Explore Somerset on Countryfile this Sunday

This week we're exploring Somerset, discovering underground caves, beautiful apple orchards and bounty from the sea. 

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Matt and Ellie are in Somerset, where Matt is following in the footsteps of a legendary caver who first explored the caverns beneath the Mendips a century ago. He puts himself to the test squeezing andstruggling through small dark spaces and finds that there’s as much to Somerset below ground as there is above. Ellie tickles her taste buds with flavours of the sea as she visits the community-run project that’s putting Porlock’s once-famous oysters back on the culinary map. She also meets a man who makes furniture out of nothing but deer antlers. 

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John discovers how a booming taste for cider is throwing our ancient orchards a lifeline, and he meets the scientist proving how important ancient orchards are for some of our rarest bee species. Meanwhile, Adam is on the Somerset coast helping round up the only 100% pure-bred herd of beef shorthorn in the country.

Tom investigates the growing demand for venison and asks whether we should be farming more deer in the UK.

Our favourite days out in Somerset

Leigh Woods, Bristol

Visit several iconic Bristol sights – Clifton suspension bridge, the camera obscura, rock slide and Leigh woods – all in one glorious swoop.

Clevedon Seafront, Somerset

Blow away cobwebs by exploring this charming town and its pretty pier. 

Night walk, Mendip Hills, Somerset

Sharpen your nocturnal senses on a wildlife-rich twilight ramble through the Mendips. 

Dunster, Somerset

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Walk from the medieval village of Dunster through woodland and on to Exmoor to visit an iron age hill fort.