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 # Weather
Wed, 09-Mar-22 Wednesday Walk Bures to Sudbury - through the Stour Valley on the St Edmund Way in Gainsborough country 9 increasingly sunny
Wed, 12-May-21 Wednesday Walk Bures to Sudbury - along the Stour Valley in Gainsborough Country 8 dry sunny some cloud
Sun, 21-Apr-19 Sunday Walk: Bures to Sudbury 8 cloudless warm sunny
Wed, 06-Mar-19 Wednesday walk Bures to Sudbury - a good hair-shirt of a walk for Ash Wednesday - in Gainsborough Country, to boot 4 overcast breezy and dry
Sun, 20-May-18 Sunday Walk: Bures to Sudbury - Gainsborough country 8 sunny and warm
Sun, 30-Jul-17 Bures to Sudbury 7 sunny with clouds
Thu, 16-Mar-17 Thursday Walk: the Stour Valley path through Gainsborough country 3 sunny mild to warm with a pleasant breeze
Sun, 12-Jun-16 Sunday Second Walk - Gainsborough country and the Stour Valley 6 warm humid cloudy with occasional light rain
Sat, 23-May-15 Saturday First Walk 7
Sun, 05-Oct-14 Bures to Sudbury 2
Wed, 04-Dec-13 Bures to Sudbury, via Henny Street
Sat, 10-Aug-13 Bures to Sudbury, via Henny Street 6
Sun, 10-Feb-13 Bures to Sudbury 0
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
Sat, 07-Jun-08 Bures to Sudbury
Mon, 26-May-08 Bures to Sudbury
Sun, 21-Oct-07 Bures to Sudbury
Sun, 21-Oct-07 Bures to Sudbury
Mon, 09-Apr-07 Bures to Sudbury
Sat, 17-Mar-07 Bures to Sudbury
Wed, 09-Mar-22
Wednesday Walk Bures to Sudbury - through the Stour Valley on the St Edmund Way in Gainsborough country
Book 1 Walk 8 - Bures to Sudbury

Length: 16.0 km (9.9 miles)
Toughness: 4 out of 10
London Liverpool Street: 10-02 hrs Greater Anglia service to Ipswich Stratford: 10-09 hrs
Arrive Marks Tey: 10-57 hrs Change trains
Leave Marks Tey: 11-01 hrs Greater Anglia service on Gainsborough Line to Sudbury
Arrive Bures: 11-13 hrs
Return
Sudbury to Liverpool Street via Marks Tey: 15-26, 16-32, 17-34, 18-37 and 19-38 hrs
Rail ticket: Buy a day return to Sudbury, Suffolk
This lovely walk follows the River Stour in places as we walk through the Stour Valley on the Stour Valley path and the St Edmund Way - in Gainsborough country. I suggest you take the detour to Henny Street for lunch at the Henny Swan pub with its attractive riverside setting. For those who prefer to take the route to Bulmer Tye your lunch stop will be the Bulmer Fox pub. Picnickers usually stop in the churchyard of St Mary's Church, Great Henny.
After lunch you take an undulating route to Sudbury, latterly on the embankment of a disused railway. Once on the embankment you can either head in an easterly direction for a direct route to Sudbury railway station, or - and recommended - you head in the other direction to drop down over water meadows to the delightful Bell Hotel, Sudbury, for walk-end refreshments. If you have room, their cream teas are delicious. From the Bell it is a sub-twenty minute walk to Sudbury Railway station, passing along the way Gainsborough's House (currently closed whilst undergoing a major refurbishment).
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Walk Directions are here: L=1.8
  • 10-Mar-22

    9 set off through pretty countryside on an increasingly sunny day. Relatively mud free. Up high, larks were singing, and, down low, flowers were poking their little heads out - violets, snowdrops, primroses, and that stuff that’s not quite blackthorn. Cherry plum probably. The biggest impediments today were wind-blown trees. These were first encountered on the path above Valley Farm and later, much worse, through Loshes Wood. Not dangerously big, but bushy and obstructive. But we climbed scrambled and pushed our way through like a resourceful troupe of orang-utans. A saw and a pair of loppers would not have gone amiss.

    The group split at Great Henny, some picnicked, some did whatever and four headed down to the Swan where they ate inside, it not quite being warm enough to sit by the river.

    Then on. Willows were being pollarded on the grazing meadow.. Then, much to Mr Tiger’s bemusement, everyone raced past the Mill House and on into Sudbury. This seemed rather illogical given there was a 40 minute wait for the 16:26 train. We could at least have looked at the dead cat. But hey ho.

    A grand day out.

Wed, 12-May-21
Wednesday Walk Bures to Sudbury - along the Stour Valley in 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 Greater Anglia service to Ipswich Stratford 10-25 10-09 hrs
Arrive Marks Tey: 10-57 hrs Change trains
Leave Marks Tey: 11-01 hrs Greater Anglia service to Sudbury
Arrive Bures: 11-13 hrs
[ Greater Anglia usually hold the connection to Sudbury at Marks Tey from the London train, but holders of senior railcards might prefer a more relaxing interchange, allowing for a coffee, by taking the 09-38 hrs service from Liverpool Street to Colchester Town, arriving Marks Tey at 10-33 hrs ]
Return

Sudbury to Liverpool Street via Marks Tey: 26 mins past the hour
Rail ticket Buy a day return to Sudbury Suffolk


Covid-19 Compliance: please note the current guidance on this website and observe social distancing. You should all come prepared to exchange contact details for track and trace purpose. You can either pre-register for this walk (not essential ) by e-mailing me at swc-marcus@walkingclub.org.uk or, if you prefer, please write your name, e-mail address and contact 'phone number on a small piece of paper for handing to me on the train or when we assemble at walk start. Thank you.
This pleasant, undulating walk (but with no steep hills) takes you along the Stour Valley on the named Valley footpath and the St Edmund Way, in a northerly direction from Bures (which straddles the Essex and Suffolk borders) to Sudbury, Suffolk, home of the painter Thomas Gainsborough.
I suggest today we take the detour from Great Henny to the Henny Swan pub in Henny Street, with its attractive outdoor tables overlooking the River Stour (let's hope the weather is conducive for outdoor dining today).
After lunch we head for Sudbury, an hour away, where those wanting an early bath can take the direct route along the disused railway embankment to the railway station, leaving others to head in the other direction along the embankment to drop down across water meadows (we might be a little early for their famed buttercups) to make for the delightful Mill Hotel, for an outdoor cream tea (recommended). Allow some 20 minutes from the hotel to the railway station for the hourly service back to London, again changing trains at Marks Tey.
This walk seldom disappoints.
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Walk Directions are here: L=1.8
  • Anonymous
    11-May-21

    Hi Marcus. The train from Liverpool Street seems to arrive at Stratford at 10:09 and not 10:25.

  • 11-May-21

    So it does, Anonymous - I quoted the Shenfield time by mistake. Thank you for spotting this. Posting now corrected.

  • 12-May-21

    Theres a new train on the stretch between Marks Tey and Sudbury. Creaky old Michael Palin has been retired. 8 got off. The weather was dry sunny some cloud On the way round we saw stitchwort, speedwell, cow parsley, spring beauty, and hardly any bluebells. Some had lunch in Great Henny churchyard. 3 ate at the Henny Swan under a canopy. The rest just drank at a table by the river, a tranquil spot where we were visited by a mayfly, keen on having its picture took. Snap snap snap went the cameras. Then on. Some of us sped up and caught the 4.26 The rest trundled and caught the 5:26 after having traversed the grazing meadow with its muted display of buttercups –(a bit early). We took tea at the Mill House. There were shrieks of horror when it was announced that cream teas were off - till next week. So it was just tea. Apart from the two who had puddings.

Sun, 21-Apr-19
Sunday Walk: Bures to Sudbury
16.0km (9.9 miles) or 12.6 km (7.8 miles) with shortcut
Difficulty: 4/10
An easy-going walk through the Stour Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Approaching Sudbury, you cross the Sudbury Common Lands, ancient grazing lands where the young Gainsborough is said to have played. Hopefully, awash with buttercups this time of year.
Train 10:02 Ipswich Train from Liverpool Street. (Stratford 10:09). Change at Marks Tey for the Sudbury train (arr 11:06 dep 11:15) arrive Bures 11:27. Note that Bures is a "request only" stop. So be sure to request it.
Return at xx:42 changing at Marks Tey. Get a return to Sudbury.
Lunch
The Bulmer Fox on the main route is closed, so choose between an early stop at the Lamarsh Lion 01787 227007 (a community-run pub, handy for all routes, open from 12) or follow the later detour to the Henny Swan 01787-269238, a pleasant riverside pub in Henny Street, (the detour is no longer than the original route past the Fox). Food is served from 12 till 8pm. Great Henny churchyard makes a good picnic spot.
Tea
The suggested tea place is the Mill Hotel overlooking Sudbury Common Lands. As well as serving tea, they've got 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.
In Sudbury itself you got the Black Boy and White Horse .
Walk directions: here
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  • 22-Apr-19

    8 on a cloudless warm sunny day. The others soon accelerated away from Bures leaving poor Mr Tiger to fend for himself. All took the Henny Swan route as far as I know. At least that’s where I came across some stragglers – fellow rejects from the Olympic speed-walking team.

    Great Henny churchyard is still a pleasant place to sit but I seem to remember it was being cared for as a wildflower meadow – now, except for a lucky patch of cowslips, it’s just neatly mown grass. One or two impressive dandelion displays and also some of that strange “spring beauty” stuff that I’ve only ever seen in Essex. Not forgetting the rapefields, some noisy crows and an orange-tip. Tea was had in the Mill House. Well done Mr Tiger for posting this splendid walk. Shame about the buttercups (there weren’t any).

  • Sandy
    22-Apr-19

    Hi Mr T

    Many thanks for the walk and for the flower identification - I did think I'd never seen anything like it before, and I didn't have the presence of mind to photograph it for future reference.

    Anyway, yes we all went by Henny Street. I parted company from my fellow walkers to make a successful dash for the 1542 train, but i think most others went to the Mill hotel for tea.

Wed, 06-Mar-19
Wednesday walk Bures to Sudbury - a good hair-shirt of a walk for Ash Wednesday - in Gainsborough Country, to boot
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 service Stratford:10-09 hrs
Arrive Marks Tey: 10-57 hrs Change trains
Leave Marks Tey: 11-01 hrs Sudbury service
Arrive Bures: 11-13 hrs

Note: more sedate, senior railcard holders might prefer a more relaxed changeover at Marks Tey: they should take the 09-38 hrs Colchester Town service from Liverpool Street, arriving Marks Tey at 10-33 hrs. Enjoy a coffee, and wait for the kids to arrive on the Ipswich service.

Sudbury to Liverpool Street: 15-26, 16-32, 17-32 and 18-37 hrs, all via Marks Tey

Rail ticket: buy a day return to Sudbury (Suffolk)


This pleasant, undulating walk through Suffolk's countryside follows the Stour Valley and St Edmunds Way footpaths for much of the day, at times besides or crossing the River Stour.

For lunch I suggest we detour to the village of Henny Street and stop at the Henny Swan pub, with its riverside setting. After lunch, the leg into Sudbury takes a little over an hour. For those wishing to take tea before their journey home, the Mill Hotel is highly recommended (by me !).

You should all be home in time to get "ashed" in church, or do whatever else might tickle your fancy.
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Walk Directions are here: L=1.8


  • 07-Mar-19

    Quality not quantity today ! Just 4 of us on this walk in Suffolk. Those that stayed away (admittedly, the weather forecast was not favourable) missed the delights which this short(ish) walk offers. Speaking of the weather, it was overcast breezy and dry : it threatened to rain for much of the day but the breeze kept the rain at bay. In places the paths were muddier than I was expecting but being March, the paths and ways were not overgrown - a potential hazard for this walk from late May until autumn.

    I had a busy evening schedule ahead of me so I had to miss the Henny Swan lunch pub and instead I said goodbye to my walking companions at Great Henny Church. One of them will post a comment on their onward walk and lunch experience in Henny Street. By following the short-cut on the St Edmonds Way I arrived in the outskirts of Sudbury in good time to include a visit to the Mill Hotel (arguably the very best tea stop on any SWC walk). It was good to see the water wheel back in operation again. After an excellent tea I was soon at Sudbury "International" railway station for the one coach shunter service to Marks Tey - for a quick connection to the London bound train.

    This lovely little walk seldom disappoints - and it didn't today.

  • David M
    07-Mar-19

    Having bid a warm farewell to the walk organiser, the remaining 3 walked on towards Henny Street and the delights of the Henny Swan pub. Food and service were first class with a varied and interesting menu catering for all tastes and budgets. It was a touch too cold outside to take advantage of the beautiful garden waterside setting, but warm and pleasant inside with a wood burning fire place by the bar area. There was only one moment of uncertainty where we emerged from the pub detour back on to the main route and weren’t sure whether to go left or straight on. Seeing however that straight was downhill, we felt it had to be the right way. And so it proved. Reaching the disused railway, we opted for the more direct route to the station stopping off for a nice cuppa at the Waitrose cafe on route (which incidentally is doing its bit for the environment by no longer supplying take away cups) and headed back on the 16.32 train back to the Big Smoke.

Sun, 20-May-18
Sunday Walk: Bures to Sudbury - Gainsborough country
Book 1, Walk 8
16.0km (9.9 miles) or 12.6 km (7.8 miles) with shortcut that skips lunch.
Difficulty: 4/10
Chosen in the hope that Sudbury’s ancient Common Lands are awash with buttercups.
It’s an easy-going walk through the Stour Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Much is along the Stour Valley footpath, which is well way-marked.
Train 10:02 Ipswich Train from Liverpool Street. (Stratford 10:09). Change at Marks Tey for Sudbury (arr. 11:06 dep. 11:15 plat 3) arrive Bures 11:27.
Apparently, the Sudbury service now has request stops and you need to tell the guard you want off at Bures.
Return at xx:42 changing at Marks Tey.
Get a return to Sudbury.
Lunch
The detour to the Henny Swan (tel 01787-269238), a pleasant riverside pub in Henny Street, is recommended. It serves food till 6 pm. The detour makes little difference to the overall length. Phoning advised.
Otherwise, the official lunch pub is the Bulmer Fox (tel 01787-312277) in Bulmer Tye. Serves food 12-3pm.
It is also possible to take a more direct route, avoiding either lunch pub. The churchyard in Great Henny, managed as a nature reserve, would make a good picnic stop.
Be prepared for a late lunch, unless you choose to picnic. By my calculations, you reach either pub at about 2. (If you want earlier, there's always the 9:02)
Tea
The suggested tea place is the Mill Hotel (tel 01787-375544) overlooking Sudbury Common Lands. As well as serving tea, there’s a bar for alcoholic drinks. 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.
In Sudbury itself there are the Black Boy (tel 01787-379046) and White Horse (tel 01787-313508).
St Gregory’s church has a few interesting features. The head of Simon of Sudbury, forcibly detached during the Peasants Revolt, is still kept there (but not on view).
Walk directions: L=1.08
  • 21-May-18

    8 started the walk from Bures in bright sunshine encountering large numbers of nettles on several pathways. When 2 attempted to avoid the nettles by taking an alternative route, they were confronted by an angry local who spotted them from his garden. 1 stopped at Great Henny church for a picnic lunch. The remaining 7 continued to the very busy Henry Swan pub where 4 dined. The cloudy cider with damson was enjoyed by 2 others. All 7 admired the buttercup meadows in Sudbury and 3 viewed the mummified feline in the Mill Hotel before walking through the town to the church with the crooked nave. 7 caught the train leaving Sudbury promptly at 16:42.

    AR

  • 22-May-18

    8

    sunny and warm

Sun, 30-Jul-17
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
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  • 21-Jul-17

    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.

  • 28-Jul-17

    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?

  • 28-Jul-17

    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.

  • 31-Jul-17

    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
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.
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Walk Directions here: L=1.8

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


  • 17-Mar-17

    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
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.
  • Anonymous
    11-Jun-16

    intend going, this is a nice walk. Weather looks dry.

  • Ian T
    12-Jun-16

    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 :(

  • 12-Jun-16

    Essex, not Suffolk. Honest, Gov...

  • Anonymous
    13-Jun-16

    Both

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

    http://www.suffolktouristguide.com/Sudbury.asp

  • 14-Jun-16

    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...

  • Ian T
    14-Jun-16

    My feet may have been in Essex but I was breathing Suffolk air..... 99% Suffolk air anyway. :(

  • 14-Jun-16

    northerly winds? must have been a strange micro-climate up there...

  • Ian T
    14-Jun-16

    Sure was. I blame el Nino

Sat, 23-May-15
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
  • 17-May-15

    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.

  • 17-May-15

    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.

  • Ian T
    23-May-15

    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.

  • 24-May-15

    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.