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Railway walks on the web

PUBLISHED: 04:02 30 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

ANGLIA Railways has launched a new web site of walks from Suffolk railway stations by well-known local author, Michael Anderton.

The site, www.anglia-railways.

ANGLIA Railways has launched a new web site of walks from Suffolk railway stations by well-known local author, Michael Anderton.

The site, www.anglia-railways.com/walks, currently details five walks, each one complete with a useful fact file of information including route maps and instructions featuring notes on the distance and accessibility of the walk and refreshment stops.

The walks start from Felixstowe, Needham Market, Newmarket, Halesworth and Woodbridge stations and notes on each walk offer fascinating insights into the history of the area, the important buildings and some of the people who lived there.

The trek around Felixstowe takes you through ancient woodland down to the Armada Beacon, erected to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the sighting of the Armada, and then along the beach where at very low tides you can sometimes see the remains of Walton Castle, a former Roman fort.

The Newmarket walk centres on the Jockey Club building and the National Horse Racing Museum and also takes in Kingston Passage, an area that once saw the original palace of James I and the Palace House Mansion, linked to the original palace of King Charles II.

Woodbridge takes in the five-storey high, white weather-boarded Tide Mill, the only working tide mill in the country and Seckford Hall, once the home of Thomas Seckford, a statesman of the Tudor period.

Mr Anderton has written many books on walks in Suffolk and he started to produce walks for the Anglia Railways main web site in July 2001.

Peter Meades, Anglia Railway's public relations manager, said: "Michael's fascinating series of walks from our stations will help to highlight them as an excellent gateway through which to explore Suffolk.

"We hope that the web site will become a valuable resource which will inspire people to explore the region whilst allowing them to carefully plan their walks before they set out, even down to the details of what trains to catch and where to eat lunch," he added.

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