Tattingstone - Holbrook Park - Alton Water - Tattingstone

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Starting and finishing at a very convenient free car park by Alton Water (the water supply for SE Suffolk) this walk takes in a pleasant stretch of path by the lake as well as using well-maintained field-paths and two tracks through delightful areas of woodland. You pass an isolated house along the route which is surrounded by an electrified deer-fence. This is no extravagance because the surrounding fields are home to scores of deer and whenever you cross the fields you are likely at least to find thousands of hoofprints, even if you do not see the deer themselves. There are also hares in abundance and other flora and fauna, including a large variety of waterfowl on the lake.

England - East England - Suffolk - Countryside

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Wildlife, Woodland
28/10/2017 - Norman Lavender

This is a very pleasant walk on my first visit to this part of Suffolk. It was also the first one I followed using the Walking World app, which worked well. The instructions are very clear but there are a few points worth noting. At the end of October, the fields mentioned between wm02 and wm03 had been recently sown, as a result the line of the footpaths were not clear. However a combination of the instructions and the OS map made this not an issue. At wm06 there is a sign (I suspect this is very new) pointing to Black Pond Meadow in the direction of the required path. The sign at the fork left mentioned in wm06 points to Lemon's Hill North (also a new sign). Although the instructions are very clear regarding the route from wm06, I think it would have been useful to add another waymark at the most southern point of the walk (TM 14332 37333), as anyone looking at the provided gpx file may think the route back to wm02 is via the road.

21/10/2013 - Michelle Harrison

Enjoyable walk and although much was on arable land we saw plenty of wildlife - late butterflies, birds of prey, deer, grass snake. Worth noting that the house described as having an electric fence round didn't have it anymore ( just the stands for it remain) and due to harvests paths across fields weren't always obvious but we found our way home despite a couple of detours! Beautiful suffolk countryside as ever. Thanks