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  ‘ Barnabas Church. The path curves right along the field edge to take you towards it. Soon you will reach the road where you cross by a telephone box.
If you visit this little country church, with its avenue of pollarded lime trees and ancient porch you will find carefully worked kneelers depicting flora and fauna, as well as shuttered windows in the chancel.
In Alphamstone are more lovely old cottages, including Manor House with a lived-in feeling of chickens, footballs and cement mixer in the garden and a ladder leaning against the wall.
7 Look for Moat Lane, a narrow road that drops down where Prospect Cottages peep over a high hedge above steep banks of nettles, primroses and cow parsley.
When I walked here a blackbird sang from a horse chestnut tree whose sticky buds were just peeling themselves open. Pale yellow primroses peeped shyly from the verges.
You will pass Spring House on your left, with sloping lawns and a pond with yellow marsh marigolds, then Croft House. Next is an old barn beneath heavy pantiles with glimpses of its dark, shadowy interior. Then there’s the stream again and more woodland.
8. Just beyond the stream look for another footpath sign, half hidden in the hedge on the right. A sign says, ‘Sheep. Please Close Gate.’ Walk through more open pastureland where in spring blackthorn blossom smudges the hedges white.
9. Soon by a thick hedge you will see a kissing gate, pass through it (be ready for mud on wet days) and the view opens up again – where a buzzard circles, wings wide above the little houses in the valley. You are looking across the gentle landscape of the Stour Valley into Suffolk. Watch out and listen for the train, it’s like a miniature railway.
10. The path dips and rises and leads you straight on keeping the hedge to your left. At a choice of paths turn left by some woodland a newly-dug sand could be a badger’s sett. A few steps along here and you turn right walking down the side of the field which is to your left. You will be rewarded by the pastoral scene of the creamy coloured, round-towered church of the Holy Innocents. There is also the backdrop of Suffolk, fields and isolated farmsteads, tall masts and pylons that stride across the
Follow the field edge down to the valley. The Old Rectory (1909) with its gravel drive and neat lawns is on your right. Soon you will come to the road again where you turn right to head back to your starting place.
Walk around Lamarsh (Directions)
Walk taken from Walks In The Slow Lanes Of Essex by Angie Jones (Stobart Davies, £12.99)
The Norman church, is 900 years old (in places). Inside is the cold, damp smell of old musty hymn books. There is an information board about round church towers.
You will pass the village hall, which was once a school and still has the bell and high windows to prove it.
On the right by a row of bungalows is hopefully your car. Full of memories of this lovely part of north Essex why not head to the Henny Swan for a much needed comfort
During the day there is a snack menu offering a good selection of sandwiches (including salmon and avocado) or soup with crusty bread served in the bar or garden as well as a good choice of beers and yummy desserts such as marmalade bread pudding with brandy custard. Short boat trips are available at certain times if you fancy a trip on the river to end the day.

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