I'm Ukrainian and spent almost 5 years studying in Luton from 2002 to 2007, and cycled nearly every countryside road or path in the area of Bedfordshire and Herefordshire ~30 km around Luton. Now I kinda miss those places, coz' English countryside is the nicest one than that of any country I've ever been. I had a film camera then, so now only a few low-quality scanned pics are left on my PC. Thanks for good quality photos which remind me about my roams around Ivanghoe, Berkhamsted, Nettlesden, Barton-le-Clay etc. long time ago!
PETE'S REPLY: Thanks Max, I'm glad my photos bring back happy memories of your time in England.
just thought i would mention that the sculpture was created by local boaters from junk found nearby.he was taken away by the local canal clean up campaign boat this summer 2012.a shame really as most comments about him were positive.anyway,theres some lovely pics on here,thanks.
PETE'S REPLY: Cheers Ray, thanks very much for letting me know. Shame it's gone, I thought it was very good. I've added a comment to the walk where I saw the sculpure by the canal at Great Linford (15/08/11).
I've just stumbled upon your site by googling 'hilly walks in the Chilterns'!! My friend %26 I are walking the London to Brighton Challenge in May'13 %26 our hubbies %26 friends are doing the National 3 Peaks in June'13 so I am always looking for challenging yet rewarding walking in the Chilterns (I live in Wheeler End) I think I will join up some of your walks for our longest overnight walk in April (40 miles) Enjoy your walking %26 thanks again for your website it's brilliant !!
PETE'S REPLY: Thanks very much Audrey! Good luck with your 40-mile overnight walk (!) and with the London to Brighton Challenge.
Hello Pete, hope you're well. Just a note to say how pleased I was to find your web-site and in particular your 'figure of eight' including Blows Downs %26 Caddington. I live very near Blows Downs so walk it regularly but am in training for Hadrians Wall (again) so needed a longer walk on my door-step to help build stamina for my '5 x 20 mile a day' wall walk next year. I had considered walking my normal 6.7 mile 'Blows Downs to Caddington' walk but doing it 3 times to get the distance but your figure of 8 gives me the added length without repeating much. I enjoyed your web-site and hope i find you in good health.
PETE'S REPLY: Thanks Mark! I've not done that Caddington walk for a while, it's about time I did it again. Good luck with your Hadrian's Wall walk!
Hi there - just to say I'm always using your web page to 'get inspired' for walks through the Chilterns near my home area of Thame. On a dull day in town I feel uplifted by your brilliant photos of the beautiful downland scenery and can't wait to get and do a proper long walk, one of these days, when motherhood or time allows! What you have put together in terms of personal anecdote, information, route and an excellent visual guide is really great. Thank you, Sarah Miles
PETE'S REPLY: Thanks very much for your kind comments, Sarah. I hope you get time to go out walking soon! I've been past Thame a couple of times on my walks, on the Thame Valley Path and on the Bernwood Jubilee Way.