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11th January 2019
Hiking - Walking:  Rendlesham Forest UFO Trail
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Friday 11th January - walk **** – Rendlesham Forest UFO Trail - mainly cloudy.

After a fantastic couple of day’s visit from our son Rob with the wonderful Arlo the house seems quiet now they have gone home. So, it was a good opportunity to head over to Suffolk Sails to pick up my repaired windsurfing sail:) Nice morning at home before heading over to Woodbridge at 1 o’clock. With the sail collected we then looked for somewhere to walk and ended up at the Forestry Commissions Rendlesham Forest, parking up at the free car park at the end of the old Woodbridge Airfield runway. This area is famous for a series of UFO sightings in the 1980’s (the story of which earned Rob a Blue Peter Badge!!!) and a 3-mile walk has been signed through the pine woods. There was not a animal, bird or UFO in sight as we headed into the dark forest with its tight rows of pine trees but then the silence was broken as three deer thundered across the path right in front of us:) The easy to follow signs lead you around the forest squares on nice wide footpaths which can also be used for cycling. Perhaps we will bring our bikes in the future. As the walk progressed the silence was broken by barking dogs and we came across several vans, campervans, tents and caravans parked up in the middle of the forest. We soon got talking to a man from Stowmarket who was setting up his tether line for his 6 huskies who were all keen to get out of the van. We discovered that a round of the British Siberian Husky Racing Association are running an event over the weekend. They run time trials over 2 to 4 miles long from 6 dog wheeled sledges to single dogs pulling scooters and mountain bikes. It would be great to go back and watch but it is looking good this weekend for some windsurfing:) As we carried on, we spotted a bit more wildlife including several grey squirrels and a spotted woodpecker. As we approach the end of our walk near the airfield there are several noisy army helicopters overhead. A nice walk covering 3 miles and out for one and a half hours:)

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