We had the Men’s Group country walk and pub lunch on Saturday 6th May. However, some of the men were either unable or a little reluctant to attend so we were accompanied by some of our ladies, and very welcome they were too.
Our walk this year was around the area of Cockfield and was originally planned for approximately five to six miles, but having proved the walk a couple of weeks earlier, it was felt that a slightly shorter version was the “order of the day”. That proved to be the right decision as folks, enjoyable as it was, thought it was just about the right distance. In any case we had all worked up a good appetite for lunch.
The fourteen of us met at The Horseshoes pub, once called The Three Horseshoes – but as was pointed out to me, “you don’t see many three legged horses around do you!” The Landlord opened his doors early for us so that we could pre-order lunch, get a drink beforehand and use the loo – very hospitable of him.
The walk covered a few roadside paths and country lanes but mostly walking along the disused railway which once upon a time ran from Bury St Edmunds to Long Melford. Crossing the busy A1141 we walked along a narrow lane then along a concrete pathway which was part of the taxiway on the now disused airfield once known as Lavenham airfield. Those who have lived in the local area for some time will know that The Swan Hotel in Lavenham holds lots of memorabilia from the American Air Force left there during WWII. B24 Liberators and B17 Flying Fortresses were a regular sight at that time. They belonged to 487th Bomber Group stationed at Lavenham Field. You could have just imagined the sight, noise and smell of those aircraft moving on the taxiway on which we were walking.
After a while we turned off to join another pathway which in turn led us to a field edge path. This led us to two stiles, one quite “rickety”, but negotiated exceeding well by all. We re-crossed the A1141 (still busy) and turned off again down a country lane to rejoin the track bed and back to the bridge where we originally joined the old railway. We retraced our path back along the roadway returning to our starting point and a well earned drink followed by lunch.
The pub itself was very comfortable and homely with lots of brasses and “nick- nacks” around the walls and more than one wood burning open fire. The meal was good homely pub food and I don’t recall seeing any messy plates being returned to the kitchen either.
A good morning walk, good food and good fellowship, what gets better than that. Ideas are already in the pipeline for the next one.