Stour Valley Path 3: Stoke by Clare to Cavendish
6 November 2010
On a pleasant autumn morning, a third trip to the Stour Valley Path,
walking along the A1092 through Stoke-by-Clare
Cottages in Stoke
Walking along the trackbed of the Great Eastern's railway from Long
Melford to Cambridge
Crossing the River Stour
An unusual notice
And the sheep - all apparently with their feet on the ground
Ellie by the Stour - we're just starting to go the wrong way, following
the bank of the river, but I realised after only a few metres and we
reverted to the path...
...which, looking back, took us up a gentle hill through this field
In Clare Castle Country Park, looking across the Stour into Clare
We're back on the trackbed of that railway, as is evident from this
picture, this being the old railway bridge across the river
The bridge support which once carried the bridge for the other track
Clare Castle: a wooden castle was erected in around 1070, and the first
stone castle followed in the 12th or 13th century.
Below Clare Castle was Clare railway station
The station delightfully remains in the Country Park
The route of the railway can be traced further on, but the Stour Valley
Path turns left up to and across the A1092
Crossing fields north-east of Clare
Eventually we find our way into Cavendish, where the bonfire for Guy
Fawkes Night is being prepared.
The Five Bells and the church in Cavendish, and our walk is at a close.
Total 10.2 km in 2 hours 22 mins.