Restaurant Ramble 2016 - We Made It

Posted 21 Apr 2016

What a lovely day Sunday 17 April turned out to be!
Our 18 mile walk through the Suffolk countryside was an outstanding success - we raised £3,800 for Macmillan Cancer Support!

Stuart Inns Restaurant Ramble 2016 - setting offThe Stuart Inns 'Restaurant Ramble' 2016 on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support got off to a cracking start last Sunday. The Ramblers set off from The Hadleigh Ram at 9:00am with a mix of excitement and apprehension from those taking part.
Making good progress the motley band approached the lovely Suffolk village of Kersey, thought to be one of the prettiest timber framed villages in England and onwards towards Monks Eleigh along the banks of the river Brett reaching the Swan Inn in good time for a welcome bathroom break.

Somewhat refreshed our intrepid walkers set off once again, heading towards Lavenham, buoyed by a welcome mid-point refreshment break at the Lavenham Greyhound where the walkers enjoyed an late alfresco lunch relaxing in the
warm spring sunshine in the courtyard. Stuart Inns Restaurant Ramble 2016 - mid way pointLeaving Lavenham with renewed vigor, encouraged they had made it that far, set off on the final leg, heading in the general direction of Long Melford with only six miles to go to the finish.

Making use of the old GER (Great Eastern Railway) railway line, now the Lavenham to Melford 'railway walk', starting at Lavenham 'Station' and the start of the old railway line. The station buildings are now long gone, replaced by a new development pretty townhouses. Knowing the last passenger train passed through there over 50 years ago (1961), gave the walkers a real sense of history, albeit much more recent than much of Lavenham's past.

Stuart Inns Restaurant Ramble 2016 - finish line

FINISHED - boots off!

Approaching Long Melford it's safe to say the majority of walkers were keen to see the end in sight, that is, those who weren't seasoned walkers the walk was merely a warm up for a rigorous and much longer walk later this year.

Welcomed by bunting across the High Street, our weary but, however conquering walkers reached the Swan where they enjoyed a champagne and Suffolk beef burger reception on the terrace.