One foot in Essex, the other in Suffolk on Bures guided walk

Published on: Tuesday, 1 March 2022
Last updated: Tuesday, 1 March 2022

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Above: View of the Bures Dragon Credit: Greater Anglia

Ramblers can walk in the footsteps of Gainsborough during a guided walk around Bures on 19 March.

The Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership will run its first guided walk of the year from Bures railway station through beautiful countryside which was the inspiration for painters such as Gainsborough, walking out through Suffolk and returning through Essex.

The 4.5 mile walk will take in the Neolithic earthwork of the Bures cursus on the way out, then the model farm at Smallbridge Hall, and the magnificent Hall itself.

After crossing the ‘Two Counties’ bridge between Essex and Suffolk the walk continues through the garden of Wormingford Mill to the top of Lodge Hills which is the site of an Elizabethan hunting lodge, with great views, before descending beside the mere, where legend has it that the Bures dragon lives.

The walk is timed to fit in with local Greater Anglia train services, starting at approximately 10.30am, after the arrival of the 10.34 train from Sudbury. The trains from Marks Tey arrives at Bures at 10.13. The walk will finish at Bures station at approximately 1.30pm.

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Jayne Sumner, Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership rail engagement manager, said, “We’re delighted to see the return of our popular walks which help people explore our beautiful countryside with the help of a knowledgeable guide.

“Getting the train is a brilliant way to go and explore while reducing their carbon footprint, and without the pollution and congestion caused by cars.”