Pictures contributed by Nazmin, text by Julia Capon
Phew! just made it! Although Friday evening walks are always going to be a rush after a long week at work, they certainly pack a punch, as the latest trip to Melton proved.
A group from the IOG of about 15 members met at the car park near Melton station for a five-mile walk in the area. We promptly set off, led very ably by Christina, for a short distance along the Deben River before crossing back across the main road to a fishing lake and past some blackberry bushes laden with early fruit. We then proceeded along a variety of country paths and lanes, passing some amazing thatched cottages – one even had an outdoor swimming pool!
As we walked on, we came upon a beautiful church where we stopped for a few minutes for a refreshing drink. After passing more wonderful houses and another church we arrived at the White Lion pub in Ufford which, had the night not been drawing in, would have been a great pub for a mid-way drink.
Shortly we came to a bridge: the perfect place to pose for a group photo! A bit further up-stream a member of the group thought they saw some otter tracks and scrambled down the bank for a closer look, alas all that was found was an old set of swimming goggles!
We then came across some very upright, straight trees which turned out to be willows – used for cricket bats. Eventually we surfaced from the beautiful countryside back onto the main road and ended a very fine walk at the Wilford Bridge pub for a swift drink just as the sun was setting…