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BBC Countryfile Magazine brings you The Plodcast - a weekly escape to the British countryside with fascinating guests and the wonders of the great outdoors.
Enjoy a new escape into the countryside every Tuesday and wind down with our Sound Escapes on a Friday.
Find out more about us at www.countryfile.com
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BBC Countryfile Magazine brings you The Plodcast - a weekly escape to the British countryside with fascinating guests and the wonders of the great outdoors.
Enjoy a new escape into the countryside every Tuesday and wind down with our Sound Escapes on a Friday.
Find out more about us at www.countryfile.com
Subscribe to the print version of BBC Countryfile Magazine at https://www.buysubscriptions.com/print/bbc-countryfile-magazine-subscription

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    Sound Escape 71: the soothing sounds of a canoe paddling up a river

    Sound Escape 71: the soothing sounds of a canoe paddling up a river

    You're in a canoe, paddling slowly upstream against a gentle current. The sounds of the oars dipping and sweeping is mesmeric – while birds sing from the tangles of scrub, willow and reeds that flank the waterway.
    Recorded by Annabel Ross, presented by Hannah Tribe

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    • 6 min
    153. A perfect taste of the countryside at the British Pie Awards

    153. A perfect taste of the countryside at the British Pie Awards

    Every year, the British Pie Awards judges meet for one day in Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire to taste hundreds of pies in order to crown a supreme pie champion. The Plodcast's Maria Hodson was invited to be a judge in 2022 and in this episode she meets the judges, tastes the pies and discovers the long and rather marvellous history of what has now become a staple of British cuisine.
    The Plodcast is the PPA Podcast of the Year. As ever, you can contact the Plodcast team at editor@countryfile.com with your thoughts.

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    • 42 min
    Sound Escape 70: listen to the thrilling rumble of a storm rising over Dorset

    Sound Escape 70: listen to the thrilling rumble of a storm rising over Dorset

    Enjoy an audio escape into the British countryside, wherever you are. It's a summer evening in a Dorset coomb near the coast. The shadows are long but the dusky sun will be short-lived as clouds threaten. For several days the earth has baked and leaves have sagged. But behind the plume of heat is a wall of electricity – a mighty storm. Building over the English Channel to the south, a distant rumble and faint patter builds into tempest.
    Recorded by Kevin Parr. Image from Getty.

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    • 10 min
    152. Explore a traditional Devon dairy farm and home of award-winning cheddar cheese

    152. Explore a traditional Devon dairy farm and home of award-winning cheddar cheese

    Smell the hay, meets the cows and hear the skylarks on Quicke's farm in Devon where they produce award-winning cheddar cheese using traditional methods. Tanya Jackson meets farmer and cheesemaker Mary Quicke and discovers that some of the secrets to producing great-tasting cheese lie in the way Mary works with nature and her landscape. Image from Getty.
    Later in the Plodcast, the team test whether Devon's method of eating scones (cream first then jam) is superior to that of Cornwall (where the jam goes on first). And we hear from folk singer Original Spruce who has written a song celebrating the wild wonders of Martin Down and we include some of this sweet song in the Plodcast. To listen to the whole song and see the video of Martin Down, visit You Tube.
    As ever, you can contact the Plodcast team on editor@countryfile.com

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Sound Escape 69: the magical trinity of pied flycatcher, restart and wood warbler in a Welsh oak wood

    Sound Escape 69: the magical trinity of pied flycatcher, restart and wood warbler in a Welsh oak wood

    Wandering deep into the oak wood, you find yourself serenaded by a magical trinity of birds. First a wood warbler, then a redstart and finally a pied flycatcher. All three have migrated here from Africa for a brief season of courtship and nesting among the ancient trees.
    Recorded by Fergus Collins, presented by Hannah Tribe. Image from Getty.

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    • 15 min
    151. Enjoy a marvellous adventure foraging and fishing in the far north of Scotland

    151. Enjoy a marvellous adventure foraging and fishing in the far north of Scotland

    The Plodcast team head to Assynt in Sutherland in the far north of Scotland to fish for brown trout on remote lochs and forage for edible treats on wild beaches. To a backdrop of cuckoos and black-throated divers, Plodcast host Fergus Collins tries his hand at flyfishing and, with friends, enjoys a feast of wild trout before a few less palatable food samples from the nearby coast.
    Back in the studio, the Plodcast team sample a Scottish legendary food – and we hear a wonderful Sound of the Week.
    Image from Gavin Meredith

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    • 54 min

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190 Ratings

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Very entertaining provides great listening to wide down of an evening a+

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A question for you all

This is an adapted version of/blatant rip off of a question from another podcast. That being said however, here it is - if you could pick one thing to emerge from a chrysalis as, what would it be? Preferably something previously featured on the plodcast?

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