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BBC Countryfile Magazine November 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
freedom to roam

“On a short walk in Monmouthshire recently, I counted more than 30 ‘keep out’ or ‘private’ signs. The conveyed blend of hostility and vulnerability jarred with the easy joy of walking. During lockdown, several local footpaths were shut, sometimes illegally by landowners or homeowners using the chaos to curb public access. And yet, lockdown taught us how much everyone needs access to nature and the outdoors. Nick Hayes has been wandering Britain for the past few years and noting just how little of the land, particularly in England and Wales, is available to most of the population. Yes, there’s a fabulous footpath network, he says, but that’s it. What of the countryside hidden behind fences and walls? His compelling new work The Book of Trespass asks awkward questions about property ownership…

2 min
november in the country

POTTER GOLD A moment of golden tranquillity at one of the Lake District’s most visited sites. Tarn Hows is a small lake tucked in the hills just north of Coniston Water and is associated with Beatrix Potter, who lived nearby and walked the lake shores and surrounding hills for inspiration. Tarn Hows is also called The Tarns as it was once three separate bodies of water. There is a gentle but beautiful walk around it – it’s best to go early to avoid the crowds that are drawn here in homage to Potter. BELLOWING STAGS Autumn woods, fells and heaths reverberate to the bellows of red deer stags. Bedecked with a full set of antlers, the male deer calls out his battle cry – a disconcerting primal groan – staking a claim on…

1 min
coventry cathedral bombed to ruins

The medieval city of Coventry in Warwickshire was bombed by the German Luftwaffe many times during the Second World War, but it was on the evening of 14 November 1940 that the most devastating of these attacks took place. Codenamed Moonlight Sonata,theraid was carried out by 449 German bombers. During the course of the night, 30,000 incendiary bombs were dropped, 568 people died and two-thirds of the city’s buildings were damaged, including the destruction of Coventry Cathedral in the city centre. Today, the ruined 14th-century Gothic building can be visited alongside the new cathedral. coventrycathedral.org.uk…

1 min
from the bookshelf: fabulous foraging folios

THE HEDGEROW HANDBOOK by Adele Nozedar Fresh and original recipes – with an emphasis on health and flavour – enhanced with beautiful illustrations. Every entry has the perfect blend of natural history and personal anecdote. FOOD FOR FREE by Richard Mabey The urtext of modern foraging, first published in 1972 yet still offering brilliant advice on 100 plant species for first-time foragers. WILD FOOD by Roger Phillips A quirky, personal and beautifully photographed exploration of edible plants and mushrooms, with easy recipes and enticing snippets of country lore. THE FORAGER HANDBOOK by Miles Irving A masterful and exhaustive tome that opens up the chance to find fantastic food in the most unpromising places. Brilliantly researched, though it cries out for colour illustrations.…

2 min
the seasonal table: a taste of november

We’re slowly winding down for winter. Hay is stacked for the sheep, and the beehives are tucked up with insulation. The last orchard medlars need picking. There are leeks to harvest from the vegetable patch, while onion and garlic sets need planting. In the kitchen, this year’s braided alliums dangle from the ceiling between a bubbling tank of cider, which is almost ready to bottle, and empty egg racks (the chickens are on a break). Dinner is often deep bowls of soup. Comfort for cold nights. ONION, LEEK AND BAY SOUP Serves 6 INGREDIENTS 60g unsalted butter5 large bay leaves1kg white onions, thinly sliced400g leeks, trimmed, washed and thinly sliced4 fat cloves of garlic, thinly sliced2› tbsp plain white flour200ml dry apple cider1l chicken stock1–2 tbsp apple cider vinegar METHOD: 1. Melt the butter in a…

1 min
room with a view: cliff camping experience

Located at the head of wild Honister Pass in central Lakeland is Honister Slate Mine. England’s last working slate mine, Honister also hosts an array of pulse-raising outdoor activities, including via ferrata and mine climbing. Unwilling to rest on its laurels, Honister has recently added cliff camping to its list of extreme activities. Cross the famous Infinity Bridge and abseil down the side of Fleetwith Pike to your 500-foot-high portaledge, where cosy sleeping bags and a Cumbrian food hamper awaits for your night beneath the stars. honister.com/cliffcamping…