We’ve had a splendid start to 2019 with 34 walkers in January and 20 in February. For our March walk on Saturday 9th we are once again trying a route outside our immediate area and probably unfamiliar to most Hadleigh walkers. As weather can be a bit unpredictable at this time of the year our route is a little shorter than normal at 6 miles.
We will meet at 0930 at The Lamarsh Lion a recently refurbished community pub on the Bures to Ballingdon Road (CO8 5EP). Our route will be Edgar’s Farm, across the railway line and then follow the river Stour into Bures. From there we walk to Ferrier’s Farm, Cook Green, Clees Hall, Parkhill Wood, Alphamstone, Moat Farm and back to Lamarsh.
The walk is a very pleasant one covering a wide variation of terrains – rivers, woods, rolling hills open fields etc. In addition, the Lionis noted for its real ales, good food and friendly atmosphere – what’s not to like?
If anyone is in need of transport pleses let us know through the contact page on this website and we will see if there is any opportunity for car sharing. For those coming from the Hadleigh direction we suggest following the A1071 (Sudbury direction) then left onto the A134 and take the back road through Assington to Bures. Go over the river bridge, then after 50 yards take a right onto the Lamarsh Road. Follow the bendy road for about 1.5 miles (ish) and pub is on the LHS.
Everyone is welcome, including very well behaved dogs. Strong shoes or preferably walking boots are suggested as winter walking invariably involves muddy patches.
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.
Moving on to April we are planning a walk more local to Hadleigh.
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.