31st December Circular walk from Coombe Hill car park via Low Scrubs, Dunsmore, Little Hampden Common, Hampden Bottom Farm, Hampden House, Knighton's Hill Wood, Hobbs Hill, Pond Wood, Buckmoorend & Fugsdon Wood.
30th December Circular walk from Prae Wood Arms via Pre Mill House, Gorhambury, Temple Cottage, Hill End Farm, Appspond, Potters Crouch, Bedmond Lane, Verulamium Park & Hertfordshire Way.
28th December Circular walk from Wellonhead Bridge via Wendover Canal, Aston Hill Coppice, Drayton Manor, Beeches Farm, Drayton Beauchamp (confusingly pronounced Beecham) and Bucklandwharf.
24th December Circular walk from New Quay via Penrhyn, Coybal, Byrlip, Pen-y-graig and the Ceredigion Coast Path.
21st December Circular walk from Ley Hill via Springview Farm, Flaunden Bottom, Latimer, Chess Valley, Broadwater Bridge and Cowcroft Wood.
14th December Circular walk from Bulbourne via Grand Union Canal, Marsworth Reservoir, Startop's End Reservoir, Tringford Reservoir, Wendover Canal, Wilstone Reservoir, Marsworth & College Lake Reservoir.
23rd February A resumption of my 'Luton' obsession. Since September we've been walking our way around Luton. There's not much to see in Bedfordshire so it's my way to make it interesting. We're up and out early. Indeed the first part of the walk is in the early morning gloom which is enjoyably atmospheric today. Starting from the village green at Toddington we splash our way west, across muddy fields still shrouded in mist. Our only company on the paths are lycra-clad runners. Milton Bryan is slumbering quietly as we trudge through. Its hard to believe this quiet Bedfordshire village was once the home to WW2 black ops! Hidden away here, in the heart of rural England, Churchill established a propaganda radio station that encouraged German soldiers to surrender, shared misleading instructions with civilians and played Jewish music that Mr Goebbels couldn't stand.
17th February Probably the first spring-like walk of the year and Hannah's joined us. Some mix-up over ordering a new printer and she's back to collect. Whatever the reason, any weekend either of them are back is special...and at last we pick the sunny day to go for a walk. Not that the first part of the walk goes to plan. I'd hoped to be able to walk through the grounds of Taplow Court but we're accosted just inside the gate and directed back to the road.
16th February We've had a series of Bedfordshire walks over the last few weeks and it was high time we did a quintessentially Chiltern walk...and this was going to be it....except that the muppet who arranges the weekly walks forgot to load up the coordinates on the GPS before leaving...and I only discover this as we're getting ready to walk out of Rotherfield Peppard.
9th February To tell the truth, I'm still smarting from the 'Not one of your better walks' put down of a few weeks ago! It's Bedfordshire, for goodness sake! What did you expect? This week we're in Hertfordshire...just...completing the Nickey Line from Redbourn as far as Hemel Hempstead before heading north towards Gaddesden Row and then picking our way through the lanes and bridleways back to Redbourn.