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This week, Countryfile is in the heart of the Peak District, where the pub is most definitely the hub! Anita Rani hears how the locals here saved Bamford's village pub.

This week, Countryfile is in the heart of the Peak District, where the pub is most definitely the hub! Anita Rani hears how the locals here saved Bamford’s village pub. It is now owned by the community and seems to be the epicentre of village life. Anita meets some of the locals and puts her best foot forward with a group of ramblers that meet here before exploring some of the stunning countryside that surrounds it.

Sean Fletcher meets Luke Osborne, who is a grocer with a difference. He pulls together the best regional foods from farmers and local producers and delivers it to people in the wider rural community.

Helen Skelton hangs out with a few more of the locals. When they are not propping up the bar in the village pub, some of them can be found dangling off rock faces! And the Peak has some of the top climbing spots in the country.

And there are some unexpected arrivals down on Adam’s farm, and Tom is looking at whether going green will pay off for the UK’s farmers in the future.

55 minutes

Last on

Tue 4 Feb 2020 00:50

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    Keep On Walking

Pub is the Hub

Pub is the Hub
Anita visits the community-owned pub, which is also the local café, art gallery and post office in the village of Bamford.The Anglers Rest is home to a number of active groups who make the most of exploring the surrounding countryside - and where better to walk than Stanage Edge! Anita meets the locals who helped rescue and restore the pub, once again making it the hub of the community.

Scaling the Peaks

Scaling the Peaks

Helen heads out for a spot of rock climbing at High Neb on Stanage Edge. 

Showing her the ropes is 82-year-old pub local Pete Townsend and his two climbing buddies Krystle and Oli. 

While they scale the sheer rock face, Helen finds out why Pete chooses to hang off a rock rather than play golf! 

It may be an arduous climb but the team are rewarded with a breath-taking view when they get to the they just need to get back down.  

Green Subsidies

Green Subsidies
As we head towards the UK's departure from the EU, Tom looks at how ready our political leaders are to deliver its new domestic policy on food and farming.He meets the farmers worried about the proposed new subsidy scheme that focuses on delivering environmental improvements and paying "public money for public goods".And he meets Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers to find out the UK government's position on securing food standards in any future trade deals. 

Sourced Here

Sourced Here

Sean meets up with Luke Osborne, who collaborates with local farmers and food producers to offer the very best of regional Derbyshire produce in a supermarket style home-delivery service. 

Sean heads out with Luke in his van to collect some special ingredients from two of his trusted local suppliers that are needed for a party back at the pub later . 

First stop is the historic Caudwells Mill. Here Sean tries his hand at grinding his own flour before heading off to a local farm to collect some freshly pressed rapeseed oil.

Painting the People

Painting the People

This year the Anglers Rest in Bamford is celebrating its 150th birthday and, to celebrate, the village has commissioned a special piece of artwork.

The artist behind it is Sue Prince, whose work is inspired by the concept of community. 

Using ancient painting techniques, Sue creates impressive historical panels, which she describes as the Bayeux Tapestry meets Swedish folk art! 

Anita meets Sue at her studio where she finds out that to make the right paint you first need to break a few eggs.


Role Contributor
Presenter Anita Rani
Presenter Sean Fletcher
Presenter Helen Skelton
Presenter Adam Henson
Presenter Tom Heap
Series Producer Joanna Brame
Executive Producer William Lyons