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Walk 21 – Depden Tower Walk

No circular walk this time but a bus journey to Depden water tower and then a wander back to Wickhambrook across the fields. The journey incorporates several stiles, a risky crossing of the A143, a downhill stroll beside five lakes and a skirting of the grounds of Denston Hall. Total distance is about 8 miles but it is all easy walking and can be covered comfortably in three hours…

Walk 20 – Kirtling Shorter Walk

Kirtling is an attractive village on the Suffolk/Cambridge border about 5 miles from Wickhambrook. This walk of some 3 miles can be undertaken any time of the year but there is one stretch along a vehicle track that can become puddled in the shooting season after heavy rain. The route, shown on OS Explorer map 210 Newmarket & Haverhill, follows the edge of Lucy Wood and then skirts the grounds of Kirtling Towers. The grounds are particularly rewarding when the daffodils are in bloom…

Walk 19 – around the Thurlows and Little Bradley

This 3.7 mile circuit runs from Great Thurlow to Little Bradley and back alongside the River Stour. There is a choice of routes for the last half mile but these directions give the ‘high street’ alternative which takes in several interesting buildings such as the Olde School built in 1614 by Sir Stephen Soame (one time Lord Mayor of London) to provide free education to sons of local farmers who were taught ‘English, Latin and Ciphering ’(arithmetic)…

Walk 18 – Stoke-by-Clare

This 5 mile circular route takes you along both sides of the Stour valley making use of footpaths and quiet country roads. There is a leaflet for an ‘official’ Stoke-by-Clare circular walk but should you choose to follow that you should know that the south most loop (in the grounds of Stoke College) has been shut off. This walk follows part of the ‘official’ route…

Walk 17 – Kirtling Longer Walk

Kirtling is an attractive village on the Suffolk/Cambridge borders. This walk is made up of two loops – a leg stretch of about 5 miles, which can include walking along the bed of a stream, and more urban loop of 1.5 miles. The latter can include a visit to the church and does include good views of Kirtling Towers. Take Ordnance Survey Explorer map 210 (Newmarket and Haverhill) as your companion…

Walk 16 – hit the heights of Hartest

Hartest is one of these ‘ideal’ villages with a church, mansion, pub and cottages all huddled round a green and a brook. This five mile circuit goes from the village centre to Boxted then back offering impressive views over the valley and surrounding countryside. The whole distance will take between 2.5 and 3 hours to complete. At most times of the year surfaces underfoot are reasonable but it is best to choose a wind free day…

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