August 2011 – issue 50

50th issue special

Your 50 Great Escapes

Plus all the latest news from the Countryfile presenters

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The 50th issue of Countryfile Magazine is out now and to celebrate this historic milestone, we asked you to tell us your favourite 50 great escapes
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Over to you…
What makes a particular place special to you? Beauty? Tranquility? A great pub? No phone signal? Countryfile Magazine is 50 issues old this month – ever since 2007, a dedicated team of experts across the country have joined Countryfile presenters and the magazine team to write about rural havens, country issues and great days out. But for this celebratory issue, it’s your turn.
Earlier in the year we asked for your suggestions of favourite places to explore in the British countryside. From these we then chose a top 50 and have devoted this issue to them.
There are some old favourites in there, but also some surprising locations, which we can’t wait to explore.
Here’s just a quick look at some of a places you chose. To read the full stories, pick up a copy of our 50th issue, on sale now and until 23 August.
Brecon Beacons: This Welsh national park came up time and again in your votes for your favourite rural escape. In an 8-page special, we travel the full breadth of the Beacons from the lush valleys and quirky villages of the Black Mountains to the haunting castles, hillforts and wonderful isolation of its western fringes.
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Glencoe: Brooding, bare, bleak and barren: scenic superlatives tumble off the tongue – or would if the raw power of Glencoe’s grandeur and its haunting history didn’t leave you speechless. We reveal the best way to spend 24 hours in this magnificent Scottish glen.
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Isle of Purbeck: Discover a geological wonder, a great train journey and a string of quaint country pubs – all in one weekend in Dorset. Make the most of your time by the sea with our guide to the delights of this magical peninsula, including snorkelling, rockpools, coastal walks, crab fishing and country pubs.
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Lake District: We delve into Cumbria’s secret lakes to help you find some quiet in one of the country’s favourite beauty spots.
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North York Moors: Experience the very best of this wild and beautiful landscape with our pick of the national park’s unmissable journeys, walks, views and villages. Plus, what dish you simply can’t visit without trying.
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Malvern Hills: Marvel at the undulating Worcestershire landscape that inspired the works of one of our of most beloved composers, Edward Elgar
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PLUS
  • Adam Henson’s tells us why farming needs to appeal to a new generation, while John Craven focuses on the debate over potential monetary value for British wildlife.
  • Clare Hargreaves investigates the future of dairy farming in an age of ‘mega-dairies’ and queries the next major challenges for farming, then visits Britain’s largest garlic farm on the Isle of Wight.
  • Valentine Warner talks about his childhood memories of grouse and his mixed feelings of it as a glorious game dish but also as a special part of British wildlife.
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Thank you to everyone who voted and wrote for us this month – we couldn’t have done it without you.