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20th January 2019
Mt. Biking:  Felixstowe to Trimley Marshes
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Weather: Sunny and cold
Max Speed: 21.67 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 12 miles (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Sunday 20th January - bike **** – Felixstowe to Trimley Marshes – sunny and cold.


Woke to a cold and frosty morning but sunny and light winds so it was too good an opportunity not to get out again in the fresh air:) With flask made, cake packed and GPS running we wrapped up well and set off on our bikes at 12.15 for the Suffolk Wildlife hides at Trimley Marshes. Heading over the Felixstowe dock spur road we took a slightly different path to Cordy’s Lane, then joined the long track to the hides which has been recently patched with hard core making it a bit soft in places! We stopped at the first hide on the hill before reaching the Orwell and were treated to hundreds of noisy geese circling overhead looking for a landing spot, their options were reduced as all the floods(lakes) were frozen over! We then tried the first hide on the reserve proper and met a couple of friendly birdwatchers but all the action was at the far end of the New Fleet due to the frozen water! Mag continued to the Winter Flood hide on the bottom track while I biked along the sea wall to fantastic views of the docks and River Orwell with loads of birds feeding in the large area of mud. We were not in the hide long as there was nothing to see so we carried on to Trimley lagoon, sitting on the point for our warming cuppa and cake and were lucky to see Avocets flying low overhead:) Then around dead tree lagoon with the path good to bike on as not too muddy. Up and over the cliffs at Levington bay and down to Loompit lake which was heaving with birds as only the margins were frozen. The clump of tree covered in White Cormorant poo framed the scene! We carried on to the end of the lake to take in the great view and soon spotted several more Avocets feeding in the shallow water. There were several people enjoying a fantastic winters day, walkers with and without dogs, cyclists, birdwatchers and even people on horse back and kids on the rope swing! Retracing our tracks, we turned up beside Loompit to our favourite tree lined path and home. Another top day out seeing the best that Suffolk has to offer! We were out 2 hours 40 minutes covering nearly 12 miles.


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Trimley Marshes

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