Friday, June 09, 2006

Shimpling and Shimpling Street Suffolk


5pm 6.5 miles in 52 minutes 04 seconds

Week to date mileage 12

Month to date mileage 34

Average weekly rate 31.5

AverageMonthly rate 137

Year to Date 716

Life time 8494

For tonights run I parked the car not far from St George's Church at Shimpling in Suffolk. I came off the A134 at Bridge Street between Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury. The Aveley Lane is a lovely windy narrow road. Beyond Hall Farm and Shimpling Hall I found a place to park on the side of the road pn another pathway leading to Mount Farm.

However I decided to run back into Shimpling which really only consists of a couple of farms, Shimplingthorne St George's church and not many houses. The church is reached down an avenue of trees which provided welcome shade on a warm afternoon. You cross the Chad Brook over a small bridge to reach the church. The church is famous in recent times as this is where Claudia Schiffer was married back in 2002.

Near the Clockhouse Farm and opposite the church is a pathway initial concrete but soon giving way to field pathway. There are some lovely views of Suffolk mostly agricultural fields of wheat.

I ran into Shimpling Street near the Slough Hill and ran along the high street before turning off on a pathway to the right . This turned out to be a circular run through fields which emerged near the Bush Public House. A beautiful village with some lovely houses was extremely quiet. I saw one guy sat outside the Bush doing some slow weeding but that was it. It was so quiet and peaceful.

After a wonder around the village I returned by the same pathways before a quick run up the hill to Mount Farm at Shimpling.

In conclusion definitely a place to return to it makes a lovely alternative drive from Bury St Edmunds instead of driving down the A 134 you can go past Nowton park and head out through Hawstead and Lawshall to Shimpling. Lovely windy roads and Suffolk at its very best.

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