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OPEN COUNTRY
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Open Country
Sat  6.10 - 6.35am
Thurs 1.30 - 2.00pm (rpt)
Local people making their corner of rural Britain unique
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Saturday 17th May
Repeated Thursday 22nd May
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Helen at cave entrance
In this week’s ‘Open Country’, Helen Mark explores the Peak District, inside and out.
In this week's Open Country, Helen Mark explores the environmental costs of too much human interaction with the landscapes in the Peak District. She first visits the colourfully named "Devil's Arse" a large cave in the village of Castleton. The cave once housed a village where people made hemp rope for ships, miners and candles. 
 
Next Helen heads up Kinder Scout to see the peak's disappearing peat bogs. Kinder Scout was the site of a mass trespass that eventually lead to the right to roam across much of the nation's countryside. But the peak's popularity has also been its undoing. The thousands of visitors trekking across the site have contributed to the erosion of much of the peat from the area. Helen joins National Trust volunteers and wardens as they show her some of the high and low tech methods they've used to try and restore the area.
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