Celebrations for footpath opening

AN INAUGURAL walk of a new long distance footpath route finished with the cutting of a celebration cake.The 60-mile Suffolk Sandlings Walk, between Southwold and Ipswich, has been created to link the sandy heaths – called sandlings – of the coastal area.

AN INAUGURAL walk of a new long distance footpath route finished with the cutting of a celebration cake.

The 60-mile Suffolk Sandlings Walk, between Southwold and Ipswich, has been created to link the sandy heaths – called sandlings – of the coastal area.

It has been financed with part of a £500,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant to protect and enhance the remnants of heaths which once covered much of the land from Lowestoft in the north to Felixstowe in the south of the county.

The heaths have been lost over the past centuries to arable agriculture, housing and industrial development and the creation of airfields and commercial forests.

During the past two weeks groups of people have been covering stretches of the walk on a relay basis, carrying a specially made reed baton.

The final five-mile stretch, at Rushmere, near Ipswich, was completed on Sunday by about 30 people who afterwards enjoyed tea and cake in the Ipswich Golf Club clubhouse.