12/02/2012

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Duration: 1 hour

Matt Baker and Ellie Harrison visit the Isle of Wight. Matt explores the locations where a real Warrior war horse was raised, trained and died and became a legend in the process. Ellie tries her hand at winter surfing, testing out an original 50-year-old surfboard; and, two days before Valentine's Day, Matt meets the singles hoping to find love on a speed-date walk.

John Craven investigates new statistics that show young drivers are far more likely to be killed or injured on roads in the countryside than in the city. Adam follows his barley crop down the Rhine to the giant brewing houses of Germany, and James Wong has a 5am start as he walks in the footsteps of Benedictine monks for a day.

  • Matt Discovers The Real ‘War Horse’

    Matt Discovers The Real ‘War Horse’

    The film ‘War Horse’ tells the fictional story of the role that horses played in the First World War. But, on this week’s Countryfile, Matt Baker discovers the tale of a real horse called “Warrior” that played its own heroic part in the war. Matt finds out more about the horse the Germans couldn’t kill, with the help of sporting pundit Brough Scott, before taking a ride through the landscapes where this real-life legend lived.

    Find out how to follow in Warrior's footsteps on the Warrior Trust website
  • Ellie Braves The Winter Waves

    Ellie Braves The Winter Waves

    A winter dip in the English Channel might not be everyone’s cup of tea but on the Isle of Wight the seasonal weather does bring big waves – and those attract some champion surfers. Ellie Harrison discovers more about the legacy of surfing on the island with a little help from the local surf club, a British champion and a vintage hand-made board. Then, despite the cold, she takes to the waves herself.

    Read more about Ellie's adventure on the Wight Surf History blog
  • James Experiences Monastic Life

    James Experiences Monastic Life

    James Wong gets away from the hustle and bustle of modern life – by spending a day with the Isle of Wight’s community of Benedictine monks. He experiences first-hand the monastic life at Quarr Abbey, from the daily service to quiet contemplation with help from the monks. As an apprentice for the day he also mucks in with the chores - which keep the abbey running - and finds a little peace in the spiritual surroundings.

    Find out more on the website for Quarr Abbey
  • Ellie Explores Island Chines

    Ellie Explores Island Chines

    Ellie heads to the south coast to discover the secret of the island’s ‘chines’. These natural wonders form when the sea and rivers create large ravines from the area’s soft cliffs – revealing hidden treasure inside the rock. From fossilised forests to the footprints of dinosaurs, these chines create their own unique journey through time. Ellie also gets a chance to explore the island’s first tourist attraction at Shanklin chine - where the worn rock gives way to a uniquely lush microclimate.

    Learn more on the Isle of Wight Chines website
  • Matt’s Speed Date Walk

    Matt’s Speed Date Walk

    The Isle of Wight is criss-crossed by more than five hundred miles of paths, making it one of the most popular walking destinations in the UK. But, as Matt discovers, there can be more to a stroll along the cliff-tops than fresh air and stunning views. He joins a speed date walking group and meets a couple whose ramble became romance. So will anyone else find the ‘path’ to true love?

    Learn more on the Isle of Wight Walking Festival website
  • John Craven Investigates Rural Road Accidents

    John Craven Investigates Rural Road Accidents

    Countryfile has been given figures that show, for the first time, how much more dangerous it is to drive on rural roads – especially if you are young. The statistics, from Road Safety Analysis, show that people under thirty are 37% more likely to be killed or injured in an accident in the countryside, than if they lived in a town or city. John investigates what makes rural roads more dangerous and asks what can be done to make them safer.

    More information on the report on the Mast website
  • Adam Follows His Barley To Germany

    Adam Follows His Barley To Germany

    Back in August last year, they were busy harvesting the crop of malting barley on Adam’s farm. This week he follows that harvest all the way to Germany. Once the barley leaves his farm, it is loaded onto a ship at Avonmouth docks and then travels up the English Channel to Rotterdam where it is transferred to a river barge on the Rhine. Adam joins the barge at Bonn as it embarks on the final leg of its journey to the giant malting house in Gernsheim. Here he discovers how barley is made into malt and gets to taste the fruits of his labour.

    Find out more about Gernsheim on Wikipedia

Credits

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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
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James Wong
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James Wong
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan

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