Clare walk leaflet

26 August 2019,
Clare (Suffolk) Cavendish walk

Late Summer Bank Holiday saw a new venture for Dereham Walkers are Welcome. Instead of the usual walk, a group of us travelled to Clare, the smallest town in Suffolk, and one of the 3 towns in the county holding Walkers are Welcome accreditation. True to that status, we were greeted and very well looked after by Derek and Val Blake from Clare Walkers.

Railway shed with castle
Our starting point was at the Platform One Café in Clare Castle Country Park.

After coffee, and placing our lunch orders, we set of on Walk 3 of a series of circular walks (see We soon left the Country Park to cross the Rover Stour into Essex, and make our way eastwards along the valley on open tracks and through close grown woodland.
Crossing field with bent fingerpost sign

The day was hot, very hot so when some shade was available we took a short break. A dragonfly was darting around adjacent water, but it was too fast for the camera.
Break in shade Scene near water
We emerged after 2-3 miles into Pentlow and then Cavendish.
Panorama of Cavandish village: Cavendish

After a short pause here, we climbed out of the valley to the north, along the Stour Valley Path. We followed this as it gently rose and fell, past Houghton Hall until we started a descent back into Clare, gaining views over the town before we lost height.

By this time, the heat was getting through to most of us, so it was a joy to be walking one more between trees and back into the Country Park.

Now was the time when Derek’s arrangements became even more welcome - he had phoned ahead, and our food was served almost before we had time to sit down in the shade and recover.

All in all, a very pleasant walk and a great day out.

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