Scoring a century…
BBC Countryfile Magazine was launched in 2007 to build on the ever-growing popularity of the TV show. If Gardeners’ World, Top Gear and Top of the Pops could have their own magazines, why not Britain’s favourite TV programme about rural affairs?
Now we’ve reached our 100th issues and, over the course of producing all those magazines, we’ve not only discovered some wonderful places to explore, we’ve also met a host of great writers, photographers, farmers, craftspeople and other folk who know the innermost secrets of the great outdoors. So we decided to bring them together in a celebration of some of the greatest experiences that it’s possible to have in the countryside.
My highlights are Jim Crumley’s exploration of Skye on page 20 (he knows my second favourite pub in the entire world, the Stein Inn in Waternish); Helen Skelton’s love letter to her Ullswater homeland in the Lake District (page 62); Tim Gent’s thrilling introduction to canoe camping, which is
Swallows and Amazons for adults (page 54); and the great George Monbiot’s wonder at seeing ospreys in Wales for the first time (page 36).
I hope you find some inspiring ideas here – and at the very least, enjoy reading lovely pieces by such great nature writers as Simon Barnes
(page 46), Katharine Norbury (page 60) and Mark Cocker (page 44). Here’s to a glorious summer!