Discover the Thames: from source to spire

Starting as a shallow stream, the river widens into a giant that runs through British history. Ben Lerwill walks from its rural beginnings to beautiful Oxford.


Beaver revolution

A new wild colony of these amazing aquatic engineers has appeared in Devon – and transformed the landscape. Fergus Collins investigates.

Jerome K Jerome

Remembering the author of the classic book about messing about on the river.

Lure of the river

Canoeing is the way to feel a river’s pulse – so pick up a paddle.

When the dove cries

Over an 11km stretch, the beautiful Dove is interrupted by no fewer than 177 weirs that slow the water. Stroll its banks while finding out how a restoration project is reviving the river.

Suffragette swimmers

Just a century ago, a wave of bold female swimmers caused a splash by joining men in Britain’s waters. Plus seven top wild swimming spots today.

Funny fishermen

Comics Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer get hooked on angling.


BBC Countryfile live

We preview an exciting new experience at this year’s big summer show.

Great Days Out – beautiful rivers