Long Melford - Stour Valley Way - Glemsford - Long Melford

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Long Melford's main street has been described as "the most impressive single thoroughfare... long and wide, with houses of dignity and shops of charm". There are several world-renowned antiques shops, several of which were featured in the Lovejoy series on TV some years ago. Its church is of "the finest proportions and flushwork" (a form of decoration using flints). The elegant Lady's Chapel has a children's multiplication table on one wall - a remnant of the days (1669-1880) when it was used as a schoolroom. All around is sweeping parkland and there are several great manors, including Tudor Long Melford Hall and the moated Kentwell Hall (1564) which you approach on the walk through a long, straight avenue of lime trees. You visit the village of Glemsford after crossing the area of farmland known as Kentwell Downs. Here you leave the Stour Valley Path to head south, then east, passing through the hamlet of Liston before using a short stretch of St Edmund Way to return to Long Melford's main street.

England - East England - Suffolk - Countryside

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Mostly Flat, National Trust, Pub, Restaurant, River, Stately Home, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
10/04/2012 - Sid Marks

A superb walk through Suffolk`s beautiful countryside. The Holy Trinity church at the start of the walk is truly splendid, well worth a visit. There's also a gift shop inside. Just a couple of updates for this walk, which are: At waymark 9 when the woodland ends there is now a waymarked path veering right through a farmer's field leading directly to the footbridge. At waymark 11 when you turn right on the road, Mill Farmhouse where you turn left, is about 100 yards up the road. At waymark 17, Glemsford picnic site is now fenced off and no longer in use. The narrow and overgrown path at waymark 18 has now been cleared and widened.