Walk around Orford Part 1

I have devised a walk around Orford which I am writing about in two parts.  Part 2 is here.

From the village square, walk down past the church along Market Hill, and then follow the road as it turns to the right, Church St which then becomes Quay St. You will go past Pinneys shop, selling both smoked and fresh fish on the left hand side just before you get to the Quay.

Pinneys Shop, Quay St, Orford
Pinneys Shop, Quay St, Orford

From the Quay you can take cruises on both the Lady Florence and Regardless.

Lady Florence leaving Orford Quay
Lady Florence leaving Orford Quay

And you can also take the boat to Orford Ness. You do have to pay even if you are a member of the National Trust. You can check opening times here.Stop for some fresh locally caught fish or crab at Brinkleys Fish Shed.

Or have a cup of tea at the Riverside Tearoom with its stunning view over towards Orford Ness and watch the clouds move and the light change over the water.

Riverside Tearoom, Orford
Riverside Tearoom, Orford

Go through the gate along the path by the River Alde. You can go as far as you want along here and look over towards Orford Ness.

Path onto walk by River Alde at Orford
Path onto walk by River Alde at Orford

For a shorter walk, after a couple of hundred yards,  turn left down a wooden staircase and there is a footpath through the crops in summer across a field. This year, it’s oilseed rape.

Footpath through fields near Orford
Footpath through fields near Orford

You can look back towards the village and see Orford Castle and St Bartholomew’s Church above the trees.

Footpath across field. Orford
Footpath across field. Orford

Follow the path round to the left past the allotments onto Daphne Road.

Footpath through fields near Orford
Footpath through fields near Orford

Turn left here and back onto Daphne Road.

View down Daphne Rd, Orford
View down Daphne Rd, Orford

There are two alternatives. You can return back to Quay St and up to the village by carrying along this road back into Daphne Road past a row of pretty cottages.

Daphne Street, Orford, looking back
Daphne Street, Orford, looking back

Or you can turn right up Doctor’s Lane or Burnt Lane and then left along the High Street which will take you up past the church and back into the centre of the village.

 

 

Author: Kate Roxburgh

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