15/04/2012

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Duration: 1 hour

Matt Baker and Ellie Harrison head to the South Pennines, where old rivals Yorkshire and Lancashire collide. It is also home to the Pennine Way, which runs through the backbone of England. Ellie takes in part of the Pennine Way with local poet Simon Armitage. Meanwhile, Matt uses two wheels for some extreme mountain biking.

Elsewhere, Tom Heap investigates the controversy surrounding onshore wind turbines. Down on the farm, Adam is taking delivery of thousands of new workers. He is hoping the honey bee will help pollinate his fields of oil seed rape.

  • The Pennine Way

    The Pennine Way

    Ellie Harrison meets a man who has walked the length of the Pennines’ uplands, valleys and moors without a penny in his pocket. He also happens to be a well-known poet. Simon Armitage exchanged poetry readings for accommodation and food during the walk, which also inspired a book of poetry and prose. But it’s not just walkers who appreciate the uniqueness of this landscape. Ben Campbell has a Himalayan farm set among the peaks of the Pennines where he grows crops using methods he learned in Nepal. Ellie lends a hand at the farm in exchange for a traditional Himalayan snack.

    SEE THE PENNINE WAY FOR YOURSELF
  • Rescued By Helicopter Heroes

    Rescued By Helicopter Heroes

    Matt Baker meets Chris Akrigg, a national champion stunt bike racer who loves nothing more than jumping and bunny-hopping around some of the country’s most challenging tracks. But all that went badly wrong one day when he fell 40 feet down a steep crag while tackling some of Yorkshire’s toughest terrain. Thankfully, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance - featured on BBC’s Helicopter Heroes - came to his rescue and Chris is now back on his bike, showing Matt some of his tricks. He’s then reunited with the paramedics who saved his leg…

    SEE MORE OF THE HELICOPTER HEROES’ LIFE SAVING WORK
  • Onshore Wind Turbines

    Onshore Wind Turbines

    In recent years, onshore wind turbines have become one of the most controversial issues in the countryside. Tom Heap visits one of the largest wind farms in the UK today, to discover exactly what impact wind power will have on our rural landscapes. He discovers that the number of onshore turbines will triple before the end of the decade and asks whether enough thought has been put into deciding where they are all going to go.

    A MAP OF THE UK’S WIND FARMS
  • Bees On Adam’s Farm

    Bees On Adam’s Farm

    This week Adam brings thousands of new workers onto the farm, as he borrows some bee hives. Local beekeeper James Howlett is lending Adam around 200,000 bees to help pollinate his oilseed rape crop and hopefully improve his yield at harvest. But as Adam is allergic to bees, they need to be extremely careful. Elsewhere Adam turns his attention to making sure his pasture is in good condition.

  • Ellie And The Witch Trials

    Ellie And The Witch Trials

    It’s now 400 years since one of the country’s most famous witchhunts took place in Pendle in Lancashire. Ellie meets historian Simon Entwistle who talks her through this grizzly piece of history which saw a group of women hanged after being charged with witchcraft. A local drama group are marking the anniversary with a contemporary twist on this infamous trial, and Ellie gets a sneak preview of the performance.

    GO WITCH HUNTING
  • Dandelions

    Dandelions

    Katie Knapman goes on a mission to prove that there’s more to the humble dandelion than meets the eye. Forager Chris Bax shows her how to make dandelion bhajis using some of the plants flowering along the banks of the Rochdale Canal. She then visits the country’s last remaining Temperance Bar to see if her very own dandelion and burdock drink measures up to their 200 year old recipe.

  • Try Chris Bax’s Dandelion & Burdock Recipe:

    Dandelion and Burdock cordial
    20g Wood AvensDandelion and Burdock cordial
    20g Wood Avens roots cleaned and chopped
    50g Dandelion roots cleaned and chopped
    100g Burdock roots cleaned and chopped
    15g Root Ginger chopped
    1 pt Water
    3/4 tsp Citric Acid, or juice of 1 Lemon
    150g Soft Brown Sugar
    7tsp white sugar
    Place all the ingredients except the sugar in a pan and boil for 20 minutes. Strain through muslin into a clean container and stir in the sugar until dissolved. The cordial will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Best served diluted with chilled soda water or lemonade. roots cleaned and chopped
    50g Dandelion roots cleaned and chopped
    100g Burdock roots cleaned and chopped
    15g Root Ginger chopped
    1 pt Water
    3/4 tsp Citric Acid, or juice of 1 Lemon
    150g Soft Brown Sugar
    7tsp white sugar
    Place all the ingredients except the sugar in a pan and boil for 20 minutes. Strain through muslin into a clean container and stir in the sugar until dissolved. The cordial will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Best served diluted

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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Tom Heap
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Tom Heap
Presenter
Adam Henson
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Adam Henson
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan

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