Thetford

Pakenham - Two mills

Very grateful thanks to Graham for his kind contribution and to Eric for the great photographs.

Our walk in September was a circular walk starting from the fascinating watermill at Pakenham, and ending with a guided tour of the mill and its workings, and a delicious ploughman’s lunch. It was a beautiful sunny day and the Suffolk countryside was looking particularly inviting. The walk started with the bizarre sight of topiary spider, crocodile, giraffe and hippos, as well as a topiary Pied Piper with a troupe of dancing children! I kid you not.

After a few fields with grazing cattle, then Pakenham fen, we eventually came across the charming Church of St Mary’s Pakenham. We chatted to some of the locals, who were clearly very proud of their church. There were the remains of the flower festival from the week before. We were informed that Pakenham is now the only town with both a working watermill and windmill. All in all a very enjoyable walk and for the botanists amongst you, we came across some pretty blue wild flowers, later identified as wild chicory or succory.

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(Article by Graham Dwyer)