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Duration: 1 hour

Julia Bradbury and Matt Baker are in Surrey, where Julia follows the Greensand Way to the highest point in South East England and Matt visits some fancy fowl enthusiasts to find out what it takes to breed a champion chicken. Tom Heap is on the East Coast of Scotland, investigating the dispute over mackerel stocks, and Adam Henson continues his mission to make a Savile Row suit from the fleece of one of his rare-breed sheep.

Last on

Thu 18 Nov 2010 00:20 BBC One Northern Ireland only

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  • Surrey

    The rolling hills and green valleys of Surrey are home to more than one million people. But beyond the London commuter belt, this county holds some surprisingly diverse landscapes in its clutches. Rare fragments of sandy heathland escarpment give way to dense, deciduous forests – which cover a quarter of the land. And Autumn is the perfect time to see England’s most wooded county in its full glory, as Matt and Julia discover.

  • Photo: Julia on Leith Hill Tower - the highest point in the South East

    Photo: Julia on Leith Hill Tower - the highest point in the South East

  • The Greensand Way

    Stretching for fifty five miles across the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Greensand Way is a route known only to locals and the keenest walkers. But this gentle route contains some hidden gems. Julia’s journey starts at the Devil’s Punchbowl near Hindhead. She finds out how tunnelling under the hills will help to rejoin a large area of common – erasing all traces of the A3 road above. After traversing the heathland of Thursley Common, Julia heads for the highest point in the South East – which promises breathtaking views across thirteen counties.

    Greensand Way Guide – from the Long Distance Walking Association
  • Photo: Matt and Julia on the Greensand Way in Surrey

    Photo: Matt and Julia on the Greensand Way in Surrey

  • Coppicing

    Surrey might be the most wooded county in England – but since World War Two, most of this landscape has fallen out of management. But deep in the forest at Hindhead common, a band of coppicers are working to put twenty acres of the chestnut woodland back into rotation. Cutting down the chestnut doesn’t kill the tree but helps it to regrow. The wood is then hand cut and shaped for conservation building. Matt lends a hand to the team making wooden roof tiles for the National Trust.

    Sweet chestnut coppicing website
  • Photo: Hindhead Coppicers

    Photo: Hindhead Coppicers

    After a hard day's work Matt gathers around the embers with the Hindhead Coppicers

  • Sandhurst

    The heathland landscapes at Sandhurst have provided the perfect training ground for the Army for over two hundred years. Chosen for its likeness to the terrain of the Crimea, the 600 acre swathe is used by officer cadets to practice shooting, navigational and tactical exercises. However, the heathland is fragile and conservation is needed to manage the flora and fauna within it. Matt finds out the importance of this landscape for the Army’s future top bass as he witnesses one of Sandhurst’s toughest challenges – a six mile endurance race, which proves to be the ultimate show of strength and teamwork.

    MOD Sandhurst
  • Photo: The Countryfile crew silhouetted against the morning sky

    Photo: The Countryfile crew silhouetted against the morning sky

  • Dorkings

    The five-toed Dorking chicken has been bred in Surrey since it arrived with the Romans from Italy. But this big, meaty bird, which was once a favourite of Queen Victoria has largely been replaced on the dinner table in favour of faster growing fowl. Now these colourful chickens are kept for display at the UK’s top poultry shows. Julia meets members of the Surrey Poultry Society who teach her how to prepare Dorkings for the show ring.

    Poultryhub Dorking Webpage
  • Photo: Julia gets to know Hannah - a five-toed Dorking Hen

    Photo: Julia gets to know Hannah - a five-toed Dorking Hen

  • Mackerel Wars

    Mackerel is one of the most profitable catches for fishermen in the UK. Now though, the multi million pound industry is under threat from foreign fishermen. In a row that echoes the cod wars of the 1950s and 1970s, Icelandic and Faroese fishermen have decided to massively increase the number of mackerel they take from the sea, and it's feared this could threaten stocks of one of our most plentiful fish. Tom Heap has been to Scotland to investigate.

    BBC News: Mackerel Wars


Series Producer
Andrew Tomlinson
Julia Bradbury
Matt Baker
Tom Heap
Adam Henson
Executive Producer
Andrew Thorman


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