Suffolk Rail Partnership announce more free guided walks

Friday, 3 August 2018
Days Out

The East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership is to host another of its popular guided walks next weekend between Darsham and Halesworth, with two more announced for September and October.

On Saturday 11 August Declan Hughes will lead a 9 mile route leaving Darsham Railway Station at 10am which meanders above the River Yox valley before stopping to view the thatched Bramfield Church with its detached round tower. The ramble then takes in the extensive meadows which flank the Blyth Valley before ending in Halesworth.

The walk which is expected to take around 4.5 hours, is free to join and open to participants of all ages. Well behaved dogs on leads are also very welcome and although a variety of establishments in Halesworth offer opportunities to purchase refreshments at the end of the walk, it is recommended that participants bring water and a snack or lunch with them on the journey.

As with all East Suffolk Line Guided Walks, those taking part do so at their own risk and are advised to wear stout footwear and bring waterproof clothing. There is no need to book in advance with the start of the route at Darsham Station timed to allow for the arrival of the 09.07 train from Lowestoft, the 09.17 from Ipswich and 08.28 from Felixstowe (change at Ipswich).

Two further free guided walks have also been announced which include, on Sunday 30 September, a 6.25 mile route from Brampton Railway Station to Beccles and on Saturday 13 October, a more ambitious 9.5 mile journey from Saxmundham Railway Station to the coast at Aldeburgh.

Over the past few years these free guided walks have become increasingly popular with a variety of landscapes covered from more urban routes which have taken in industrial, maritime, railway and wartime history to journeys through the beautiful Suffolk countryside including its coast, heathlands, meadows, marshes and rivers.

The East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership have published a series of walking routes which connect with stations along the railway’s running between Ipswich, Lowestoft and Felixstowe. These walks are all free to download from www.eastsuffolkline.com and available in print from various outlets across the east or by sending an A5 size SAE with a minimum £1.50 postage (UK Mainland) to: Walks, East Suffolk Lines CRP C/O Lowestoft Railway Station, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 2EG.