Over the bank holiday weekend we took a spontaneous trip out of town with friends, to explore the Chiltern Valley in the hope of finding some bluebell woods.
I knew of a sweet little village about an hour outside London called Turville. I’d refurbished a client’s holiday cottage there a few years back and spent many a site visit wishing I was outside wandering the rolling hills instead of being stuck inside a damp, dusty cottage, wrangling with builders.
So with Turville as our starting point we set off on what turned out to be a magical adventure through buttercup and dandelion meadows, over turnstiles and rolling hills, through beech woods with stick teepees and of course the highlight of the day, the most beautiful of bluebell woods.
At the beginning of our walk we stopped to picnic on a hillside meadow, beneath the pretty Cobstone Mill – home to Mr Potts in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This prompted many choruses of “Truly scrumptious” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang We Love You!” along our journey. Throw in a few muddy knees, lots of dandelion blowing, some tree climbing and hill rolling, all rounded off at the end of the day with refreshing cold beers and a pub dinner. All in all it was a pretty wonderful day, shared with wonderful friends.
You can find the map of the walk we did here.
Below are a few pictures I captured on our walk. Thanks to the lovely Courtney Adamo for the last shot of Little Brother blowing dandelions which was way too cute to leave out.