Countryfile’s Charlotte Smith opens up on dealing with backlash ‘I don’t get involved’

Countryfile’s Charlotte Smith opens up on dealing with backlash ‘I don’t get involved’

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In an exclusive interview, Charlotte Smith detailed the way she responds to the backlash she may face with viewers. The long-standing presenter also spoke about taking part in the upcoming Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need and why it is so important for those who take part. 

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Charlotte revealed her techniques she uses when facing any backlash from viewers. 

Some segments on Countryfile often cause fierce debate online so it’s no surprise the presenters can come under fire.

She simply explained: “I don’t get involved, to be honest, that’s how I do that I just, it’s above my pay grade.”

Charlotte also spoke about the ramble and what it means to her to be able to help the people she is walking with and everyone involved.  

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“I think I feel honoured honestly, I know through friends and family who’ve lost their parents early and who have been really helped by bereavement services,” she detailed.

“I know just how important it is, so, yeah, I’m really honoured to be involved, and I’m really looking forward to meeting these two.

“I just hope they’re not too fit, and they’re not going to disappear up a hill, leaving me panting behind.” 

Charlotte walked with siblings Ailsa, 18, and Finn, 16, through the picturesque Stonehaven in Scotland. 

Viewers can expect to see beautiful coastline walks through secluded beaches, coves, and a visit to a remote castle at the finish line. 

The ramble will showcase the inspirational story of the siblings and how Archie’s Child Bereavement Service has provided vital emotional support after the loss of their dad. 

He was diagnosed with cancer just before the Covid-19 pandemic and sadly passed away in November 2020. 

Speaking about her experience with the siblings, Charlotte said: “I thoroughly enjoyed rambling along the coast path from Stonehaven with Ailsa and Finn. 

“We had much laughter, a few tears and some fabulous surprises along the way. It’s a beautiful part of the world, and I’m looking forward to seeing the highlights when the Countryfile Ramble special episode airs.”

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A host of the BBC show’s presenters are joined by children and young people across the UK supported by BBC Children in Need funded projects. 

Taking on the ramble this year are Matt Baker, Ellie Harrison, Tom Heap, Margherita Taylor, Steve Brown, and Charlotte Smith.

Countryfile rambles over the years have raised more than £10.3million for the charity and will see the presenters travel across the nation to the most beautiful locations. 

Lake District, Cwmcarn Forest in South Wales, the Mendip Hills in Somerset, Holkham in Norfolk, Stonehaven in Scotland, and Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland. 

Last year, the structure of the ramble had to be changed due to the coronavirus and challenges that came with the restrictions. 

This year it stands the same with the presenters having completed solo rambles with the young people and it being closed off the members of the public. 

The public were encouraged to take on their own sponsored rambles to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. 

The Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need airs Sunday 24th October at 17:55 on BBC One.
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