Bulmer - Belchamp Walter - Hill Farm - Bulmer

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This walk was originally submitted by Brian & Anne Sandland. Walkingworld is very grateful for Sid Marks taking over the walk, June 2021. Walk titles and route directions may have changed since the walk was first published.

From the picturesque parking area at Bulmer Church (well worth a visit) you walk, mainly on field-paths, to the equally picturesque hamlet of Belchamp Walter, with its church and grand hall in an isolated location. After more field-paths and lanes you reach Hill Farm, then continue at an elevated level to pass the location of a former Roman villa in Gestingthorpe, before passing a small settlement at High Houses and then returning to the start point.

Although this is East Anglia there is some climbing and descending. The advantage of this, of course, is that you have greatly enhanced views at a number of points.

The whole walk takes you through a very sparsely populated area and at times you will be at least a mile away from the nearest road in any direction.

England - East England - Essex - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Wildlife, Woodland
6/1/2021 - Edward Lyons

Just to say I should have read Sid's correction regarding the missing sign! The absence of that and any other footpath signs on that stretch (- unhelpful farmer?) caused me to retrace my steps and road-walk a long section. Otherwise excellent - will try again some time.

11/2/2020 - Sid Marks

Re-walked after a year to check for updates,only one found.At Waymark 6,the notice regarding Gestingthorpe Roman Villa has been removed.So after passing the farm you need to take the 2nd gap on the left to cross the narrow field.

12/14/2019 - Sid Marks

What a lovely walk this is,perfect instructions,thoroughly enjoyed it.I started the walk from Sudbury Station and walked to the start point.It adds 5.6 miles.At waymark 3,Belchamp Hall was used in the filming of a TV series back in the 80,s called Lovejoy.Recommended walk.

10/20/2017 - doug mitchell

I have already posted a comment on this very good walk. One thing I did not mention is that I had a problem finding the church starting point (where you park the car). There is no sign-post to church, in fact at one point I ended up on the wrong side of the church wall and had to do a 3 point turn in someone's garden! From the road look out for a sign that points to "Village Hall" and drive up there.

10/15/2017 - doug mitchell

Very enjoyable walk with various points of interest. Also excellent directions.

11/9/2014 - Sarah Smith

A great walk and very good for dogs