22/01/2012

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Duration: 1 hour

Matt Baker and Ellie Harrison travel to the Wye Valley, with its gently picturesque countryside. Matt dons his walking boots for a scenic walk with a difference to uncover some of the Wye's hidden gems. It is a walk that requires a head for heights and nerves of steel.

Ellie takes to the water to find out how a restoration project is capitalising on the valley's industrial heritage to create rapids for canoeists. Back on dry land, she uses some cutting edge technology to get a badger's eye view of the landscape.

Adam Henson is also in Herefordshire. He meets a forester farming his herd of pigs in the woods. After the controversy of the past, John Craven asks whether it is time for people to consider buying veal again.

Last on

Thu 2 Feb 2012 01:10 BBC One Northern Ireland only

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  • Matt’s Extreme Walk

    Matt’s Extreme Walk

    Matt Baker goes off the beaten track with mountaineer Graham ‘Sven’ Hassall as they test a new ‘extreme’ walk for the June 2012 Herefordshire walking festival. Matt experiences the wilds of the Wye Valley first hand whilst abseiling the breathtaking Symonds Yat rock, walking through ancient woodlands and delving deep into one of the many caves that pepper this idyllic landscape.

    Find out more about the Herefordshire Walking Festival from Visit Herefordshire
  • Ellie Learns About Badgers

    Ellie Learns About Badgers

    How much do we know about the controversial badger? Ellie meets up with local badger expert Colin Grey to explore an ancient sett and discovers the remarkable habits of this reclusive nocturnal mammal. Teaming up with Rob Coles, Ellie tests cutting edge technology, filming from the air to plot the movements of these elusive animals.

    BBC Nature: Learn more about badgers
  • John Investigates British Veal

    John Investigates British Veal

    For many people veal still has a controversial reputation, because of the way it used to be produced in the UK. However, the days of rearing calves in cramped ‘veal crates’ are now long gone, and these days British Rose veal even comes with the approval of animal welfare organisations. But will that be enough to put veal back on people’s shopping lists? John’s been investigating.

  • Woodland Living With Jules

    Woodland Living With Jules

    Sherwood Keogh is a ‘bodger’ who has lived and worked in his Herefordshire wood for 16 years. Jules Hudson went along to see what life is like living in the woods. He helps Sherwood with the biggest project of his life – building his own wooden house in the centre of the wood. Helped by a group of volunteers, Jules also learns some new skills and ends the day with a song around the campfire.

    Learn more about bodgers from the Association of Polelathe Turners and Greenwood Workers
  • Kayaking The Wye River With Ellie

    Ellie gets more than her feet wet when she kayaks a stretch of the mighty Wye River. With guide Paul Howells, Ellie learns about the area’s industrial heritage and experiences for herself the famous Symonds Yat rapids. This stretch of white water is actually a by-product of the area’s industrial past and she finds out why Paul and his team have been fighting to save them for the past 17 years.

    Learn more about the River Wye from The Wye Valley AONB Unit
  • Adam And The Woodland Pigs

    Adam And The Woodland Pigs

    Adam is heading to Golden Valley in Herefordshire to find out about the benefits of farming pigs in the woods. Ray Harris has been keeping Tamworth pigs for over 15 years and keeps them in woodland to clear the undergrowth and help regenerate the land. Back on his own farm Adam’s pigs are keeping him busy, as some of his sows have had litters that are in need of his attention.

    Find out more about Tamworth Pigs from the BPA

Credits

Presenter
Matt Baker
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Matt Baker
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Ellie Harrison
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Ellie Harrison
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John Craven
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John Craven
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Adam Henson
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Adam Henson
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan

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