Goodbye Autumn....

So now that the fantastic reds, oranges and yellows have given way to dark greens and browns, I though it would be a good time to look back at the images and places that have made up my favourite season.

One of my favourite places locally is Rowney Warren in Bedfordshire. Loads of hills (enough to have a mountain bike park..), tall trees, ferns and some awesome lighting with a low sun, plus super fun to run in when it gets muddy.

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Another not-too-far-away place is Hatfield Forest. Again, plenty of woods, but with cars able to drive through the grounds to get to one of the car parks, not the best place to take dogs that like to explore.

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Now being a teacher, sometimes Hannah has to do pre-visit visits (or reccy) if she plans on taking her class somewhere. On this occasion, she had the insane idea to take 31 5 year olds to Windsor Castle.....so off we went on a reccy!

Refusing to pay more than the minimum of £4 for an hour of parking meant we had an hour to get inside, walk around looking for all the places a 5 year old can get lost, and get back to the car. We did it with 5 minutes to spare, of which I sat there refusing to move. I like getting my monies worth!

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All too often people spend so much time trying to get away from where they live for breaks and trips, when there is usually some pretty nice places on their door step.

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My nephew Timmy loves the outdoors...like really loves it. If he thinks he is going out, but then something stops it, thats the end of your peaceful day. Thankfully we managed to get out this time, and took a 2-3km waltz around a woody hillside near Barton-le-Clay, Hertfordshire.

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The New Forest has become one of mine and Hannahs favourite places to go if we are south, but not quite south enough for Devon. When a meeting with a wedding client calls for you to be half an hour away from it, it would be rude not to at least pop in...

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Bloody Epping Forest. Lovely place, and keeping its colour much later than a lot of other woodlands, but when you try and find it the first time, relying solely on a satnav and leaving any common sense at home, ending up in a random drive way...I think it deserves the occasional 'bloody' thrown about. 

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Another recent favourite of ours is Padley Gorge. A good walk through, as you know that however far in and down you go, it is all uphill on the way back. More than once I have ended up with a wet foot or two, but I think it is worth it.

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And it wouldn't be a Wil Collins blog without a few vehicle shots thrown in...

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