Go back to the beginning with this series where Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s dream of escaping the city sprawl and downshifting to rural Dorset is realised.
In his 1960s Ford Corsair, Hugh arrives at River Cottage, and his new life as a small holder and achieving rural self-sufficiency, lies before him. His year-long experiment, living off the fat of the land, and the sweat of his brow, involves a steep learning curve…
Along the way he encounters many challenges largely caused by the weather, pests and his own questionable competence. Wrestling with free-spirited piglets, waking in the dead of the night to protect his vegetable garden from a slug attack, and making cider from a windfall of apples all involve plenty of help from his friends and new neighbours.
Escape to River Cottage offers fascinating insight into country life.