Explore Devon on Countryfile this Sunday

This week the Countryfile team are in Devon. Matt explores Dartmoor, Anita goes bog snorkelling and Charlotte investigates the effect of second homes on rural communities. 

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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.

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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

Dartmoor, Devon

Ghosts, witches and dragons: walkers looking for some scary stories should head for Dartmoor. 

Wistman’s Wood, Dartmoor

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Creep beneath lichen-covered boughs of a woodland that has remained unspoilt for hundreds of years.