Rede - Somerton - Hawkedon - Great Wood - Rede

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This part of Suffolk is almost entirely down to arable farming and has gentle, rolling terrain. The area was densely populated with airfields during WW2 and their remains are still evident, though now the runways have been dug up and the buildings put to commercial use. This walk starts at the tiny and tightly grouped hamlet of Rede, then follows well-marked paths and bridleways in a loop round Brockley Green to Somerton. A short distance later we come into Hawkedon, one of those Suffolk villages where one half expects to find Agatha Christie characters trimming their hedges, but watching and taking note of our every step. The village pub is a welcome oasis and for fellow aficionados of country churches, St Mary's, in its unique setting, is worth a visit.

The highest point of the county is a couple of hundred metres from Waymark 18, but quite frankly, any wheatfield mole for several kilometres around could over-top it with a bit of determination. Just for the record, it is a spot height of 128m. The route is easy to follow, but there are several awkward stiles and there may be some mischievous cattle keen to get you off their patch of grass.

England - East England - Suffolk - Countryside

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Church, Mostly Flat, Pub