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25th October 2017
Hiking - Walking: Freston to Pin Mill and beyond
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Wednesday 25th October Ė walk ***** Freston to Pin Mill and beyond Ė sunny and warm :)

With sunny, warm weather with light winds forecast we toyed with the idea of having a night away in the van but decided to use whatís left from our Birthday pub meal voucher. So, we headed over the Orwell Bridge parking in a lay-by near Stoke Sailing Club at Freston setting off at 11.30 and walking down to the River Orwell by the sailing club. With the tide low and the mud full of feeding birds it offered great views of the bridge. This opens up to an area of marshy grass with sheep but there is no footpath signs and we had to back track as you canít get to Woolverstone Marina along the shore! You have to head up the hill to Freston Folly, a six-storey tower built in the 1550ís, we have been to the top when our boys were younger:) The footpath heads inland on farm tracks coming out at the marina road which we cross to the church in the park, St Michaels where I look inside to take a pic. Over some styles through sheep filled parkland past the impressive Woolverstone Hall, now a private school. There were some lovely sections through woodland with sunshine coming through the autumn leaves seeing deer, pheasants and loads of grey squirrels:) Then itís back down to the Orwell, past the holiday houseboat to the pretty Pin Mill proving a popular spot today with half term in full swing and the Butt and Oyster Pub busy with people enjoying a meal in the sunshine:) We ordered our fish and chips and found a table outside with great river views. Mag then had a nice chat with friend of many years who has been under the weather recently:(. The nice meal arrived which we enjoyed while watching the tide come while two young girls had fun on their horses playing on the slipway in the water then galloping out which they did several times:) There were children in wellies in the water, while others headed out onto the water to make the most of the light airs with the most brilliant blue sky with some amazing clouds:) With the meal finished we walked to the end of the long wooden jetty to get some great pics of the sailing barges before continuing further along the river. We made it past the pub before the high tide blocked the way, past the many houseboats including the boat grave yard and up into the National Trust Cliff Plantation, a beautiful woodland leading to Clamp House with views down to Levington. We head inland here and with farmland one side and wood the other we make it back to Pin Mill. The tide has just started to retreat but the harbour road is covered with shallow water, Mag walks across the small green and around the back while I take some pics of the stunning blue sky which has also turned the water blue:) Mag and I then lose each other, itís my fault as I continue along the path without her but we met up again by the holiday barge and take the river path to Woolverstone Marina. We are now getting our six-mile legs and itís a long way up the marina road to re-join the footpath! Retracing our steps back past the Folly beautiful in the setting sun and onto the van knackered after being out nearly six hours covering ten miles!!! We then drive to the lay-by near the Orwell Bridge for a much-deserved cuppa and cake and are treated to the most wonderful sunset with the sky turning an amazing blue/red:) Itís a shame there is nowhere with a nice view to Ďwild campí over this side of the river so we headed home and a 5-star day :)


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