Most of the ancient footpaths and bridleways which once linked Ipswich town centre and the surrounding countryside have been lost to suburban development, but a few routes have survived and continue to provide virtually traffic-free links for walkers to enjoy.
In addition to the existing, Gipping Valley River Path and the Stour and Orwell Walk, two new routes have been identified for which the names Fonnereau. Way and Churchman's Way have been suggested. To allow members and friends to sample these proposed routes two gently paced guided walks have been arranged.
Sunday, 22 June, Fonnereau Way, 2.75 miles.
Meet at Ipswich rail station for 9.50 am train to Westerfield. (Ticket from booking office before travel.) Walk back along country paths via Grove Farm to Christchurch Park. [See cover photo.]
Sunday, 6 July, Churchman's Way, 2.75 miles.
Meet 10.30 am at Princes Street bridge, near pedestrian entrance to West End Road car park. Walk via Gippeswyk Park, Crane Hill, Chantry Park and footpath to Sproughton. Picnic stop on riverside Millennium Green (pub nearby). Return to Ipswich either by bus or walk Gipping Valley River Path to Princes Street, 3 miles.
No need to book for either walk, but please phone Roger Wolfe (01473 726649) a few days before each event to check the arrangements. Bring suitable clothing and footwear for country walking; possibly also a picnic for 6 July.