Archive for the ‘Horringer’ Category

Horringer Hall Farm Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

In field, Horringer, Horringer Farm on June 16, 2009 at 6:48 pm

One of my favorite runs at this time of the year is around the field edge at Little Horringer Hall Farm. This year they are growing barley but in previous years this has rotated from oil seed rape.

The ground despite recent heavy rain is hard as a rock and you have to be careful to avoid turning an ankle in some of the cracks. The barley is a shade of green but turning yellow.

There is a pathway leading right around this field climbing from around 40 metres to 65 metres above sea level. The pathway is mostly clear but in some sections you need to wade through dense grass which has overgrown the route.

Chevington Suffolk

In Chevington, Horringer, Ickworth Park on August 17, 2007 at 4:56 pm

1pm 11 miles in 1 hr 32 mins 11 secs
Week to date mileage 22 miles
Month to date mileage 77

Average weekly rate 30 miles
Average monthly rate 131
Year to date 983
Lifetime 10576

I parked the car at Horringer Post Office ca
r park besides St Leonards Church and headed into Ickworth park for my run. The park was busy with many visitors for the house and gardens. I ran past the National Trust lady in the hut collecting money from visitors in their cars.

Past Ickworth House and St Mary’s Church and the Canal lake before heading up hill besides the White House. The path takes you into Downters Wood before emerging at the Armswater Cottages. There is then a fairly long stretch of open countryside which was sufficiently quiet for me to spot a fox.

There is a fairly large farm on the edge of the village called Chevington Hall Farm. This is a moated farm and once stocked deer and was a favorite place for retiring abbots of St Edmund. I arrived into Chevington at the All Saints Church nearby.

Chevington is the village of Ceofa’s people (Ekwall) and I would estimate as being less than a 1000 inhabitants. At the time of Domesday it was recorded as being 33.

I headed firstly up the new Road as far as North Hill House before returning and then taking the Chedburgh road and running as far as Tan Office Green before returning back to Ickworth Park and Horringer.

Horringer Fete and Flower Show Suffolk

In fete, flower shows, Horringer on July 21, 2007 at 9:22 pm

Today was the 122nd flower and fete show at Horringer Suffolk. Horringer is just a couple of miles from Bury St Edmunds many people passing through in order to get into the National Trust run Ickworth Park.

However doing so means you will miss a lovely village with some considerable history the more recent of which you can read in a good book by Zoe Ward called Curtsy to the Lady. She was the postmaster’s daughter and the book refers to the relationship between the village and the Hervey family when the Earls of Bristol were owners of Ickworth House and one of the leading employers in this village.

The fete takes place on the village green at the entrance to Ickworth House and in front of St Leonard’s Church. Fete and flower shows are said to be the new rock and roll perhaps because of the publicity brought on by the BBC programme the Gt British Village Show presented by Alan Titchmarsh. The tales of competition to grow the largest and best presented vegetables and flowers is like an oasis in tv viewing compared to the soap, reality shows and repeats that tend to dominate.

The weather was good until a storm at about 4.30pm at about the time of the tug of war contest was due. There was a car boot and a range of stalls with a coconut shy, a bowling and football game, lots of gardening stalls selling plants, food and a brass band. As usual there was a large book stall trying to off load books at very cheap prices.

In the village hall the judging had long been completed when we visited to see a wide range of vegetables, fruit, flowers and photos which had been judged. Prizes and commendations were laid out against the broad beans , onions, shallots, carrots, french beans, tomatos and to many others to mention.

Competition must have been every bit as competitive as on the Gt British Village Show.
If you haven’t been before look at for the next fete and flower show at Horringer it really is a good afternoon.

Horringer Suffolk

In Horringer, suffolk on July 15, 2007 at 7:45 pm

8.15am 6.1 miles in 50 mins 35 seconds

Week to date mileage 35 miles

Month to date mileage 72

Average weekly rate 30.4 miles

Average monthly rate 132

Year to date 850

Lifetime 10443

After a good weeks mileage in the bag I decided on a short run today partly because I was too tired and also because 35 miles represents one of my best totals for a week this year.

Today was an out and back course out to Horringer but instead of venturing into Ickworth Park I carried on through the village passing the two pubs the Six Bells and the Beehive and reaching the last house in the village before turning for home.

Albana Walk Ickworth Park Suffolk

In Albana Walk, Horringer, Horringer Farm, Ickworth Park on June 9, 2007 at 6:13 pm

8am 8.6 miles in 1 hr 13 mins 54 mins
Week to date mileage 27 miles

Month to date mileage 47

Average weekly rate 29.7 miles
Average monthly rate 129
Year to date 678

Lifetime 10271

The Albana Walk was the purpose of my run today. This is a wonderful woodland footpath laid out with small gravel chippings. It was originally laid out in the 1770’s by Capability Brown and was lined with box hedges. The name of the walk is a tribute to the 1st Marquis of Bristols wife Elizabeth Albana Upton.

There are now signs referring to the Ickworth Park Trim Trail. Along the walk there are stopping points to stop and do various exercises such as press ups, step ups etc. there are also wonderful views over rolling fields towards Chevington and Chedburgh.

I took a detour on the way back to visit Ickworth House. The house was begun in 1795 but not occupied until 1829 by the 1st Marquess of Bristol. He considered demolishing the building in the early 1820’s because of the impractical design and size but continued with works to become the first of a line of Herveys to occupy Ickworth House.

A video with accompanied inadvertent heavy breathing at Ickworth House can be seen here.

Great Horringer Hall Farm Suffolk

In Horringer, Horringer Farm on June 5, 2007 at 7:10 pm

5.30pm 6 miles in 50 mins 01 mins

Week to date mileage 6 miles

Month to date mileage 26

Average weekly rate 29.5 miles

Average monthly rate 128

Year to date 657

Lifetime 10250

I wanted to make use of my Inov 8 Roclite shoes today as I haven’t used them that much since I bought them. They are studded and suited to off road but a lot of my runs combined the 2 surfaces of road and field and I am not so sure of doing to much running with the Inov 8’s over harder surfaces. So I almost have to plan an off road run to make more use of them

My run today was 40 mins off road and 5 minutes getting to the fields at Great Horringer Hall. I decided on 2 laps of the outskirts of this farmland following I believe permitted pathways, at least no one has ever said any different. I ran the first anti clockwise and the 2nd lap clockwise.
The path takes you in front of the Great Horringer Hall farm and runs parallel to the Westley Lane. Noticeable today was the amount of plant and weed growth which meant many of the pathways had to be waded through. Wearing shorts I had no protection from the amount of thistles which were a little scratchy and itchy but at least I avoided the stinging nettles.

Poppies were abundant in the field of oilseed rape where the bright yellow flowers have long gone to be replace by millions of oilseed pods.

A low flying helicopter of a military type buzzed low over the field which was unusual and caused me to try and take a picture.

A good run.

Horringer Farm Suffolk

In Horringer on April 19, 2007 at 8:43 pm

5.30pm 5.5 miles in 43 mins 19 seconds

Week to date mileage 12 miles

Month to date mileage 75

Year to date 466

Lifetime 10059

Horringer Farm Suffolk

In Horringer on April 3, 2007 at 7:18 pm

5.30pm 5.5 miles in 43 mins 22 seconds

Week to date mileage 6 miles

Month to date mileage 15

Year to date 406

Lifetime 9999

Horringer Farm Suffolk

In Horringer on November 4, 2006 at 8:22 pm

3.15pm 7 miles in 57 mins 23 secs

Week to date mileage 26

Month to date mileage 20

Average weekly rate 30.3

Average monthly rate 132

Year to date 1334

Lifetime 9354

I decided late in the day on a short run. I normally get out early mornings to run at week ends but as I was feeling tired I nearly didn’t venture out. I decided on an off road run over Horringer Farm so I could make best use of my new Inov 8 roclite shoes.

I am not actually sure of the name of the fields I run over but I presume it is all part of Little Horringer Hall Farm. The fields are on a fair gradient and it is popular with the occasional dog walker.

Today the sun was setting and it was getting dark when I completed my run.

Ickworth Park Adkins Wood Suffolk

In Adkins Wood, Horringer, Ickworth Park on October 14, 2006 at 12:12 pm

8am 10.2 miles in 1 hour 24 minutes 30 seconds

Week to date mileage 24

Month to date mileage 57

Average weekly rate 30.3

Average monthly rate 132

Year to date 1242

Lifetime 9262

A very misty morning so I was in 2 minds whether to bring a camera or not as I really couldn’t see much apart from a few feet in front of me. I brought it anyway hoping it might clear a little.

I ran through Horringer farm into Ickworth Park. Imeadiately turning right and into Adkins Wood which was very muddy and it was a case of jumping the puddles in places. Disturbed a large number of deer running through the woods in Lady Katherines Wood I ran as far as Ivy Cottage before returning back to the lake at Lady Herveys Wood.

I went over the pontoon bridge to the Summer House at the Canal Lake and then tppk the pathway through the centre of Ickworth Park. It was busier than normal as the park was holding an annual wood sale. Vans and trailers were descending on the park to stack up with winter supplies.

The mist never did clear and I returned home.