26th January A break from my current obsession. This time a walk that includes a windmill and a canal...you can't go wrong with a walk that includes them both! It's barely light as we park up near the Pitstone Windmill and head across the fields, through Pitstone and down to the Grand Union Canal at Great Seabrook. The great thing about starting this early is that the paths are empty...this time we're missing the canal cyclists...in the way you miss a hole in the head.
19th January After last week, it could only get better. To be fair, we were starting from a low base! Nevertheless this was a decent 13 mile walk to clear away the mid-winter cabin fever. Occasionally we stumble upon places that we are completely unaware of and the Nickey Line is one of those. Running from Harpenden to Hemel Hempstead, this is a throw back to days when railway lines were more common and travel by rail was a genuine option. Now a cycle-footpath, it provides a gentle start to our walk as far a Redbourn.
13th January This goes down in family history as 'Not one of your better walks!' Sue has years of teaching experience on which to drawn when summing up disappointment...and this was her damning conclusion to this afternoon's walk. To be fair, it's hard to argue.
1st January Start the year as you mean to go on! We're up while the rest of the world is still asleep, recovering from having seen in the New Year. This is more a reflection of our traditional way of seeing in the New Year, fast asleep. It certainly doesn't mean we're able to party hard and still get up early! A couple of dog walkers are the only other people to have made it up this early...and they're missing a good start to the year. The skies start heavy and grey but within 30 minutes the sun starts to break through and by the time we reach Chalfont St Giles the sky is blue and the fresh breeze carries clouds at breakneck speed across the Misbourne Valley.
We've been walking our way through Hertfordshire countryside towards Chesham over the last few weeks and today we plan to fill in the space between Bovingdon and the Chess Valley. We park on the green at Ley Hill and walk across fields and down the lanes as far as Latimer. It's still early and most people are in bed as we skirt the village green and walk north along Flaunden Bottom.
An end of year, early morning, walk. We park up in the car park on Chipperfield Common. It's grey today as we set out and doesn't get any better during the walk. Nevertheless, it's been a while since we were last walking and it's good to get out
Follow my blog with Bloglovin 28th January Dunstable Downs...well, I remember coming here with Dad to fly kites...by which I mean Robert and I watched on as Dad flew the box kite. We were allowed to send messages up but not trusted to hold the line. It's amusing to see things have not changed and … Continue reading Dunstable Downs
21st January Just occasionally when we've been walking the location and the weather have come together to produce a really memorable walk. This was one of those occasions. We returned to the Hambleden Valley after last week, but this time we've decided to walk north, up the valley towards Turville, before looping round through Fingest … Continue reading Hambleden
14th January Last time we were in the Hambleden valley it was the week before the Henley Regatta. Almost exactly 7 months later we're back with a shorter walk planned. I could live round here...by which I mean I'd like to live round here, of course! There are internet reports of when the Hambleden estate … Continue reading Pheasants Hill
8th January 2017 One of those Chiltern days when lazy clouds can't decide whether they're mist or cloud. In fact, it had looked so unpromising that we'd nearly turned back as we drove out to Great Hampden. Parking in The Hampden Arms car park again, this time we walk West rather than North out of … Continue reading Lacey Green