Stour Valley Path 5: Rodbridge to Bures
27 March 2011
Walking from the Rodbridge car park to the route of the Stour Valley
Path itself, we approach the Stour, and the old railway bridge. The
route of the railway is to carry the path for a little while.
Crossing the Stour
On the Path itself, we are on the trackbed of the railway from Bury St
Edmunds to Sudbury
Brundon Mill - its Suffolk pink rightly hinting that we have crossed the
border back into Suffolk from Essex.
Sudbury Common Lands form a pleasant open space either side of the river
A weir takes some of the water away from the upper course of the river
which eventually feeds the mill.
This curved bank is apparently the "old bathing place".
George checks out the patrons sitting outside the old mill.
Below the mill. Tthe bells of the church were ringing out.
As we leave the meadows of Sudbury, a look at the attractive brickwork
of the sewage pumping station.
Briefly returning to the trackbed of the railway, we cross the A131 at a
And eventually escape Sudbury for this path between new trees.
It's a hazy but fairly pleasant afternoon in north-east Essex.
A bench at a pleasant resting point beneath a tree
The church of Great Henny
George on the track between Little and Great Hickbush
Heading across a field towards Valley Farm
A t-junction of some little-used roads
The unusual church tower at Lamarsh
Cottages in Lamarsh
Crossing the railway line to Sudbury, this section of the line having
survived the Beeching axe.
Approaching the Stour once more for the final section of the walk into
There's quite a bit of willow being grown here
And journey's end for today is Bures - it is a decent village rather
than a hamlet, but straddling the Essex/Suffolk border (which lies along
the river here), the Suffolk civil parish is called Bures St Mary and
the Essex civil parish is called Bures Hamlet. Good to see the village
celebrating its railway
Total 14.2 km in 3 hours 19 mins.