Five days to the weekend: Alveschurch

You don’t need to travel far from Birmingham to escape to the countryside. Nick Peers discovers rural tranquillity just a few miles south of the M42

Coming up on this week's Countryfile - Sunday 25 October

The Countryfile team head to the Forest of Bowland to meet witches, sheep milkers and hen harriers - Sunday, 7.00pm on BBC One

My country life: The original Bramley apple tree

There are 500 Bramley apple growers around the world, but it all began with one special tree in the garden of Nottinghamshire pensioner Nancy Harrison. Interview by Cavan Scott

Five days to the weekend: Cloughton

Blow those autumn cobwebs away with a bracing bout of North Sea air. Nick Peers heads to the eastern edge of the North York Moors

Coming up on this week's Countryfile - Sunday 18 October

Matt Baker and Jules Hudson head to Dartmoor for ponies, fungi and cave rescue - Sunday, 7.10pm on BBC One

You Brits are ashamed of your own food, says MasterChef champion

Mat Follas, winner of MasterChef 2009, tells Cavan Scott why the British need to shed their cultural inferiority complex

Five days to the weekend: Hayfield

Spirit yourself away to the Peak District for some autumnal rural fun. Nick Peers gets the windcheater and walking boots packed

Britain’s weirdest things to do this autumn

Fancy doing something out of the ordinary this autumn? Liz Barrett reveals some of the country's strangest events

Five days to the weekend: Watton-at-Stone

Looking for a quiet weekend away in the heart of the Hertfordshire countryside? Nick Peers discovers the perfect retreat

Coming up on this week's Countryfile - Sunday 4 October

Countryfile heads to Cornwall for mackarel, gigs and seals. Don't miss it - Sunday, 7pm on BBC One.
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