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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

This is a walk for those who enjoy open countryside and big skies. It starts with much field edge walking but rewards come later with the skirting of Denham Castle mound and a return through a deer farm...

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...

History of the Scene 1969 – 2000

Wickhambrook Scene began life in February 1969 when the first Scene was published. It contained twelve pages (half foolscap size as it was then) and carried seven adverts on the back page and on the inside pages. The cover carried a picture identified by Alf Hicks as being Hole Meadow near Coltsfoot Green, and appears to be a photo copy version of a photograph...

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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