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|Bells and White Horses: The Middleton and Westleton Pub Trail|
|Author: adnams, Published: 08 Apr 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular walk taking in two Adnams pubs in Suffolk; The Bell Inn in Middleton and The White Horse in Westleton. Apologies if you were expecting a connection with the ‘Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross’ nursery rhyme! With a pub at the start and one half-way round there are endless excuses for lunch, dinner or just sampling the ale. The route follows the farmland and heath paths connecting the villages, taking in this peaceful stretch of the Suffolk countryside. |
There are just a few gentle gradients and some of the unmade paths can become quite muddy after rain and in winter. There is one kissing gate and one stile on route (the stile has an open fence surround for dogs to pass through), but both the gate and stile can be avoided if you need, with just a short diversion along the village road. There are a couple of sections of walking along country lanes plus one section along the edge of a busier road – so take particular care of traffic at these points. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
Middleton village is located about 5 miles north-east of Saxmundham in Suffolk. The walk starts and finishes from The Bell Inn pub on The Street, which has its own car park. Approximate post code IP17 3NN.
|Start to Vale House Farm|
Start point: 52.2549 lat, 1.5579 long
Leave the pub car park via the vehicle entrance and turn left along the village lane, taking care of any traffic. Follow the road, Rectory Road, as it bends right and on the right you’ll pass the village school with the village church behind. It is not unusual for schools, churches and pubs to be in close proximity within a village – an area at the centre of the village often described as providing education, salvation and damnation!
|Vale House Farm to White Horse Inn|
Start point: 52.2579 lat, 1.5619 long
Turn right along the lane, passing a range of outbuildings and a converted barn on the left. About 100 yards later, turn left along the stone track, signed as a footpath. Follow this surfaced track steadily uphill with open fields to the left. Over the brow of the hill you’ll pass a small wind turbine on the right. Simply keep straight ahead on the obvious track as it winds between fields. The track will eventually lead you to a T-junction with Yoxford Road.
|White Horse Inn to King's Farm|
Start point: 52.2663 lat, 1.5749 long
When you are ready to continue, return to the stone track between the pub and its car park. Standing with the pub to the left and the car park to the right, turn right along the village road and you will pass the village pond on the right.
|King's Farm to Treatment Works|
Start point: 52.2637 lat, 1.5846 long
Keep straight ahead along the gravel driveway. You will emerge out to a T-junction with a quiet lane. Turn right along this, taking care of any traffic. After just one field length, turn right again onto the signed bridleway, a pretty grass lane known as Hardpiece Lane.
|Treatment Works to End|
Start point: 52.2566 lat, 1.5752 long
Keep straight ahead on the wide surfaced track continuing between fields. You’ll emerge to a T-junction with the main road, Reckford Road. (Note: this next section of the walk follows the edge of this busy road – take extreme care of the traffic, using the grass verges where possible and crossing over where necessary to make yourself visible within the bends.)
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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