Cretingham Crowd – Sunday 9th January

Pics and text contributed by Marie-Louise

On Sunday, a simply glorious, warm, blue-skied winter day, a real crowd of IOGers gathered in the village hall car park in The Street, Brandeston, for a 10 am start. Something in the region of thirty plus – quite an achievement for a walk Glen announced at short notice. Absolutely wonderful to see so many familiar faces, some for the first time in literally years!

After some excited babble as we caught up, we set off in a rather long crocodile to complete a 6.5 mile northerly circuit before returning to the tables outside the village hall for lunch. Lovely green fields and vivid, cloudless skies; it could have been spring.

The path took us over fields, along quiet lanes and through pretty woodland – a little slippy underfoot, but the only real obstacle appeared on one of our four crossings of the baby Deben: a ford! When Glen had last checked, it was a trickle, but there had been some rain. All but two gritted their teeth and marched through – I rather regretted my choice of footwear and those who remained dry were unashamedly smug. All part of the fun!

After lunch there was the option of a further couple of miles south of Brandeston and then those remaining ended up in front of the Brandeston Queen for a final chat over something refreshing. A truly lovely day out – many thanks, Glen.

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