Filmed over a calendar year, More4 returns to the picturesque Yorkshire Dales and The Lakes for a fourth series, following a range of remarkable characters who live and work in England’s biggest expanse of protected countryside.
This four-part series celebrates life in The Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Parks across the four seasons, meeting real and engaging Yorkshire and Cumbrian folk.
EPISODE ONE – WINTER
Shepherds Peter and Robert Bland gather their Herdwick sheep from the fell in Grasmere for pregnancy testing. In Appletreewick, pub landlord David Aynesworth prepares for the annual ferret race. The Steam Yacht Gondola in Coniston gets newly made engine parts. Mountain runners Charlie Sproson and Paddy Cave climb to the summit of Helvellyn for an off-piste ski adventure. And the school bus service in Hawes braves the Winter weather.
EPISODE TWO – SPRING
Sheep Farmers Peter and Robert Bland send their new lambs off onto the common in Grasmere. Castle Bolton Gamekeeper Ian Sleightholm helps bird conservationist David ring and record rare spring chicks on the moor. National Park officer Ian Court works to protect and isolated population of red squirrels in Wensleydale. A horse logging family work a small woodland near Kendal. Farmer Doug Barningham and his children rebuild after a flood devastated their farm last year.
EPISODE THREE – SUMMER
In Grasmere, shepherds Peter and Robert Bland need all the help they can get, as they race to sheer a thousand sheep in a day. Sport Climber Naomi Buys heads to Gordale Scar, attempting a very difficult route, known as Super Cool. Bee Farmers John and Michael Worsdale move their hives to the moor, in hope of a good crop of heather honey. Fisherman Peter Haslam heads out in his tradition boat in a big to catch the elusive Arctic Charr. And in the Dales village of Cracoe, locals enjoy a final late summer game of cricket.
EPISODE FOUR – AUTUMN
Sheep Farmer Peter Bland takes his older ewes to market in Cockermouth. In Cracoe, Cathy Peel takes her children to an iconic memorial on the fell, to remember her grandfather who fell in World War Two. Kayakers Sam Ellis and Simon Jackson brave the waterfalls of the River Swale. And free divers Angus Hosking and Declan Turner head out litter picking on the bed of Windermere.