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The Dales

  • Episode: 

    6 of 12

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 24 Jun 2013
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 26 2013 : Sat 22 Jun - Fri 28 Jun
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Adrian Edmondson returns home to Yorkshire to bring us more stories behind another summer in the life of the people who live in the Yorkshire Dales.  
This week we travel to Sedbergh, on the western edge of the dales to meet 16-year-old Sam Roper. He has one passion in life – cycling - and where better to go out and about than the amazing Dales landscape.
Sam will be the youngest competitor in the gruelling Three Peak Cyclo-Cross race that takes in 38 miles of the stunning scenery of Ingelborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent.
With the help of his mentor, and eight times champion of the race, Rob Jebb, can Sam prove he has what it takes to take on the Three Peaks? 
We also meet Dales folk band Fourum Folk. Alan, Rod, Sandy and Jim are a musical group of teachers who have been performing for nearly 40 years. Together they have been recording the history of the Dales in word and song. 
Bob Hattersley was a key member of the Dales band until his death in 2010. For years he sang about local traditions and folklores, but he also had a hidden, more private talent too.
Bob created amazingly detailed walking maps, which he created some 20 years ago. Tonight the maps go on show in an exhibition in the Georgian Theatre in Richmond. It will be an emotional night for Bob’s widow Jean and for his band mates with whom he spent so many years. 
Meanwhile Ade Edmondson travels to Gunnerside in Swaledale to meet Stephen Calvert. As a sixth generation blacksmith Stephen’s family have been forging in the same smithy since 1795. He shows Ade how the skills of a blacksmith have not changed for generations.