Stour and Orwell Walk - Pin Mill to Orwell Country Park
31 July 2010
After a fair rest from walking caused by a twisted
ankle, Stephen today returned to the Stour and Orwell Walk, after a
frustrating morning watching unforecast rain.
The starting point was at Pin Mill, where we find the Butt and Oyster
rather quiet outside.
A reminder that we're next to the sea - with Dutch the first language on
Wolverstone Hall, now part of the Ipswich High School.
George on one of the clear paths across this field
Returning a bit closer to the river. There's a lot of cloud about, but
fortunately it stayed dry all afternoon.
Wolverstone Marina, with behind it the Orwell Bridge
We turned away from the river for a while and climbed through woodland
to pass by Wolverstone church
There was a fairly straight cross-country walk before descending through
Freston Wood and emerging into this field of maize. It's quite spooky
walking along a path through crops well above your head.
A more modest-sized crop in this field. The official route of the Stour
and Orwell Path takes the road ("The Strand"), but it seemed far more
satisfactory to take the parallel path through the field than trying to
walk along a busy road.
Looking back downstream to all the moored boats on the Orwell
A yacht makes its way under the Orwell Bridge, with lots of birds
sitting in the field.
We then ascend up the bank
...as we climb onto the Orwell Bridge
A Thames barge makes its way upstream
Looking down on The Strand (the road), with the straight line of the
footpath across the field just visible towards the right (and those
The walk across the bridge was a bit noisy and monotonous, but the views
were good - it's something I've always wanted to do but never quite got
round to, as you get only a fleeting chance to glimpse the view from a
car. On the far side we descended to the south, then made our way north
under the bridge, before reaching the river where we took a path back
south under the bridge again.
Heading along the edge of Pond Hall Farm
A look back from the beach as we approach Orwell Country Park and the
end of today's walk. It was good to be out again, and the ankle held up
Total 10.3 km in 2 hours 44 mins.