Rail Partnership and Greater Anglia organise a walk around Bures

Monday, 25 October 2021

Group of people taking part in one of the Bures walk groups
The Bures walk group. Credit: Greater Anglia

The Bures dragon
The Bures dragon Credit: Greater Anglia

St Stephen's Chapel effigies
St Stephen's Chapel effigies. Credit: Greater Anglia

Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership organised a walk starting and finishing at Bures rail station – taking in a view of the Bures dragon along the way.

A group of about 20 people met at Bures station earlier this month for a free guided walk led by enthusiastic local volunteers Hugh and Caro Turner.

During this family event, participants learnt about the history of Bures, on the Essex/Suffolk border, while taking a walk in beautiful scenery including the opportunity to socialise with a coffee in front of an open fire in a local pub.

Walkers were able to admire an incredible view of the Bures dragon, on a nearby hillside, after visiting historic St Stephen’s chapel which was built in the 13th century and contains remarkable effigies of the DeVere family.

The walk is included in Essex and South Suffolk’s Railway Walks volume 2 which is available online from https://esscrp.org.uk/things-to-do/bures-dragon-walk-walk-5-in-volume-2-in-our-essex-and-south-suffolk-railway-walks/ or email [email protected].uk for a hard copy.

Jayne Sumner, Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership rail engagement manager, said: “We have such wonderful countryside to explore in our region, with many historic features.

“Getting the train is a brilliant way to go and explore without clogging up roads with cars.”

Elizabeth Trustrum, who did the walk with her son Lark, said: “It was so nice to get some fresh air, learn something new and meet some really nice people.”

More walks are planned for the spring. Details are available on the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership website www.esscrp.org.uk.