Rusty and I had a great day today in the sun – on a walk around Kersey, Suffolk, with my boyfriend Charlie and his daughter Hannah. The weather was fantastic and the countryside was bathed in a golden light. I was expecting the village itself to be busy with day trippers – but the whole area was delightfully peaceful. The only sounds were birdsong, the babbling stream and the ‘clicking’ of Rusty’s paws on the lane.
The village is picture postcard pretty, with its wide ford – the Splash – and its church at the top of the hill overlooking the main street. The houses are old and characterful, and the scene seems to have been preserved as if it still lives and breathes in a era long forgotten.
We started and finished our walk by the Splash. I have uploaded two wonderful old signs that give you an insight into how the village has been spared the modernisation that District Councils normally impose on our prettiest villages. The school sign depicting the ‘flaming torch of knowledge’ was first introduced in the 1920’s – and was replaced by the ‘children carrying satchels’ in 1951. How Kersey managed to hang on to this old sign I do not know – but I am thrilled that it did….
Our route took us up to the church, and down into the intriguingly named Valley of the Moon. I cannot find any explanation for this name, but I like to imagine something magical and mysterious…The footpath then took us along the banks of a stream and across fields to Kersey Upland – famous for its fine Oak tree planted to commemorate the coronation of King George V. At Kersey Tye we were very fortunate to walk through the farmyard of Bridges Farm – and meet the farmer and his family – R Partridge and Son Ltd – who own an impressive herd of British Blue cattle, and the famous Suffolk Sheep. The latter were so important to this area in times past, as this part of Suffolk was legendary for its wool production. There were a number of fine Bulls in the open barns, all ready for breeding time – and tiny black lambs with the Suffolk sheep. The picture of the British Bull-Calf was taken by me last Autumn. The family regularly show their animals at the Suffolk & Norfolk Agricultural shows – and I have included a photograph of all their prize rosettes. My fondest memory of the farmyard was the sight of Light Sussex chickens free-ranging – such beautiful hens !
The walk was both inspiring and rewarding – Rusty was happy and confident, and the beauty of our surroundings combined with the benefits of exercise made it a perfect afternoon for us all. I highly recommend a visit there – but don’t tell too many people about it…….. we would like it to remain untouched by the modern world.