Hartest - Chadacre Park - Hartest

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Hartest is a stunning little village in the heart of the Suffolk countryside about seven miles south of Bury St Edmunds. The village is all built up around the green, with dozens of listed buildings, a beautiful pub, church and butcher's. The route starts by the green and takes you along a public footpath south-east from the village, uphill (quite steep for Suffolk!) and then along another path east over to Chadacre Park. The estate is entered from the back and up an old avenue of trees with ever-increasing and delightful views to Chadacre Hall. The hall was built in 1835 and was recently sold for £16M, complete with its 630-acre estate!

The route then heads north along a quiet country lane to pick up a footpath back to the west along the northern edge of the estate and so to Hartest.

England - East England - Suffolk - Countryside

Features

Birds, Church, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Pub, Stately Home, Wildlife
27/09/2017 - doug mitchell

At the end of September this walk could be sub-titled "The Pheasant Walk", and an absolute pain with a springer spaniel on a harness! Never seen so many birds, and Molly pulled me hither and thither! Not helped by Molly, I have now tried this walk twice. The first time I took a wrong turning (my fault) and gave up. My second walk was successfully completed, although I went slightly wrong 3 times and almost thought I might have to retrace my steps. I am not a brilliant navigator but there are a couple of places where I would have written it up differently. There was one stile where I had to lift Molly over (not easy lifting a 20kg dog). Good views, a very pleasant area.