Beccles Walks - Mettingham, Tally-Ho - 10.6 Miles

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This easy walk on farm tracks and quiet country roads takes a pub and a tea room. The Tally-Ho tea room is at Mettingham. The Locks Inn at Geldeston is more isolated and serves a good pint and food. One pony and trap and fewer than ten cars passed on the five hour outing (ignoring the short road sections very near Beccles). Only 30% of the walk is on tarmac roads.

  This walk starts at the south end of Ringsfield road beside the school playing fields where the houses end. Head out of town for about 100 yards. Distance Minutes Total
A)   Where the Ringsfield road bends left, go straight on heading west along the signposted bridleway where the trees make a leafy tunnel. 0.6 Miles 12 12
B) Just before the farm buildings, turn left and head south on the farm track. 710 Yds 9 21
C) At the tarmac road, turn left and head south for about 130 yards. Ignore the signposted path to the right. 130 Yds 2 23
D) Turn right off the tarmac road onto another smaller road that soon becomes un-surfaced after about 100 yards. Head southwest on this track. 0.9 Miles 20 43
E) At the next tarmac road (Hall Road), turn left and head south along past Ringsfield Hall on this quiet country lane. The road bends round to the right until you are heading roughly west. 0.7 Miles 15 58
F) At the tee junction, turn right to head north along Chapel Road. After about 400 yards, ignore the left turn into Mill Lane. Continue north along Clarke's Lane. 0.7 Miles 15 1:13
G) After two sets of largish power lines, turn left off the tarmac and head northwest on the concrete farm track past Rookery Farm. 215 Yds 3 1:16
H) At the Y junction, bear right and head northwest. After 70 yards, cross an unusual stile where you need good balance and dainty feet. 100 Yds 1 1:17
I) Cross the small field heading just north of west and go over another unusual stile. Now cross the much larger field. This path roughly follows the power lines. 250 Yds 3 1:20
J) Two thirds of the way across the field, the path bears right leaving the power lines. You approach the drainage ditch at an angle of about 45 degrees. 140 Yds 2 1:22
K) At the drainage ditch, bear right and head north following the field edge. 120 Yds 2 1:24
L) Turn left and head west. If the field has been ploughed it might be easier skirt the field edge by going north and then left / west where the tracks soon re-join. 325 Yds 4 1:28
M) Continue west on the un-made track. After about 200 yards, the road turns to tarmac. Ignore the left turn. Continue straight on heading west along this very quiet road. You pass only one house. 0.6 Miles 13 1:41
N) Before you reach Mettingham Castle, turn right off the tarmac and head north on the narrow tree lined, signposted path. The sign had fallen down but was still visible. 0.5 11 1:52
O) At the next road, turn right and follow Rectory Lane a little east of north. 0.4 Miles 9 2:01
P) At the main road, drop into the Tally-Ho if you need refreshments.      
Q) Cross the main road and head north east on a small signposted path beside the field. Later this path becomes a quiet tarmac lane. 0.6 Miles 13 2:14
R) At the tee junction, turn right and follow Low Road south east. This is a quiet tarmac lane. 0.9 20 2:34
S) 250 yards before you reach the main road, turn left off the lane onto the signed path. Head Northeast. The path becomes narrow and bends round to the east. 770 Yds 10 2:44
T) Turn left, heading northeast. Once again the path bends right to head east. Continue east at the pumping station. 230 3 2:47
U) To visit the Lock's Inn, turn left and go north following the signed track along the field edge to the right of the drainage ditch. Otherwise, go straight on to point (W). 480 Yds 6 2:53
V) Cross the bridges to get to the Locks Inn at Geldeston. Return on this path to get back to Beccles. 85 Yds 1 2:54
W) After re-tracing your steps from the pub, turn left at (U) and head east towards a small wood. 565 Yds 7 3:01
  Go through the wood passing through small gates. After the wood, keep to the left edge of the field. At the field boundary gate, head east towards a tall stile that might be difficult for anyone not too agile. 380 Yds 5 3:06
X) Cross the stile and head east on the field edge path keeping the woods on your left. The path becomes a farm track and continues east. Ignore all the right and left turns. 1.1 Miles 24 3:30
Y) Follow the farm track as it zigzags right and then left again. Continue east converging with the main road. 610 Yds 8 3:38
Z) At the main road, bear left and head east on the narrow roadside track for 300 yards. 310 Yds 4 3:42
1) Soon after the sign to Pilgrim's Way, head south up a narrow signposted path to Hangman's lane. 670 Yds 10 3:52
A) The walk ends at the south end of Hangman's lane.