On Saturday, after the Coffee Morning at Rayleigh, we thought we’d better get some fresh air, so we put waterproofs and our walking boots and set off for Hadleigh Country Park and the castle.
Hadleigh you will remember was the location for the Mountain Biking from the Olympics. The farm that it was built on is owned by the Salvation Army, and was land purchased by William Booth in his plan to bring young men out of the slums of London to train them to become farmers. The site is now used to train people with learning difficulties.
(It does make me think, why can’t we as Methodists have some imagination for re-using our buildings and facilities, for the good of the Kingdom, instead of selling off our assets cheaply).
The Mountain Biking track is currently closed off, it needs fencing in and other safety features before opening to the public. (Hopefully they will put some road infrastructure in as well; otherwise it will be quite difficult to get to.
The country park is huge and it was a 45 minute walk to the castle. Even on a dull autumn day, the views were spectacular.
The castle dates from 1200s but was not built on stable land, and so was out of use by the end of the 1200s.
Following our long walk we had a lovely lunch at the Salvation Army Tea Rooms in Hadleigh. http://www.hadleighfarm.org.uk/visit-us/tea-room
It was a wonderful time of refreshment to walk in the countryside. More walking soon as we’ve got a week away in the Caravan to Cromer in East Anglia.
We’ve spoken to Jessica a number of times, and what made me laugh (bearing in mind how much she hates going away in the caravan!) she wants us to go to the Lake District for a holiday so she can do some walking in the English Countryside. Perhaps we can take, Theresa, Gordon and the dog too.