12. A Walk in Adrian Bell Country
Brampton - Beccles 6¾ miles
|planning your walk|
|Time:||Allow about 3 - 4 hours|
|Suggested map:||Explorer map 231 Southwold and Bungay|
|Refreshment:||Carry sufficient food and drink for the whole of the walk; there are no pubs or shops directly on the route|
|Useful info:||The Horseshoes public house at Ringsfield Corner is about ¼ mile off route.|
Beccles & District Museum - 01502 715722
Despite its name, Brampton station is nearer to Redisham, a village associated with East Anglian writer Adrian Bell, who farmed nearby in the 1940s before moving to Beccles.
His book ‘Apple Acre’ gives a charming, evocative and often amusing account of life and work in the local landscape of those times. The route passes through the green parklands surrounding Redisham Hall, a delightful interlude in a predominantly arable countryside.
Route finding - key points (numbers refer to points on the route diagrams)
- From the station platform go over the level crossing and along the road to a sharp right bend.
- Cross the field ahead in the same general direction as the road from the station, passing close to the mid-field pond to meet a hedge at the corner of the field.
- Cross the field ahead on the line of the first and third electricity poles, making for a hedged corner.
- Cross footbridge to continue on the other side of the hedge.
- The path joins a track at right angle bend; go left to Wood Farm, following the track to the rear of the dwelling. Then go right by the pond to field edge path beyond.
- Immediately over the bridge go right on a long, field-edge bridleway, becoming a track at the side of the wood, then by side of a stream to pass farm buildings and walled gardens near hall.
- Where the main drive swings right, keep ahead through a gate to cross parkland following a stream on your left.
- Look left for the continuation of the bridleway across a wooden bridge, not ahead across rough ground. Follow between hedges and bear left to the road at the driveway to Pound Farm.
- Just beyond the school, bridleway goes off to the right.
- Cross the bridge and go right towards Old Hall Farm and road at Ringsfield church. Follow the road left for 150 yards.
- The bridleway branches right to Lodge Farm.
- Opposite farm buildings the bridleway branches right.
- Follow track left round the bend, keeping to the right of the hedge, then continue to the road.
- At a sharp corner turn left along a sunken track, leading to the busy B1062: cross with care, go right on grass verge path, then left into Puddingmoor.
- Cliff House steps lead up to the museum and town centre.
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© Roger Wolfe 2007 - 2012