Ever wondered just where Countryfile’s opening credits were filmed? Well this week the team are in Cumbria to visit some of the locations as they venture through the Lake District.
Matt spends a day on the beach as he meets the horses running along the shore, then he goes to Blea Tarn where the wild swimming was filmed.
Elsewhere Helen re-enacts the rock-climbing scene when she meets a family at the forefront of the sport in the region. Meanwhile, Eillie discovers how the area inspired not only Wordsworth but also German artist Kurt Schwitters.
Tom Heap finds himself on the other side of the country as he takes a look around East Yorkshire’s Spurn Point, a bird-watching heaven, and Adam is in Kent where he comes face to face with one of the world’s most expensive bulls.
If, like Wordsworth and Wainwright, that’s got you inspired to explore the Lakes, then take a look at some of our recommended walks, days out, breaks and activities in what is one of Britian’s most beautiful areas.
Daffodils at Ullswater: Visit a wildlife-rich lake at the right time of year to see the vibrant blooms that inspired one of the nation’s favourite poems.
A Lakeland Secret at Elter Water: Take your time as you walk the shores of a serene lake surrounded by dramatic mountains.
Grizedale Forest: Find magical sculptures among the trees in this walk through hilly Lakeland forest.
Days out and breaks
Dove Cottage: Visit a cottage set in a stunning landscape, once family home to the great poet William Wordsworth.
Visit Keswick: One of the most popular towns in The Lake District, Keswick has a lot to offer the daytripper.
The Magic of Windermere: Enjoy the Lake District’s watery wonderland
Ennerdale: the wildest corner of Cumbria: Ten years ago, an entire Lake District valley was allowed to run wild. Paul Evans looks at what effect a decade of riotous nature has had on the landscape.
Finding inspiration in the Lake District: Just why do we love the Lake District so much? Local author Tony Greenbank explores the fells, dales and the waters that have inspired visitors for centuries.
Stargazing: The Lakes offer some of the best opportunities for astronomical enjoyment, with the region’s remote location and sparse population providing excellent dark skies.