On My Doorstep

St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

After yesterday’s rain, today’s sunshine revived my spirits and as I had to take a trip into town, I decided to walk rather than taking the car and paying for parking (though parking is free after 3pm on a Tuesday!).

Bury St Edmunds is a beautiful market town with its medieval grid of houses, a new shopping complex but also streets of independent shops, the Abbey and is named in the Telegraph as the 13th best place in the country to bring up a family. No wonder I love living here.

Safe footpaths and cycle paths lead into town and a walk through the spacious Abbey Gardens always lifts my spirirts.

Safe footpath / cyclepath into town.

Safe footpath / cyclepath into town.

Abbey Gardens - Dovecote

Abbey Gardens – The Dovecote in the Abbot’s Garden.

Walking through the varied shopping streets and up to Moyse’s Hall Museum, the oldest building in town, a former gaol and police station which has been on the market place since 1180.

Angel Hill

Angel Hill

Moyse's Hall Museum.

Moyse’s Hall Museum.

Back through the historic grid to the Norman Tower which houses the cathedral bells and down to the River Lark through No Man’s Meadows.

The Norman Tower

The Norman Tower housing the cathedral bells.

No Man's Meadows

No Man’s Meadows Local Nature Reserve.

Past the Rugby Club and alongside The Leg of Mutton field, which had been one of the vineyards for the Abbey in the 13th Century and has recently been the heated subject of possible development.

Bury Rugby Club.

Bury Rugby Club.

The Leg of Mutton field.

The Leg of Mutton field.

Almost 4 and a half miles on a bright, sunny afternoon. What better way to spend some time recharging my batteries during half term?

Today’s walk: 4.44 miles

Walk total this year: 28.21 miles

Overall total daily mileage: 161.97 miles

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