A Favourite Family Walk

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The Framlingham Mere

A Mere Suggestion: A lovely walk around the Mere in Framlingham, as featured in issue 1 of the aboutfram magazine.

Brunch! Now there’s a word to put a smile on your face. Especially if it’s a Sunday and you are sitting in The Station, Framlingham, the starting point for our family walk. Whilst the kids work their way through a plate of hot sausage rolls and several boxes of trivial pursuit questions, we enjoy devilled kidneys on toast, the creamiest kedgeree, a melting brie and bacon sarnie and a couple of full english breakfasts. And, because it’s a Sunday, there is also the obligatory pint or two, a rather cheeky winter Pimms, and a bloody mary with all the trimmings.

Replete, we gather children and dogs and head off to the Elms car park on New Road, where a small wooden gate leads you into the Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve. It is a beautiful day with clear blue skies, and as we slip and squelch our way around the edge of the Mere, the sun catches the castle ramparts; an impressive backdrop for this circular walk. The path winds over a little stream, under a fallen bow, and through a passage in the hedgerow before emerging onto a grassy bank. The kids all charge off in the wrong direction, mud splattering their jeans, and after retrieving a lost welly we realise we have to ignore the bridge to the right, and go through the stile that opens onto one of the college’s playing fields.

The footpath takes you along the back of the pitch, and we all do a hop, skip and a jump as we discover an athletics sandpit. Meanwhile a stream that flows into the Mere proves irresistible to the dogs, but at least it washes off some of the mud! In the far corner we turn right along the lane, and after a few hundred yards cross a footbridge to the right. At the brow of the hill the castle comes back into view, silhouetted on the skyline, and after shouts of “Follow the sticks!” we traipse across an open field and drop down into the grounds of the castle.

It is great to watch the children race up and down the steep slopes at the foot of the castle walls, definitely a spectator sport we decide. Then it is time to wander back into town and steal a few moments in the sun while the children buy ice-creams. We all agree this is the perfect Sunday walk, only 2 ½ miles round, which is just long enough to walk off brunch and put some colour in our cheeks.

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