Joyce’s walk in Mildenhall Woods

Text and pics contributed by Joyce.


Like a lot of you , during lockdown, my diary looks like this!

Instead, I’m discovering Public Rights of Way that I haven’t walked before and devising walks in ‘new’ areas.


On Sunday we took a late afternoon circular walk of 7 miles. We are fortunate to live in the Brecklands and within a few minutes we can enjoy Mildenhall Woods. My dad worked for the Forestry Commission for 44 years so Scots Pine and Corsican Pine remind me of many happy visits in the school holidays to the Kings and Thetford Forests to watch dad as he was felling trees.


As we passed a field of cattle we noticed the heady aroma of the flowering gorse. Depending on your age, it will remind you of Malibu or a Bounty Bar. It is very fragrant at this time of year.


We crossed a bridge and walked along the Cut-Off Channel. This is a man-made waterway which runs along the eastern edge of the Fens in Norfolk and Suffolk. It was constructed in the 1950s and 1960s as part of flood defence measures, and carries the headwaters of theĀ  Rivers Wissey, Lark and Little Ouse in times of flood, delivering them to Denver Sluice on the River Great Ouse.


It is 45km long but we only walked a mile or so before heading towards the village of Eriswell.


You know it’s a quiet area if the swans deem it safe enough to build their nest.


A green lane home again before a mighty thunderstorm at 6pm.


I hope you enjoy the virtual walk. I’ve a hunger in my belly for more walks as soon as the restrictions are lifted. What a party we will have!

Best wishes Joyce