27 July 2019: Thaxted to Boyton End
Start point grid reference: TL 611 310GPX file
There were only six of us on today’s ramble. The weather was very wet but we voted unanimously to do the walk anyway.
The walk officially started and ended at Parrishes. It is described as a wine bar but it is a wine bar with a medieval look to it. They are happy to accept ramblers (and dogs, according to the notice in the window). The photograph shows a building opposite, part of which is called Dick Turpin’s Cottage, although I don’t know whether it has any real association with the famous highwayman.
We did the route anti-clockwise. There was a sign at the beginning of Copthall Lane telling us that the road was closed but we proved that it was still open to walkers. A bit beyond the lane we were pleased to find ourselves in the relative shelter of a wood but that did not last long before we were into the open country again. Most of the fields had ripe wheat but we did cross a field of rape as well.
We stopped for a coffee break near Goddard’s Farm. Luckily for us that coincided with a lull in the rain.
We may have been walking more quickly than usual because of the weather. We found ourselves back in Thaxted before we expected so opted to go and look at the windmill, which is the reason for the first spur on the route in the GPX file. It is currently closed to the public but we were able to go right up to it.
We then retraced our steps and some of us returned to the car park to take off our muddy boots and put on shoes before going back to Parrishes. That is the reason for the second spur.