Friday, 23 June 2006


Daring hay-fever

I've not been at work today. Instead I've been over on the west side of the county enjoying the fantastic weather (though hay-fever's never been far away).

[Trig point near Nowton]

Distance: 4.9 miles
Ascent: 47 metres
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

Walk 8: Nowton Park and High Suffolk

Good walks always take in a summit - a place to pause and survey the land. The summit of this walk was perfect: a little shade and a crumbling triangulation point. The view stretched for miles with no-one else in sight. It may only be 84 metres above sea level but in Suffolk that's nearly a mountain.

[All Saints Wordwell]

Distance: 6.3 miles
Ascent: 94 metres
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

Walk 9: Forest and riverside from West Stow

On the other side of Bury St Edmunds my second walk was a bristling with nature. From the perfectly-named hamlet church of All Saints Wordwell a narrow path took me between two fields, barley on the left and plump wheat on the right.

[Vibrant hedgerow near Brockley Corner]

Later the hedgerow of an ancient byway burst into vibrant colour with poppies of every style imaginable. If this was a film you'd accuse the set-dresser of going overboard.

On the final leg alongside the River Lark, bright blue dragonflies darting in and out of my peripheral vision.

Summer's here.

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