It started very well. I set off with a packed lunch and walked through the fields
where I was joined by loads of damsel flies and sky larks singing high above me.
I walked past Cornard Mere, where I could hear water rail squealing (I've still never seen one).
under the railway bridge, across a field to the River Stour at Henny where I sat on the bridge and waited for the kingfishers (they didn't turn up).
When I was ready to go home I realised that my route back across the field was blocked - by a very large and angry sounding bull.
He was mooing loudly and pawing the ground and I didn't think it would have been a wise move to have tried to have got past him - a detour would be required!
The biggest problem was that I was now stranded on the Essex side of the river, a river with very few bridges, and I needed a route that would let me cross the river to get back into Suffolk. I had 2 options, to walk on the road from Henny to Sudbury, which is narrow with very steep banks in places, and quite busy with cars going to the Henny Swan pub, or to find another route.
After consulting the OS map app on my phone I started walking into Essex. It was beautiful, and I could see, right in the distance, the spire of the church at the end of my road.
After a while though the footpaths deteriorated
and at one point I was having to fight my way through nettles and deeply regretting the fact I was wearing shorts!
Eventually, and I mean eventually, I crossed the river and the railway again and found myself on a small road heading back to towards home.
When I finally got home (4 hours after first setting off) I tracked my detour. The blue route below is my intended walk, the red one is what I ended up doing, (the spike off the right near the end was me visiting the co-op for an ice-cream!).
Instead of 4.1 miles I ended up walking 7.8, I just hope the stings on my legs stop stinging soon!