Angles Way 6: Brockdish to Homersfield
11 February 2012
Another Saturday morning, another walk on the Angles Way. Once again the bus was
to be my friend, taking me from the finish near Homersfield Bridge on the 0949
to Brockdish. It had been a very cold night, with temperatures falling to minus
12.3, and although it was warming during the morning, it was still a
Leaving Brockdish, I cross the River Waveney for the fourth time on the Angles
The snow wasn't deep, and though I'd taken my spikes with me, for a while I kept
them off, but after a while I decided that it would be easier wearing them. The
main problem is that they become tedious to wear on any extended section where
there isn't snow or ice.
Horses as I approach Instead Hall Farm
Cattle at the farm
It was a lovely morning, with no wind, the temperature rising from minus 6 when
I started the walk to plus 2 by the end.
Weybread House looks rather nice
A little further along Watermill Lane is this site, which at first glance
appears as though it might have been a lock chamber, but my references say that
the Waveney Navigation only had three locks, extending navigation from Beccles
as far as Bungay. Although at one time there were ideas to extend navigation up
the Waveney and down the Little Ouse to Brandon, but they were not implemented.
From the mill island, a footbridge across the other part of the Waveney
Crossing fields and drainage ditches to Harleston
Heading uphill to Harleston
Having escaped from the edges of Harleston, I cross the Waveney for the sixth
time on the Angles Way, looking to the church at Mendham. There was over a
kilometre of road-walking here, so I took off my spikes, and managed without
them for the rest of the walk.
What I think are old railway carriages
The section through woodland between Downs Farm and Homersfield was lovely,
though I got close to putting my spikes back on as some of the compressed snow
was quite slippery.
Approaching Homersfield, another look at the Waveney flood plain
The very pleasant bridleway to Homersfield church
St Mary's church, Homersfield, built in the 13th and 14th centuries but heavily
restored by the Victorians.
Homersfield village green where I depart from the Angles Way to return to the
The route to the car takes me over Homersfield Bridge. Built in 1870 and
restored in 1995, this is the oldest concrete bridge in Britain, built at a cost
of £344 and restored 120 years later for £85,000. The bridge was bypassed in
1970 when a replacement was built just downstream, and it now carries a
bridleway rather than a road.
Total walk was 12.8 km in 3 hours 16 mins (including 12.5 km along the Angles Way).