Sunday, 1 June 2008

Dunstable Downs

Walking is one of our favourite past-times but quite hard to do with the girls and their little legs, so it was great to have the Grandparents take care of them, leaving us to set off in the rain around Dunstable Downs with Baby JoJo in the sling. I would recommend a visit here, if only as far as the lovely National Trust Visitor Centre, which is eco-friendly with rainwater flushing the toilets, and windows that open automatically when there is too much carbon dioxide in the air, meaning no need for air-con and little need for heating.

Baby JoJo started the walk as he meant to carry on!
Fortified with a cup of tea and kit kat, we eventually pulled ourselves away and set off - then 15 minutes later realised we had gone the wrong way, so returned! It was officially a 4 mile walk but I am sure we did at least 5! After all the rain we have had, it was muddy and wet - made walking through tall grass great fun! But there comes a point where you can't really get much wetter so you just enjoy it instead of worrying about where to put your feet.

Where's Baby JoJo? Hopefully taking tips from his father's impeccable map-reading skills...
This seemed to be a walk for slim people - I don't know if you can see from this photo how narrow this entrance to a just as narrow (and very overgrown with nettles) path was, and there were various other bits just like this!The guide book told us there were outstanding views of the Chilterns, I guess we will just have to take their word for it.Can anyone identify these pretty flowers?
Plenty of blossom to enjoy.Baby JoJo is strangely enough not a big fan of the sling, and if he is awake grumbles quite a bit, so he was very pleased to be taken out and carried over the final stretch. We chuckled at the obstruction to our path........they moved pretty quickly when we approached though!
I guess the next walk we will do will be in 30 degrees up a volcano or waterfall, and certainly no sheep to be seen!

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