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.
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
Some past articles covering the area of Kent