Coast and Country

Coast and Country

Countryside magazine featuring people, walks and wildlife from rural Britain. Clare Balding’s ‘Ramblings’ and ‘Open Country’ with Matt Baker and Helen Mark join forces to bring you a weekly tour of the best of the British countryside. In ‘Ramblings’ Clare joins her guests on a country walk that’s been significant in their lives. ‘Open Country’ travels to a different corner of the British Isles every week, seeking out the wildlife, the landscapes and the controversies that excite the passions of local people. Each twenty-five minute programme is broadcast on Saturday at 6.07am and repeated on Thursday at 3pm. New episodes are added every Saturday morning.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • Open Country - Christmas Trees at Castle Howard: 18 Dec 2014

    Thu, 18 Dec 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Caz Graham visits Castle Howard where Christmas Tree sales are in full swing and customers are flocking to get their hands on their festive decorations.

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  • Open Country - Nature Reserves in Cumbria: 11 Dec 2014

    Mon, 15 Dec 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Caz Graham visits two Nature Reserves in Cumbria to find out what happens on wildlife reserves in winter and meets the people working away to maintain these conservation areas.

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  • Open Country - Belfast Hills: 04 Dec 2014

    Thu, 4 Dec 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Helen Mark is in the Belfast Hills to hear from the people who live and work in the landscape.

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  • Open Country - Brownsea Island, Dorset: 27 Nov 2014

    Thu, 27 Nov 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour is one of Britain's most popular nature reserves. Felicity Evans finds out about it's history, mystery and wildlife

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  • Open Country - Steart Peninsula, Somerset: 20 Nov 2014

    Thu, 20 Nov 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Felicty Evans visits Steart Marshes in Somerset just as the sea wall is breached and the landscape is transformed forever.

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  • Open Country - Lee Valley: 13 Nov 2014

    Thu, 13 Nov 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Helen Mark visits the Lee Valley to explore how the natural world lives alongside an industrial past creating an intriguing hybrid landscape

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  • Open Country - Orchards in Herefordshire: 06 Nov 2014

    Thu, 6 Nov 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Felicity Evans visits the autuminal orchards of Herefordshire and discovers how centuries of cider production have shaped this landscape.

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  • Open Country - Elmley Nature Reserve: 30 Oct 2014

    Thu, 30 Oct 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Helen Mark visits the marsh swathed landscape of Elmley Nature Reserve, an area that is believed to have inspired Charles Dickens in the writing of 'Great Expectations'.

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  • 11 Sep 2014: Dennis Potter and the Forest of Dean

    Thu, 11 Sep 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    It's 20 years since the author and playwright, Dennis Potter died. Felicity Evans is in the Forest of Dean, exploring the landscape that shaped his work.

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  • 04 Sep 2014: John Muir Way

    Thu, 4 Sep 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    A new route from Dunbar to Helensburgh is named after John Muir - the Scot who helped create the US National Parks. Helen Mark finds out more about the pioneering conservationist.

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