Bob M.’s Deben Doddle – Saturday 5th October

Text contributed by Bob M.; pics by Francis.

This walk was around 15.5 miles starting from the Ferry Boat Inn car park, Felixstowe Ferry, at 9.30 for 9.45 departure. From the Ferry Boat Inn the route followed the river, winding inland at Kingsleet, through farmland at Falkenham and Kirton, and on to Newbourne for lunch. It returned via Hemley and Kirton Creek and along the Deben estuary to Felixstowe Ferry.

Eleven of us enjoyed surprisingly pleasant weather, good enough for some basking Debenside on the way back to the Ferry Boat Inn. Some members even staged a timed obstacle course race at our lunchtime break in Newbourne. No prizes for guessing the winner (obviously Rachel).

As a virgin leader I was just relieved that everyone returned without incident although I still cannot understand how we were 30 minutes behind schedule on the outward leg and nearly an hour ahead on the homeward stretch. Perhaps it was the thought of the beer waiting at the FBI.