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22nd May 2019
Hiking - Walking: Hemley to Waldringfield
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Wednesday 22nd May walk ***** Hemley to Waldringfield - sunny and warm:)

Lovely quiet night parked up by Hemley Church and were surprised to find a sunny day as the forecast said grey clouds! Relaxing few hours all by ourselves reading, then breakfast, Mag even spotted a Muntjac on the edge of the onion field. Then at eleven, with the tractor working in the field, we set off on our walk to the Maybush Pub at Waldringfield to spend our voucher, the second free meal out in a few days, not like us at all! It is beautiful here and we are so lucky to live in rural Suffolk, rolling farmland with potatoes and vibrant green wheat set off against a blue sky with stunning wispy clouds:) The swallows were busy insect eating and again a hare, we have seen loads of them lately. We love them! We leave Hemley Church behind as we head along the tarmac dead-end lane leading to the old cottages with great views down to the Deben with the cow parsley in full bloom. It then turns into a pine tree path, through fields of wheat and potatoes. Past a large impressive farm, big country houses with horse paddocks and noisy black lambs! Nearing Waldringfield the path gets boggy for a short way where two ponds cross, so we end up with wet feet! Then its through the beach cabins to Waldringfield dinghy boat park where a Black Lab is having a great time with a tennis ball in the river while a Laser is out sailing but struggling to make against the tide in the light airs! There were a few yachts out but motoring and a SUP heading to Felixstowe with the river like a mill pool! The Maybush Pub was, as usual, very busy with the outdoor seating area pretty full so we carried on for another 40 minutes. Walking the loop past the boat yard, holiday cottages and nature reserve - with an egret feeding - then turning inland and back to the pub checking out the plant sale and all the scarecrows from a competition last weekend. While Mag orders cod and chips twice I find a nice table in the posh covered area outside with comfortable metal seats:) The meal was delicious and after an hour we felt up to the walk back to the van as the tide approached high water! It was starting to cloud up a bit and the breeze picked up. On arriving back at the van we pack up and head for home. We had another lovely time away in our little VW and what was actually only one night felt like a whole weekend away :) I check The Dip which might have been sailable, just on big kit/foil but it was marginal, also it was tide with wind which is not great and I was knackered so decided to give it a miss.

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