across Friar's Meadow in Sudbury,
and onto the old railway line.
Nowadays the train line terminates at Sudbury, just running up and down to connect with the main line services to London at Marks Tey, but in the past this line would have taken people up to Long Melford and then on to either Bury St Edmunds or Haverhill and Cambridge.
After a short walk I left the railway line and was on the Sudbury water meadows where I came across this rather magnificent grey heron.
I walked past the old bathing pool
and across the water meadows towards Brundon Mill.
I was amazed that on this glorious day in 1/2 term that there was hardly anyone about, but it was nice to have it to myself!
At the mill the swans came to greet me.
My route then rejoined the old railway line and as I walked under some wonderful old bridges I couldn't help but think about my great great uncle David Ward, who lived in Long Melford until 1940. He part owned the foundry there, Ward and Silver, and would have travelled by train along this very line many many times, passing under the same bridges.
I was coming back towards Sudbury now, glimpses of buildings visible from the edges of the railway line, scenes that haven't really changed since he would have travelled the same route.
Soon I was back at Friar's Meadow where the trees are just starting to turn autumn colours,
past the willow damaged in last winter's gales, bent over but not snapped,
and back along the river to home.
If any of you are interested in walking some of this same route, the middle section was the Meadow Walk, part of the Gainsborough Trail - details of which can be found here.