3 days in Suffolk

May 22nd, 2012, 04:52 AM
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Colchester is about a 20-30 minute drive from Melford and a nice little town with some small interesting shops, a castle, castle park, town museum (not that fab a museum though, best to stick to the castle one). The castle stands on the site of the temple where Queen Boudicca trapped and burned a load of Roman citizens. You can go on a tour of the cellars/dungeons.

Just watch yourself driving round there. Not trying to scare you but lots of very bendy narrow roads that the locals pelt round like maniacs. Even now I still sometimes pull over to let the annoyed queue of cars go past me! Don't let them bully you into going faster than you feel safe. You'll see a fair bit of roadkill...
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May 22nd, 2012, 04:56 AM
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Hmmm, what else. Oh yeah, there is a bypass round Melford that all the road signs try to make you take instead of going through the village, if you aren't careful following the signs can make your journey longer.

There is a massive Tescos just outside the village (on the bypass) but a small Co-op/post office in the village itself if you need anything.

There's also a McDonalds and KFC a couple of miles out on the main route (bypass again) to Colchester, if you've had too many scones
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May 22nd, 2012, 06:15 AM
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Thanks, Nona, for all the tips. I'm a rather fast driver myself, so probably won't feel rushed unless I'm doing a pleasure slow drive. Mcdonalds will never enter my mind as a food source, and I can't patronize a KFC for ethical reasons(how they keep their chickens) but I truly appreciate your information which helps so much with practical matters as well(especially the bypass info).

Any recommended walks.? Something pastoral?
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May 22nd, 2012, 07:28 AM
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Hi Ancestralvoices. The Flatford Mill area I mentioned above is a really nice walk, not a million miles from Colchester. There is a visitor centre with free maps, and the route is well signposted. There is a National Trust cafe by the mill for tea, coffee and ice creams after your long slog through the water meadows....
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May 22nd, 2012, 09:18 AM
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I saw this while looking for something else
It looks a nice walk. I might do it myself later this year.
I see that you have treated my photos with complete "ignoral" ;-)
but there are quite a few shots of places like Southwold and Lavenham. Note too the free range pigs. The farmers are resisting the reintroduction of sea eagles to Suffolk. They think that a plump little piglet would make a tasty morsel for an eagle
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May 22nd, 2012, 09:43 AM
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Oh my gosh MissPrism I completely forgot you had a link to photos in your original post(read it on iphone with intention of browsing later)! Promise I wasn't ignoring you(you've been helpful to me in the past as well!). Beautiful! Those are exactly what I needed to see to help with my excitement about actually being in some of those places. I have some questions for you: where exactly is the "Bridge in Marshes"? What town is that in the background? That is exactly the type of walk I'd like to take while in Suffolk. Also, is the square in Lavenham also a car park? Seems like every time I see a photo of the square, there are many cars about.

RM67 We will definitely go on that walk. Thanks.

You and RM67 should really consider posting your stunning pics on the picturesofengland.com website. Its a great place. My own pics from last Summer are posted there(the greatest shot of Robin Hood's Bay with a double rainbow).

PS: Sea Eagles are very capable of handling piglets, as well as small dogs. But isn't the Eagle Owl still in your country? They are known to take full grown cats. Our version here is called the Great Horned Owl.
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May 23rd, 2012, 01:21 AM
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There are a very few Eagle Owls, yes, but these are either escapees from falconry or their descendants, they aren't native to us.
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May 23rd, 2012, 03:35 AM
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The town behind the "Bridge in the marshes" is Southwold if I'm not mistaken. The bridge looks like it is on Southwold common down towards the harbour

The walk MissPrism mentioned at Ickworth house is a nice walk. Also another nice walk in the grounds of Kentwell hall which I recommend for a visit. The walk RM67 mentioned at Flatford is also nice as is a boat ride on the river there.

The square in Lavenham does have parking spaces and it is a rare occurence to not see any cars parked there.

Enjoy, shame you can't stay for longer as I feel three days is too short to see most of the suggestions you have been given on here
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Jul 9th, 2012, 09:43 AM
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Just got back from my week there (heaven even if it did rain a fair bit) with a bit more info for you OP, there is now a brand new Heritage Centre in the village. Not open all the time but very helpful and keen people who opened it at a not usual time for us, but of course try and fit in with them. It is signposted from the High street and is by the village Hall.

It has an interesting exhibition related to a Simon Schama (famous UK historian) tv series where they dug around 100 test archaological pits all over the village in people gardens etc last summer (just shown) and the finds are now on display.
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