Manningtree - Nayland - Wormingford - Bures: Part 2

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Part 2: the walk is in three main sections. Firstly a fairly flat section (about 10km) along the valley floor as far as Thorington Street, secondly a 'switchback' section (about 15km) as far as Wormingford, followed by a return to the 'flat' valley floor for the third section.

There are stiles to contend with (although not a great number) and there are kissing-gates, one of which (between Stoke-by-Nayland and Nayland) is very restrictive. It will normally require at least the removal of your backpack and possibly necessitate climbing over the gate.

A little roadside or road-walking is required, but I have found there to be hardly any traffic on the majority of the roads and farm tracks.

Meadowland, pastureland and arable land are the predominant conditions underfoot. There are wide open spaces, woodland areas and country lanes bordered by hedgerows, in addition to some villages with mediaeval buildings and churches.

For those who do not intend to walk the full length in one go, there is the option of boat hire (Flatford) and there are bus services ( serving many of the villages. Flatford Mill (NT) and Thorington Hall (NT) may be worth a visit and a short circular walk at Nayland incorporating Court Knoll (ancient monument, site of original settlement, Roman connections) may be of interest.

Download Walk 4068 for Part 1 of this walk.

England - East England - Suffolk - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, National Trust, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
7/21/2019 - Sid Marks

Re-walked this one after 9 years,enjoyed it as i did part 1.This part of the walk is 7.5 miles.A couple of updates. At waymark 5 after crossing the 3rd footbridge,you need to carry on ahead through another field to reach a plank footbridge,cross it and its here you turn right following the field boundary to reach School Lane. At waymark 10 after crossing the sleeper bridge and stile,you now head half left for 100m to a kissing gate.Go through this and turn left uphill to arrive at the house on the right. At waymark 15 after crossing the Staunch farm track,the path has disappeared.I turned right on the farm track,then left following the field boundary to the point where the walk continues.Also all the stiles have been replaced with kissing gates,also the one by the mill building

8/13/2010 - Sid Marks

11-08-11.Enjoyed this walk as I did part 1. Bures railway station is not manned, you pay your fare on the train. Parts 1 & 2 of this walk took me around 8 hours.