Coast and Country returns for 2014

It’s the wonder of Wales - full of fresh air, glorious landscapes and stunning scenery. The series celebrates our countryside and the people who live, work and play in it.

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Catch-up: Coast & Country episode 6

In this episode:

Andrew Price learns about life on a smallholding as he spends time with husband and wife team Fiona and Rob Park. He'll be meeting some new baby piglets and learning about the rare breeds kept on the farm.

Ruth will be walking the hills above Penmaenmawr in North Wales, a town where notable Victorians such as Prime Minister William Gladstone would come to relax. All in all it's a walk of about three miles, starting at Bryn Derwydd on an upward section of the path, towards Graiglwyd.

The walk skirts the North Eastern edge of the Carneddau range.

Hannah Thomas will be at 'the best primestock event in the UK', The Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

Held every year at the Llanelwedd showground in Builth Wells, it's a chance for the agricultural community to get together.

Watch tonight's programme at 8pm on ITV Cymru Wales

Coast & Country: A visit to the Royal Welsh Winter Fair

Filming at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

In tonight's episode, Hannah Thomas visits the Royal Welsh Winter Fair at the Llanelwedd showground in Builth Wells.

It's a smaller affair than the Royal Welsh Show which is held in the Summer, but still attracts thousands of people.

It proclaims itself to be the 'best primestock event in the UK', and is seen more as a chance for the countryside community to get together rather than a showcase.

Hannah meets some of the farmers there, and gets into the festive spirit.

Ruth and her guide David Bathers high above North Wales Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Also in tonight's programme, Ruth Wignall visits a 'Druid's Circle' as she continues her journey along the Wales Coast Path.

She'll be walking the hills above Penmaenmawr in North Wales, with her guide David Bathers.

Andrew Price will be experiencing life on a smallholding as he spends time with husband and wife team Rob and Fiona Park at Cwmcrwth Farm near Llandeilo.

Watch the final episode in the series tonight at 8pm on ITV Cymru Wales.

Coast & Country: Rare breeds and new arrivals

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These piglets are just 12-hours old Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

In tonight's episode, our presenter Andrew Price is at Cwmcrwth Farm near Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire.

He gets a taste of what it's like to run a small-holding, and meets some of the animals that live there, including some rare breeds and some new baby 'Oxford Sandy and Black' piglets.

The Oxford Sandy and Black piglets Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

This particular breed of pig has existed for over 300 years, but their numbers have been in decline.

However thanks to breeders like Rob & Fiona Park who run Cwmcrwth Farm, they've been saved from extinction.

Coast & Country is on tonight at 8pm on ITV Cymru Wales.

Catch-up: Coast & Country episode 5

In this episode:

Andrew Price heads to Anglesey where he harvests, cleans and cooks mussels on the banks of the Menai Strait.

Showing him how it’s done is Shaun Krijnen from Menai Oysters, a shellfish farmer who has been growing mussels and oysters for 13 years. Fantastic food in a beautiful location.

Mynydd Cilan is Ruth Wignall’s destination this week as she continues her journey along the Wales Coast Path.

She’s joined by Dave Lamacraft from Plantlife Cymru. He knows this landscape and it’s plants inside out having spent hours walking the rugged heathland. They also visit the site of a trial mine apparently dug by Cornish miners searching for Manganese.

Nicola Hendy takes to the waters of Llandegfedd Reservoir on a Stand-Up Paddleboard under the guidance of Mike Walking from Gwent Adventures. It’s not long until she’s off paddling around the reservoir, relaxing and enjoying the scenery as she goes.

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The history chef and Carl Edwards head to Kidwelly Castle to cook cherry pottage.

They also discover the legend of Princess Gwenllian from head custodian Sonja Brown.

The Cadw website has the latest opening times for the Castle and the other sites visited throughout the series. www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

The recipe for the pottage made in the programme is as follows:

Cherry Pottage

Modern version

900g ripe red cherries

1.5 cups red wine (non alcoholic can be used)

3/4 cup of honey or raw sugar

4 tbsp butter

1 cup of breadcrumbs

Flower heads of clove pinks

Sugar or honey

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Coast and Country: Learning to paddleboard

Paddleboarding is one of Britain's fastest-growing watersports

On tonight's Coast & Country, our reporter Nicola Hendy is in Gwent getting a lesson in one of Britain’s fastest growing watersports - stand-up paddleboarding.

She has a lesson, and discovers the beautiful Llandegfedd Reservoir.

Just eight miles from Newport, it’s a special conservation area and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Coast & Country is on ITV at 8pm tonight.

Coast & Country: Dolphins in Cardigan Bay

Ruth looks for dolphins in Cardigan Bay

In tonight's episode:

Ruth continues on her journey along the Wales Coast path, this time stopping off at New Quay in Ceredigion.

She spends time with Steve Hartley of the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre and learns all about the behaviour of the dolphins that live there.

Coast & Country is on ITV at 8pm tonight

Photos: Andrew Price searches for a Champion Oak

Coast & Country: Tree-hunting in Powys

National Tree Week runs until December 1

On tonight's Coast & Country, tree hunter Rob McBride joins presenter Andrew Price to search for the champion oak tree of Wales.

He's also in Forden, near Welshpool planting new trees with a group of green-fingered helpers.

Also in tonight's episode, Hannah Thomas is in Penclawdd, weighing up the pros and cons of farmers markets.

You can watch the programme on ITV at 8pm tonight.

Watch: click here to catch up with previous episodes in the series

Rob and Andrew visit an oak near Welshpool

Catch-up: Coast & Country episode 4

In this episode:

Andrew is tree hunting with Rob McBride, a self proclaimed 'Tree Hunter'. Rob, and members of the public, are searching Wales for the largest Oak they can find as well as other ancient trees, which will then be recorded on a database by The Woodland Trust.

If you think you have one in your back garden to add to the list, then head to their website.

Andrew is also lending a hand planting new trees, using 'Pollinator Packs' from The Woodland Trust.

Click here for more information on the different types of packs available.

Hannah Thomas is in Penclawdd near Swansea, weighing up the pros and cons of farmers markets. She compares them to shopping in supermarkets and finds out whether they really are worth it.

If you want to find your local market, click here for a Wales directory.

Also in this episode, Ruth goes on a dolphin watching boat trip in New Quay, Ceredigion.

She learns about the background of the dolphins from skipper Steve Hartley, who works at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre.

The Boat trips currently between April and late October. Please check their website for updated details.

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