I’m lucky enough to live in a lovely flat on the waterfront, great for getting into town and to Uni, rubbish for the constant sirens and the greenhouse-like temperatures in the summer.
My girlfriend and I’s favourite escape is to run off to Dedham, a riverside village which is a fifteen minute drive down the A12. It houses two pubs and is one of our go-to walks in the summer. They’ve got a fantastic boat house, from which you can rent rowing boats for use on the river. Alternatively it’s a great sunbathing and paddling/swimming spot too.
The walk starts by the river, you follow it down to a bridge spanning the river. If you’d prefer a shorter walk then cross here and head back along the other side of the river. This is a couple of miles at most and is probably an easier route for families and little legs.
For a longer walk, you take a right instead of heading towards the bridge and follow the signposts and public footpaths to Flatford. Flatford is a charming old mill site that is a great hub for walks along and around the River Stour.
We got an ice cream for our halfway break and sat watching some swans and cygnets. Felt very grown up – hated it.
We carried on to cross the river at Flatford, joining the footpath back through a field of very inquisitive cows, and followed the riverbank back to Dedham.
We had lunch at The Marlborough, Dedham, sister pub to the Ipswich’s own Lord Nelson. A very sweet little pub with ample outdoor seating. They serve good food, with a changing pair of lunch of dinner menus. They also seem to keep good craic with the locals too, which in my opinion is a good sign in terms of beer. Three pints and a great ploughman’s which had the jammiest scotch egg ever, I was a very happy boy.
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