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|Arger Fen and Tiger Hill|
|Author: Steve Hallam, Published: 30 Mar 2017||Walk Rating:|
|This circular walk of just over 4 miles is located about 7 miles north of Colchester, in south Suffolk. It encompasses a rich variety of different landscapes and habitats, including some that are quite unusual for East Anglia. There is even a little valley that feels as if it has been misplaced from the hills of the West! Much of it traverses either nature reserves or land set aside for nature conservation, where work is ongoing to improve its wildlife value. Look out for the delightful and isolated Assington Mill, with a revolving water wheel.
Some sections of the route are likely to be muddy or boggy in all but the driest conditions. Cattle will be encountered at one point. This is a beef suckler herd with a bull, but they are Charolais, so are both pretty and usually placid. Having said that, the combination of cattle and nature habitats means that this is a walk for dogs happy to be under close control. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates and the section with cattle involves six stiles. Around a kilometre of the route is on quiet, tarmac, country lanes. Allow 2 hours.
The walk starts at the main car park for Arger Fen and Spouse's Vale nature reserve, managed by Suffolk Wildlife Trust, at postcode CO8 5BN. The nearest bus services are to Bures, which is 1.6 miles away. These are the Chambers bus routes 753 and 754 between Colchester and Bury St Edmunds.
|Start to Leavenheath Farmhouse|
Start point: 51.9823 lat, 0.8095 long
From the car park, enter the nature reserve through the wooden kissing gate and follow the wide path that runs straight ahead, along the top of the ridge. Ignore the two paths that turn off left, down into the wood. Just after you have passed (and ignored) a wooden kissing gate on your right, you will come to a junction of paths. Take the path that forks right, leaving the one that runs straight on. Follow this path, which can get very muddy, to an open part of the reserve, where a thicket of saplings has sprung up on both sides of the, now grassy, path. Keep straight on across the open area, ignoring paths that run off both left and right.
|Leavenheath Farmhouse to Assington Mill|
Start point: 51.9914 lat, 0.8287 long
Follow the lane past Leavenheath Farmhouse (the one with the black, self-standing sign in front of the brick wall) to a crossroads. At the crossroads turn left, to leave the village on a tarmac road. Follow this road, turn right when it does, and then (just past the first house after the bend) look out for a green metallic Public Footpath sign on the left side of the road.
|Assington Mill to End|
Start point: 51.9965 lat, 0.8181 long
As you walk through the collection of buildings at the mill you will see a still turning water wheel on your right. I am not sure if this is the original one, or a cosmetic addition! Follow the track up the slope to where the track turns sharp right. Do NOT follow it. Your route goes straight on, along a grassy path that crosses flat arable land. (If you prefer, you can turn left at this junction, taking a path that follows the valley back to Arger Fen. It is very pleasant, but you will miss arguably the best bit of the walk.)
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2017 by the author SteveHallam and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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