Stour Valley Path 6: Bures to Stoke-by-Nayland
21 May 2011
With Lucy going to her canine rally trial in Holbrook, she dropped
Stephen and George off in Bures for what should be the penultimate walk
on the Stour Valley Path.
Having crossed the Stour once this morning in Bures to go from Essex
into Suffolk, here at Bures Mill we have crossed back to Essex and look
back at the mill.
The path heads across fields - I gave directions to a couple of men out
Anyone feeling tired yet?
A new pipeline is being installed. I suppose the surface is a bit
uneven, but no more so than on the rest of this country walk along a
Climbing onto Lodge Hills, looking back to the scar of the newly laid
Maps can never give you complete certainty as to what you will find -
this is a public bridleway on the map, but looks just like a minor road
on the ground, possibly as a route to Garnons
It is a pleasant morning and with the weather having continued so dry
recently, it is very easy underfoot
Crossing the Stour again. Judging from the wiggling county boundary a
few hundred metres to the south, this may be an artificial cut (or at
least artificially enhanced) in connection with the navigation works.
At Nayland, there were some navigational difficulties as the map shows
the right of way initially on the north/west bank after the A134 but
there is no crossing point where it apparently changes sides, and the
route on the ground is all on the south/east bank. A number of houses
have very pleasant landing stages and views out over the flood plain
One course of the river runs beyond the houses seen on the right, and
the other flows over this weir, to be reunited a mile downstream at
Stanch Hole. There are no public rights of way along the river for quite
a distance, however, so the Stour Valley Path heads north.
The pub as we leave the river hints at the former importance of the
river for navigation
Houses as we pass through Nayland
I've commented before on unhelpful kissing gates replacing stiles at
great expense, but this takes the biscuit. The gap between gate and post
is only 30 cm wide, and the gate and post are quite high, making
progress very difficult for all but the slim, particularly when wearing
a rucksack as many users of the gate will be.
The church at Stoke by Nayland, and on the far side Lucy has been
waiting for a couple of minutes after her rally trial - time to go home.
A pleasant morning's walk, and that leaves about 16 km to go to reach
Cattawade and the end of the Stour Valley Path and the start of the
Stour & Orwell Walk.
Total 15.1 km in 3 hours 29 mins.