The Smallest Town in Suffolk
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Join OutdoorLads for this 11.5 mile circular day walk around Clare and its surrounding countryside, in the rolling county of Suffolk. Clare is well known as the smallest town in Suffolk, set in the beautiful countryside of West Suffolk’s Upper Stour (prounouced locally as 'stoo-er') Valley, brimming with history and nature just waiting to be explored.
Starting in the grounds of Clare castle ruin, which you're welcome to visit before the hike or after, this is also the site of the original Clare railway station where coffee and slice of cake is recommend.
Don't waste that space! Whilst we battle with the pandemic and smaller than usual walk group sizes - please only book on if you know you can make it.
Is it dog friendly? Yes!! 4 legged friends are welcome but please abide by the Countryside Code (https://tinyurl.com/rlqvp3h) and please remember, not everyone loves dogs as much as you do so please be mindful of other members. Just remember it's 11.5 miles which is at least 5 hours walking, so you'll need to ensure you bring hydration for both of you..
Having had the chance to recce this walk, there are some small parts of the the walk (10 mins ish) along a busy road with no pavement so I am mentioning this now just in case it's consideration for you and your pooch.
The route on OS Maps: https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/7820868/Clare-Circular-Suffolk-ODL
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Welcome and i'm pleased you've decided to join and I hope to make this day as fun as I can for you. The details are hopefully all captured in this event page but please drop me a message if there is anything I can do to help make this a great first day walk with ODL.
Image credits: Photos are all the property of Neil Sharp and I give full consent for these to be used for OutdoorLads purposes at any time
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- All are required to practice social distancing – staying 2m (not 1m) apart at all times, including the lunch stop.
- Unfortunately, there won’t be any planned pub / café stops en route or at the end, and please don’t share sweets or snacks with others – we’re sorry!
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What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres - more if you're bringing a dog.
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Food & drink
Please bring a packed lunch, snacks and plenty of hydration.
You may also want to put a spare carrier bag or small mat to sit on when we stop for lunch.