March’s walk on Saturday 10th will be a pleasant 7.5 mile circular walk starting and finishing at Dedham. We will meet at 0930 in the main Dedham car park which is on the left hand side as you enter from the A12 about 100 yards after the Dedham bridge. Please note that a £2 parking fee will be required.
Our route starts by Dedham Mill and follows the river towards Stratford St Mary then Rookery Fm, Monks Lane, Freeman’s Fm, Dedham, Judas GapWeir, Flatford Mill and back to Dedhamvia the Stour Valley Path.. This is a delightful walk with lots of rivers, woods and open country to enjoy.
We shold be back at the car park by 1230 pm.
If anyone is without transport we will do our best to help out but it is essential that you contact us at least a week before the walk to allow time to organise lifts. Those booking lifts will leave at 0900 from the usual place at St Mary’s School on Stonehouse Rd.
Everyone is welcome, including very well behaved dogs (there are a number of fields of sheep to pass through). Strong shoes or preferably walking boots should be worn as the ground will be muddy and wet in places at this time of the year.
Route maps can be emailed on request via the contact page on this website. Please be aware that we will always acknowledge any emails so, if you have not received a reply within a day or two please recontact us as you may have input your email address incorrectly or I may have just overlooked it.
We are still planning April’s walk will start in Hadleigh and head towards Polstead and Shelley. Looking further out to May we will probably start our walk from Lavenham. Even further out, maybe June, we want to organise a longer walk of around 13 miles starting at Bures and known as “The Dragon Walk” for reasons that will become apparent if you join us.
A reminder to please check the walk schedule page as from February 2018 our scheduled walks are now on the second Saturday of each month.
ADVICE FOR WALKERS
Most of our walks are suitable for any reasonably fit person but it is worth stressing that it is up to the individual to assure themselves they are healthy enough to complete the distances and terrain involved. Only very rarely would a walk leader refuse to take someone on a walk
Although modern boots are very comfortable, walkers should previously carry out shorter walks in new boots before embarking on 8 or 9 milers. Regarding clothing, it is well worth listening to a weather forecast and dressing accordingly. Best to overdress as taking layers off is far easier than wishing one had brought an extra pullover!
We will generally have a short break mid walk so walkers are advised to bring a small snack and something to drink. It is unusual for us to pass any shops enroute.
Finally, we suggest that each walker carry a small first aid kit for minor problems and these are readily available from outlets like Boots.