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My other half has just bought the Time Out Book of Country Walks. So we have just traipsed about 13 miles from Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, through Chalfont St Giles, on to Jordans and back again.

What was hilarious was the huge number of Londoners, wearing and carrying over-the-top hill-walking equipment, all clutching copies of the same guide. Indeed, there seemed to be a sort of snobbery about which edition you owned – a group of be-mapped and be-compassed Americans in the recommended pub at Chalfont gave their battered copy pride of place in the middle of their garden table.

Before you go rushing out there, think again. The area has that chocolate-box English feel, contrived from a handful of genuinely-interesting cottages, acres of badly-built counterfeits and an astonishing number of locals who seem to buy expensive, but crap, chinos for one wear only.

That said, there’s a lot of ‘hedge art’ to laugh at. My favourite example (above) is in the cemetery of Beaconsfield Church. If only they had the skill to carve a dove on top of it

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