‘That was terrifying!’ Dan Walker opens up on ‘scary’ experience leaving BBC studio
BBC News: Dan Walker reveals his terrifying' driving experience
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Dan Walker admitted to fellow BBC Breakfast presenter Sally Nugent that he had a “scary” experience whilst driving through an icy road on a snake pass after he’d previously left the studio. The pair spoke about Dan’s love for driving through the 11-mile route of twists and turns through peak district scenery.
Introducing the topic, Sally began: “The snake pass is an 11-mile route of twists and turns through some gorgeous peak district scenery is also the most snowbound route in the whole country.”
Dan interrupted and joked: “As I found out, on numerous occasions coming from Sheffield to Manchester, this week marks exactly 200 years since the road was built.
“(It was made) in order to link the new industrial cities of Manchester and Sheffield,” he added before he handed over to a VT of Juliette Phillips explaining the history of the snake pass.
After the VT had ended, Sally joked: “I think maybe Dan you should be our snake pass correspondent!”
“I love the snake pass,” Dan agreed and continued: “Have you, you must have driven it?”
“Lots of times, yes, but not as often as you have,” Sally laughed,
“I’ve done it lots of times, it’s one of those roads now I almost feel I could, I haven’t, I could almost drive it with my eyes closed,” Dan explained.
“I’ve had all sorts going on the snake pass, my first car when I first started working in Manchester was an Austin Metro a beautiful machine.
“For those who recognise that car and know about it, the spark plugs were one of the issues, right at the front behind the front grill so if they ever got wet the car would just refuse to start or just stop.
“And obviously if you get driving rain on snake pass as you often do, I was in numerous occasions where my car just gave up!
“I would be driving back in the middle of the night after a late shift here, so I’ve stopped on it and enjoyed it far too many occasions,” he explained.
Sally continued: “Because (the) snake pass is beautiful, it’s one of those beautiful roads.”.
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Interrupting her, Dan said: “It’s like you’re on Top Gear, every time you drive it is like you’re on Top Gear beautiful aerial lifts, I must have done it thousands of times and never get sick of the scenery.
“It’s gorgeous, but it does take a lot longer when you come into Gloucester from either end or you’re waiting for ages.”
“Do you not panic when it starts to snow, and think how am I going to get to work?” Sally asked.
“Well, I’ve been in that situation so many times, so I know there are alternative routes around, and I always listen to the local radio before I leave even though that’s silly time in the morning.
“I’ve been up there when it rains and then when you get to the summit of a road like that the temperature can change quite dramatically and you can turn from rain into freezing rain and then into sheet ice.
“My favourite memory of the snake pass was getting to the top, finding a police car there that said it was closed because the rain had turned into freezing ice.
“I then had to turn round and if you imagine the road was so slippery you have to drive down on the curb and out the whole way down because it was ice all the way down.”
“Scary!” Sally replied as Dan added: “Yeah it was terrifying.”
BBC Breakfast airs every morning from 6am on BBC One.
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