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BBC Countryfile Magazine October 2020

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

1 min
way back in time...

“The first long-distance footpath I ever attempted was the Offa’s Dyke Path. One autumn, with my now-wife, I tried to walk the entire 177-mile route in two weeks, camping on the way. Well, after 14 days we staggered to Kington, about halfway. We’d overpacked (did I really need that spare pair of shoes? Or two saucepans?) and each day was a slog. But my goodness, I’ve never forgotten the beauty of that walk: the tranquil hills, rivers thronging with life, goldening woodlands and welcome inns at the day’s end. And there is more of the dyke – the huge rampart – than you’d expect, which adds a poignant history to every step. Julie Brominicks packed much more sensibly than I did; follow her pain-free adventure on page 20. Offa’s Dyke Path frequently…

2 min
october in the country

TRUE COLOURS Autumnal leaves in a riot of rich rusts, deep ochres and vivid golds frame the spectacular Falls of Clyde in Lanarkshire, Scotland. These vibrant shades are the leaves’ hidden colours; when summer sunlight fades, trees gradually stop producing chlorophyll, a chemical that gives leaves their green pigment and helps them absorb sunlight. The carotenoid pigments of yellow, orange and red that are always present in leaves are then able to shine through. SAY ‘CHEESE’ This wonderful image of a whiskery family of field mice in autumnal leaves by Geoffrey Hill was picked to illustrate the month of October in 2010’s Countryfile Calendar.Ifthe calendar is always on your wishlist, don’t miss this beautiful new book Countryfile: A Picture of Britain (William Collins, £25), where John Craven and Matt Baker pick their favourite…

1 min
wonderful wellies

As the days get cooler and wetter, it’s a good time to start thinking about autumn and winter footwear. Smart, durable and extremely comfortable, The Original Muck Boot Company’s Pull On Mid Boot is perfect for tidying up the garden, dog walks and visits to the local shops. The rubber outsole is 100% waterproof, while the inner – which comprises a memory-foam underfoot and soft, flexible sides – makes the boots cosy, warm and easy to slip on and off. £100, unisex, available in sizes 4–14. muckbootcompany.co.uk…

2 min
the seasonal table: a taste of october

Autumn is here. Leaves need raking and barrowing to the mulching cage. Seasoned wood is emptied from logstores and brought inside for the fire. We give the vegetable patch a tidy: soggy, frost-hit nasturtiums and withered courgette stems are cleared, brassicas are checked for covert caterpillars and winter salad crops are thinned. There is a hotchpotch of apples to press and pears to harvest by the basketful. Wild mushrooms are also ready to gather, so to the woodland we go. WILD MUSHROOM AND BLACK KALE TAGLIATELLE INGREDIENTS Serves 2 1 tbsp butter200g chanterelle mushrooms*1 clove of garlic, minced10 sage leaves, finely chopped250g fresh tagliatelle150g black kale (cavolo nero), tough stalks removed and thinly shredded lengthways into strips100g mascarpone cheese50g Parmesan cheese, grated, plus extra for serving *A good mushroom guidebook will show you how…

1 min
from the bookshelf: liquid reads

WATERLOG by Roger Deakin Deakin roams modern Britain by swimming a host of rivers, lakes, pools and canals across the countryside – and explores access and ownership, wildlife and history. Pure magic. THAMES: SACRED RIVER by Peter Ackroyd A biography of the UK’s most famous river, following its journey from sea to source. Full of curious tales, it covers history, literature, nature, law and landscape. THE RIVER BOOK by Tessa Wardley Fun days out on the river for all the family. This practical guide to exploring rivers and streams offers art and craft projects, games and advice on how to see more wildlife. BLOOD KNOTS by Luke Jennings An inspiring and sometimes disturbing memoir of dark nights fishing on the riverbank, and darker memories of friends and family. Fascinating and mysterious.…

1 min
let’s play conkers

Say this phrase on harvesting your first conker of the season and good fortune will come your way for the rest of the year. Produced by the stately horse chestnut tree, these lustrous, mahogany seeds are a valuable source of food for deer and other mammals in autumn, but they also serve another purpose: they are the pendulum in the traditional children’s game of conkers. Rules vary across Britain but here are four simple steps to get you started. 1. Pick a conker – try to find one that is hard and symmetrical, and without cracks. 2. Make a hole in the conker using a screw or drill. Thread it with string (20–30cm long) then tie at one end. 3. Challenge a friend to a game. Player one must let their conker hang…