Hollesley Hobnob: Sunday 14th January

Text contributed by Glen, pictures by Sam

Generally dry and sandy underfoot conditions and ideal walking weather tempted nineteen IOGers, one dog and two prospective new members out to east Suffolk on 14th January 2024.

From Hollesley’s village hall, we looped around the eastern and southern fringes of the village before tree-lined paths and a grass track over open fields led us towards and across equestrian territory with various jumps and fences. Here, we paused briefly and the theme of the day was exemplified by keen consumption of chocolate hobnob biscuits!

A tranquil pine wood and paths snaking through heather, gorse and heathland followed as the pleasant Lower and Upper Hollesley Commons were traversed. Lunch was taken inside the southern end of Rendlesham Forest, and paths widened to become forest tracks as we wended our way to the northern edges of Hollesley. Some harvested sugar beet fields were crossed before we encountered stags and other deer amongst more heather landscapes.

Amongst various definitions, hobnobbing involves social activity ending with a drink, and so a post-walk visit to the local Shepherd and Dog pub was entirely appropriate. A satisfying event, I think enjoyed by all.