Lavenham - Long Melford - St Edmund Way - Lavenham

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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.

You start in the beautiful old mediaeval wool town of Lavenham and follow mainly farm tracks to the edge of Long Melford. Here you can choose to visit this beautiful old town or continue via a former railway track, now part of the St Edmund Way long-distance footpath, back to Lavenham. A good part of the way is through very pleasant woodland.

Back in Lavenham you have a glimpse of the main street with its incredible variety of old architecture (including a truly 'Crooked House'). You then go through the main square past the historic guildhall. This building has served many uses, including as a prison and a workhouse. Now owned and run by the National Trust, it houses a museum and contains interesting historical facts about the guildhall, town and surrounding countryside, including the railway whose former track you follow.

England - East England - Suffolk - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Castle, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Museum, National Trust, Pub, Restaurant, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
6/30/2019 - Sid Marks

Really enjoyed this walk,Lavenham is a lovely place to visit.Just a couple of updates. At waymark 3,the stiles have been replaced with gates. At waymark 10 after the 1st field,when turning right,you follow the path downhill with the hedge on your left,as indicated by the marker pos,not with the hedge on your right.When you get to the bottom turn right,then after 30 yards,turn left through the hedge indicated by a marker post,over a plank footbridge,then turn right to continue the walk downhill on the grass track. At waymark 11,there is no left hand path.Go through the trees following a path downhill to the cart bridge,cross it,go uphill and the path bears left to follow the railway track

5/2/2008 - Walkingworld Administrator

Our apologies to Marion. The walk summary did indeed suggest the route went through the village of Acton whereas in fact it did not. We have amended the walk summary now.

4/28/2008 - marion Levine

This was our first walking world walk and we were pretty disappointed. We realised, after setting off, that this walk did not visit either of the villages mentioned so just ended up discarding the notes and using our ordnance survey map. The synopsis was completely misleading.

8/10/2006 - Walkingworld Administrator

Thanks to Adrian Perkins for updating this walk August 2006.