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Aug-05-2021 @ 5:18 PM                           Permalink
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So I thought I would share my walks as a variation on the holiday diary.

After suffering trauma in a road accident in ‘99, broken pelvis and femur I struggled with mobility and had written off my chances of serious exercise and keeping fit. As the weight and the years rolled on, lockdown released an interest on n walking. I also joined SlimmingWorld and in the intervening 20 months I have shed over 4 stones.

I’m fortunate to have the time each day to get in a substantial walk and now average around 6 miles each time. Both at home and on the Broads I have discovered magical places. Today we are moored at Beccles and I write this in the beer garden of the Wherry Inn at Geldeston part way round a circular, but more of this report next time.

We got to the boat on Tuesday with alas no time for a walk. On Wednesday we moored at Reedham Quay which was very busy by the way. My first walk this trip was from the Quay along to the Berney Arms (about 4.5 miles) and then across the marshes taking in the famed Berney Arms rail stop. Overall a very enjoyable 11 miles

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The remote rail platform at the Berney

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Congratulations on losing 4 stone,do keep posting your walks. Walking is free and burns up those calories the more broads walks posted the better.

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Aug-05-2021 @ 8:07 PM                           Permalink
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Thank you Flash!!

I’m chuffed to bits with the weight loss as I’d given up ever regaining fitness and trimness.

Today’s walk is one of my favourites which I have done about five times now. The route sets off from Beccles Yacht Station, going through town past the church and out the other side. You can turn off down Puddingmoor, past the Lido and out the other side. Around 600 yards along the main road you turn off down a farm track which you follow for some distance.

Passing fields of tall sweetcorn before veering right to Geldeston Lock. Each day I take one of our four dogs and today was the turn of Ellie a golden lab. Anyone with a lab will know it is impossible to keep them out of water and Ellie takes this trait to excess. At the Locks she came back out of the water and shook herself pretty close to a trio of teenage girls, one of whom was not chuffed much to the amusement of the other two.

A pit stop at the Wherry in Geldeston is a must before heading back to Beccles. The path along the river is fairly overgrown with plenty of stinging nettles. I have learned that at high tide you will get your feet wet and last October it was extremely muddy.

Just shy of 8 miles today but normally closer to 7 as I took a detour trying to evade the vegetation and ended up in deadend of private land

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Well you put us all to shame.   I felt exhausted just reading your posts about how far you walk.    Well done to you.   May be if we got a dog it would give us more impetus to get going on longer walks.    The walks you mention are all doable as we live near to Beccles.  Thank you for the little maps.

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If we were to walk from Reedham to Polkey's Mill, how long would you say that would take please?    Bearing in mind that we have old legs (late 70s).

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Aug-06-2021 @ 11:52 AM                           Permalink
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Hi Hylander

I have plotted the route on an app called OS Maps - Ordnance Survey  - there are others available but I like this one.  From Reedham Quay, Polkeys Mill is 2.5 miles one way.. The route is flat and the path well marked and you come back the same way.  f you park at the Ship it is probably that bit shorter.

I can't walk fast and average just over 2 MPH.  Pick a dry day and take a flask 9hip if there's a nip in the air)

I've attached a screenshot for you - hope this helps

Edited to add probably 1-1.5 hours

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As luck would have it cancellations led to us being able to stay for a further night at Beccles. We usually prefer to stay two or three nights in Beccles after getting this far and it is a lovely town.

We had planned to overnight at Worlingham just a few miles away and I had worked out a circular walk from there. In the bank now for another time.

Today’s walk was just short of 9 miles and my four legged pal was Oscar, our Border Terrier, or more aptly Border Terrorist. Lovely with people but he hates other dogs and unfortunately is very aggressive.

Setting off through Beccles we turned down Pudding Moor, past the Lido and up to Bungay Road. We turned right for only 200 yards before taking a footpath on the left.  The paths and bridleways were on farmland and well trodden.

About halfway we reached The Horseshoes Inn at Ringsfield. Arriving shortly after the pub had finished the lunch session, the landlord kindly served a pint for me and water for Oscar.

Our return took us through residential areas and across Beccles Common

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Well done, we live at Worlingham so know your walk well.  Thank you,  you have given us some encouragement.

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So we left Beccles after a bimble into town. We went in the church which is absolutely stunning with beautiful wood. There is a coffee morning each Friday and We thought we would drop in next time we are around.

We called for a pump out at Hippersons and made our way down to Oulton Broad. My usual walk is around Carlton Marshes so I fancied something a little different  so I headed for the coast. My pal today was Bruno, our second golden lab with the waggiest tale in the world.

Setting off to Lowestoft, we passed the turn for The Third Crossing at .75 miles.  Interesting, this is  a practical distance to walk to a favourable seafood restaurant. After just under 2 miles we arrived at the Yacht Club where we joined the Suffolk Coastal path. Enjoyed passing the beach huts and watching the parasurfers.

We took a pit stop at the  Oddfellows Arms which is really quaint with lots of nautical photos around.  We continued down the coast before heading inland at a caravan site in Pakefield   Contrasting terrains now across farmland and after some yards we skirted Carlton Marshes.

Turned out a Ilong way this walk. I have ventured north from Oulton Broad and that was hard work. Carlton Marshes I still believe is the best walk from the Yacht Station turning back as you reach the bank opposite the WRC

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