Shades of Green

Shades of Green

with cow parsley fringe Bures to Sudbury

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Great Henny church

Great Henny church

Bures to Sudbury

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Give you a clue, "moo"

Give you a clue, "moo"

Cow parsley Bures to Sudbury

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Sudbury from the common

Sudbury from the common

Bures to Sudbury

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Two trees

Two trees

Bures to Sudbury

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Bures

Bures

Bures is split accross the counties of Suffolk and Essex with the south wide, in Essex, known as Bures Hamlet and the north side, in Suffolk, as Bures St Mary.

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Bures

Bures

Bures is split accross the counties of Suffolk and Essex with the south wide, in Essex, known as Bures Hamlet and the north side, in Suffolk, as Bures St Mary.

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Bures to Sudbury walk

The Stour Valley Way, Gainsborough country and historic Sudbury.

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date # Post
Sun, 30-Jul-17 7

Bures to Sudbury

Bures to Sudbury Book 1, Walk 8
16.0km (9.9 miles) or 12.6 km (7.8 miles)
Difficulty: 4/10
An easygoing walk through the Stour Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Much of it is along the Stour Valley footpath, which is well waymarked. The official lunch pub is the Bulmer Fox but the detour to the Henny Swan, a pleasant riverside pub in Henny Street, is recommended. The detour makes little difference to the overall length. (The shorter walk takes a more direct route, avoiding both of the lunch pubs). The churchyard at Great Henny is kept as a wildflower meadow - a pleasant spot for a picnic. The approach to Sudbury is across the ancient grazing lands of Sudbury Common. Thomas Gainsborough is said to have played here as a child. Have tea there in a converted millhouse on the banks of the river.
Train: 10:02 Ipswich train from Liverpool Street. Change at Marks Tey for Sudbury (arr 11:07 dep 11:15) arrive Bures 11:27
Return at xx:42 changing at Marks Tey
Get a return to Sudbury.
Lunch :
The Henny Swan at Henny Street (tel 01787-269238) Serves food 12-8pm
or the recently re-opened Bulmer Fox (tel 01787-312277) in Bulmers Tye, Serves food 12-3pm
Tea:
The suggested tea place is the comfortable Mill Hotel (tel 01787-375544) in Sudbury. As well, as serving tea, there’s a bar. Be sure to pay your respects to the mummified cat visible through the floor in the hotel lobby. After tea, allow 20 minutes to get to the station.
Venture further into Sudbury and you'll find the Black Boy (tel 01787-379046) and the White Horse (tel 01787-313508).
Walk directions: L=1.08
T=1.08
This is a lovely walk but in summer several of the paths, particularly in the morning, tend to be overgrown. In previous summers the paths have been passable, but best not wear shorts today, and you may find a walking pole handy to fight back the undergrowth.
The detour to the pub in Henny Street is recommended methinks it's much nicer than the Bulmer Fox.
Now I might do the Walk on Sunday. But I can't Guarantee I will. But I am just wondering. What time will we get the Train Home as I have to go to work early the next day?
Marc, if you skip tea at the Mill Hotel in Sudbury, and instead head straight for the railway station, in all likelihood you will be on the 16 42 hrs train from Sudbury, arriving back in London circa 18 15 hrs.
7 including one on a later train who caught us up at lunch then raced ahead, sunny with clouds, pleasantly varied walk, the Henny Swan was a tranquil riverside spot and most of us ate from their rather limited snacks menu (gastropubs meals available inside) and set off again just as a micro shower descended. Four diverted to the idyllic Mill Hotel for cream teas.
Thu, 16-Mar-17 3

Thursday Walk: the Stour Valley path through Gainsborough country

Book 1, Walk 8 - Bures to Sudbury

Length: 16 km (9.9 miles)
Toughness: 4 out of 10

London Liverpool Street: 10-02 hrs, Ipswich train
Arrive Marks Tey: 10-57 hrs
Leave Marks Tey: 11-01 Sudbury train
Arrive Bures: 11-13 hrs

The tight connection at Marks Tey: in bygone, better days, the rail,company usually held the Sudbury service until the London train arrived. Alas, no longer. If you miss the connection, I suggest you club together to pay for a taxi to Bures: otherwise, it's an hours wait. . Senior railcard holders have the option of taking the 09-38 hrs train from Liverpool Street (the Colchester Town service) which arrives Marks Tey at 10-33 hrs, leaving you time for a coffee in the new station concourse as you wait for the departure of the Sudbury service (hopefully with colleagues from the 10-02 London train).

Return: from Sudbury: 15-26, 16-32, 17-32, 18-37, 19-38 hrs, again via Marks Tey.

Rail ticket: Buy an off peak day return to Sudbury Suffolk

Our first outing this year into Suffolk, on a walk which starts in Bures (which straddles the Essex -Suffolk boundary) and takes you along the Stour Valley and St Edmund Way paths via the River Stour and varying countryside, at times undulating. I suggest we detour to Henny Street for lunch at the usually excellent Henny Swan pub, with its riverside setting - best 'phone ahead with numbers 01787-269238. After lunch we head for Sudbury, to cross its lovely water meadows before we stop for tea at the Mill Hotel (cream tea highly recommended). It's then a twenty minute walk through the town, passing Gainsborough's House, to the tiny railway station, for your one coach shunter back to Marks Tey.
Bits of today's walk will be muddy, particularly in the morning, but if you haven't tried one of our East Anglian walks yet, today's walk is a very good one for a start.
T=1.8
Walk Directions here: L=1.8

Next Week, Tuesday 21 March SWC 90-Berwick to Seaford (subject to Southern rail disruption)


Just 3 of us from the early train, none on the scheduled train which today was on time for the connecting service to Sudbury. A glorious Spring day sunny mild to warm with a pleasant breeze, near perfect walking weather. The route today was dry underfoot with no mud (unusual for this walk) and no overgrown sections. An abundance of Spring flowers along the way added to our enjoyment of the walk. We diverted to Henny Street for lunch at the Henny Swan, where we met a group of 20 ladies (mostly Americans) from a North London walking group, on our SWC walk and using a print off of our directions. They hadn't got lost en route, so we were able to identify ourselves as being part of the club responsible for writing the walk: they thanked us !! We waited a while for our food to arrive: when it did, the fish pies were excellent. Alas, the fillet steak was little bigger than a fifty pence piece, and at a price of £ 23, a bit of a rip off. The quality cum taste, however, was top drawer then it needed to be at £ 6 a bite. Onwards after lunch on the St Edmonds Way into Sudbury for excellent cream teas at the Mill Hotel. There were slight delays on our journey home due to a broken down train, but I believe we all made it to our respective homes by 8 pm.
A lovely day out on an underrated walk in perfect Spring walking weather: quality in numbers today, not quantity !!
Sun, 12-Jun-16 6

Sunday Second Walk - Gainsborough country and the Stour Valley

Book 1 Walk 8 Bures to Sudbury
Length: 16km (9.9 miles). Toughness: 4/10 (less for shorter versions)

10:02 Ipswich train from Liverpool Street, changing at Marks Tey (arr 11:06, dep 11:15) arriving at Bures at 11:27.

Return trains from Sudbury to Liverpool Street changing at Marks Tey are at xx:42 (journey time 1 hour 32 minutes).

An easy walk through Gainsborough country in Suffolk, much of it along the Stour Valley Way, leading to the historic market town of Sudbury, which is approached across ancient water meadows.

The recommended lunch pub is Bulmer Fox (01787 312277) in Bulmer Tye after 10km. Walkers who are not enamoured of this pub, located on a main road with nowhere nearby for picnickers to settle themselves, might prefer to divert at Great Henny to the Henny Swan pub (01787-269238) in a lovely riverside setting at Henny Street.

Tea can be taken in the Mill Hotel, a converted millhouse overlooking the meadows in Sudbury.

Further information and the walk directions can be found on the TOCW1 Walk 8 page.
intend going, this is a nice walk. Weather looks dry.
6 for this Suffolk walk. warm humid cloudy with occasional light rain Beautiful walk through lush green undulating countryside – a bit too lush at times some stretches were overgrown and wet with the rain. My technique worked quite well. Hang back a bit and let the others do the trampling. The Henny Swan seemed to please. Later the Millhouse did likewise but, apparently, their scones have shrunk. The buttercups on Sudbury Meadows were a little understated this year probably taking a rest after last year’s spectacular showing. A little egret was pecking about on the stream within sight of my scone scoffing chums. As we stepped on the train, the sun came out :(
Essex, not Suffolk. Honest, Gov...
Both

http://www.bures online.co.uk/info/info.htm

http://www.suffolktouristguide.com/Sudbury.asp
Indeed, the finish is in Suffolk, but the start and 90+% of the route are across the Stour in Essex, incl. Bures Station itself. Check the map, dear Anonymous...
My feet may have been in Essex but I was breathing Suffolk air..... 99% Suffolk air anyway. :(
northerly winds? must have been a strange micro climate up there...
Sure was. I blame el Nino
Sat, 23-May-15 7

Saturday First Walk

Book 1 Walk 8 – Bures to Sudbury
Length: 16 km (9.9 miles), with shorter option. Toughness: 4/10
Map of the route is here
https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/book_1/walk_08/map.shtml
10:02 Ipswich train from Liverpool Street, calling at Stratford (10:09). Change at Marks Tey (arr 10.57 on Platform 2 , dep 11:01 from Platform 3 ) onto the Sudbury branch line, arriving Bures at 11:13.
Return trains from Sudbury are hourly at 26 minutes past, changing at Marks Tey.
Buy a return to Sudbury (Suffolk).

An easy going walk with few hills and some pleasant scenery

One of the posters may recognise the following bit of script but the say plagarism is the sincerest form of flattery so thanks Sean
If you look at the Walk Map you'll see that you have to take a dog-leg route out to the west to reach the Bulmer Fox, which describes itself as “a bistro style restaurant in a country pub setting”. According to its website this suggested lunch place doesn't take bookings, so if you decide to give it a miss I suggest taking the short cut at Great Henny church, heading north to rejoin the main route at [6]. This is definitely worth doing if you've stopped earlier at the Lamarsh Lion pub, or if you're happy to wait until you reach Sudbury for refreshment. As well as the town's pubs the comfortable Mill Hotel is recommended for its cream teas; note that it's a 20-minute walk through the town to the station.

See comments below re the alternative lunch time pub - you will find directions here
https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/book_1/walk_08/index.shtml
There's also an alternative lunch pub in Henny Street, in a dogleg off to the east from Great Henny church. This detour is only briefly described in the book but after an expedition in 2013 more detailed directions were added to the on line version (at point 27). Perhaps someone who tried the Henny Swan pub would like to say whether they'd recommend it.
The Henny Street pub is very nice, with a pleasant riverside garden. You need the full online directions, though: the brief notes in the older version are not adequate, particularly when trying to get back on the main route after lunch, which has a slight twist to it. All made clear online.
Sat 23 May Bures to Sudbury
7 on this walk. A cloudy start but turning sunny
Perfect time to do this walk. Cow parsley delineating the fields and paths. Buttercups turning meadows yellow. Speedwell speeding us. Hawthorn coming out.
At least one did the shorter walk others went via Henny Street. Some accomplished dawdling on my part meant I soon left the group well in front of me. An imaginative wrong turn and a dither added to their lead.
Henny Churchyard, where I paused for lunch, was stunning. It’s managed as a wildflower meadow. The Henny Swan was a delight too. Had I had been a little less accomplished at dawdling, I might still have found the others there. I had to nurse my Orchard Pig cider with only a surprisingly tame mayfly and an actual real swan for company.
And so on to Sudbury where the Common was awash with buttercups. Yellow all over. Dropped into the Mill House to pay my respects to the cat. Quaffed some more cider, headed for station. Met some of the others there who mentioned that the tea in the Mill House was good. All in all, a good day out.
p.s. I think the Anchor pub in Sudbury is just a pub sign now.

Adding to Ian's posting, 3 of the 7 on this walk were first timers (all architects) and they seemed to enjoy their day.
The paths were very overgrown in places oil seed rape being the main culprit and come July, with full vegetation, several of the paths are likely to be impassable (as in previous years). But back to today, a lovely walk and good to learn Rear Gunner made it to the finish: we must have missed him by minutes at the Henny Swan pub.
Sun, 05-Oct-14 2 Bures to Sudbury
Wed, 04-Dec-13 Bures to Sudbury, via Henny Street
Sat, 10-Aug-13 6 Bures to Sudbury, via Henny Street
Sun, 10-Feb-13 0 Bures to Sudbury
Fri, 06-Apr-12 Bures to Sudbury
Sat, 19-Feb-11 Bures to Sudbury
Sat, 07-Aug-10 Bures to Sudbury
Sat, 27-Mar-10 Bures to Sudbury
Sat, 31-Jan-09 Bures to Sudbury
Sun, 28-Sep-08 Bures to Sudbury, omitting Bulmer Tye
Sat, 07-Jun-08 Bures to Sudbury, omitting Bulmer Tye
Mon, 26-May-08 Bures to Sudbury, omitting Bulmer Tye
Sun, 21-Oct-07 Bures to Sudbury
Sun, 21-Oct-07 Bures to Sudbury, omitting Bulmer Tye
Mon, 09-Apr-07 Bures to Sudbury, omitting Bulmer Tye
Sat, 17-Mar-07 Bures to Sudbury