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Anita, 41, has just completed the climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania for Comic Relief, alongside eight other famous faces all in aid of charity, but the presenter isn't an amateur when it comes to travelling. 

Closer to home, Anita has scoured the counties of Britain, showing off the best of the English countryside to the viewers of since 2015.

Joining the likes of Matt Baker, 41, Helen Skelton, 35, and Ellie Harrison, 41, Anita has become a fan favourite on the show.

Therefore, it will come as welcome news to fans of the show Anita has no intention on stepping down from her role any time soon.

Ahead of taking on the climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, Anita spoke exclusively to Exrpess.co.uk about her time on Countryfile and her future on the show.

Asked if she was going to continue as a presenter on the BBC magazine programme, Anita said: “I hope so.

“I mean, they’ve still got me on it, I really enjoy it, it’s a nice part of my repertoire. There’s so much stuff I love to do.

“I’m on it for a bit, for the duration,” Anita continued, before speaking about some of her favourite places to have visited since taking on the role four years ago.

Anita revealed: “There’s so many magical places I’ve been to. Obviously, I love Yorkshire because I am a Yorkshire lass and it is a stunning county with so much going on.

“But my eyes have really been opened to Northumberland. I absolutely love the Northumberland coastline,” the presenter revealed.

Explaining why Northumberland has captured her attention amongst the many counties of Britain, Anita said: “Every time I’m up there, it’s just breath-taking. It’s a beautiful stretch of coastline. It’s a little secret.

“Anybody who wants to go somewhere quite stunning, it’s just beautiful. A very pretty part of Britain.”

Anita also spoke about what has surprised her during her time on the show, adding: “People always talk about the countryside being this really different place and the towns in the UK.

“Well, what surprises me is how little difference there is.

“It doesn’t take long to get to any city or town into the countryside and how connected we are and how in tuned we are to what’s going on in the countryside and cities because it does affect us all.”

Anita continued: “ It’s just opened my eyes really to just the whole of the country I suppose,” and tonight, viewers will be treated to the beauty of Cheshire as Matt and Ellie venture to the county and discover the native wildlife inhabiting the northwest of Britain.

Ahead of taking on the climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, Anita explained why she had decided to take on the might feat 10 years on from the original climb which saw Take That star and Cheshire born songwriter Gary Barlow, 48, take on the challenge with a different selection of famous faces.

“I’m a huge supporter of Comic Relief. In 2015, I went and helped with a build of a health care centre in Uganda," she explained.

“Now to have the opportunity to climb Kilimanjaro which I’ve always wanted to do, that was the other reason I wanted to do it because I went backpacking to East Africa in 2001 and didn’t manage to climb Kilimanjaro at the time, but it’s always, I saw it in the distance and thought one day, one day I’ll be back.

“So, here’s an opportunity to do it. It’s a win-win for me.”

The Countryfile presenter and her team mates reached the summit on Friday, concluding their journey of six days which saw some of the celebrities overcome altitude sickness, with .

continues tonight at 6pm on One.


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