A week ago Monday, at our photographic society (ADD LINK), a photographer from Brighton (about an hour south of us on the southern coast of England) came and spoke about landscape photography. Talk about being out of our league. When I take a picture of a hill, it’s clearly a nothing more than a hill.
When he shows pictures of rolling hills, you feel inspired. Hence my membership in our photographic society, and the need to learn. We live in an incredibly beautiful country that is known for it’s countryside. It’s beautiful and quaint and everything you would want England to be. There are sheep and thatched roof houses, and churches that are over 1,000 years old . . . everywhere!
A few weekends ago, I thought we should make some coffee and talk a little walk around Box Hill: made famous as part of the cycling event in the 2012 Olympics. It’s beautiful, less than 15 minutes away, and we hadn’t been. I thought it might be a little park that we could take a 30 minute walk around. 3 hours later, we had climbed the backside of the massive hill not realizing there was parking at the top, read warning signs of what to do if chased by “grazing animals” (which, unfortunately, there were none), picked blackberries, and stumbled upon a highly vandalized fort from the 1800’s when the Brits were afraid of the superior French military invading London.
All this to say that the Brits love a good walk. There are walking tours virtually anywhere you would want there to be one. There are public footpaths literally everywhere, often cutting across farm land and manors that enable you to truly enjoy the beauty of the English countryside.
So, on your next trip to England, for wherever you will be, simply google”name of area walking tour.” You are bound to find some incredible things! On another side note, the English countryside is blessed with an overabundance of blackberry bushes that are ripe between August and September. As long as you aren’t in someone’s yard, these are typically free for the taking, so stock up! The crazy thing is that they still sell them in stores for outrageous prices.