04/03/2012

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Duration: 1 hour

Matt Baker and Ellie Harrison are in the Cotswold golden valleys. A bustle of five steep hills, pretty villages and glorious countryside.

Matt is exploring some of the valleys by foot and by electric bike. He begins his journey in the village of Painswick - home to a church that punches above its weight when it comes to bell ringing. From here he heads to Rococo Garden where the snowdrops are in full bloom. Meanwhile, Ellie is joining a group of artists combining their love of the great outdoors with their passion for art.

Elsewhere, John Craven is looking at the challenges we all face when it comes to food labelling especially when we want to know more about how our food has been produced. Down on the farm, Adam is busy gearing up for the lambing season.

  • Bell Ringing

    Bell Ringing

    Matt Baker starts his Cotswold journey in the ‘Queen of the Cotswolds’, the picturesque village of Painswick. Here the church of St. Mary’s boasts one of the country’s oldest and biggest collection of yew trees, but it’s not only the churchyard that is unusual. The church tower has views over all the five valleys of Stroud and its home to a whopping fourteen bells. Halfway up this tower Matt meets up with local campanologists to find out more about bell ringing. He also has a go at ringing the heaviest bell weighing more than the average car!

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CAMPANOLOGY
  • Giffords Circus

    Giffords Circus

    An advert in a shop window catches Jules Hudson’s eye and leads him to what looks at first glance like an average farm with average horses. He soon finds out he’s in the home of one of the country’s greatest rural shows – the circus! But this is one with a difference. Toti and Nell Gifford wanted to recreate the circus of the 1930’s - a real village green spectacle, accessible to rural families and farmers alike. Not one to stand in the sidelines, Jules finds himself on horseback, doing much more than simply sitting in the saddle!

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CIRCUS
  • Donkey Deliveries

    Donkey Deliveries

    The small village of Chalford is set on a typical Cotswold hillside. Many of its winding, steep and narrow lanes are not even wide enough for cars. At the bottom of the village Ellie Harrison visits the last remaining shop, the local community general stores. Here she meets Chester and Anna, the shop’s delivery team. But they do deliveries with a difference, because Chester is a donkey! So armed with the day’s orders the three set off on their rounds and Ellie discovers the historical connection between donkeys and the village.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF CHALFORD
  • Artists In The Stroud Valleys

    Artists In The Stroud Valleys

    The area of the Cotswolds around Stroud is well known for its thriving community of artists and one group has got together to combine their passion for art with their love of the countryside. Ellie meets up with professional artists Richard, Tom and Kel to discover just how art is more than just drawing to them. Instead their unusual interpretations include slow walking, drawing without looking and sketching from a distance.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT LOCAL ART
  • Electric Bikes

    Electric Bikes

    Matt discovers that exploring the Cotswolds is far easier with a little electric help. Visiting the swathes of snowdrops at the Rococo Gardens, Paul Moir introduces Matt to pedal power with a difference – electric bikes! While touring the valleys, Matt meets up with the strong Stroud cycling club. Always up for a challenge he races them up some of the area’s steepest hills - putting their muscles against his electric motor.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CYCLING IN THE COTSWOLDS
  • Lambs on Adam’s Farm

    Lambs on Adam’s Farm

    It’s a case of out with the old and in with the new on Adam Henson’s farm in the Cotswolds. The remainder of the lambs born last spring need to be taken to market where Adam will discover whether or not his decision to keep them through the winter has paid off. But just as these lambs are leaving the farm, Adam is preparing for the arrival of many more. With lambing just weeks away his pregnant ewes are being scanned to find out how many young they are carrying.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT LAMBING
  • John Investigates Food Labelling

    John Investigates Food Labelling

    A recent survey for Countryfile showed that ninety percent of people think animal welfare is important when out doing their shopping. But how can consumers tell? John Craven looks at three of the main farm-assured labels on the supermarkets shelves today, the Red Tractor, the RSPCA’s Freedom Food and the Soil Association’s Organic. How will they compare with each other when it comes to higher standards of animal welfare?

  • Find Out More About The RSPCA’s Freedom Food Label

    CLICK HERE
  • Find Out More About The Red Tractor Label

    CLICK HERE
  • Find Out More About The Soil Association’s Organic Label

    CLICK HERE

Credits

Presenter
Matt Baker
Presenter
Matt Baker
Presenter
Ellie Harrison
Presenter
Ellie Harrison
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John Craven
Presenter
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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