.

Amar Latif abseiling in Nidderdale
Amar Latif abseiling in Nidderdale, courtesy of Air TV

The special BBC Two programme airs on Saturday 16 February at 8pm.

Amar’s 13-mile route takes in the most stunning parts of the unique river valley and is packed with intriguing history, stunning nature and incredible views.

Amar Latif canoeing on Scar House reservoir
Amar Latif canoeing on Scar House reservoir, courtesy of Air TV

His journey starts at Scar House reservoir, where the River Nidd begins, and continues through How Stean Gorge and Pateley Bridge.

Amar's story

Amar lost his sight when he was 18 years old, but still wanted to explore the world.

But, when he approached mainstream travel companies as a solo blind traveller, he faced rejection.

Amar lost his sight aged 18
Amar lost his sight aged 18

In the wake of this, and after a successful career as a Corporate accountant for large corporations, Amar decided to set up Traveleyes, to open up the world for thousands of blind travellers all over the world.

Traveleyes is the world’s first commercial tour operator offering independent group travel for both blind and sighted travellers.

Amar in the River Nidd, courtesy of Air TV
Amar in the River Nidd, courtesy of Air TV

On each holiday, half the group are blind or Visually Impaired (VI), and the other half fully sighted.

Each day, the sighted travellers guide and describe to a different blind partner, and explore the destinations visited together.

In return for sharing their sight, the cost of their holiday is subsidised up to 50 per cent by Traveleyes.

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