Local area/Local walks

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Geldeston Village

The Village is blessed with 2 pubs. “The Locks Inn” www.geldestonlocks.co.uk This place is pretty unique & it’s hard to explain the attraction unless you visit for yourself, set out on the marshes, with no mains electric, candle lit, good food, local Green Jack Brewery offers very punchy Ales, Orange Wheat & Ripper to name but a few, you could drive, but if you are staying at the OPO we would recommend walking, once you are there the place is infectious & time seems to escape you as you get embroiled in the atmosphere and the music, sit on the lawn or grab a bench on Sundays/Bank holidays and enjoy traditional folk songs & tales, jazz or jam sessions.

Evening music, including winter, Friday curry evenings.

Advice : Take one of the torches from the cottage, just in case you stay later than intended, there are no street lights in the Village.

“The Locks” as you may find out is understandably held with affection with locals & people world wide and they all long to revisit.

The Wherry Inn (Adnams Brewery) www.thewherryinn.co.uk

A quiet village pub, with good quality food, quiz & themed food evenings. The Wherry Inn is only stumbling distance from the cottage. This building also dates back to the days of the Dowson Brewery and was an integral asset to the brewery, this being where the more influential employees of the brewery frequented. 

In those days there was another pub in the Village “The Ale House” where only ale/beer was sold for the workers!! So they hopefully returned “Sober” to work the next day !! This has long since been a private home, you will pass it on your way to the river footpath.

Geldeston Boat Yard www.rowancraft.com

A small family run boatyard & moorings. Walk 300 yards down “Big Row” opposite The Old Post Office. You can hire a small day boat or canoe from here, why not canoe to The Locks Inn or day boat to Beccles. (approx.50 mins). If you bring your own small craft, there is a small public slipway or for a small fee you can use the larger more accessible slip owned by the boatyard.

Footpaths - There are an abundance of footpaths around the Village and surrounding areas. A footpath map is located on the Village Hall wall. We have also placed a folder with maps & directions of local walks & cycle tracks in the Old Post Office. You could also walk to Beccles & take the Big Dog Ferry back to The Locks Inn. www.bigdogferry.co.uk

The Village Green & The Park - Both ideal for a picnic or ball games, although the park is a far larger open area, with play park.

The Church - Take a leisurely stroll, left out of the OPO and up Snakes Lane, through the cattle gate. Come back through the Church car park & down Heath Road.

Mandy's Farm Shop/Riding School - Just a few minutes walk, Mandy sells a range of fresh fruit & vegetables, pickles, chutneys jams & other produce.

Beat the Bounds – Annually the Villagers get together and walk the local boundary footpaths, known as “Beat the Bounds” This tradition started years ago, it is said that in the 50's the Villagers even walked through a cottage built in Marsh Lane, on the boundary of Geldeston. (MAP needed, Good Walk approx 4 hours)

Surrounding Areas

Spreading out at every angle from Geldeston and without having to travel too far, you can be in the heart of the countryside, waterways, market towns (Beccles & Bungay), 12th Century castle www.bungay-suffolk.co.uk (Bungay) seaside resorts (Lowestoft & Southwold), a Cathedral City. (Norwich itself is only 15 miles away) or at a Theme Park (Pleasurewood Hills, Lowestoft) www.pleasurewoodhills.com

Surrounding Villages

KIRBY KANE

The Olive Tree (Italian Restaurant) booking essential 01508 518147 - 2 miles.

Spar shop & post office – 2 miles.

Play Park - 2 miles.

DITCHINGHAM

Ditchingham Common – pretty common with walks around the 6 fishing lakes, 7 mins driving distance.

(Follow the signposts for Ellingham West, through Ellingham onto Ditchingham, the lakes carpark is on the right. (Ignore the fish shaped sign on the left, this is for a small caravan club site)

ELLINGHAM MILL

Ellingham Church & a pretty spot further on with view of the water mill – right out of OPO, left at the crossroads, in several miles take the left fork past the Church 60 mins, Walking distance. Good walk/cycle along country roads, great for picking blackberries (at the right time of year)

 

GELDESTON LOCKS INN WALK

Directions

The Angles Way follows paths and tracks to the south of the River Waveny. Just beyond Barsham Hall there is a footpath across the meadows to the Geldeston Locks pub and return follows the public footpath alongside the river.

A Circular walk to Geldeston Locks from Beccles

An 7 mile circular walk along the Angles Way from Beccles to Geldeston Locks

A recommended short walk along the Angles Way to the outstanding Geldeston Locks pub, returning via the riverside path to Beccles. This walk passes the location of the historic Barsham Hall, source of the ghostly legend of Old Blunderhazard who is said to ride in his coach drawn by four fire breathing headless horses to Norwich and back each Christmas Eve.

Beccles to Geldeston Locks

From Beccles Quay walk up Northgate and then right into Pudding Moor. Continue through to the main road. Turn right and follow the road, past Roos Hall and then right down a track. Keep to this track until just past the wood beyond Barsham Hall where it turns to a footpath. As the path enters a grassed field, turn right and over a stile and follow the field boundary with the wood, going onto the wood side as the boundary curves round to the left. The footpath descends down alongside the meadows. There is a marker post for the Geldeston Locks on the right, take this, walking alongside the dyke and across the wooden bridge and onto the metal footbridge which leads into the ground of the Geldeston Locks pub.

Geldeston Locks to Beccles

Take the track from the pub up to the road, Turn right and follow the road round, taking the right junction into Geldeston. Turn right opposite the Wherry Inn pub and then follow the path down the side of Geldeston Dyke, continuing along the riverside all the way through to Beccles. Cross over Beccles Old Bridge and turn left back down to the Quay.

Walk Notes (Unknown authors)

We had originally planned to walk the complete distance between Beccles and Bungay and back, probably a distance of 17 miles. However, the week prior to the walk both Kat and I went down with a horrible cold which had left us drained so we decided to only do the section from Beccles to Geldeston. This was a really enjoyable walk and is certainly well worth an afternoons outing.

I was really looking forward to the visit to The Geldeston Locks pub. The last time I journeyed to this isolated hostelry was in the early 1980's when I found it in the Good Beer Guide and the description of its remoteness was the enticement. In those days you had to leave the car in a field, walk down a track, then down a little path to the river and finally the pub was there by the locks. There was no electric so candles were the only lighting, the beer had to be delivered by boat but it was a lively old fashioned pub with all the charm that anyone could ever dream of. The experience has left fond memories ever since. I was hoping that my anticipation to visit it once again would not be disappointed, and I can honestly say it was not. It is still as charming as ever and well worth the effort in getting to it. A few things have changed since the 80's - there is now a drivable track all the way to the pub and I must assume they have electricity judging by all the electric devices and PA system used by the band. I am under the assumption that this is supplied by a generator although reading from internet forums the bar is still lit by candlelight. Judging by the stone slabbed floors throughout I assume the pub still floods during high tides! The intention was to have a beer and continue on with the walk, but the atmosphere was so good that we stayed for a couple and took time to enjoy the folk music. I do hope it’s not as long before I pay this pub another visit. Having only walked half the distance from Beccles to Bungay, I guess we will have to walk from Bungay to Geldeston and back. Another visit. It’s a tough job but someone has got to do it :)

The path across the meadows from The Angles Way to the Geldeston Locks can become quite waterlogged during the winter months. We were lucky in the fact that there was only one short section of marshy mud that was not much of an obstacle. I was told that a couple of weeks previous this was a little more flooded, but still passable even though it was a challenge to get across one watery section. But that is all the fun of country walks!

The footpath back to Beccles from Geldeston village follows the river and is a most delightful little walk with a lot to keep one’s eyes interested. As the river bends around to Beccles Quay look out for the old railway bridge supports that still retain the 'LNER 1938' inscription.

Highlights
  • Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms
  • Wood Burner
  • Large dining room
  • Sorry no pets
  • Sorry no smoking
  • South facing courtyard garden
  • Ample parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
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We had a great week at The Old Post Office. It is a super holiday cottage - beautifully presented-Lots of space Everything clean and very comfortable. Perfect base to do the Angles Way walk from. R ... — Sandra and Chris, 31 Mar 2014
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