17th August Circular walk from St Albans via Chiswell Green, How Wood, Park Street, Sopwell and Cottonmill
16th June Circular walk from Wendover via , Haddington Hill, Wendover Woods, The Hale, Swan Bottom, Lee Common, The Lee and Kingsash
25th May Circular walk from Pirton via Knocking Hoo, Pegsdon, Hoo Bit and Little Offley. Our best walk for a while!
2nd June Circular walk from Watton-at-Stone via Hebing End, Little Munden, Whitehill Golf Course, Sacombe Park, Tonwell and Woodhall Park
26th May Circular walk from Oaklands via Harmer Green, Digswell, Burnham Green and Datchworth Green
Our annual Bluebell-fest (see here and here). We're at Dockey Wood by 6-45am and we have the place to ourselves, except for two hard-core photographers. It may be my imagination, but I think the display is marginally less spectacular this year. Perhaps the recent hot weather or yesterday's heavy rain and high winds have taken their toll....nevertheless, the colours are still breath-taking. As is traditional, we wander around looking like rank amateurs, taking a few snaps, before leaving the Wood for The Coombe via Ward's Hurst Farm. The smell of the wild garlic is strong as we walk through The Coombe and we have the place to ourselves.
And so the encirclement of Luton is complete! As I type this it occurs to me, that sentence has probably never been used before.
To be honest, I'd hoped that last week we'd achieved this but, as I examined our routes, it became clear there was a tiny section across the East Coast railway line that broke my chain of walks. So we're back to finish what we've started. I have planned a walk from Heartwood Forest. It's the start of the bluebell season...at least that's how I explain the walk to Sue.