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BBC Countryfile Magazine October 2018

Countryfile Magazine inspires you to explore forgotten corners of the great British countryside and provides knowledge of the people and wildlife that inhabit it. We want to tempt you into trying new things, seek out new places and make the most of Britain’s beautiful landscapes.

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13 Issues

in this issue

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autumn journeys

“I finally set eyes on a wild British beaver this summer, after four previous failed attempts (see countryfile.com/article/wild-uk-beavers-sighted-last ), so I smiled in recognition of Pete Dommett’s two near misses during his family safari in East Devon. He had the consolation of seeing an otter, kingfisher and a dipper in what is an underappreciated corner of southern England. His piece confirmed that there are always life-enhancing places to discover, so long as you’re prepared to take a chance. Go adventuring with Pete on page 18. As a small boy, I once caught a salmon; it was seven centimetres long and, underwhelmed, I returned it to its Dales river in the hope it would make it to sea. I haven’t seen a live one since, but Charles Rangeley-Wilson’s elegiac account of these…

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how to contact us

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this month’s contributors

Pete Dommett “Despite having changed little in centuries,” Pete says, “East Devon is a living landscape with gently rolling hills, wooded valleys and wide estuaries.” Charles Rangeley-Wilson “The salmon inspires myth, religion and the devotion of thousands,” says Charles. “The huge journeys it undertakes are awe-inspiring.” Genevieve Taylor Celebrate harvest time and the heady days of the apple season with Genevieve’s three recipes using traditional varieties of the fruit.…

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october in the country

RAY OF LIGHT As the trees swap their green coats for a palette of red, gold and rust, this is an especially beautiful time of year to explore the atmospheric valleys of the Peak District, such as Yarncliff Wood in the Derbyshire Dales. A woodland walk can turn magical when you spy the many varieties of fungi that spring up. An identification chart will help you sort the poisonous boletus from the harmless chanterelle; see wildfooduk.com . But don’t eat any foraged mushrooms, unless you’re with an expert. THE WILDS OF GLEN COE Around 50,000 people walk the West Highland Way every year, but in the month of October you have a better chance of getting this romantic wilderness to yourself. A three-hour ‘there-and-back-again’ walk to Ba Bridge starts opposite the impossibly picturesque…

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climbing pioneer

On 7 October 1818, Dorothy Wordsworth and her friend Mary Barker climbed to the summit of Scafell Pike in the Lake District. Her account of the ascent is one of the earliest of its kind, but it also represents the pioneering role women played in promoting upland walking and mountaineering as a recreational activity. This autumn, Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere is holding an exhibition dedicated to the bicentenary of Dorothy’s feat and the creativity and ambition of remarkable women. ‘This Girl Did’ is open from 1 September to 23 December, and includes the original letter describing Dorothy’s climb. wordsworth.org.uk/whats-on/…

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stonehenge donated to the nation

Cecil Chubb bought Stonehenge apparently on a whim. Born just four miles away, he was familiar with the ancient stones, so when the Antrobus family put the site up for auction in 1915, he thought he’d take a look. He had made his wealth running Europe’s largest private psychiatric hospital. His speculative bid of £6,600 – equivalent to about half a million pounds today – was accepted. But just three years later, on 26 October, he gave Stonehenge to the nation. One rumour had it that he’d offered the stones as a gift to his wife but she wasn’t impressed. Still, he did receive a baronetcy from PM Lloyd George for his generosity.…