Meet at Halesworth Thoroughfare Car Park IP19 8AJ
Map no 16
James Hewett of the Halesworth to Southwold Narrow Gauge Railway Society, will reveal remains of the 1761 Blyth Navigation and 1879 narrow gauge railway, as well show work being undertaken by the Society.
Halesworth’s Millennium Green is reputedly the largest in the country and rich in conserved wild life. Formerly it was the setting for two important transport links. From the car park the route crosses the Town Park, passing the remains of the Navigation, the New Cut and its lock and towpath. Then we walk to the still well-preserved trackbed of the railway at Bird’s Folly, there the Society has relaid some rails in two places. The 1914 locomotive shed site has been cleared and now has rails for the first time since 1941, and the first track panel has been relaid on the Folly bridge. Work to relay more is in hand, and will be explained: the Society plans to re-create this iconic Victorian railway as a heritage attraction and, ultimately, a means of transport .
The walk concludes at Halesworth Museum in the Railway Station that was the terminus of the narrow gauge line, where we will see a short film of the railway in operation.
Walk: Saturday 21st – 11.30 and 14.50
Sunday 22nd – 11.30 and 14.30
Maximum number 30?
Booking not essential but preferred via Cut Box Office
Not suitable for wheel chairs
PHOTO Millenium May 2019