Sunday, 18 May 2008

16th & 17th May

Friday's walk was a bit of a wet one, well the grass and undergrowth was wet, with a little bit of rain plopping down every now and then, just to remind us that we are not always going to get lovely sunshine on our walks.

Di was on holiday somewhere hot, Celia was unable to join us, but we three held the flag high for the group and battled the weather and the few hills that we encountered!! Well little hillocks really.

We walked from Barham Green to Creeting St. Mary via Coddenham and Coddenham Green returned via Shrublands to Barham Green. About 12 miles in all.

Val started the day in the wrong boots, her old ones, and they leak, so a quick phone call home for Bill to meet us somewhere on the route for a quick change of socks and boots. Bramble was in full pelt, she loved the fact that she was out with her favourite people on another long walk.

During the walk we saw a scruffy looking fox who skulked off when it saw us.

Jenny has taken a couple of photographs and I shall upload them when she sends them over. There was some beautiful may blossom showing itself off, together with sheeps parsley that almost reached our shoulders (we are all a bit on the short side).

When we reached the A140 we were a little apprehensive about crossing this terribly busy road, but once across we found the most beautiful footpath between two fields, with high hedges either side of the path. There was some lovely bird songs to help us on our way, and Jenny heard her first cuckoo of the year. Although we did get wet from the foliage it was worth it, just to be in such a lovely place.

Lunch was eaten on a small track overlooking a valley, with farms in the distance in one direction, and looking in the other direction were the two busy roads of A14 and A140.

We got lost on Shrublands and felt bad about walking across their grounds, but the footpaths are not clearly marked.

I still have the mental view of Jenny doing a belly roll under a fence where there was no stile. The things you see when you haven't got a camera!!

On the way back my boots had decided to leak and I ended up with wet socks, boots and feet. They are still drying out. (Boots that is)

We enjoyed our walk and it didn't feel as if we had just walked 12 miles, so we decided that Saturday morning would be the time for another walk along the river at Woodbridge.

We started at 8.30 and walked for an hour, had a snack, turned around and walked back. It amounted to just under six miles, not a long walk but something to flex the muscles. There is a path all the way so the walking was easy, we also had a bit of rain but that didn't take away the fact that we were out in the fresh air with lovely scenery all around.

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