Last summer I planned to walk from Shingle Street to Orford via the Butley River ferry. Unfortunately I chose a day the ferry didn’t run so did not reach Orford as planned. The Butley Ferry website has details including contact numbers so I have only myself to blame.
Another Orford ferry is to The Ness which has an interesting military history and a peculiar array of radio masts, and now owned by the National Trust. The Ness is too “Wild and Wooly” according to @OrfordNessNNR and will open to the public in Easter.Griffmonster Walks and in particular Griff had documented his walk along the licensed path to and from Butley Ferry. So thanks to Griff I was able to walk the southern banks of Orford as planned.
Griff also spoke about the welcome fire-place in the Jolly Sailor which I confirm without any hesitation. A hot hearth and warm welcome guaranteed. Lunches start at noon.
Last time I walked near Orford I spoke with a fellow hiker who told me Orfordness used to be a military base. He was just a lad but remembers hearing explosions and a commotion on the island in 1952 (long before the masts appeared). He said when “area 52″ comes up on the telly it reminds him. Perhaps some creepy secret military adventure took place?
Distance: 6½ Miles
Elevation Range: 0 to 60 feet
Weather Check: Orford, Suffolk
Map: Click here and once loaded select “Leisure” map
Route Card: Orford to Butley Ferry Circular Walk
Download: Walkers Route Card Template for Word 2010
Wikipedia: Orford Ness
Local Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orford-ness/
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/OrfordNess