Tuesday 17th May 2022
SOLD OUT (15) 09.30 am – Walk with a Ranger – Orford
National Trust, Orford Quay, Orford IP12 2NU
Orford Ness is an internationally important coastal nature reserve with a fascinating 20th-century military history. You’ll gain exclusive access to parts of the Ness on a unique walk with the Ranger, exploring the wildlife, history and management of this once Top-Secret Orford Ness. Walking will be over tarmac and concrete roads with some walking on shingle onto the beach. The walk includes a short ferry crossing which involves negotiating steep steps. There are no refreshments or café on Orford Ness.
Walk involves a short ferry crossing and negotiating steep, sometimes slippery, steps to board the ferry. No catering facilities on site. Bring own refreshments. Assistance dogs only. Riverside Car Park £4 per day. Public Toilets also available in the car park.
(16) 10.00 am – Rolling Suffolk Landscapes, north of the Stour Valley – Long Melford
Cherry Lane Garden Centre Car Park, High Street, Long Melford CO10 9DH (on A1092)
From Long Melford's Cherry Lane Garden Centre Car Park, this walk leads into the River Glem Valley following the Stour Valley path, rounding Glemsford before heading up to Stansted Church and the Great Woods, returning to Long Melford via Kentwell Downs.
Bring your own drinks and snack for the walk. Café available after the walk. Please park at the far end of the Cherry Lane Garden Centre car park. Car parking £FREE
SOLD OUT (17) 10.15 am – Coast and Woodland Wonderment – Eastbridge
The Eel's Foot Inn, School Cottages, Eastbridge, Leiston IP16 4SN
From the Eel's Foot pub, this walks takes you through Dovehill Plantation and Lower Abbey Marshes (we'll look out for the otters and marsh harriers who make their home in the reedbeds of RSPB Minsmere Bird Reserve), before passing a colourful new contemporary glass installation 'A Wing and a Prayer' in the remains of a 14th century chapel, formerly the site of Leiston Abbey. In contrast, Sizewell Power Station's white dome can be seen in the distance. We join the Suffolk Coast Path and head north along the dunes, past the reserve's public viewing platform and up to Dunwich Cliffs and the National Trust's Coastguard Cottages. We leave the coastal path here and head inland crossing heathland into a silverbirch wood, returning south to get beautiful views of the sea across fields before entering Hangmans New Wood and returning to the Eel's Foot pub.
Car parking £FREE
(18) 10.30am – A Nordic Walk around Clare and the Upper Stour Valley – Clare
Clare Castle County Park, Malting Lane, Clare CO10 8NW
This walk is for experienced Nordic walkers. The walk starts and finishes at Clare Castle Country Park. We'll walk firstly along the Stour Valley Path to Hermitage Farm, before turning onto Sheepgate Lane to Clare Common and Bench Barn Farm. There are lovely views of Stoke by Clare and across the valley, before returning to the Park via Clare Priory.
Includes a light lunch at Platform One café in the Park after the walk. Car parking £3 all day.
(19) 11:00 am – Iconic Landscapes – From Dragons to Rewilding – Bures
Bures Community Centre, Nayland Road, Bures, Suffolk CO8 5BX
This lovely circular walk showcases the iconic Stour Valley landscape from Bures to Arger Fen, and includes a view of a dragon! There is a special tour and talks by Suffolk Wildlife Trust around the mixed habitat of Hullback’s, where rewilding is supporting nature recovery. In aid of the Stour Valley Environment Fund and Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
Bring your own picnic lunch and enough water for the duration of the walk as there are no refill opportunities. Walk includes stiles and some uneven/muddy paths. Car parking £FREE