Thursday, June 29, 2006

Great Waldingfield Suffolk


5pm 6 miles in 48mins 9 seconds

Week to date mileage 17.5

Month to date mileage 136

Average weekly rate 31.8

Average Monthly rate 138

Year to Date 817

Life time 8595

Tonight I went for a run in the village of Great Waldingfield in Suffolk. On the A134 road from Colchester to Sudbury just after the village of Newton there is a right turning along the Valley Road which is old roman road.

Great Waldingfield is a about a mile down the Valley Road. I parked at the very first turning near the White Horse pub. I took the main road through the village towards Lavenham which is something of a "rat run" . As soon as I could I headed of towards a footpath which took me into fields eventually emerging near the church of St Lawrence in the lovely old part of the village. There are some wonderful thatched houses near the rectory.

I soon spotted another path which took me to a dead end at a pleasant smelling sewage works. The map shows a continuous path but it was so overgrown with stinging nettles I had to double back. I carried on past Northfields Farm and turned right along the B1071 road. There is a path along this road which leads to Lavenham. I took a left turning track across fields at Dyers Green farm. This track takes you into Acton but with insufficient time I turned for home and back into Gt Waldingfield.

It had been a warm run. My general conclusion is that this isn't my favourite Suffolk village I have visited. It does seem an overly busy through cut for traffic between Sudbury and Lavenham though if you are fortunate to live near the church this is almost a different world and is peaceful. Though with so many great places in Suffolk I can afford to be a bit more highly critical.

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