Transcript: Ep. 1 - Off the Beaten Track with Kate Humble | Dec 26, 2018

A clip shows a horse galloping on a green hill side.

A song goes WHOA-OHH-OHH
OOH-OOH, OOH-OOH
WHOA-OHH-OHH

Kate is in her late thirties, with chin-length curly blond hair and wears jeans, a green T-shirt and a blue zip-up jacket.

Kate says YOU MIGHT THINK THAT
THIS IS A CANADIAN FOREST.
THE AFRICAN SAVANNAH.
WHOA-OHH-OHH
THE SCOTTISH MOUNTAINS.
BUT THIS IS MY ADOPTED HOME,
WALES, AND THE MANY COUNTRIES
WITHIN IT.
I'VE ALWAYS BEEN DRAWN TO
REMOTE PLACES AROUND THE WORLD,
BUT ONLY RECENTLY, I STARTED
QUESTIONING MYSELF.
WHY AM I TRAVELLING TO THESE
FAR-FLUNG PARTS OF THE WORLD TO
LOOK FOR AUTHENTIC, INTACT
COMMUNITIES, WHEN THERE ARE
COMMUNITIES LIKE THAT RIGHT ON
MY DOORSTEP?
WALES IS HOME TO LESS THAN 5 percent
OF THE UK POPULATION, WITH MOST
PEOPLE CONCENTRATED IN THE
SOUTH.
AND THE SPARSELY INHABITED
COUNTRYSIDE IS EXACTLY WHAT
ATTRACTED ME TO MOVE HERE,
TEN YEARS AGO.
THE FURTHER I LOOKED WEST
TOWARDS WALES, THE FEWER ROADS
THERE WERE, AND I THOUGHT,
"THAT'S WHERE I WANT TO BE."
BUT IN ALL HONESTY, I STILL
BARELY KNOW WALES, SO I'M
TAKING MY TRUSTED WELSH
SHEEPDOG TEG ON A JOURNEY.

Teg licks her face.

Kate says YOU'RE A HORROR!
NO.
I REALLY DON'T-- NO, I DON'T
LOVE YOU, NO.
ALONG ITS HILLY AND MOSTLY
EMPTY HEARTLAND...

She faces the camera and says AND I KNOW YOU'RE GONNA LOOK AT
ME AND GO, "SHE'S MAD."
IT'S THE EQUIVALENT OF THE
AMAZON RAINFOREST.

Kate says TO DISCOVER HOW OUR LANDSCAPES
ARE BEING SHAPED...

A man shoots a rifle.

(RIFLE FIRING)

Kate says THIS IS THE ONLY OPTION.

Swimming in the water with another woman, Kate says OH!

She says AND HOW IT'S SHAPING ITS
PEOPLE.

Kate watches the other woman in the water and says LOOK AT HER!
SHE'S JUST LIKE A LITTLE
MERMAID!
YOU'RE AMAZING!

Kate says TO EXPERIENCE WALES OFF THE
BEATEN TRACK WITH MY MOST WELSH
COMPANION.
COURSE, I MAY ONLY BE ACCEPTED
IN THESE COMMUNITIES BECAUSE
I'VE GOT THE RIGHT NATIONALITY
OF DOG.

The name of the show reads "Kate Humble: Off the Beaten Track."

A song goes WHOA-OHH-OHH
OOH-OOH, OOH-OOH

Kate says OUR JOURNEY BEGINS AT THE MOST
NORTHERLY FARM ON MAINLAND
WALES, NESTLED ON TOP OF THE
GREAT ORME.
PARC FARM BECAME FAMOUS WHEN
THE NATIONAL TRUST PUT A CALL
OUT FOR A TENANT, OFFERING THE
FARM FOR THE RENT OF A POUND A
YEAR.
BUT THIS BARGAIN CAME AT A
PRICE; THE CHOSEN CANDIDATE
WOULD NEED TO RESTORE THE ORME
TO ITS FORMER GLORY.
THIS SPECIAL PIECE OF LAND
IS HOME TO HUNDREDS OF RARE,
WILD PLANTS.
BUT A FOOT-AND-MOUTH OUTBREAK
PREVENTED ANIMALS GRAZING HERE
FOR A DECADE, THE LAND BECAME
OVERRUN WITH WEED GRASSES,
AND THE PLANTS WERE ALMOST LOST
FOREVER.
NOW, THE BID WINNER, DAN JONES,
IS HOPING TO FULLY RESTORE THE
ORME, USING AN UNUSUAL
CONSERVATION TOOL: ENGLISH
SHEEP.
GOOD MORNING!
I'M KATE, LOVELY TO MEET YOU.

Dan says HI, HOW'S IT GOING?

Kate says THIS IS TEG.

Dan says ARE YOU GONNA HELP ME A
LITTLE BIT TODAY?

Kate says UHH, WE'LL TRY.

Dan says COOL.

Dan is in his early forties, with a shadow of a bead and wears black trousers, a burgundy puff jacket and a black knit hat.

Kate says SO I'M INTERESTED IN... WHY
YOU'VE GOT HERDWICKS.
YOU KNOW, I THINK OF THEM,
THEY'RE THE CLASSIC, SORT OF,
FELL COUNTRY, THE CUMBRIAN
SHEEP.
I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THERE WAS
ALMOST A STIPULATION THAT YOU
HAD TO HAVE WELSH SHEEP, AND
THAT YOU HAD TO HAVE LOCAL
SHEEP.

Dan says THE HERDWICK WAS CHOSEN
BECAUSE OF THE WAY THEY GRAZE;
THEY GRAZE DIFFERENT PLANTS
COMPARED TO OTHER NATIVE LOWLAND
WELSH SHEEP.

Kate says SO THEY WERE CHOSEN ALMOST
AS A KIND OF MANAGEMENT TOOL.

Dan says OF COURSE, THAT'S EXACTLY
WHAT THE HERDWICKS ARE HERE,
THEY'RE, UMM, CONSERVATION
GRAZING TOOLS.
SOMETHING THAT I'D LIKE TO PROVE
IS THAT CONSERVATION FARMING AND
MODERN-DAY FARMING TECHNIQUES
CAN WORK TOGETHER SUCCESSFULLY.
WELL, THE BIG FACTOR IN ALL THIS
IS THE TENANCY HERE IS ONLY A
POUND A YEAR.

Kate says IT WAS A BIG NEWS STORY AT
THE TIME, I REMEMBER-- REMEMBER
LOTS OF PEOPLE E-MAILED ME
GOING, "THERE'S A FARM UP FOR A
POUND A YEAR!
DO YOU WANT IT, HUMBLE?"
I WAS LIKE, "ABSOLUTELY NOT!"

Dan says WELL...

Kate says WAY OUT OF MY LEAGUE.
UMM, BUT-- BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE
DID APPLY FOR IT.

Dan says APPARENTLY, THERE WAS ABOUT
TWO AND A HALF THOUSAND PEOPLE
THAT WANTED IT, OR SHOWED AN
INTEREST IN IT.
UMM, I THINK... I TICKED MOST OF
THE BOXES THEY WERE LOOKING FOR.

Kate says FOR THAT POUND, DAN IS
TASKED WITH MAINTAINING OVER
800 ACRES OF GRAZING WITH 400
ENGLISH AND WELSH SHEEP.
IT'S STILL EARLY DAYS, HE'S
BEEN ON THE FARM FOR JUST SIX
MONTHS.
CONSERVATION ASIDE, THIS IS
STILL A WORKING FARM, AND
THERE'S PLENTY OF WORK TO BE
DONE.
TODAY'S JOB IS BRINGING THE
YOUNGSTERS IN FOR THEIR WORMING
MEDICINE.
GOOD THING I'VE GOT MY HERDING
MACHINE WITH ME, TEG.
TEG, COME HERE!
COME HERE!
GOOD GIRL!
STEADY, THAT'LL DO!
TEG!
WHILE EVERYTHING STARTED WELL,
THERE'S ALWAYS ONE THAT GETS
AWAY.
BUT NOT FOR LONG.
TEG NEVER LIKES TO LEAVE ANYONE
BEHIND.
SHALL I SEE IF I CAN GO GET THAT
LAMB?

Dan says YEAH, WE'LL-- IF YOU GO BACK,
I'LL JUST TAKE THESE THROUGH.

Kate says TEG, TEG!
TEG AND THE LAMB ALMOST LOOK
LIKE THEY'RE PLAYING CATCH.
COME HERE, TEG!
TEG!
GOOD GIRL, THAT WILL DO!
AND THEN, A LITTLE HIDE AND
SEEK.
STEADY...
BUT AS MUCH AS I ENJOY A WALK,
I'M QUITE THANKFUL THAT DAN
JOINS THE PARTY.

Dan says WELL DONE, WELL DONE,
TEG!
WELL DONE!
THAT IS A LIVELY LAMB.

Kate says IT IS A LIVELY LAMB.
THE CONCEPT OF USING SHEEP FOR
CONSERVATION SOUNDS
CONTRADICTORY WHEN THEY'RE
OFTEN ACCUSED OF GRAZING
LANDSCAPES BARE.
BOTANICAL SPECIALIST TREVOR
DYNES EXPLAINS HOW AND WHY IT
WORKS.

Trevor is in his forties, with short receding curly gray hair and a stubble. He wears glasses, jeans and a green jacket.

He says YOU CAN POP THAT IN YOUR
MOUTH, THAT'S SALAD BURNET, AND
THAT SHOULD TASTE OF CUCUMBER.

Kate says TASTES OF DOG WEE.
(LAUGHING)
NO, IT DOESN'T, IT DOESN'T.

Trevor says THAT'S YOUR DOG'S FAULT.

Kate says YEAH, THAT'S MY DOG'S FAULT.

Trevor says IT'S THAT RICHNESS THAT MAKES
THE GREAT ORME SO SPECIAL, IT'S
UNLIKE ANYWHERE ELSE IN WALES,
AND IT REALLY IS ONE OF THE...
THE SORT OF TOP FIVE SITES FOR
WILD PLANTS IN BRITAIN.
IT'S A BOTANIST'S MECCA.

Kate says AND YET, TREVOR... YOU SAY
IT'S A BOTANIST'S MECCA, AND
IT'S GOT SHEEP ON IT.
WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU THINKING?

Trevor says SHEEP ARE LIKE A HERD OF
HAIRDRESSERS, ACTUALLY OUT ON
THE, UHH, ON THE HILLSIDES.
THE SHEEP WILL COME IN AND GRAZE
THIS TOUGHER GRASS AWAY, BUT
THEY'LL LEAVE THESE HERBS
UNDERNEATH TO COME UP
AFTERWARDS.

Kate says WHY WILL THEY LEAVE THOSE
HERBS?

Trevor says WELL, THEY WILL GRAZE THEM,
BUT THE ROOTS WILL BE THERE TO
COME BACK UP AFTERWARDS.
THERE ARE PLANTS HERE THAT GROW
NOWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD.
THERE ARE PLANTS HERE THAT ONLY
GROW IN A FEW PLACES IN BRITAIN.

Kate says YEAH.

Trevor says SO ALL OF THAT RICHNESS IS
HERE, BECAUSE OF THAT, WE THEN
GET THE RARE BUTTERFLIES, THE
RARE INSECTS, THE RARE
POLLINATORS, THE RARE BEES HERE,
AS WELL.
AND THAT SORT OF CASCADES UP THE
FOOD CHAIN.
AND IT'S ALL DOWN TO THIS
RICHNESS OF THIS TAPESTRY ON THE
GROUND.

Kate says WHICH IS WHY DAN HAS
GONE BACK TO OLD STYLE
SHEPHERDING, STAYING OUT WITH
HIS FLOCK AND MAKING SURE THEY
MUNCH ON THE RIGHT STUFF.
THE REAL CHALLENGE OF THIS
SEEMINGLY UTOPIAN PARTNERSHIP IS
CAN IT PAY?
CAN IT BE WORTH A FARMER'S WHILE
TO GO BACK TO THIS SLIGHTLY MORE
OLD FASHIONED WAY OF FARMING?
IT MAY ULTIMATELY BE GREAT FOR
BIODIVERSITY, NOT JUST OF
PLANTS, BUT OF WILDLIFE IN
GENERAL, BUT IF IT DOESN'T WORK
FOR THE HUMAN BEINGS WHO ARE THE
GUARDIANS OF OUR COUNTRYSIDE,
THAT'S WHERE THE IDEA IS GOING
TO FALL DOWN.
AND THAT'S WHY THIS EXPERIMENT
IS SO IMPORTANT.
IF DAN AND HIS HERD OF
HAIRDRESSERS LEFT THE GREAT
ORME UNGRAZED, IT WOULD
EVENTUALLY TURN INTO SHRUB AND
WOODLAND, AND THEN WE WOULD
LOSE ALL THE UNIQUE
BIODIVERSITY ADAPTED TO THESE
CONDITIONS.

A map shows the location of Ogwen Valley.

Kate says AS WE CONTINUE OUR JOURNEY
SOUTH, I REALIZE THAT THE
CONDITIONS IN THE DRAMATIC
SNOWDONIA MOUNTAIN RANGE CAN
CHANGE IN MERE MOMENTS.
AND AS HUMANS, WE TOO, MUST
ADAPT TO STAY SAFE.
FORGED BY THE GOOD OLD WELSH
WEATHER, THE MOUNTAINS ATTRACT
MILLIONS OF VISITORS EVERY
YEAR.
BUT SADLY, THEIR BEAUTY GOES
HAND IN HAND WITH THEIR PERILS.
EVERY YEAR, THE OGWEN VALLEY
MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM RECEIVES
AROUND 130 CALLS TO HELP EVEN
THE MOST EXPERIENCED HILL
WALKERS.

A man over a radio says SORRY MA'AM, THIS IS BASE, GO
AHEAD.

Kate says THEY'RE ONE OF 12 TEAMS IN
WALES GIVING UP THEIR TIME FOR
FREE, 24-7, WHATEVER THE
WEATHER, 365 DAYS A YEAR.
AND THEY'RE LUCKY TO HAVE A
FOUR PAW SNIFFING MACHINE IN
THEIR TEAM.
SPIN IS ONE OF THE SEASONED
DOGS OF SARDA, THE SEARCH AND
RESCUE DOGS ASSOCIATION.
HER LOYAL COMPANION IS
PARAMEDIC AND MOUNTAIN RESCUE
DOG HANDLER SALLY ARMOND.
SO HERE WE ARE, IN YOUR GLORIOUS
BACKYARD, AND I'M IMAGINING THAT
THIS SORT OF WEATHER IS NOTHING
FOR YOU.

Sally is in her forties, with chin length wavy blond hair and wears black trousers, a red jacket and a red knit hat.

Sally says MOST MOUNTAIN SEARCHES HAPPEN
AT NIGHT.

Kate says RIGHT.

Sally says AND VERY OFTEN IN BLIZZARDS,
AND THE SORTS OF CONDITIONS
YOU'D IMAGINE THAT PEOPLE GET
LOST IN.
THEY DON'T TEND TO HAPPEN ON A
GLORIOUS SUNNY DAY WHEN YOU'RE
OUT IN A BIKINI.
(LAUGHING)

Kate says TO KEEP ON TOP OF THEIR
GAME, SPIN AND SALLY STAGE
REGULAR RESCUE EXERCISES WITH
THE HELP OF VOLUNTEERS,
LOVINGLY CALLED "DOG'S BODIES."
LITERALLY, SOMEBODY HIDING IN
THE MOUNTAINS FOR THE DOGS TO
SNIFF OUT.

Sally says THE HUMAN BODY IS
ABOUT 20 TRILLION HUMAN CELLS,
AND ABOUT 30 TRILLION BACTERIA.

Kate says RIGHT.

Sally says SO EVERY MINUTE, WE'RE GIVING
OFF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF HUMAN
CELLS, AND EACH HUMAN CELL HAS
GOT A RAFT OF BACTERIA ON IT, SO
THOSE RAFTS ARE GIVEN OFF AS
PLUMES IN THE WIND, AND WHAT I
WANT TO DO, AS A SEARCH DOG
HANDLER, IS WORK ACROSS THE
WIND, PUTTING THE DOG-- AND THE
DOG'S NOSE, INTO THE BEST
POSITION SO SHE'S MOST LIKELY TO
PICK UP ON THOSE RAFTS.

Kate says RIGHT.

Sally says WELL, SPIN IS ALREADY LOOKING
KEEN, AREN'T YOU?

Kate says SHE'S LOOKING COLD!

Sally says A LITTLE BIT COLD, DO YOU
WANT TO GET GOING?
I SUSPECT THE DOG'S BODY IS A
LITTLE BIT COLD, AS WELL.

Kate says SO YOU WANT ME AND TEG TO
STAY BACK HERE, IS THAT RIGHT?

Sally says I THINK SO, YEAH.

Kate says SO IT'S BETTER FOR YOU, YOU
CAN JUST CONCENTRATE ON WHAT
YOU'RE DOING.

Sally says YEAH.

Kate says I SUPPOSE THAT'S THE
THING ABOUT DOING A SEARCH WITH
A DOG, IS IT'S LIKE HAVING SORT
OF, A SUPER EXTRA PAIR OF EYES,
A SUPER EXTRA PAIR OF EARS,
A NOSE, AND OF COURSE, FOUR PAW
DRIVE, WHICH MEANS THAT YOU CAN
COVER MORE AND MORE LANDSCAPE
THAN YOU COULD IF YOU WERE JUST
ON YOUR OWN.
IT TAKES AROUND THREE YEARS TO
TRAIN A DOG IN THE ART OF AIR
SCENTING MOUNTAIN SEARCH AND
RESCUE WORK.
SPIN STARTED AS A PUPPY, AND AT
11 YEARS OF AGE, SHE HAS THE
EQUIVALENT OF A PHD.
I'M JUST WATCHING HER CROSS...
THIS VERY STEEP BIT OF HILLSIDE
NOW.
IT'D BE QUITE A DIFFICULT PLACE
FOR SALLY TO GET TO, I WOULD
SAY, AND YOU CAN JUST SEE HOW
QUICKLY AND EFFICIENTLY A DOG
CAN COVER AN AREA THAT A HUMAN
WOULD FIND REALLY HARD WORK AND
SLOW GOING.
SHE'S WORKING INTO THE WIND.
AND INTERESTINGLY, WHERE SPIN IS
NOW, SHE WON'T BE ABLE TO SEE
SALLY, THERE ARE TOO MANY ROCKS
AND BOULDERS IN THE WAY, SO
SHE'S GONNA HAVE TO USE HER OWN
INITIATIVE.
GOOD SHEEPDOG TRAIT.
STREAKING ACROSS THE HILL NOW.

Sally says WE'RE FINE!

Kate says NOW IT LOOKS LIKE, TO MY
ADMITTEDLY INEXPERT EYE, THAT
SHE MIGHT HAVE PICKED UP ON
SOMETHING.
SUDDENLY THE KIND OF ENERGY
LEVEL'S PICKED UP.
(BARKING)
SHE LOOKS MORE URGENT NOW.
HEADING BACK TO SALLY.

Sally says WHAT YOU GOT?!
SHOW ME, COME ON!

Kate says SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE'S
LEADING SALLY BACK NOW.
AGAIN, A REALLY INTENT RUN OUT,
BACK TOWARDS THE BOULDERS.
SALLY'S RUNNING, SO MAYBE SALLY
HAS PICKED UP ON THE FACT THAT
SHE'S FOUND SOMETHING, AND YES,
SPIN IS GOING BACK TO A
PARTICULAR SPOT.
(BARKING)

Sally says WHAT YOU GOT?!
SHOW ME!

Kate says BARKING, I THINK SHE MUST
HAVE FOUND THEM.
(BARKING)

Sally says SHOW ME, THEN!
WHERE IS HE?!
WHERE IS HE?
THERE HE IS!
YAY!
HELLO!

Kate says HEY!

Sally says YAY!
(LAUGHING)

Kate says AND I CAN HEAR CHEERING!
SHE HAS OBVIOUSLY FOUND HER
QUERY.
GOSH, THAT WAS AMAZING!

Sally says CLEVER GIRL!

Kate says AND YOU KNOW, WE'RE LOOKING
AT THIS EXTRAORDINARY, CRAGGY
SPACE.
YOU COULDN'T SEE ANYTHING FROM
THIS SPOT, AND WITHIN TEN
MINUTES, THEY FOUND HIM.

Sally says WELL DONE, SPIN!
YAY!

The volunteer says CAN I COME OUT MY HOLE NOW?

Kate says BUT IN SNOWDONIA,
CANINE POWER IS NOT ONLY
HARNESSED FOR SAVING LIVES.
TEN MILES EAST IS THE LARGEST
FOREST IN NORTH WALES.
THE LUSH, EVERGREEN GWYDIR
FOREST STRETCHES OVER 28 SQUARE
MILES, AND IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE
THIS WAS ONCE A DERELICT
LANDSCAPE.
THE NEED FOR WOOD TO BUILD TO
BUILD TRENCHES DURING THE FIRST
WORLD WAR LEFT THE AREA WITH
FEW TREES.
HOWEVER, IN 1921, CONIFERS WERE
BROUGHT OVER FROM NORTH
AMERICA, AND THE LAND IS NOW
THRIVING.
BUT THE TREES ARE NOT THE ONLY
THINGS THAT WERE IMPORTED.
FOR GARETH BOYER, GWYDIR FOREST
IS A TRAINING GROUND.
HE RUNS THE SNOWDONIA SLED DOG
RACING TEAM, AND TEG AND I ARE
JOINING HIS PACK OF HUSKIES TO
VIEW THIS WOODLAND FROM THEIR
PERSPECTIVE.
(HUSKIES BARKING, WHINING)
I THINK TEG WANTS TO JOIN YOUR
TEAM!
(LAUGHING)

Gareth is in his late thirties, clean-shaven and wears beige trousers, a beige jacket and a red knit hat.

He says WELL, TEG'S WELCOME TO TRY!

Kate says WHAT DO YOU THINK?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Gareth says YOU MIGHT KNOCK SOME SENSE
INTO THEM!

Kate says I CAN COMPLETELY
UNDERSTAND PEOPLE DOING IT IN
CANADA, AND YOU KNOW, AND IN THE
NORTHERN STATES OF AMERICA, BUT
I NEVER REALLY THINK OF IT AS
SOMETHING THAT WE BRITS DO.

Gareth says IF I HAD ANY SENSE, I'D HAVE
GOT A HORSE.
(LAUGHING)

Kate says BIT LATE FOR THAT NOW!

Gareth says IT'S A BIT LATE FOR THAT.
I'VE-- I JUST, I THINK THEY'RE
WONDERFUL DOGS, THEY'RE PURE
ATHLETES.

Kate says YEAH.

Gareth says AND I JUST WANTED TO BE A
PART OF THAT, YOU KNOW?

Kate says DO YOU THINK THIS IS
A HINT, DO YOU THINK THEY'RE
SAYING "COME ON, STOP TALKING,
LET'S GO?"
(FRANTIC BARKING)

Gareth says THEY DON'T LIKE STANDING
STILL FOR LONG.

Kate says LET'S TALK ON THE ROAD.
AND COULD YOU GIVE TEG A LIFT?
I'M NOT SURE SHE'S QUITE UP TO
PULLING A QUAD BIKE,

Gareth says I THINK SHE JUST SAID YES,
DIDN'T YOU?
OKAY?

Kate says YEAH, READY!

Gareth says OKAY, GO, BOYS!
HIKE ON!

Kate says WOW!
HARNESSED TO AN ALL TERRAIN
VEHICLE, THE DOGS LEARN TO
PULL.
THE USE OF A QUAD MAKES IT
EASIER TO CONTROL THE PACK WHEN
TRAINING, AND THE EXTRA WEIGHT
IS COMPENSATED FOR BY GIVING A
BIT OF THROTTLE TO THE ENGINE.
THAT WAS AMAZING!
HOW MUCH WAS DOG POWER, AND HOW
MUCH WERE YOU USING THIS?

Gareth says IT VERY MUCH DEPENDS ON HOW
FAST YOU'RE GOING.

Kate says YEAH.

Gareth says AND HOW FRESH THE DOGS ARE.

Kate says AND WHAT ARE THE
COMMANDS THAT YOU USED?
I HEARD YOU SAY "GEE" AT ONE
POINT.

Gareth says YES, WE SAY "GEE" FOR RIGHT.

Kate says OKAY.

Gareth says AND "HAW" FOR LEFT.

Kate says "HAW" FOR LEFT.
DO YOU EVER SAY "MUSH?"

Gareth says NO.

Kate says AND WHAT ABOUT STOPPING,
'CAUSE THAT'S PROBABLY QUITE AN
IMPORTANT THING TO BE ABLE TO
DO.

Gareth says THAT'S JUST HIT THE BRAKES
AND SAY "WHOA."

Kate says RIGHT, DO YOU THINK I MIGHT
BE ABLE TO HAVE A GO?

Gareth says OF COURSE YOU CAN!

Kate says DO YOU THINK?

Gareth says YEAH!

Kate says OKAY... I'M NOT SURE TEG
WANTS ME TO HAVE A GO.
READY?

Gareth says HIKE...

Kate says HIKE ON.
WELL DONE, DOGS!
WHOO-HOO!
COME ON, DOGS, COME ON!

Gareth says MY FAVOURITE TIMES
ARE WHEN I'M JUST OUT IN NATURE
ON MY OWN WITH THE DOGS.
UM, AND SOMETIMES WE JUST HAVE A
BEAUTIFULLY SMOOTH RUN, AND
EVERYTHING IS IN UNISON,
EVERYBODY KNOWS WHAT THEY'RE
DOING.
YOU SEE IT MORE FROM AN ANIMAL'S
PERSPECTIVE, IN A WAY.

Kate says YEAH.

Gareth says A CAR IS TOO FAST.

Kate says RIGHT.

Gareth says SO YOU DON'T SEE MUCH.

Kate says YEAH.

Gareth says AND A BICYCLE IS TOO FAST AS
WELL, BUT WALKING IS TOO SLOW.
THIS IS JUST A WONDERFUL WAY OF
PASSING THROUGH THE COUNTRYSIDE
AND SEEING EVERYTHING.

Kate says MUSH, MUSH!
(LAUGHING)

Gareth says OKAY, GOOD BOYS!

Kate says IT'S VERY CALMING, ACTUALLY,
ISN'T IT?

Gareth says IT IS CALMING, YOU CAN
ACTUALLY SWITCH OFF.

Kate says YEAH.

Gareth says AND THAT'S ONE OF MY
FAVOURITE THINGS ABOUT IT, IS
YOU JUST STOP THINKING.
IT'S A LIFESTYLE, YEAH.

Kate says YEAH, PRETTY GOOD ONE
WHEN THE WEATHER'S LIKE THIS.

Gareth says SO WHAT DID YOU MAKE OF IT,
TEG?
WHAT DO YOU THINK TEG MADE OF
IT?

Kate says SHE WAS SITTING THERE, SHE
HONESTLY LOOKED LIKE THE QUEEN
OF SHEBA, DIDN'T SHE?
WITH HER SUBJECTS.
RUNNING ALONG IN FRONT OF HER.

(music plays)

Kate IT'S WONDERFUL TO BE ABLE TO
EXPERIENCE NEW WAYS TO ENJOY
THE DIFFERENT LANDSCAPES OF
WALES, AND WHILE FOR SOME IT'S
A JOB, OTHERS SIMPLY SEEK
SOLACE IN THE NATURAL BEAUTY.
HIDDEN AMONGST THE SNOWDONIA
MOUNTAIN RANGE ARE AROUND 250
LAKES, SO WE HEAD SOUTH WEST TO
DISCOVER ONE OF THESE HIDDEN
GEMS.

The map shows the location of Llyn Cwm Silyn.

Kate says TEG AND I JOIN YORKSHIRE-BORN
ARTIST NATASHA BROOKS TO SEE IF
WE CAN BE BRAVE ENOUGH TO
IMMERSE OURSELVES IN HER WORLD.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT BEING IN WATER,
NAKED, THAT ALLOWS YOU TO, I
DON'T KNOW, APPRECIATE THE
LANDSCAPE DIFFERENTLY, THAN SAY,
SITTING HERE WITH THIS
MAGNIFICENT VIEW AROUND US?

Natasha is in her thirties, with long blond hair in dread locks and wears black trousers and a blue hooded jacket.

Natasha says YOU JUST KIND OF SEE ANOTHER
SIDE OF THE LANDSCAPE THAT'S
HIDDEN TO YOU UNLESS YOU GO IN.
YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'VE GONE INTO
THE MOUNTAIN, THEN GONE INTO THE
MOUNTAINS EVEN FURTHER.
MOST PEOPLE ARE USED TO WEARING
A SWIMMING COSTUME, BUT AS SOON
AS YOU GET RID OF IT, THERE'S A
SENSORY DIFFERENCE.
IT'S-- ITS'S FREER.
IF I WAS TO COME INTO A SOLITARY
PLACE AND COVER MY BODY UP, I'M
HIDING IT ONLY FROM MYSELF,
REALLY, AND I DON'T...

Kate says DON'T NEED TO.

Natasha says DON'T LIKE-- I FEEL IT'S
HEALTHY TO SHED MY LAYERS AND BE
ME IN THE LANDSCAPE.

Kate says IT'S APRIL, THERE'S NO CHANCE
THAT THAT WATER HAS HAD ANY
OPPORTUNITY TO WARM UP.
WHEN DOES THE PLEASURE HIT?

Natasha says SO IF YOU DO IT OFTEN, THE
SHOCK DOES GO AWAY.
I DON'T KNOW WHETHER I JUST LIKE
SUFFERING.
(LAUGHING)
BUT IT MAKES YOU FEEL ALIVE.
IN THAT MOMENT, YOU'RE JUST
OVERWHELMED BY THAT SENSORY
FEELING.

Kate says WELL... I'VE GOT TRY IT,
HAVEN'T I?

Natasha says YEAH.

Kate says I'M HERE NOW.
AND WILL YOU FORGIVE ME IF I
LITERALLY LAST LIKE TWO SECONDS
AND SQUEAL A BIT?

Natasha says THAT'S FINE, AS LONG AS YOU
GET IN!
(LAUGHING)

Kate says OKAY, THAT'S A DEAL.
WE'LL SHAKE ON IT, I'LL GET IN,
I PROMISE-- I'M JUST NOT TELLING
YOU HOW LONG I'M GONNA STAY IN.

Natasha says TEG MATCHES THIS
LANDSCAPE INCREDIBLY.

Kate says DOESN'T SHE?

They both go in the water.

Kate says OHH!

Natasha says COME ON, KATE.
(HEAVY BREATHING)

Kate says I CAN'T SPEAK, I'M TOO
COLD!
OH!
TEG, COME ON, YOU'VE GOTTA COME
IN!
I FEEL LIKE I'M SLIGHTLY ON
FIRE, I THINK I'M GOING TO HAVE
TO COME OUT.

Natasha says OKAY.

Kate says THE VIEW!
OH, TEG, COME ON.
OH, MY SKIN JUST FEELS...
SO ALIVE!
(LAUGHING)

Kate says YOU'RE AMAZING!
JUST SWIMMING WITH EVERY PART OF
YOU IN CONTACT WITH THE WATER IS
THE MOST EXHILARATING FEELING.
AND YOU DO, IT'S ONE OF THOSE
SITUATIONS WHERE YOU DON'T KNOW
WHETHER YOU'RE HOT OR COLD.
EVERY PART OF YOUR SKIN IS
TINGLING, IT'S ALIVE.
IT'S JUST... IT'S FANTASTIC.
AND EVEN THOUGH I KNOW I MUST
LOOK LIKE I'M HYPOTHERMIC,
ACTUALLY, I'M NOT!
I FEEL QUITE WARM NOW.
I JUST WANT TO DO THIS, I LOVED
IT, AND THANK YOU.

Natasha says THANK YOU!

Kate says THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK
YOU.
(RAIN FALLING GENTLY)

(music plays)

Kate says OF COURSE, WILD SWIMMING ISN'T
THE ONLY NATURAL HIGH AVAILABLE
IN THESE PARTS.

The map shows the location of "Nantmor."

Kate says AS WE MAKE OUR WAY SOUTH, I'M
HOPING THAT LOCAL MUSHROOM
EXPERT, CYNAN JONES, WILL BE
KEEPING STRICTLY TO THE LEGAL
SIDE OF FUNGI FORAGING.

Cyan is in his fifties, with short wavy gray hair and a beard. He wears glasses, black trousers, a gray sweater, a white vest, a brown hat and rubber boots.

Cyan says IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, THERE
ARE 30,000 SPECIES OF FUNGI IN
THE UK ALONE.
THERE'S PROBABLY MAYBE 10 OR 12
THAT ARE WORTH EATING, REALLY
NICE.

Kate says IS THAT RIGHT, ONLY THAT FEW?

Cyan says ABOUT 10 OR 12, OH YEAH.
AND ABOUT 10 OR 12 THAT ARE
ABSOLUTELY POISONOUS.

Kate says LIKE LOTS OF PEOPLE,
I'M A BIT DUBIOUS ABOUT TRYING
MUSHROOMS, BUT HOPEFULLY I CAN
TRUST CYNAN.

Cynan says THEY'RE CALLED SCARLET
ELF CUPS, TASTE OF RUBBISH.

Kate says REALLY?
CAN YOU AT THEM RAW?

Cyan says YOU CAN EAT THEM RAW, YEAH.

Kate says YOU KNOW, THE PERCEIVED
WISDOM IS IF IT IS BRIGHT RED,
PROBABLY NOT A GOOD IDEA TO EAT
IT.

Cyan says YEAH.
JUST GET A...
USUALLY RED, IN THE FUNGI WORLD,
IS A DANGER SIGN.

Kate says YEAH.

Cyan says USUALLY IS, BUT NOT IN THIS
CASE.

Kate says YOU SURE?

Cyan says YEAH, YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.
(PRETENDING TO GAG)
(LAUGHING)

Kate says WELL, I DID SURVIVE
THAT, AND TEG SEEMS TO BE
ENJOYING HER OWN FORAGING.
LOOKING TO DIVERSIFY THE
FAMILY'S FARMING BUSINESS,
CYNAN HAS EXTENDED HIS HOBBY
INTO A TRADE.
HE NOW REARS MUSHROOMS FOR THE
MARKET, AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT,
THIS IS THE LARGEST MUSHROOM
FARM IN WALES.
SO IS THIS MUSHROOM HQ?

Cyan says THIS IS IT, YES, YES.

Kate says YOU SEE, WHEN I HEARD I WAS
COMING TO YOUR MUSHROOM FARM,
I'M NOT SURE THIS IS QUITE WHAT
I EXPECTED.
SO DOES EVERYTHING HAPPEN IN
THOSE CONTAINERS?

Cyan says EVERYTHING HAPPENS IN THE
CONTAINERS, YEAH, THAT'S WHERE
WE CONTROL THE CONDITIONS TO
JUST GIVE THE MUSHROOMS A LITTLE
BIT OF A HELPING HAND.

Kate says THAT'S EXTRAORDINARY!

Cynan says WHEN DO YOU USUALLY
SEE MUSHROOMS?

Kate says IN THE AUTUMN.

Cynan says IN THE AUTUMN, YEAH.
AND WHY?
BECAUSE THE TEMPERATURE CHANGES,
THE LIGHT CHANGES, HUMIDITY
CHANGES, AND THEY UNDERSTAND
WINTER IS COMING, SO WE BETTER
FRUIT BEFORE WE DIE.

Kate says RIGHT.

Cyan says AND WHAT WE SEE ARE THE
FRUITING BODIES.

Kate says YEAH.

Cyan says SO WHAT WE DO HERE, UM, IS WE
HAVE THE SUMMER HERE, AND WE
HAVE THE AUTUMN HERE.

Kate says OKAY.

Cyan says TWO DIFFERENT CONDITIONS.
AND BY MOVING THE MUSHROOMS FROM
ONE TO ANOTHER, THEY GET THE
SHOCK THAT THEY NEED TO ACTUALLY
START FRUITING.
THIS IS THE WARM SUMMER.

Kate says OKAY.
IT ALL STARTS IN THESE BAGS
FULL OF LOCALLY SOURCED OAK
WOOD CHIP, INOCULATED WITH
SPAWN, OR THE GERMINATING
SPORES THAT WILL GROW INTO
MUSHROOMS.
THAT'S EFFECTIVELY A LIVE BAG.

Cyan says IT'S A LIVE BAG, YEAH, AND
THAT'S A GOOD WAY OF PUTTING IT,
ACTUALLY.
UM, IT LOVES IT HERE, IT'S WARM,
IT'S GOT PLENTY OF FOOD, SO IT
WON'T FRUIT HERE.

Kate says RIGHT, TOO COMFORTABLE.

Cyan says WHY SHOULD IT EXPEND ENERGY?
IT'S TOO COMFORTABLE, NEEDS A
SHOCK.

Kate says AFTER EIGHT WEEKS, THE
GROWING FUNGI START SHOWING
SIGNS OF BEING READY TO FRUIT.
I'M SORRY TO SAY THIS BUT THEY
ALMOST LOOK LIKE, SORT OF, WARTS
OR SOMETHING, DON'T THEY?

Cyan says YES, WELL, WE CALL THEM
POPCORNS.

Kate says THAT'S MUCH NICER, YES.

Cyan says IT'S MUCH NICER.

Kate says AND TO HELP SHOCK THEM
IN THE COLDER TEMPERATURES OF
AUTUMN NEXT DOOR, I DAWN MY
SEXIEST DINNER LADY LOOK.

Cyan says THIS-- THIS IS WHERE THE
MAGIC HAPPENS, BUT YOU SHOULDN'T
REALLY USE "MUSHROOM" AND
"MAGIC" IN THE SAME...
IN THE SAME SENTENCE, REALLY.
(LAUGHING)

Kate says YOUR SALES MIGHT GO UP.

Cyan says YEAH, YEAH.
(LAUGHING)

Kate says LOOK AT YOUR LITTLE
LOAVES!

Cyan says YEAH, SEE ALL THOSE
LITTLE LUMPS AND CRACKS?

Kate says SO THOSE ARE OUR LITTLE
WARTS, THEY HAVE NOW...

Cyan says DON'T CALL THEM WARTS.

Kate says POPCORNS-- THEY ARE WARTS.

Cyan says YEAH, AND THIS HAS
BEEN HERE FOR ABOUT TWO DAYS.

Kate says REALLY, SO IT'S COME FROM
THERE AND LITERALLY, IN TWO...
GOSH, YOU DO SHOCK THEM DON'T
YOU?
POOR LITTLE THINGS!

Cyan says POOR LITTLE THINGS, YEAH.

Kate says SO THIS IS A LOAF IN TRAUMA.

Cyan says YES, IT'S IN TRAUMA BECAUSE
IT THINKS IT'S GOING TO DIE,
SO IT'S PUSHING OUT LITTLE
BABIES ALL THE TIME.

Kate says EVEN THOUGH THIS IS A
SMALL-SCALE MUSHROOM FARM, IT
PRODUCES 200 KILOS OF SHITAKE A
WEEK, WITH CUSTOMERS EVEN IN
THE FAR EAST.

Cyan says AND WE CAN COOK WITH
THEM LATER ON.

Kate says CAN WE?!

Cyan says YEAH, YOU FANCY IT?

Kate says YEAH, I'M NOT DOING ALL THIS
WORK FOR NOTHING!
(LAUGHING)
AND SO WHILE TEG AND I TAKE A
LITTLE STROLL, CYNAN SHOWS OFF
HIS CULINARY SKILLS.

A clip shows Cyan making risotto with mushrooms.

Kate says AND TEG LOSES INTEREST IN THE
WALK.

Teg approaches the cooking station and sniffs.

Kate says I WONDER WHY.

Cyan says SMELLS NICE, DOESN'T
IT, TEG?

Kate says I THINK IT LOOK
UNBELIEVABLY GOOD.
THAT IS DELICIOUS.
HAVE YOU GOT A SPARE ROOM FOR ME
AND MY DOG?
(LAUGHING)
I'LL COME AND CUT YOUR MUSHROOMS
FOR YOU!

Cyan says YEAH, I'M SURE WE CAN
TALK ABOUT THAT!
ALWAYS NEED A PAIR OF HANDS.

(music plays)

Kate says NEXT TIME, WE PLAY APEX
PREDATOR.

Kate says to a bearded man DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I'M
QUITE LOOKING FORWARD TO VENISON
FOR BREAKFAST.

Kate says TEG AND I CHASE COWS IN THE
MIST.
YEAH, THEY'RE BACK ON THE ROAD
NOW, WILL!
I THINK-- NO, THEY'RE NOT.
AND I DISCOVER THE SPIRIT OF
THE DYFI VALLEY.

She has a drink, grabs the bottle and says RIGHT, I'LL SEE YOU, PETE.
(LAUGHING)

Music plays as the end credits roll.

Presented by Kate Humble.

Produced and directed by Raquel Toniolo.

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