Final step taken in path project

A CIRCULAR path linking Stowmarket to Bury St Edmunds is due to be opened this weekend.The third and final phase of a long distance walking route linking the two towns is to be opened on Sunday at Thurston Station.

A CIRCULAR path linking Stowmarket to Bury St Edmunds is due to be opened this weekend.

The third and final phase of a long distance walking route linking the two towns is to be opened on Sunday at Thurston Station.

Walkers, as well as nature, wildlife and conservation enthusiasts, are being invited by Pathways a Stowmarket and Bury based community group to help establish the Stowbury Way.

The path, which uses existing rights of way, completes the missing trail link between the Gipping Valley Path, from Ipswich to Stowmarket, with the Lark Valley Path, from Bury St Edmunds to Mildenhall.

"Suffolk is blessed with some of the best footpath routes in England and each one has its own character," said Sally Moxon, Pathways Project Leader.

"We want to provide an escape route for local people and encourage as many as possible to keep walking these footpaths and maintain their locality's beauty and diversity."

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Annie Willey, Countryside Officer at Mid Suffolk District Council said: "Pathways, and community groups like them, are playing a vital role in preserving and developing the routes which form part of the District's character and landscape."

The path, which straddles both sides of the A14 will have many access points, links with other footpaths and public transport points and refreshment opportunities en route.

The walk will start from Thurston Station at 10am and is approximately six miles in distance. Finish time is approximately 12.30pm and the walk is free of charge.

Victoria the vintage bus will be on hand to give everyone a lift back to Thurston Station at the end of the walk.

To book a place on this walk please phone 01449 727221 or just turn up at Thurston Station on Sunday 14 September. Further information can be obtained by calling Countryside Officer Annie Willey on 01449 727409, email annie.willey@midsuffolk.gov.uk or Pathways on 01359 271990.

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