April Week 2017 Newquay
All enjoyed the week in Cornwall.....great hotel, great company
and above all, great weather. Long forgotten were the frost
noses suffered on the mountains behind Harlech just a year ago. This
year we were blessed
with blue skies, mild temperatures and more sunshine than we dared hope for.
Stage 1 Suffolk Coast and Heaths Path Sunday 30 April
Ipswich to Trimley St Martin
people boarded the coach for the first stage of the Suffolk Coast
It was lovely to catch up with friends and meet members new to our coach rambles.
Leaving the town behind we entered Holywells Park and then
set off into woodland carpeted in bluebells and spotted a pair of Mandarin ducks
in the small stream. Landseer Park and Pipers Vale followed which brought
out under the impressive Orwell Bridge, along the foreshore of the
and into Orwell Country Park. Woodland followed with banks covered in Green Alkanet.
We made our way up to a busy main road where we hopped on the coach for the short journey
to Nacton village. A short way from the village we passed the impressive Orwell Park School with its
dome housing the seventh largest private telescope in Britain.
picnic lunch stop at Nacton Shore was welcomed by all, with the bonus
of good views of the river, small boats and a Thames barge.
foreshore walk brought us onto Levington where someone pointed out a
small herd of
deer in the distance. Boardwalks took us through reed beds and round a creek where Jim
avocets, shell ducks and a little egret. We then passed through a
small marina and along a
causeway between the fresh water Loompit
Lake and the River Orwell.From here, we headed inland
to the Hand in Hand public house at Trimley St Martin for well
earned refreshments before the journey home.
Stratford upon Avon June weekend
two of us went to Stratford for a lovely weekend, stopping off in
along the way for our first walk. Having time afterwards for a quick look around the beautiful gardens
Manor was a huge bonus for some of us, or an opportunity for
afternoon tea for others!
On Sunday we took the River Walk through
lovely countryside and on our last day the
Battlefields Trail before heading home.
Footpath Working Party
The volunteers are enjoying the experience of helping to maintain the footpaths
for the benefit of fellow walkers.