Daisy's Walk: details here.
The starting point for this waymarked walk is a small car park off the B1084, between Bromeswell and Butley. The red circle in this map is on the car park. The link for details, above, says there is a boardwalk across the marshy Butley river but as of September 2008 this has been closed for some months, awaiting repair (hopefully).
1. Title photo - Daisy's Walk on a misty morning, starting about 08:15, 28 September 2008. In the distance, the ancient oaks of Staverton Park. The Woodland Trust says "...the sheer number of ancient trees at Staverton Park (TM3550) makes it the pick of the bunch."
2. Over the fields to distant ancient broadleaf forest of The Thicks (TM356509), part of Staverton Park which is a Special Area of Conservation. According to Suffolk Coasts and Heaths, "...Staverton Park still contains 4,000 medieval pollard oaks within its deerpark and some of the mightiest hollies, birches and rowans in the country."
3. The tall pines - some of the few that survived "The Great Storm" of 16/17 October 1987. "...some 15 million trees were felled and whole forests decimated..." (More info...). The smaller stand of pines behind the tall ones were planted to replace those lost in the storm.
4. Nearing the end of Daisy's Walk, which we walked "the wrong way round" today, so it was at our "start".
A few minutes before, the chaps who left the cycle tracks in the dew had seen a red deer drinking from this puddle. We didn't see it.
5. Sunlight bursting through a clump of silver birch.
6. Sunbeams beyond the swamp (the boardwalk has been closed due to disrepair).
7. Sunlight through the mist in among the pines.
8. Sunlight behind some young oaks and other broad-leaved trees on the high ground above the swamp.
9. Sunlight through the mist among the young deciduous trees above the swamp.
10. More sunlight through the mist among the young deciduous trees above the swamp.
11. Ivy-covered stumps in the swamp, looking somewhat like monsters rising from the swamp.
12. Reed Mace (Bulrush) growing on the edge of the swampy area.
13. Sunbeams seeming to emanate from a gnarled oak.
14. Sunbeams streaming through the still-green beech trees, behind the stump of an oak.
15. Across farmland to the distant ancient pollarded oak forests at Staverton Park.
16. Beech trees just starting to turn a few leaves golden brown. Autumn has just begun.