Stour Valley Path: Little Bradley to Stoke by Clare
24 October 2010
I picked up where I left off yesterday, but this time with Ellie for
company rather than George.
Walking from Little Bradley to Little Thurlow, with the Stour in the
trees on the left.
The church at Little Thurlow
And a climbing wall in the school playground there
Getting ready for Hallowe'en
The route briefly takes to the main road through Great Thurlow before
heading back to the river.
Ellie as we cross the Stour for the second of six times today.
Looking back to Great Thurlow Hall and the church behind it
A ploughed field always provides a good challenge in trying to stick to
the line of the right of way as there is no evidence on the ground of
Safely across that there is grass and equestrian equipment
Walking through Kedington, a fox strides along the roof of a thatched
Arnie Lane leads us on a long walk along field-margins
From our first flirtation with Essex, we look across the river valley
and to the low hill the path takes
Ellie on the bridge over the Stour
...which has got bigger since we last saw it.
Another field crossing leads us to a quiet road which we follow under
the line of the Great Eastern railway from Cambridge to Colchester via
Haverhill and Long Melford.
At Baythorne End we cross the river again and there is a lovely mill.
The walk then takes to Baythorne Park, at first along the drive to the
before we leave it at this point to continue near the river
Late afternoon in Baythorne Park
What appears to be a relatively new lake in the Park
Sheep between the Essex/Suffolk border (perhaps the old route of the
river?) and the river itself beyond the trees.
Returning to the banks of the river as we near Stoke by Clare and the
end of this afternoon's walk.
Total 15.8 km in 3 hours 44 mins.