Countryfile Magazine - - Editor’s Letter - Fer­gus Collins, edi­tor@coun­try­file.com

We are hav­ing a lit­tle cel­e­bra­tion this is­sue – we are 10 years old! BBC Coun­try­file Mag­a­zine was launched in the au­tumn of 2007 to tie into the TV show and of­fer prac­ti­cal ideas for get­ting out and en­joy­ing the coun­try­side. In those far-off days, Coun­try­file it­self was a Sun­day morn­ing TV show and was not the house­hold name it is now – so launch­ing the mag­a­zine was a big risk. We are all in­debted to launch edi­tor Cavan Scott and his team for their brav­ery and mag­a­zine craft – and the cur­rent team for their con­tin­ued bril­liance.

So for this spe­cial is­sue, we’ve asked some fa­mil­iar friends of the mag­a­zine to write about their favourite great es­capes – a unique col­lec­tors’ is­sue of wise words, great pho­tog­ra­phy and ru­ral cel­e­bra­tion. My high­lights are John Craven tak­ing to the wa­ter in a nar­row­boat on the mag­i­cal Llan­gollen Canal

(page 30); Kate Hum­ble walk­ing the River Wye (page 16); Bill Bai­ley tack­ling the an­cient Ridge­way (page 40); while Sean Fletcher re­turns to his beloved Gower (page 56). Plus Adam Hen­son (54), Matt Baker (46), Naomi Wilkin­son

(38) and Steve Brown (48). And as if this isn’t enough in­sight and pas­sion for you, do not miss our in­ter­view with El­lie Har­ri­son on page 114.

Lastly, it was won­der­ful to meet so many read­ers at BBC Coun­try­file Live back in Au­gust. What a show! If you didn’t make it this year, do come in 2018 – it’s a fab­u­lous op­por­tu­nity to meet the stars in a truly great day out. Plus you can tell us what you’d like in your mag­a­zine over the next 10 years.

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