Lavenham - Preston St Mary - Lavenham

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Lavenham is a stunning village with its medieval buildings and Guildhall, which is owned by the National Trust. This route is mainly on public footpaths and take you along field edges to Preston St Mary. Keep an eye out in the sky as there are many birds in the area. Along this section we saw several kestrels, two little egrets and a hen harrier.

After arriving at Preston St Mary the route again follows public footpaths to start heading its way back towards Lavenham. Buzzards are frequently seen in the skies over this area, so keep an eye out as you follow the field edges down to a small stream close to the village. Kingfishers can be seen along this stretch of river, so look out for a flash of electric blue!

Once you arrive back in the village centre you pass the Guildhall, which is owned by the National Trust. The Guildhall is open most of the time and entry is free for National Trust members and worth a look around if you have time. The route follows a narrow road down to the main high street and turns left to pass several shops on the way back to the car park.

England - East England - Suffolk - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Birds, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Mostly Flat, National Trust, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Toilets, Wildlife
4/21/2024 - Margaret Baldry

A very good walk, walked today, we mostly followed the mapping rather than the instructions so can't comment on their accuracy although they seemed fine when I did read them. At point 18 it's important to take the path on the east side of the hedge, not the west side (marked PROW) as it becomes very overgrown. The path between 23 and 24 is currently closed for safety reasons. Continue on the roadside path then take the path left between the river and the back of the housing estate to point 25. It's worth extending the walk to Preston church before turning back towards Lavenham.

11/19/2020 - Sid Marks

Excellent walk for all ages,enjoyed it.Just 2 updates,at waymark 9,when you turn left,you cross a plank footbridge and then turn right on the field edge path heading North. At waymark 12,again you turn left and cross a plank footbridge to follow the field edge north-east.