This week Countryfile is in Devon, where Matt Baker explores Dartmoor. He discovers the story of a WWII bomber which crashed on the moor and hears about one man’s mission to find the truth behind what happened on that fateful night. Matt helps with a geophysics search of the site to see if the key to the crash can be unearthed. He also meets with a farmers’ co-op in Dartmoor, where 50 farmers work together. Matt takes to horseback to help them with a cattle round-up.
Anita Rani meets a sculptor who is inspired by the ancient trees in the Devon landscape. She dons her snorkel to help him look for one vital ingredient in the river Dart – bog oak. She also finds out about a groundbreaking countryside project which aims to turn lives around and get offenders back into work.
Many people dream of owning a second home in the countryside or by the sea. But are these holiday retreats doing more harm than good? Charlotte Smith investigates.
Here’s a roundup of our favourite days out in Devon.
Learn to dive in UK waters
Plunge beneath the sea to explore a world alive with colour. Just make sure to invest in a warm drysuit.
Beer, Devon: a secret cove
Explore a Devon village that’s a haven for fishermen, nestled in a dramatic cove on the Jurassic coast
Lundy Island, Devon
Britain’s own mini Galapagos, Lundy Island’s wild coastline harbours unique species of flora and fauna
Ghosts, witches and dragons: walkers looking for some scary stories should head for Dartmoor.
Wistman’s Wood, Dartmoor
Creep beneath lichen-covered boughs of a woodland that has remained unspoilt for hundreds of years.