This walk links up with the one I posted here to make one big loop around Orford. You can do either half or do them both together. These pictures were all taken on a hot, bright and sunny Sunday afternoon in July. The second half of this walk starts in the Market Square from where you can spin around and see St Bartholomew’s Church and the 13th century Kings Head pub,
the Butley Orford Oysterage, famous for its locally caught and smoked fish
the Pump Street Bakery, renowned for its bread, pastries and now chocolate
and over on the opposite side, the Crown and Castle, a hotel with a really good restaurant, the Trinity.
Carry on past the hotel and you will come to Orford Castle, which is now run by English Heritage.
Follow the road round to the left into Castle Lane, and past a pretty row of cottages.
At the bottom of the lane, turn left and then follow the public footpath sign to the right of this house through the holiday barns to reach open fields. If you wanted to, you could carry straight along Broad Street and back to Quay Street.
This footpath leads down to the River and you can see the sails of a boat in the middle of this picture as it sails along the River Alde.
If you look back across the fields, you can see the back of Quay Street.
There is a well marked path climbing up onto the flood defences and then you turn back left along to the Quay.
Turn left into Quay St and back to the Market Square past the Jolly Sailor, another great Orford pub and then back up the road and you will end up back in the Village Square.