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|The Butt and Oyster, Cliff Plantation and Woolverstone Park|
|Author: Adnams, Published: 10 Apr 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Suffolk, Pin Mill|
|A 5.5 mile figure-of-eight pub walk from the Butt and Oyster in the hamlet of Pin Mill, Suffolk. The Butt and Oyster sits right on the banks of the River Orwell and is renowned for its Adnams ales, good food and great views. The walking route consists of two loops from the hamlet, meaning you can complete the entire walk (5.5 miles) or just walk the first loop into Cliff Plantation (2.5 miles) or the second loop into Woolverstone Park (3 miles). There’s huge variety throughout the walk with dense woodland, cliff-top views, quiet farm lanes, formal parkland and the harbours and marinas along the River Orwell. |
The route has steady gradients throughout plus one steep (but short) climb within Cliff Plantation. There are steps, gates and stiles to negotiate on both loops. There is just one stile within the first loop (with open fencing to the side for dogs to pass through) and four stiles within the second loop (all with purpose-built dog gates at the side). The paths can be fairly muddy after rain and in winter. The paths through Woolverstone Park cross fields that are likely to be holding sheep so take care with dogs. The hamlet of Pin Mill gets very busy at peak times (weekends, holidays) so it might be best to time your walk for a quieter day. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours for the full walk.
Pin Mill is a small hamlet on the south bank of the River Orwell, about 4 miles south-east of Ipswich in Suffolk. The walk starts and finishes from the Butt and Oyster pub, right on the waterfront. The pub does have its own small car park, but while you’re completing the walk, please use the pay and display village car park (on the left before you reach the waterfront), which is 30p per hour (correct Spring 2014). If this car park is full, you can park in nearby Chelmondiston and adjust the walk to start at Chelmondiston Church. Approximate post code IP9 1JW.
|Start to Cliff Plantation|
Start point: 51.9964 lat, 1.2124 long
Standing alongside the Butt and Oyster with your back to the river, walk straight ahead along the village lane, heading back towards the public car park. Just a few yards after passing the car park entrance on the right, you’ll come to a footpath crossing the road. Turn left and follow the path up the flight of concrete steps.
|Cliff Plantation to Clamp House|
Start point: 51.9959 lat, 1.2137 long
Keep straight ahead on this path through the stretch of cliff-top woodland (well in Suffolk terms, this is a cliff!), with the Orwell Estuary visible through the trees down to the left. As the fence on the right ends, simply keep ahead in the same direction. At the first signed junction of paths keep straight ahead again.
|Clamp House to Chelmondiston Church|
Start point: 51.9951 lat, 1.2319 long
Turn right along the woodland track, heading directly away from the river. Pass through the kissing gate, alongside the vehicle entrance gate for Clamp House, and you’ll come to a junction of tracks. Keep straight ahead, ignoring the track off to the left. The track passes a reservoir to the left and then winds uphill, with an open field to the left.
|Chelmondiston Church to Brickyard House|
Start point: 51.9908 lat, 1.2097 long
The original St Andrew’s church was built here hundreds of years ago, but after some years of neglect it was almost completely rebuilt in the 1860s. In 1944 the church was destroyed by a V2 rocket and it was not until 1952 that this replacement was commissioned.
|Brickyard House to Yacht Club|
Start point: 51.9965 lat, 1.2102 long
Go ahead along this drive and, as you approach the boatyard ahead, follow the hedge on the right as it swings right to reach a junction of paths (alongside a double garage). Turn left here onto the signed bridleway. Follow this track between hedgerows with the boatyard to the left.
|Yacht Club to Woolverstone Church|
Start point: 52.0058 lat, 1.1982 long
Keep right for a few paces and then left onto the grass path along the back of the beach. Immediately after passing the yacht club, you’ll come to a T-junction with a concrete track. Turn left and follow it as it swings right, passing the distinctive Cat House on the right. The story goes that, in the 18th century, a supporter of the smugglers on the river displayed his stuffed white cat in a window here to let the smugglers know they were safe from customs men – hence the name.
|Woolverstone Church to End|
Start point: 52.0021 lat, 1.1892 long
With the church entrance on the left, follow the tarmac lane as it swings right and then take the first stile on the left. (Note: there are two stiles into this field, so make sure you take the first one, not the second.) Keep straight ahead though this field, which is likely to be holding sheep, following the line of the fence on the left.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author adnams and may not be reproduced without permission.
Edward L: Fabulous, going back again in a few weeks to see the bluebell display.
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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