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Chequers

You know when you’re aware of the existence of some famous place but have no idea where it is until you randomly stumble across it? Well that’s basically what happened to me with Chequers last weekend. Unfortunately the overt security presence stopped me getting any closer…

Wales

I spent last week in Wales on a family holiday. Surprisingly this was my first ever visit to that land. It was very wet. This photo, I think, sums up my experience of Wales: Never mind, at least we could spend time indoors doing puzzles. Oh, and down a slate mine! Unfortunately the damp had […]

Rollright Stones

I found out recently about another nearby stone circle called the Rollright Stones on the Oxfordshire/Warwickshire border. So with the weekend weather being particularly lovely I hastily planned an epic adventure to go visit them. View Rollright Stones in a larger map Just shy of 29 miles according to Google Maps which must be a […]

Long Man

Went for a walk along the South Downs last weekend with my parents. Having previously brought you several large chalk horses, doof.me.uk now presents a giant chalk man! Bit awkward to find a good viewing angle from the top of the hill.

Springy

I went for an epic hike last Sunday in the Chilterns near Henley. I’m pondering applying for the London Marathon next year and as this was just shy of 25 miles I reckon that gives a firm 10 hour upper bound. Just need to repeat it again and again with increasing speed… View Henley Ridgeway […]

Bedwyn

I went for another walk on Saturday, this time through unexplored territory in Wiltshire. Caught a train to Bedwyn and then headed off through the Savernake Forest and then a really interesting (but windy!) ridge along the Pewsey Downs. Finally I headed north to Avebury, which I visited last year, via the West Kennet long […]

Ancient Things

My parents were visiting last weekend and we did lots of driving around in my car (see earlier!). Happened to coincide with a burst of unseasonably nice weather. Went to a couple of good places including the Didcot railway museum. On the Saturday afternoon we journeyed way out west to White Horse Hill. It’s got […]

Hemel Hempstead

Ah, Hemel Hempstead. Who hasn’t dreamed of visiting that mythical town? On Saturday morning I woke up and decided I’d do just that, following a similar route to one I did a few years ago. I wisely decided to cheat a little bit and got a bus part of the way to Loudwater, near High […]

Underwhelming Temple

I was searching the map for somewhere to explore this weekend when I came across, in an area I hadn’t previously visited, a landmark grandiosely called the “Temple of the Four Winds” which sounded like the perfect place for an adventure. So like a hero in a trashy fantasy story I set off on my […]

Muddy

Went for a walk in the Chilterns today: out to this pleasant place with a duck pond called Russell’s Water. It is so muddy outside at the moment. Progress was significantly slowed trying to avoid bogs. Took a photo of one of the less muddy areas with some pleasant winter woodland: Just as I was […]