The Chilterns are great. Full of good pubs, bluebell woods and rich in wildlife, they’re brilliant for walking.
But sometimes, let’s face it, you’ve just got to roll with it!
We squeezed in a bit of walking too… starting at The Royal Standard of England, we built up an appetite taking the long pub walk which starts in the car park.
Taking the car out can mean you have greater flexibility about where you go to walk, but the down side is that you have to return to where it’s parked at some point.
We spent lunch pouring over the map, wondering where to go next, before stuffing the map back in my bag and deciding to drive until we saw somewhere good to stop.
We stopped at Pulpit Hill, where we pulled up alongside two D of E award teachers who were waiting for a pack of young explorers to turn up.
After climbing up the steep track towards the hill fort, we emerged from the woods to be greeted with a brilliant view.
The lady who took this pic mentioned that there was a big grassy mound a bit further along the track, and you know what happened next.
We colonised the mound, doing a bit of wildlife spotting while we were there.
After we’d recovered from our dizziness, we carried on our walk to The Plough.
I couldn’t resist the call of the tyre swing!