22/04/2012

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Duration: 45 minutes

Ellie Harrison is in Hampshire, where she delves back into the programme's archives to re-discover some of the amazingly different journeys the team have been on around the UK.

Ellie walks in the footsteps of journalist, radical politician, farmer and traveller William Cobbett as she travels through his beloved home village of Botley. She also takes a steam train on the famous Watercress Line and learns about the history of this once busy transport link. And Ellie is not the only one on the train; Julia Bradbury is on the Penistone Line in Yorkshire, where music helps her journey pass by.

Matt Baker is on horseback in Lancashire as he treads an old packhorse route. John Craven is under sail power as he travels around the Llyn Peninsula in the company of dolphins, and Adam Henson explores the Dorset coast by kayak.

  • Ellie On Cobbett’s Trail

    Ellie On Cobbett’s Trail

    Ellie Harrison is in the village of Botley in Hampshire where she’s retracing the steps of radical journalist, politician and farmer, William Cobbett. Ellie talks to Barbara Biddell of the William Cobbett society who tells her how he worked to get a better deal for people living and working in the countryside. Then Ellie gets on horseback to discover how the Botley landscape inspired him to write his book, Rural Rides.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WILLIAM COBBETT
  • The Watercress Line

    The Watercress Line

    Ellie finds out from James Harper why Hampshire is perfect for growing watercress. Business boomed when trains arrived in the area and growers could start sending their produce to London. Ellie catches up with Colin Chambers from the Mid Hants Railway, which has helped to restore part of the old Watercress line between Alresford and Alton, and discovers that the fortunes of this busy stretch of track didn’t last forever.

    STEAM TRAINS ON THE WATERCRESS LINE
  • Packhorse Trails

    Packhorse Trails

    Matt Baker and his trusty steed, Danny, explore the ancient packhorse routes which are being given a new lease of life. Historically these trails were the only way of transporting goods through harsh and unforgiving terrain such as the Pennines. But, over the years, many of these once vital routes were lost or forgotten. Now the Pennine Bridleway team are working to re-establish the ancient rights of way – not for trade but for tourism. Matt explores a section of the Mary Towneley loop, named after the woman who rode from Derbyshire to Northumberland some 25 years ago in an effort to get these historic trails put back on the map. The loop now forms part of the Pennine Bridleway – a favourite not just with riders but with mountain bikers too.

    FIND OUT ABOUT THE PENNINE BRIDLEWAY
  • John And The Shipwreck

    John And The Shipwreck

    John Craven discovers one of the most colourful stories ever to come out of Llyn. The cargo ship ‘Stuart’ came to grief at Porth Ty Mawr on Easter Sunday, 1901. The ship was bound for New Zealand with a large cargo that included pottery, pianos and a significant amount of whisky, but her voyage was dramatically cut short. 110 years on, John discovers the site of the shipwreck’s remains, which can be still seen on the spring tide. Historian Tony Jones tells him the amazing stories of six month parties as the locals made the most of their whisky bonanza from the sea.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE STUART
  • Ellie Explores Loch Etive

    Ellie Explores Loch Etive

    Ellie Harrison takes the advice of the locals on the best way to see Loch Etive, from a boat. Skipper Donald Kennedy takes her to some of the area’s most impressive landmarks, including one of the oldest castles in Scotland. Philip Price is a local photographer who has a passion for Loch Etive and its surrounding natural beauty. He takes Ellie to the north of the loch to show her its diverse wildlife.

  • The Penistone Line

    The Penistone Line

    Stretching from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire to Sheffield in the South, the Penistone line passes through some of the most beautiful countryside in Yorkshire. But, as Julia Bradbury discovers, there’s more to this commuter train than meets the eye. Once a month the train takes on a cargo of beer and a bunch of musicians who play all the way down the line. The train’s been so successful that it’s sprouted other groups running activities from stations along the line.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PENISTONE LINE
  • Adam On The Jurassic Coast

    Adam On The Jurassic Coast

    The Jurassic Coast in Devon and Dorset is one of the most spectacular stretches of coast in the UK. But not only is it fantastic to look at, it also holds the secrets to what life was like nearly 200 million years ago. Adam heads out on a fossil hunt where he learns what type of rock he should be looking out for, and also how much money he could make from an interesting find! But to really experience the true awe of this coastline you have to take to the water. So Adam ends his exploration by getting in a kayak and exploring the hidden caves and inlets gouged out by the waves, to get up close and personal with millions of years of history.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE JURASSIC COAST
  • Droving Sheep In Lincolnshire

    Droving Sheep In Lincolnshire

    More than three quarters of the Lincolnshire Wolds is covered with crops but centuries ago it would have been pasture, grazed by sheep to supply the once-booming wool trade. Droving roads cut through the fields to move stock to market or seasonal grazing grounds. Today, tractors and trailers take care of the transport. In an experiment for Countryfile, Matt attempts to revive an old droving route, by walking a flock of rare breed Lincoln Longwool sheep to fresh pasture.

    FIND OUT ABOUT THE LINCOLN LONGWOOL

Credits

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

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