Stour Valley Path 4: Cavendish to Rodbridge
12 February 2011
Houses with some impressive chimneys in Cavendish on the fourth of my
walks along the Stour Valley Path.
After crossing part of a field north of Cavendish, George pauses by the
signpost at this crosspaths in the middle of the field. Our route lies
to the right.
Ellie and George on a less muddy section of the route where the path has
been helpfully preserved as grass
Followed by a non-preserved route across this field and the next
After passing through Glemsford, a look towards Stanstead
Today's walk along the Stour Valley Path is largely away from the Stour,
and this narrow bridge takes us across the River Glem
Kentwell Hall, north of Long Melford. Most of the facade dates from the
16th century, but the house is referenced in the Domesday Book
The mile-long avenue of lime trees leads from the hall to Long Melford.
The avenue was planted in the late 17th century.
Approaching the church at Long Melford, the sign on this stile tells us
to keep to the footpath. The worn ground shows that most walkers have
not taken it literally at this point.
Holy Trinity church at Long Melford - more suited in size as a cathedral
than a parish church, but a display of wealth in the 15th century
derived from the wool trade.
The large building is the Hospital of the Holy and Blessed Trinity, an
almshouse founded by William Cordell in 1573
Looking across the large village green to Melford Hall. Like its
counterpart Kentwell Hall, it mostly dates from the 16th century but
incorporates 11th century parts
A look back along the village green
Now we make our way along more of Long Melford, and it begins to be
clear why it is so named, as it is a particularly long village, running
for about 5 kilometres.
Eventually escaping the village, we find our way towards the Stour at
last, first passing this old route of the river, presumably taken out of
use in connection with the navigation works.
The unused river bed.
The main flow of the river now falls over this weir. We have a short bit
of road-walking to do to take us to the car park at Rod Bridge where
Lucy and Hetty are waiting for us.
Total 13.9 km in 3 hours 20 mins.