According to home-moving website Rightmove, Devon and Cornwall have become the most searched locations to move to over the last year. This new series of Devon and Cornwall meets the people who were ahead of the trend – whether born or drawn to this beautiful corner of Britain. From farmers and fishermen to artisans and adventurers, and from heather-clad moors to golden sandy beaches, the series celebrates more of the people who live and work in these proud counties. In this episode, wheelwright Greg Rowland and his team take on the tricky job of repairing a Victorian bicycle. Greg’s family have been wheelwrights in Devon since the 14th century but repairing the wheels on the velocipede isn’t straightforward… can he get the boneshaker back on the road? Next, we’re on the water celebrating the 70th birthday of a Cornish creation – the Fowey River Class sailing dinghy, which was invented as a racing boat specifically for the conditions for the south Cornwall coastal town of Fowey. We join enthusiasts Terry and Brenda Cole as they aim for victory in the anniversary regatta. Meanwhile, stonemason and drystone waller John Ely is helping to restore one of Cornwall’s unique landmarks: the hedge. Part wall, part living organism, Cornish hedges date back millennia. John must repair the crumbling hedge near the World Heritage site of Old Wheal Basset, a 19th-century tin and copper mine. Torre Abbey, founded in 1196, is Torbay’s most historic building. This former monastery is now a museum and sits in 18 acres of grounds and gardens overlooking the English Channel. Among its plants and flowers, artisan brewer and winemaker Simon Akeroyd is searching for ingredients for his next creation. It’s not in the fabulous glasshouses that Simon finds the perfect plant for his brew, but in the abbey’s nettle patch. Can he create a sparkling wine that doesn’t come with a sting?
Devon and Cornwall – Monday 8pm on Channel 4