26 August 2019,
Clare (Suffolk) Cavendish walk
Late Summer Bank Holiday saw a new venture for Dereham Walkers are Welcome.
Instead of the usual walk, a group of us travelled to Clare, the smallest town
in Suffolk, and one of the 3 towns in the county holding Walkers are Welcome
accreditation. True to that status, we were greeted and very well looked after
by Derek and Val Blake from Clare Walkers.
Our starting point was at the Platform One Café in Clare Castle Country
After coffee, and placing our lunch orders, we set of on Walk 3 of a series of
circular walks (see
). We soon left
the Country Park to cross the Rover Stour into Essex, and make our way eastwards
along the valley on open tracks and through close grown woodland.
The day was hot, very hot so when some shade was available we took a short
break. A dragonfly was darting around adjacent water, but it was too fast for
We emerged after 2-3 miles into Pentlow and then Cavendish.
Panorama of Cavandish village:
After a short pause here, we climbed out of the valley to the north, along the
Stour Valley Path. We followed this as it gently rose and fell, past Houghton
Hall until we started a descent back into Clare, gaining views over the town
before we lost height.
By this time, the heat was getting through to most of us, so it was a joy to be
walking one more between trees and back into the Country Park.
Now was the time when Derek’s arrangements became even more welcome - he had
phoned ahead, and our food was served almost before we had time to sit down in
the shade and recover.
All in all, a very pleasant walk and a great day out.
Walk promotion flyer
(pdf, opens in new tab).
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