Bulcamp to Halesworth and back again – a Suffolk walk

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once a workhouse, now something much more comfortable

We are fortunate to have a place in Suffolk, outside Blythburgh. It’s called a cottage but it is more a town house; it is part of a development that once was a workhouse set in the middle of the countryside and farmland just above the Blyth river.

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The meadow outside the back gardens

The original building was constructed in the 1740s as a workhouse, became a hospital until closure in the 1990s. Here’s a short history. Then it began to rot and decay until a  prescient developer started the process of converting what were endless horizontal corridors into vertical independent dwellings – a mix of houses and flats. The process is on going as the work is now under way on the last ten or so units.

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The Vet and Dog ready for the walk

We’ve been here for a few years now, and it is a little lung outside the smoke for when even I, as a zealot when it comes to proselytising London’s glories decide I need a little space. The view outside our back door, over the fields and the river basin is just stunning.

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the first path, between the poplars

Best of all Dog and I and whoever else wants to join in can set off and walk into the delightful Halesworth and back – about six miles through some sumptuous countryside along the river and then back through the farms.

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Another local out for a stroll

When we two, joined by the Vet, set off it was overcast and humid. The sun broke out later. To start we wiggle through a line of poplars as we wiggle and wend our way through the river ditches until we find the path alongside the riverbank. And then geography takes over for three miles as the river is our guide. The farms are mostly livestock so Dog was on and off lead, more to keep the locals happy than any worry about him chasing anything.

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the riverbank – it is difficult to get lost!

The area is lush, many times flooded and very fertile. The recent dry weather meant no dodging the meres and mud that can trap the unwary. We made good progress, each catching up on the other’s last few weeks.

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Sometimes we dipped into the woods

Close to Halesworth we passed through a park and made for the High Street and the cafe Frappa for some lunch.

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Phew Lunch

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the river is always there

The way back, via Holton with its Windmill and Wenhaston with its golf course and woods was easy and eye-sustaining.

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The wild flowers were just wonderful

In one of those curious twists, we turned onto a short stretch of road only to come alongside the Textiliste, just back from her mother’s and on the way to a magnificent Iris farm. We joined her to enjoy the splendid colours and scents. A wonderful day.

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as were the irises

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my fav – the scent was sumptuous

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This is another walk I’ve linked to Restless Jo’s Monday Walks.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at geofflepard.com and welcome all comments. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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20 Responses to Bulcamp to Halesworth and back again – a Suffolk walk

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Fabulous place and what a delightful walk. The Iris look amazing!

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  2. Sacha Black says:

    Wow what are those purple and white flowers called? They are simply beautiful 😊

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  3. julitownsend says:

    I love the irises.

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  4. Perfect post – excellent photos and linking text. The penultimate photograph is beautifully composed

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  5. restlessjo says:

    Great to have nature on your doorstep like this, Geoff. 🙂 And I love those wonderfully showy irises. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I discovered Suffolk for the first time earlier this year, Geoff. Who’d have known what a lovely county it is?

    We must have passed close to your place at some point because we went to The Ship for lunch one day and marvelled at the history of Dunwich (I can see from the map it’s only a short distance away).

    We will be back and explore that part of the world some more.

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  7. Annecdotist says:

    Lovely wildflower photos, Geoff. Is this the walk we did to the pub, or further afield? Whatever, happy memories!

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    • TanGental says:

      It’s a bit further but similar direction. We must go back, take some of our blogging pals perhaps? Do you hear anything from the other two at all. Sally and Stephanie wasn’t it?

      Like

  8. Charli Mills says:

    Gorgeous meadows and flowers. Always good to take a walk with you!

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  9. Ula says:

    Thanks for the beautiful walk. No wonder you can survive London, you’ve got this to escape to. Those irises are stunning

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  11. Heyjude says:

    A lovely walk in the countryside and so nice to find somewhere that sells local produce. I have never associated Irises with a scent though. I shall have to start sniffing…

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  12. Lucid Gypsy says:

    There are few things lovelier than the English countryside in early summer! Those irises are spectacular, the very dark ones have always been my favourite.

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