All you need to know about last Sunday’s Countryfile: Cambrian Mountains

This week, the Countryfile team explores the Cambrian Mountains, one of Wales' best-kept secrets.

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The Countryfile team explore the Cambrian Mountains, one of Wales’ best-kept secrets, nestled between its more famous neighbours – Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons. Matt Baker takes to the saddle to help round up sheep on the hills and meets the farmers trying to put Welsh mountain lamb on the foodie map.

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John Craven discovers why writers and artists have taken inspiration from the landscape. He puts his painting skills to the test when he joins a local arts group. In the Elan Valley, Jules Hudson finds out about one of the largest Victorian engineering complexes in its day: a series of dams built to hold back Welsh water destined for the taps of Birmingham.

Elsewhere, Julia is in Kent, putting her fears behind her to find out about a ground-breaking conservation project; and Adam gets a day off from the farm to visit a project where working horses have become more useful than a tractor. Tom Heap investigates claims that the illegal use of lead shot is leading to the unintentional deaths of wild animals. 

Find out more about the Cambrian mountains and other topics covered in this weeks program in our selection of articles below.

Exlpore this area 

Top 10 Railway Day Trips

Read on to find out about the 10 perfect journeys including the Cambrian line running from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth/Pwllheli

Llanberis Lake Railway, Snowdonia National Park

Enjoy the delights of a narrow-gauge steam railway in a magnificent setting of mountains and lakes

Discover the Brecon Beacons

Find out what draws people to this rural landscape

Red Kite. Elan Valley, Powys

From near extinction, the red kite is back and booming in its ancient heartland of mid Wales

Fungi Foray, Rhayader, Powys

Mushroom safari’s in the Elan Valley

Join Jim Perrin on a journey through enchanted valleys and epic peaks, animated by the delights of a new season
 
Discover the heritage of a narrow gauge stream railway on a scenic trip though Snowdonia
 
Experience the same awe that inspired Turner to paint  this ruined castle in Snowdonia
 

Interested in getting creative with writing or art?

Creative Writing Retreats

Some creative writing courses and retreats in inspiring countryside

Five Literacy Landmarks of the Countryside

Places that have stirred the creative minds of poets and writers throughout history

Top Ten Arts and Crafts Courses

Create a pot, make a mosaic, paint a landscape and weave a basket on these creative courses.

Other topics covered this week:

Adam Hensons Farm Talk: Sheep Rustling 

Adam talks about sheep rustling today and in times gone by

The Return of Horsepower?

With the decline of fossil fuels, could heavy draught horses ever replace petrol-driven machinery on farms?

Walking with Pack Ponies

Exploring a packhorse trail in the lake district using ponies to carry your bags

All you need to know about Kent

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Some past articles covering the area of Kent