It’s the skylarks and snowdrops that increases the heart rate and knowledge that spring is not far off. It is the season when the world is renewed and we shake off the winter gloom and head out to enjoy the gardens at Cliveden, listen out for a cuckoo, go poking about a charming National Trust country house or head off in search of bluebells.
Here are my favourite places to explore in Spring.
Seen mostly from commuter trains, I expect Berkhamsted castle is one of those landmarks that is just no longer noticed. Now a scheduled ancient monument, the castle had a lucky escape – not from French siege engines, but from those bringing a new prosperity to the Chilterns countryside.
“The Rose Garden at Cliveden was described by designer Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe as a vegetable form, like a cabbage, with each bed intended to envelop the visitor and draw them deeper into the garden,” explained Cliveden head gardener Andrew Mudge.
Appreciate the quiet streets of Aylesbury in spring, yes, they do exist!
A day to discover what lies beneath turned into an altogether unexpected musical encounter as I headed out to spend a spring morning discovering the archeology that litters the floor of an ancient Chilterns woodland at Pigotts Wood.
Nuffield Place is typical of the Chilterns: modest, intriguing and tucked away in a beautiful place you have probably near heard of. The William Morris of the British Arts and Crafts Movement-fame casts a huge shadow on this William Morris who brought affordable motoring to Britain, and this is his story.
With the Easter weather forecast of doom for three of the four-day spring bank holiday weekend, today was the day to get out. And get out everyone did! Up and down the land, queues formed for just about everything, including Stowe House and Gardens near Buckingham.
Spring into the countryside
Whilst out on our walk this morning, two vivid speckled birds with yellow faces and breasts, burst out of the undergrowth and landed on a branch nearby.
Chess Valley Watercress
Drinking before lunchtime is not without risk; needing a loo whilst out on the trail, not finding the trail, or failing to turn up for lunch on time! We were off to discover the flavours of the Chess Valley.
British Schools Museum
One master, three books, 300 boys and 30 monitors, this is the inspirational story of one man’s vision to provide basic education to the children of Hitchin.