Christina’s Claydon Circular – Friday 18th May

Map and story contributed by Christina.

The evening of my walk on a May Friday promised to be warm and sunny and safe enough to leave our waterproofs behind. After work I met Glen and my workmate Amanda for a relaxing meal at the Crown in Claydon. Upon our arrival, the Crown, a large and cheerful venue with beer garden and extensive parking, was already busy with diners.

At 6.30pm it was time to move our car near the starting point on old Ipswich Rd. We were joined by 10 IOGers as well as Sian and her husband Martin who came along for the first time. I have led this delightful circular walk a few times in recent years. To me and several regulars who came along again it has not lost any of its attraction; trees and shrubs were in full bloom and it is almost entirely off road. We took a well-maintained path leading uphill past an old quarry, then alongside and across fields offering great views onto the lush green Suffolk countryside as well as St Mary’s, a historic Anglican Church situated in the sleepy hamlet of Akenham with only around 60 souls residing there.

At around 9pm we reached the Crown which marked the end of this walk. Everybody joined me for a drink inside and the evening proved cheerful indeed. I was looking around for a volunteer to take a group picture.  A gentleman who sat at the nearby table rose to the occasion. He made a big show of climbing on his chair and he got everyone to smile for the camera, but, alas, no pictures were taken that evening; our photographer must have pressed the wrong button!

If you wish to join me again, I am leading another evening amble on 8th June, this time starting from Bucklesham Rd in East Ipswich.