08/04/2012

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Duration: 1 hour

Matt Baker heads to Wales to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Monmouth and Brecon canal, while Ellie Harrison discovers why the Brecon Beacons provide the perfect terrain for soldiers training for international conflicts.

Down on the farm, Adam is keeping a close eye on his indoor lambing sheds, but he still finds time for a trip to Dartmoor to learn about the rare breed sheep which give birth outside. Meanwhile, Jules Hudson is at the other end of the country in Lancashire, discovering why a thriving farming community was evicted from the land eighty years ago.

Plus John Craven investigates why badger baiting is on the rise in the British countryside and reveals what is being done to clamp down on this barbaric practice.

  • The Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal

    The Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal

    It's two hundred years since the creation of the Brecon and Monmouthshire canal. The canal is one of the most beautiful in Britain and runs into the Brecon Beacons National Park. To celebrate its historic anniversary, Matt’s on a mission delivering some very special local brew. Before he can enjoy a well-earned pint himself, he has an uphill struggle to get the beer to the customers and has a go on “the weirdest treadmill ever” when he “legs it” through a narrow tunnel.

    Find out more about this historic waterway
  • John Investigates Badger Baiting

    Badger baiting was outlawed in 1835 but this cruel practice appears to be on the rise. Dragged from their setts by specially-bred dogs, the badgers are forced to fight to the death while the baiters look on, often recording the gruesome scenes on video cameras or mobile phones. John investigates how for the first time, the RSPCA and police are embarking on a series of nationwide raids to try and put the baiters behind bars.

    Find out more about the protection of badgers
  • Minimum Impact – Maximum Fun

    Minimum Impact – Maximum Fun

    More than 100,000 visitors come to enjoy the beautiful and ancient landscape of the Brecon Beacons National Park every year. Thrillseeker Ellie gets to try some of the more extreme sports on offer there and faces her own personal challenge when she goes caving. But when she meets up with National Park Ranger, Helen Pye, who is organising the construction of a new path deep in a valley gorge, she discovers just what has to be done to preserve this beautiful and fragile landscape.

    Find out more about the National Park
  • Lost Farms

    Lost Farms

    High in the Pennines, Jules Hudson is taking a walk down memory lane to uncover the hidden history of a lost farming community. Once hill-farming thrived on Brinscall moor, but a change of ownership signalled the end of their way of life. The new owners, a water company, did not want the community and planted forest where their sheep had grazed. Eventually the farmers and their families moved on, but, as Jules discovers when he meets the people who still remember those times, the memory of the community on the moor lingers on.

  • New Arrivals

    New Arrivals

    Adam’s got his work cut out down on the farm with lambing in full swing and his pigs producing litters too, but he takes time out to go to Dartmoor to see how one of his rare breeds lamb outdoors. The Whiteface Dartmoor sheep is one of our rarest breeds. Although Adam has some on his farm, his lamb in the shed. But this tough breed is famed for its ability to deliver its lambs in the fields. While he’s there he sees a new mother deliver twin lambs safely.

    Find out more about this rare breed
  • Commander Training with the MOD

    Commander Training with the MOD

    The challenging terrain of the Brecon Beacons is the perfect training ground for the UK’s finest military personnel. Ellie joins a select group of trainee commanders as they are put through their paces in a real military training operation. It’s a chance for her to experience, first hand, the skills needed for frontline battle.

    Find out more about the Sennybridge training ground

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
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan

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