Walking with John Macrae

Our first walk this year after our eventful and full year walking the Sandlings. We are late to recommence and so far have not found a trail to follow, although the one we did part of today may well suffice: The Anglers Way

The Way was devised by the Ramblers. From Great Yarmouth the route goes by Breydon Water, along and near the River Waveney, passing around Oulton Broad, Beccles and Bungay, and Harleston and Diss, to its source, and then by the Little Ouse from its source very close by through heathland and marsh to Knettishall Heath in the Suffolk Brecks. Less than a mile onwards west across the heath the coincident start of the Peddars Way and finish of the Icknield Way Path are reached. At Bungay, there is a link into the waymarked Bigod Way (10 miles) which is a circular route around the town, the site of Bigod’s Castle

I chose it so that we could join the demonstration organised by the Green party, against the amount of sewage discharged into the River Waveney.

We set off on the circular route mentioned above, starting at Marsh Lane, Earsham. The dead-end lane soon became a single track foot path, ancient in its origins, with old coppice of hazel, maple and even horse chestnut on it’s sides. The ground with the confetti of Map blossom, the sides with cow parsley. Passing Cold Bath House – which the owner said was no longer cold – we began a gentle ascent with views over the Waveney valley. Perfect pastoral. Cows grazing in the distance, the meadow healthy green after the recent rain, peppered with buttercups.

At the end in order to attempt a rendez vous we cut across the meadow, cows ignoring us and the dogs (Bobji carrying 5-6 pups and 6 days to giving birth) and climbed the gentle hill into Bungay. The Buttercross, the rendez-vous point was empty. We needed to descend again, but despite finding a few trailers with placards we failed to find the troupe. Although we did find Michael, who lifted us back to Marsh lane after a coffee.

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