Walking in Westhorpe

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Last week I spent some time in East Anglia in a country village named Westhorpe. Today I am inviting you to accompany me on a country walk, and I will point out the local landmarks. Read on to find out more.

Walking in Westhorpe.

The weather is fine, the rain has gone, and the blossoms adorn the trees in beautiful hues of pink and white. I can even hear the birds singing as I set off for my morning walk with Leo.

Firstly we pass through the churchyard, at the end there is a footpath, where I let Leo off the lead to roam freely. On my left are fields, as the footpath winds its way down to the stream, and on my right there are even more fields as far as the eye can see. This uninterrupted countryside seems to stretch forever, and it's very rare to even meet another person.

Westthorpe Hall

The footpath runs parallel to the village, so keeping the houses and road on my right, we continue along the path. To my left is a field of rape seed, such a blaze of yellow meets my eyes , and how tall it grows, and so very quickly.

When we reach the end of the footpath, it brings us out past Westhorpe Hall. This hidden away building is famed for being the home of Henry the eighths sister Mary. She lived there with her second husband until she died, and is now buried at Bury St Edmunds. In recent years, the hall was turned into a nursing or retirement home.

Walking through the village

Suffolk is famed for it's very old period cottages, and Westhorpe is no exception. As Leo and I pass a small close made up of recently built houses, we go past a small pond, a favourite haunt of all the local ducks, who are so tame, they don't bat an eyelid when we go past, and Leo being the laid back dog that he is, believes in live and let live. He won't bother to chase them

And there is our first example of a medieval cottage, its tiny windows, as was normal in olden days,, and it is still lived in today, the proof is the wheelie bin outside, tomorrow is dustbin day. Looking at that scene it's not hard to imagine a horse grazing in the back field, and sure enough I spot it, but in those days it was the only mode of transport.

Almost back now

As we continue along the road, we pass a pink cottage with a thatched roof. Inside there are the original oak beams, and a wealth of period features, but propped up round the side is a modern day bicycle. It is amazing to think of the hundreds of years that these old buildings have survived, and will continue to survive, because in those days, houses were built to last.

On the right hand side there are very modern bungalows, all with nice and well tended gardens. There is a sense of pride in this little village of keeping it nice, there is no litter around, and all the dog walkers use the bins provided.

The last notable bungalow belongs to the late Jean Kent, who sadly died recently. It was built below ground partly, if this sounds weird, it's the only way I can describe it, obviously she valued her privacy. She was a British actress who made it in Hollywood, starring alongside such people as Marilyn Monroe, and Ingrid Bergman , just to name a few.

When she retired to Westhorpe, where she lived to the grand age of ninety two, she became just another villager, and very loved amongst her community, and her loss was greatly felt.

We have now reached the bungalow where we are staying, Leo is panting, this walk has probably taken us close to an hour, I hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have. I am now going to fill up the water bowl, and in the meantime, I would like to wish everyone a very happy Easter, and may our lord bless you all. xxx

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I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
17th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks for the relaxing stroll.

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author avatar Carol
18th Apr 2014 (#)

You are welcome Jerry

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
18th Apr 2014 (#)

Westhorpe looks like a really cool place to visit.

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author avatar Carol
18th Apr 2014 (#)

If you want solitude and fresh air it's great Mark

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
18th Apr 2014 (#)

how incredibly wonderful is this nostalgia Carol dear...I loved Jean Kent too...her films so much...my friend Bob here used to make wigs for her as he did many stars including Liz Taylor. there is nothing like the English countryside and I envy you being there...I am from Warwickshire and used to trek around the countryside there...

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author avatar Carol
18th Apr 2014 (#)

How nice you remember Jean, Carolina, nostalgia is wonderful isn't it. Happy Easter to you. xx

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
18th Apr 2014 (#)

and to you and you loved ones too dear Carol..hugs

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
18th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you for that beautiful walk through Westthorpe Carol with your faithful dog ..
I love thatched roofed cottages and willow trees and Spring time is one of my favourite Seasons as well .
So that was a real treat .
God bless you and your loved ones with a very Happy and peaceful Easter my friend
Stella ><

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author avatar Carol
18th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks for reading Stella, I love Norfolk too,some great walks there

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
18th Apr 2014 (#)

Beautiful promenade and walk to relax yourself, thanks for sharing!

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author avatar Carol
18th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you Fern.

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author avatar Mariah
18th Apr 2014 (#)

Oh I enjoyed walking with you and Leo, what beautiful surroundings to stroll through..
thank you Carol..just lovely

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author avatar Carol
18th Apr 2014 (#)

I am glad you enjoyed it Mariah, thank you.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
20th Apr 2014 (#)

I enjoyed our walk. Thank you!

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author avatar Carol
20th Apr 2014 (#)

Many thanks Phyl

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author avatar LOVERME
25th Apr 2014 (#)

How I wish I had been LEO ,,,...
and enjoyed the first hand account of Thorpe,along with you Ma'am

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author avatar Carol
26th Apr 2014 (#)

Oh Loverme my faithful dog. woof woof.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Apr 2014 (#)

I felt inner peace reading your post Carol. The music was so soothing and topical. I do hope you had a happy Easter - siva

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author avatar Carol
26th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you Siva, and I hope you did too.

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