Monday, 16 May 2011

A Cheerful Chess Valley Walk

Last week I had a glorious walk with my friend in the Chess Valley. The last time we walked here, it was dismal and very wet, the kind of wet walk you remember for a while. In contrast to that, last week we enjoyed the perfect walking weather - sunshine with puffy white clouds and cooling breeze. 


We started in the village of Sarratt and passed by this pretty and neatly-kept church.


Onwards through the rolling green hills....


... past some quirky gates ...



...down into the valley. Here the horses were happy in the fields...


... and the watercress farmed in the River Chess was thriving.


Onward through delightful dappled shade in the woods...


... stopping for a few minutes to watch the brown trout in the stream...


... still keeping going past some fields...


... and admiring the whispy cow-parsley by the fence.

By this time we were beginning to tire and were looking forward to our lunch.
But the walk had a final fantastic treat in store...


... a field just brimming...


... with ox-eye daisies!


What a sight!


Too good a photo-opportunity to miss...


... and hard to believe...
 
 
...that we were less than a mile from the M25! You can just see it in the middle of the picture.

(For those readers outside the UK, the M25 is one of Britain's busiest roads as it is the highway that circles around London.)

Back in Sarratt, we were happy to see our destination pub...


...where we knew from experience that the ham, egg and chips were the best you can taste for miles around!


We felt we'd earned it!

 (The last time I ate here, I remember sitting inside enjoying my meal, with the steam gently rising from my soaking clothes!
This time we sat in the garden and watched the wildlife!)





2 comments:

  1. What a wonderful walk! Thank you.

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  2. I am loving the caterpillar, and indeed the gates.

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