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April Week 2017 Newquay

All enjoyed the week in Cornwall.....great hotel, great company

and above all, great weather. Long forgotten were the frost

bitten 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

Forty-eight people boarded the coach for the first stage of the Suffolk Coast Walk.

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

us out under the impressive Orwell Bridge, along the foreshore of the River Orwell

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.

A 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.

Another 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

spotted 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

Forty two of us went to Stratford for a lovely weekend, stopping off in the Cotswolds

along the way for our first walk. Having time afterwards for a quick look around the beautiful gardens

of Hidcote 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.