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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Thursday Walk: the Stour Valley path through Gainsborough country

Book 1, Walk 8 - Bures to Sudbury

Length: 16 km (9.9 miles)
Toughness: 4 out of 10

London Liverpool Street: 10-02 hrs, Ipswich train
Arrive Marks Tey: 10-57 hrs
Leave Marks Tey: 11-01  Sudbury train
Arrive Bures: 11-13 hrs

The tight connection at Marks Tey: in bygone, better days, the rail,company usually held the Sudbury service until the London train arrived. Alas, no longer. If you miss the connection, I suggest you club together to pay for a taxi to Bures: otherwise, it's an hours wait. . Senior railcard holders have the option of taking the 09-38 hrs train from Liverpool Street (the Colchester Town service) which arrives Marks Tey at 10-33 hrs, leaving you time for a coffee in the new station concourse as you  wait for the departure of the Sudbury service (hopefully with colleagues from the 10-02 London train).

Return: from Sudbury: 15-26, 16-32, 17-32, 18-37, 19-38 hrs, again via Marks Tey.

Rail ticket: Buy an off peak day return to Sudbury Suffolk

Our first outing this year into Suffolk, on a walk which starts in Bures (which straddles the Essex -Suffolk boundary) and takes you along the Stour Valley and St Edmund Way paths via the River Stour and varying countryside, at times undulating. I suggest we detour to Henny Street for lunch at the usually excellent Henny Swan pub, with its riverside setting - best 'phone ahead with numbers 01787-269238.  After lunch we head for Sudbury, to cross its lovely water meadows before we stop for tea at the Mill Hotel (cream tea highly recommended). It's then a twenty minute walk through the town, passing Gainsborough's House, to the tiny railway station, for your one coach shunter back to Marks Tey.
Bits of today's walk will be muddy, particularly in the morning, but if you haven't tried one of our East Anglian walks yet, today's walk is a very good one for a start.
Walk Directions here: L=1.8

Next Week, Tuesday 21 March SWC 90-Berwick to Seaford (subject to Southern rail disruption)

1 comment:

Marcus said...

Just n=3 of us from the early train, none on the scheduled train which today was on time for the connecting service to Sudbury. A glorious Spring day w=sunny-mild-to-warm-with-a-pleasant-breeze, near perfect walking weather. The route today was dry underfoot with no mud (unusual for this walk) and no overgrown sections. An abundance of Spring flowers along the way added to our enjoyment of the walk. We diverted to Henny Street for lunch at the Henny Swan, where we met a group of 20 ladies (mostly Americans) from a North London walking group, on our SWC walk and using a print off of our directions. They hadn't got lost en route, so we were able to identify ourselves as being part of the club responsible for writing the walk: they thanked us !! We waited a while for our food to arrive: when it did, the fish pies were excellent. Alas, the fillet steak was little bigger than a fifty pence piece, and at a price of £ 23, a bit of a rip off. The quality cum taste, however, was top drawer - then it needed to be at £ 6 a bite. Onwards after lunch on the St Edmonds Way into Sudbury for excellent cream teas at the Mill Hotel. There were slight delays on our journey home due to a broken down train, but I believe we all made it to our respective homes by 8 pm.
A lovely day out on an underrated walk in perfect Spring walking weather: quality in numbers today, not quantity !!