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Local Walks …

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This series of walks have been put together by Roger Medley.

If any of the walking notes are confusing or inaccurate or the information is wrong, please contact Roger. If they are helpful, or if you have any other comments, likewise.

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W.I.Walking Group

The Wickhambrook W.I. Walking Group meets every Wednesday morning at 10am starting from the MSC car park for walks in the village or slightly further afield. We walk for about two hours and cover about five miles, depending on how much chatting is taking place. There are usually six of us, although we have had a dozen occasionally, dogs are welcome too.

Walk 6 – Wickhambrook Walk

This is the third of a series of local walks being prepared for the Discover Suffolk leaflet. The route sticks mainly to the village centre but includes some countryside stretches, which can be muddy in winter, and four short sections of road...

Walk 34 – Brockley Circuit

This is a circular route around the village of Brockley and has the proud distinction of never visiting the village of Brockley. The 8.5 mile circuit makes use of the Bury St Edmunds to Clare long distance walk in the north/south direction and an old green lane cum bridleway in the south/north direction. There are sufficient undulations and views and variation to make life interesting without providing too much of a struggle...

Walk 33 – Whepstead Wander

This five mile circuit, two and a half hours of walking at gentle pace, makes use of a stretch of the Bury St Edmunds to Clare path and includes two short sections across fields but the route is regularly walked so they should be clear of crops and accessible all year round. There is a small amount of quiet road walking but pavements or verges are available along most of the distance. Most walking is done on field edge paths...

Walk 32 – From Dalham to Wickhambrook

Why not make use of the newly introduced Demand Response Transport system (further details in the Parish Council notes section) get a lift to Dalham and find your way back, or if you have access to a second car leave the first outside the church at Dalham and collect it later...

Walk 31 – Denston

This route will take you there and back in under three hours at leisurely pace. Most of the circuit is on field edge paths or minor roads with pavements. There is a seat outside the church that almost overlooks the village green. Please note that on one section of the return journey the path has been diverted and is not as shown on even the most recent copy of the Ordnance Survey Newmarket and Haverhill 210 Explorer map, but it is clearly waymarked...

Walk 30 – Cheveley and Ashley

This 7.5 mile circuit makes use of well maintained paths around some of the Newmarket studs and a section of the Icknield Way, supposedly the oldest road in Britain. The latter was already ancient when the Romans came and extends from Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire to Knettishall Heath in Norfolk along the chalk ‘spine’ of England...

Walk 28 – Hawkedon Circular Walk

The Hawkedon website states ‘Hawkedon is one of the strangest places in Suffolk. There’s nowhere else quite like it. Here, in the rolling landscape between Haverhill and Bury, is where the Chiltern Hills come to die. On their journey through Bedfordshire and Essex they become lower and softer, with the occasional last stabs of glory before sinking beneath the Suffolk heathlands...

Walk 27 – Ousden Return

This circuit of almost eight miles and three hours walking is possible in winter, most underfoot surfaces are green lanes or minor roads, but could be more enjoyable and relaxing during the spring to autumn period. The most useful companion map is Ordnance Survey Explorer 210 covering Newmarket and Haverhill...

Walk 26 – Hargrave and Chevington

The walk explores the countryside around and between the two villages making use of mainly field edge paths and quiet country roads. There are some gentle slopes and the circuit is a mix of wide open spaces and village edges. At almost 7 miles it is a longer walk than usual but when you reach the seats in Chevington churchyard you are more than halfway round...

Walk 25 – A Hundon Walk

This route which takes you from Hundon to Poslingford and back is just over five miles and if you wish for a picnic midway there are several seats in Poslingford churchyard. The walk is one of undulating contrasts with one particularly long cross-field path which should be clearly indicated, good views and several short sections of great interest. Enjoy...

Walk 24 – Denham Castle Walk

This is a walk of two halves which starts with much field edge walking and typical countryside views but rewards you later with a possible viewing of rare breeds (cattle and sheep), a skirting of Denham Castle mound and a return through one of the only deer farms in the area. The whole circuit is over six miles and takes about three hours at a leisurely pace...

Walk 23 – Stanstead Walk

This walk has the distinction of going through the area of the highest point in Suffolk. This is supposed to be in Stanstead Great Wood but this does not agree with the contours on the Explorer 196 Sudbury, Hadleigh and Dedham Vale Ordnance Survey map which show a higher point to the west. The circuit also takes you down part of the drive and through the grounds of Kentwell Hall. The distance is almost 7 miles...

Walk 22 – A Kedington Hills Circuit

There used to be a newspaper cutting on display in the porch of Kedington church which read – ‘Sir, I note the correspondence regarding a proper Christian response to bats in the spire. As the incumbent of a typical Anglican parish, I can assure you that the only answer is to get the bats baptised and confirmed. In my experience, you will never see them again’. This has now been removed but the church is well worth a visit. This can be at the start or end of this 5.5 mile walk around the hills of Kedington area...

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...

Walk 13 – Moulton

Moulton boasts a four-arched 15th Century Packhorse bridge which spans the River Linnet. Built of flint and stone it is narrow and the parapets are intentionally low to allow goods, such as corn, cloth, poultry, fish, salt and hops, to overhang. The bridge was on a major route between Bury and Cambridge. Pack horse trains could number up to 50 animals and were the main long distance transport in this part of the country up to the 18th century...

Walk 12 – Barrow

This Barrow walk has sweeping views in all directions and a choice of distances between 4.5 miles and 7 miles...

Walk 11 – Clare

This 4 mile walk circles the town of Clare taking in the Common, which is the site of the fledgling village some 1000 years ago. The route can be followed on Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 210 Newmarket & Haverhill...

Walk 10 – Dalham

This is one of the most attractive local walks within easy reach of Wickhambrook (15 minutes by car) and samples the woods, hills and cottages of Dalham Hall estate. There are several opportunities for refreshments on the 4.5 mile circuit providing you plan your arrival time...

Walk 9 – Skirt the grounds of Denston Hall

This is a shorter walk than normal and has the added advantages of being local and has no stiles. Total distance is 3 miles and at gentle pace it is unlikely to take longer than 2 hours. Maybe an outing for a summer’s evening?

Walk 8 – Stetchworth walk

The Devils Dyke is one of the best preserved Anglo-Saxon earthworks in England. Thought to have been built by the Saxons in the 6th and 7th centuries AD to keep those Britons at bay, the bank and ditch stretches for 7.5 miles between Reach and Wood Ditton...

Walk 7 – No hills in Suffolk, there’s plenty here

Having travelled almost every footpath in Wickhambrook and several over the parish boundary it is now time to move further afield. This is the first of a series of wanders based on neighbouring villages - those within a 10 mile radius of Wickhambrook. Hawkedon and Somerton circular walk...

Walk 5 – Walk to Cowlinge and back

This is the second of a trio of walks to pubs in neighbouring villages, the idea being that you walk there, have a midday snack and make use of the local bus service for the return journey. Please note that this particular pub is only open at lunchtime from Thursday to Sunday and Sunday is an 'open all hours for roast meal' day. There is no bus service on Sunday...

Walk 4 – Walk to The Star Inn at Lidgate

eave the Car Park at Wickhambrook village hall and take the footpath on the right that runs between the playing field and the graveyard. Follow this track across a ditch and along the edge of the field (left in the corner) until you reach the road...

Walk 3 – Wickhambrook plus Clopton & Denston

This circular walk heads east to Clopton Green, south to Denston and returns along the brook valley making use of Countryside Stewardship fields, footpaths and quiet country roads. There are two steady climbs but the effort is rewarded by pleasing views of rolling Suffolk countryside. The good news is that over the last month most footpaths have been cut and many crops have been harvested. No section of the route should be overgrown. The walk is approaching seven miles so you may wish to pack a picnic...

Walk 2 – Wickhambrook including Baxters Green

This circular walk heads north of the village and makes use of the green lanes in that area. Total mileage is between 6 miles and 7 miles and will take around three hours at gentle pace. The circuit is best undertaken in the drier months. It is also enjoyable in the winter, just a bit more of a challenge. For reassurance take Explorer map 210 Newmarket & Haverhill with you...

Walk 1 – Walk around Wickhambrook

This walk around Wickhambrook was first published in April 2005 and was the first of, what eventually became, many circular walks in the village and surrounding area. At reasonable pace this one takes around 3 hours and covers about 5 miles...

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