We have had an amazing autumn – frequent dry and warm spells interspersed with some cold snaps and rain.
To keep the countryside looking so wonderful rain is essential and we should not dread it. Suitable clothing especially footwear makes for a good walk and you often have the place to yourselves.
The colours have been spectacular as leaves stayed on the trees longer than usual and when they did fall were dry and fun to play in with that lovely rustle as you kick them ahead of you.
Now the leaves are nearly all off it is an opportunity to see views and wildlife often concealed at other times.
A Foot in the Chilterns Nordic walkers have covered the miles in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, introduced new people to Nordic walking and enjoyed some good early Christmas parties.
The barn at Turville Heath www.thebarnatturvilleheath.co.uk served us with the most delicious goulash preceded by soup and followed by cake – a meal suitable for the cyclists that eat there after a 50 mile cycle ride!
The Cherry Tree at Stoke Row hosted our other Christmas meal and managed a rowdy crowd of fussy eaters with skill.
We were blessed with glorious sunshine for the walks on both days which made it all the more enjoyable.