In England there are thousands of miles of footpaths. Footpaths are walking paths open to everyone even though many cross right through private land. Treading these paths is the best way to see the English countryside. We are lucky to have many footpaths with amazing scenery right on our doorstep.
I know many of you enjoy a little stroll through nature so I thought I'd take you with me on one of my favourite routes. The wind is strong in stormy weather and blows a gale on these hilltops therefore this is a fair weather walking trail for me.
We will be moving to a new county in August, I wanted a photo record for me to remember it by. On a Friday this walk ends with a visit to our local cafe and a visit with my good friend
We start by walking down the farm track we live on and turning right up and into a little wood. It feels like our own private section of paths because there never seems to be signs of anyone else here and the cow parsley, wild garlic and nettles are rampant.
Then the path opens and runs along the edge of open fields.
The fields end at the Wye National Nature Reserve and begins a new path on a hilltop above The Wye Crown
, built in 1902 to commemorate the coronation of King Edward IIV, Queen Victoria's successor.
Around the bend newly shorn sheep admire the view. These hills are part of Southern England's North Downs
At the end of the hilltop path we come to another wood.
We descend down a very steep hillside path through these woods.
And out of the woods to a field of new barley. This path continues for about three quarters of a mile until it flattens out in the village of Wye.
We walk along the small green in Wye where the post office is and where the market is held every other Saturday.
These are some of the little houses along The Green.
Finally, a little over an hour later (if we're walking at a good pace) we arrive at Crown Coffee where we'll rest
...and drink coffee and a tall glass of water. I never remember to take nice "before" pictures of food and drink, too gluttonous I guess ;)
Hope you enjoyed this Friday break, have a lovely weekend!