The Association organised three walks in 2019.
Friday 5th July: Circular walk on the Butley including the Butley Ferry.
Walkers met at The Froize car park at for a 10am start. The walk started and ended at The Froize at Chillesford taking in the iron age settlement on Burrow Hill and crossing the Butley Ferry, which is sponsored by The Association, before returning to Chillesford along the east bank of the Butley River by kind permission of Sir Edward Greenwell and the Watson family. The walk finished with a sandwich lunch at The Froize.
Sunday 28th July: Walk to support the Estuary Trust Flotilla.
The Alde and Ore Estuary Trust organised a Flotilla of swimmers and self propelled craft from Aldeburgh to Orford on 28th July and in support The Association arranged a series of walking options along the river bank to watch the event.
Various options were available, bearing in mind that even the slowest swimmers with the tide under them will be faster than walkers.
1. A 2 ½ hour walk from Cowton to Orford along the river wall, starting at Cowton by 9.15, parking cars there by kind permission of Simon and Sheena Barrow, and walking along the river wall to beyond Ferry Point in time to see the first start at 10am (starts were staggered over some 30 minutes). The walk then continued along the river wall to Orford.
The Association organised lifts for drivers back to Cowton to pick up their cars and then pick up their own party from Orford.
2. Starting at Cowton as above and taking the 30 minute walk to the river wall at Ferry Point opposite the Martello Tower, watch the starts and then returning to Cowton. Drive by car to Orford to see the flotilla as it arrived in Orford .
3. Starting at Orford, walk up the river bank to meet the first wave of the flotilla coming down river and then walking back to Orford cheering the succession of water competitors/ participants as they came past.
All assembled at Orford Sailing Club for a bring-your-own picnic to meet the participants; sitting on the river wall.
The walk was open to all – members and non-members and several non-members joined us.
Friday 6th September: A day on Havergate Island.
Walkers assembled on Orford Quay at 10.15am and were taken by boat to the island, returning around 3.30pm.
The RSPB very kindly agreed to take a party to Havergate Island by boat (about 20 minutes each way) to spend the day on the island, bird watching and enjoying walking around the island with a guide. At this time of year there were plenty of birds to see. Members also saw the new spillway at the north end of the Island, described in the Spring Newsletter.
Ideas for walks for 2020 would be most welcome. Please let us know if you have any particular walk which you would like to do.
Full reports of all walks will be included in the autumn Newsletter.
If you have any walks which you would like to do or areas of the estuary which you would like to explore, please do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All suggestions gratefully received.