This morning my brother and I went for a walk in the countryside just east of Royston. These are some of the things we saw, the sort of things which might be seen by anyone who has the will to wander the footpaths and byways of England...
Lonely lanes with very little motor traffic, taken only when the extensive footpath network doesn't quite join up. Just down here was a house flying the union flag on a pole in the garden, that's something you don't see very often in this country.
Perfect village churches. This one at Chrishall is unusual in that it stands away from the main village with just the vicarage for company, but it's no less attractive for that.
Muddy farmyards. We've had a lot of rain lately and an undue amount of it has accumulated on the lane/path leading to this farm. We managed to edge past with dry feet but muddy boots.
Pretty wild flowers. Wood Anemones were flowering as we passed through this little wood.
Places where you're not really sure where the path goes. Not so many of those today, the detailed Ordnance Survey maps matched up well with what was "on the ground".
Wide sweeping views across arable fields, broken by hedgerows and occasional woods and copses.
Traditional English cottages. Not everyone can live in one (I certainly can't afford one), but it's nice to see them and photograph them.
Views down village streets, though it's not often you'll find one that's not littered with cars and vans. With less and less villages served by public transport villagers can't really get by without cars these days.
Sheep wearing shoes. No you won't. These are resin animals which some whimsical person has shod with comfy footwear.
When you've done all that you can drive to The Dolphin pub and get a nice meal and a pint, you'll deserve it.