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13th February 2021
Hiking - Walking: Falkenham circuit
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Weather: sunny, breezy and cold
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Saturday 13th February - walk ***** - Falkenham Church circuit – Sunny but cold and breezy.

After yesterdays miserable cold, cloudy, breezy day with yet more snow flurries when we did not go out, we were keen to get out today despite another windy, cold day but the big difference being the sunshine:) So after a morning at home we had a sandwich and with the paths/roads deadly with ice and a strong onshore wind making it miserable along the prom we drove a few miles inland to our favourite church at Falkenham taking the main roads as the smaller lanes were icy and much narrower than usual due to the snow drifts! The church looked lovely with a covering of snow with only the odd snowdrop showing but set against the blue sky it was beautiful:) We then headed down the farm track that leads down to the River Deben which with a hedgerow each side was nicely sheltered from the wind. Amazingly all the snow from the surrounding fields had drifted under the hedge causing rows and rows of snow, our snow shoes would not have been out of place walking along the track. So, if we can’t get to the mountains this year for our snow fix today certainly made up for it in a small way and so quiet too we saw very few people all afternoon:) The track meanders down to the river looking lovely covered in the white stuff with some interesting overhangs caused by the snow along the dykes. It was then up onto the river path where the wind hit us but we had it on our backs. Ramsholt Church looks stunning on the far bank and there are loads of waders feeding in the mud. We are only on the river path a short distance before turning inland on the windy track back up to Falkenham. We were lucky enough to spot a large herd of deer, maybe 30, never seen that many over this way as we slowly slog up the hill with the snow deep in places, we were definitely getting our 6-mile legs! Then we spot five large brown lumbs in the middle of a field which were too far away to see what they were but turned out to be hares:) We were pleased to get back to the van as walking in the snow is hard on the legs but well worth it as the scenery was stunning! We then took the narrow lane back to Felixstowe which was very icy with some great drifts, this must have blocked at some point and the local farmers have done a great job opening up again! Never was a cuppa and scone more welcome on reaching home. I made a fire and watched the second half of the England – Italy rugby game, it could not have been worse than last weeks game against Scotland. England a little better but Italy have lost 27 games straight so not much of an opposition! The Scotland – Wales game was quite exciting though:)

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