Earl Soham

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It is definitely sensible to take map and compass (or GPS) with you on this walk. As with every walk, it also makes sense to take a stout stick and a pair of secateurs with you. These could be particularly useful on this walk. The walk begins by heading northwards from Earl Soham along the side of a deep gully and stream, then along the edge of a plantation with an unusually large variety of trees. You next turn south-west along a long, straight path through fields which takes you to Windwhistle Farm. From the farm your way drops down into a shallow valley, turning westwards along the valley beside a stream to reach a minor road west of Earl Soham. From here the route climbs gently out of the valley again to reach a lovely enclosed path bordered on either side with trees and bushes. You now reach a navigationally slightly tricky section where your path goes straight across the middle of a crop field and then turns left in the middle of the field. Fear not! Detailed instructions are given under Waymarks 10 and 11 below. You are rewarded for this intrepid experience by another glorious enclosed path between trees and bushes.

After crossing the A1120, the walk continues first south then east through farmland, eventually to reach the very beautiful house and garden of Moat Farm. After more field-paths you reach the final section, where you drop down through young woodland to Earl Soham. There are only two stiles to cross (plus two more which can be circumvented by gap or gate).

England - East England - Suffolk - Countryside

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Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Pub, Public Transport, Woodland
26/06/2012 - Edward Lyons

Adrian wasn't kidding about the stout stick and secateurs. All power to those who make a point of walking and re-establishing these largely overgrown and overplanted field paths - but after a wet spring the rampant nettles and thistles made this walk a real struggle for much of the route. Fun it wasn't, and unless you're cheerfully prepared to hack your way through, I'd recommend you give it a miss!

25/10/2011 - Walkingworld Admin

Many thanks to Brian & Anne Sandland for their updates and three new photos for this walk. October 2011. Adrian (Admin)

09/09/2011 - Alan Sturges

Lovely walk. Great views. Ideal all year.

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