Clare - Cavendish - Stour Valley Path - Clare

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The country park where you start this walk has ample cheap parking and itself provides many attractions for a day out. There is a motte and bailey castle, a priory and a visitor centre housed in old railway buildings. The walk itself follows the line of the River Stour to its south, until you reach Cavendish where you cross it, passing a beautiful old mill (now a charming residence).

Walking through the village, you pass a number of lovely old houses and other interesting buildings, including the Sue Ryder Museum (her former home). The green by the church is extremely beautiful and you pass thatched cottages (incongruously named Hyde Park Corner), now following the Stour Valley Path north of the river and on high ground which affords excellent views all the way back to Clare.

There are excellent opportunities for those interested in antiques, both in Cavendish and Clare and in the latter there is an enormous building at the entrance to the country park which houses a large number of dealerships. Both Cavendish and Clare warrant thorough exploration and both have fascinating old churches.

England - East England - Suffolk - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Birds, Castle, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Museum, Play Area, Pub, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
6/22/2023 - Martin Stimson

Car Park is £3 for 3 hrs or more. Paid by Ringo App. Stiles have been replaced by large metal kissing gates. Photos are looking dated given vegetation has grown up a lot so follow map closely. Some waymarks are missing. In Cavendish we had pic nic on the green, visited the church where there is a toilet. Lovely peaceful walk with useful cafe and toilets in the park.

6/6/2010 - Ray Howlett

This is a Really lovely walk that allows one to enjoy Cavendish and Clare. Thank you Brian and Anne for this walk.