TV presenter and author Sue Cook has been on an incredible three-week journey to Antarctica which relived Sir Ernest Shackleton’s unique voyage 100 years ago.
The famous explorer is best known for his ‘Endurance’ campaign from 1914-16 and Miss Cook, who lives in Sibford Ferris, was one of 92 people to set off from the world’s most southernmost city Ushuaia, Argentina, on November 21.
After departing Ushuaia they stopped off at the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Elephant Island before returning to England on December 12.
Miss Cook said: “This was something I have always wanted to do and my friend who runs a travel company said there was one space available,but I only had three weeks to get fleeces and clothing.”
The former Crimewatch presenter singled out the Falkland Islands as one of her favourite experiences, which had English comparisons despite being located at the edge of the world.
She added: “The area has a preconception that it is all dark with lots of rocks and fairly gloomy because of what we know about the conflict back in the 1980s.
“But when we visited it there was a beach that looked like the Caribbean.
“There were cars driving on the left hand side, red postboxes and people speaking English. It was very strange and we even had fish and chips in a pub.”
“The scenery was absolutely amazing, and felt like you were in a fairytale with the blue seas and white icebergs. It was something really special and will hold a place in my heart – I certainly recommend a trip like this.”
Mrs Cook added that ten descendants of those who travelled with Sir Ernest Shackleton came on the trip and attended a church service on South Georgia Island, where the explorer is buried.
He led four expeditions to Antarctica in the 20th century and published several books during his life.