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BBC Countryfile Magazine National Parks Special 2019

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

2 min
national treasures

“Welcome to this special issue devoted to our magnificent National Parks, in this their 70th anniversary year. Some critics say the Parks are not truly national because they’re not owned by the nation and that they’re not truly Parks because, in places, their natural beauty is marred by development and industry. But what a sad and deprived country this would be without them. One of my heroes, the Yorkshire architect and rambler John Dower, led the campaign for National Parks in the 1930s and then, during and after the Second World War, worked with the Government on plans to create “extensive areas of beautiful and relatively wild country for the nation’s benefit”. Sadly, he died two years before the 1949 legislation that turned his dream into reality. Today, however, millions of…

1 min
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1 min
national parks: in pictures

SNOWDONIA SNOWDON Magnificent glacier-shaped hollows, curving blade-thin ridges and deep-cut valleys; Wales’ highest mountain attracts almost 500,000 visitors a year, many of whom tackle the strenuous six-to-eight-hour hike to the summit and back. On route, a glimpse of the glistening waters of Glaslyn and Llyn LLydaw, on Snowdon’s eastern flank, offer a chance to pause. SOUTH DOWNS BEACHY HEAD The highest chalky sea cliff in Britain, bright Beachy Head is a clear landmark for sailors, rising to 162m above the sea. Part of the popular South Downs Way, the well-drained grassy paths atop the cliffs offer magnificent views across the English Channel and out to the Isle of Wight. PEAK DISTRICT PEVERIL CASTLE Catch a stunning morning vista over misty Hope Valley from the romantic ruins of Peveril Castle, one of England’s earliest Norman fortresses. With a keep…

5 min
national parks: events calendar

7 APRIL BBC ONE, 7PM COUNTRYFILE EXPLORES THE PARKS On 7 April, the programme looks at some of our best-loved National Parks in their 70th anniversary year. Matt Baker visits the Peak District (above) to learn about the famous 1932 Kinder Scout mass trespass, an act of civil disobedience that was instrumental in the establishment of the Parks. He’ll be walking with a group following in the footsteps of the protesters. Adam Henson looks at the challenges of farming in the Trossachs, and Sean Fletcher explores the Pembrokeshire Coast. Margherita Taylor is in Lorna Doone country in Exmoor National Park seeing how the landscape inspired the novel. Finally, John Craven will witness the fabulous spectacle of wild daffodils in bloom in Farndale in the North York Moors. 13 APRIL BRECON BEACONS GUIDED BIRD WALK Identify a…

2 min
stars in his eyes

Wales is a stargazer’s paradise – both Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons National Parks boast International Dark Sky Reserve status, and Elan Valley Estate is also an International Dark Sky Park. We spoke to photographer Alyn Wallace, who is in his element atop a Brecon Beacon capturing the astonishing complexity of the Milky Way, meteor showers and bright nebulas. Wallace’s time-lapse photography is showcased in BBC One Wales’ exciting new wildlife series, Wales: Land of the Wild , from 4 April. Alyn Wallace hosts popular astrophotography workshops in the Brecon Beacons; see alynwallace photography.com Q. What sparked your interest in the night skies? “As a child I had an unquenchable curiosity, and space stood up to my questioning because of its infinite vastness. A lot of my earliest memories are night-sky-based, like seeing my…

6 min
pride of the nation

Picture the scene: we are in an underground air-raid bunker in Whitehall, early in 1945. As the chilling wail of an air-raid siren sounds, a consumptive, pipe-smoking, public-school-educated architect and town planner is deep in conversation with a campaigning outdoors journalist and former millworker, whose warm Lancashire burr casts a persuasive spell. These unlikely allies are sketching out the details of the report that gave us the blueprint for Britain’s system of National Parks, enacted 70 years ago. The report bore the name of its author, planner John Dower, but the journalist – Tom Stephenson, then a press officer with the Ministry of Town and Country Planning – was instrumental in its creation. Stephenson, best known for his creation of the Pennine Way in 1965, once recalled to me: “Dower was the…