Strolling Through The English Country Side

Hi Everyone,

I've never been a massive walker and as much as I love staying at home in my pijamas I love being in the sun, listening the birds sing, smelling wild flowers and exploring. 

So, last year we bought the TimeOut Country Walks Near London (Volume 2) with the idea of getting to know what's around us a bit more.

Yes, it took as a year to get started but it's never late...as they say.

Our first walk was Tring circular where we could see the Ivinhoe Beacon and go through Chiltern Woods. It's an 8mile (13.2 km) walk in total and we did it in about 5 hours including some very short stops for water an a packed lunch break.

I have to say at first I thought we would get lost but the instructions on how to follow the paths are very well described on the book and it's super easy to follow.
The guide also suggests good places to stop for lunch, tea and a drink as well as to hidden view places.
I totally recommend it.

I loved it so much that we already planned our next walk in a few weekends.

Here are a few of the photos.
Don't expect anything glamorous..it was the natural Mercedes with no make-up and trashy walking clothes and trainers. 

 Reaching the Ivinghoe Beacon.

 I love the grape seeds fields across the UK.

Not sure what that lion carved on the rocks means.


Chiltern Woodland was full of blue bells. Gorgeous.


Willow obsessed with the lamb. 


I love this photo. 

 A gorgeous period cottage in one of the villages we went through.

All in all it was a great experience.
The weather was fantastic!

We loved it and I think Willow enjoyed it too. She had to be on the lead at all times but it was fine.
 She handled the 5hs walk very well but was asleep for the rest of the day and night when we came back.

We all came back pretty much exhausted with some minor leg pain but we would do it all over again.

XXX

Mercedes 

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  1. Ellie

    Ellie on 05/01/2011 2:08 p.m. #

    It looks beautiful!x

  2. Katrine Dall

    Katrine Dall on 05/01/2011 3:38 p.m. #

    Oh, it looks amazing :-).<br />I love the country side in England even as much as I love the city life !

  3. Tracy D

    Tracy D on 05/01/2011 7:32 p.m. #

    What a great idea, your pictures are gorgeous. I wish they had something like those tapes where we live, helps you appreciate your own back yard!

  4. Lucy

    Lucy on 05/01/2011 7:33 p.m. #

    This looks like such a lovely day out. <br />I think I&#39;m getting old before my time as I was out Gardening all day today in the gorgeous English Sunshine :P<br /><br />The weather has been amazing recently :)<br /><br /><a href="http://rainbowbuttons93.blogspot.com/" rel="nofollow">Rainbows and Buttons</a><br /><br />xx

  5. Mercedes- Ms Purple Make-up

    Mercedes- Ms Purple Make-up on 05/01/2011 10:40 p.m. #

    @ Ellie: Thank you. It was indeed beautiful. X<br /><br />@Katrine Dall: Me too. Sometimes I say to myself..I wish I was living in the country side and some other I just love the city. X<br /><br />@Tracy D: So true! Thanks..It was hard to get the full beauty in photos..this was just a so so attempt. It was amazing. X<br /><br />@Lucy: LOL..I think the same when I put my garden gloves on. I guess we&#39;re not getting any younger. X

  6. The Peach

    The Peach on 05/02/2011 12:23 a.m. #

    Beautiful photos! Looks like you guys had a good time! Love the fields of yellow! Looks like the 8 miles was well worth the walk to see the beautiful scenery!

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