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From the editor

This month we’re accompanying “Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney, Peter Davy, Dan’l Whiddon, Harry Hawk, Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all” to Widecombe Fair, a major event in Devon’s rural calendar.

Also in this issue, we explore the Somerset Levels, a landscape characterised by water; we visit the plant-hunter’s paradise of Bodnant Garden in North Wales; and we discover why September is a great time for mini-beasting and reptile-spotting, in our regular wildlife-watching feature.

We get a taste of traditional country cooking with a recipe for Dumpsie Dearie Cake; and we learn about the history of British cheese-making.

Elsewhere, I discover the glories of the Great Glen with a cruise along the Caledonian Canal; and I enjoy the Victorian elegance of ‘Queen of the Welsh resorts’, Llandudno, and the natural wonders of the Great Orme.

Celebrate the arrival of autumn with this month’s issue of The Countryman.

Mark Whitley


In the September issue of The Countryman...

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Exploring the Great Glen
Mark Whitley cruises the Caledonian Canal

The wizard’s tree
Rosamond Richardson celebrates the natural history, myths and folklore surrounding the rowan

Milk delivered to the doorstep
Phil Penfold meets the Staffordshire milkwoman following a family tradition

Dumpsie dearie cake
Mrs Simkins cooks up a traditional treat

The aristocrat of the East Devon coast
Spotted flycatchers photographed in Shropshire by Andrew Fusek Peters

Wildlife in focus
‘Hide and squeak’ by Villager Jim

A plant-hunter’s paradise
Lisa Chambers visits Bodnant in North Wales for our Best Gardens feature

A restless time full of reward
Nature writer and photographer James Lowen offers practical advice on what to look for during September

How cheese-making started
Andy Swinscoe traces the history of cheese production in Britain

On the levels in Somerset
Richard Hayman explores a landscape characterised by water

Strictly bee dancing
Simon Cavill reveals the secrets behind a bee’s special wiggle

Uncle Tom Cobley and all
Simone Stanbrook-Byrne joins the crowds at Widecombe Fair on Dartmoor

Queen of the Welsh resorts
Mark Whitley enjoys the Victorian elegance of Llandudno

A Peak District ‘stag do’
Tony Clarke observes the spectacle of the annual rut

Book reviews
Readers’ letters
Nature watch
Watch the birdie


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