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Polstead and the Stour Valley

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Polstead and the Stour Valley
Author: Steve Hallam, Published: 03 Apr 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Polstead and the Stour Valley Walking Guide star1 Polstead and the Stour Valley Walking Guide star1 Polstead and the Stour Valley Walking Guide star1 Polstead and the Stour Valley Walking Guide star0 Polstead and the Stour Valley Walking Guide
Suffolk, Stoke-by-Nayland
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Polstead and the Stour Valley
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Polstead and the Stour Valley Walking Guide boot Polstead and the Stour Valley Walking Guide
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This 5 mile circular walk is located 8 miles to the north of Colchester in south Suffolk. It connects some typical 'hidden gems' of East Anglia, traverses perhaps surprisingly hilly contours, and finishes with one of the loveliest village approaches I know - it must be one of the best in the region. The walk offers a variety of scenery, views across the broad Stour Valley of Constable fame, and the secluded little valley of the River Box.

The walk will only involve mud after rainy periods. About 1km of the route is along quiet tarmac roads. It does have several (around 8) stiles, one or two of which require a good pull up to get over. However several have a dog gate alongside, and none should provide a barrier to most dogs. There are sections with livestock, but most of the route runs across arable land. There are two steep climbs, one short and one less so. The walk should take 2.5-3 hours.

The walk starts at the village green in Polstead. There is a lay-by to park in immediately in front of the pub, at postcode CO6 5AL. Chambers bus route 84, between Colchester and Sudbury, passes through Nayland (1.4 miles away from Polstead) nine times a day (four on Saturday).

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Walk Sections

Start to Withermarsh Green Farm
Start to Withermarsh Green Farm

Start point: 52.0073 lat, 0.9027 long
End point: 51.9952 lat, 0.9264 long

From the tree in the middle of the village green walk down the slope. At the end of the triangular green, by the road junction, you will see a green footpath sign pointing down a narrow footpath, on the left side of the road. There are three metal anti-bicycle barriers at its start. Take this short path, running between gardens. At its end carry straight on, across the end of a residential road, to access a track that has a bungalow on its left, and a large hedge on the right. The track opens into a field containing horse paddocks. Walk down the right edge of the field, to the bottom, and then turn left, to pass a small stable block on your right. Yellow footpath arrows show the way.

At the end of the field pass through a metal kissing gate and continue along a narrow path. When you get to a wooden kissing gate take the path that goes left. Follow this (with a wooded area on your left, and a grass field on your right), until the path crosses a boggy area on a wooden walkway to reach a modern barn building in a paddock. The path passes to the right of this building, over two stiles and then climbs up a short but steep grassy slope to reach a tarmac road via a stile (with a dog gate).

Turn left on the road and follow it for 650 metres until you see a green footpath sign pointing to the right. This sign is by a set of double metal farm gates and leads over a stile. Take this path that runs at 11 o'clock across the arable field, to the corner of the wood on the far side of the field. For most of the year the way is shown clearly by beaten earth. When you reach the far side of the field continue down the field edge, with the wood on your left. There is a wide track to follow. Continue on the track through a wooded area and then along the side of a grass field to reach a large farm. The track passes the farm buildings and farm house on your right to reach a large green.

Withermarsh Green Farm to Bridge over River Box
Withermarsh Green Farm to Bridge over River Box

Start point: 51.9952 lat, 0.9264 long
End point: 51.9875 lat, 0.9131 long

Turn left to walk diagonally across the green. Head for the telegraph pole to the right of the two thatched cottages on the far side of the green. As you walk in front of the cottages you will see a road sign pointing down a small lane to Eastfields Farm and Bob Wright Farm. Take this lane. Where it splits in two, after a few yards, take the right-hand option. Follow this lane past an isolated house and a (rather ugly, imho) thatched barn. Just after the barn you will see a footpath sign pointing down a grassy track heading off to the right. Take this path.

Follow this track across an arable field, over a tarmac lane (the route jinks slightly to the right, so that in the next field you have the hedge on your left), along another field, straight over an unmade track, and on down a third field to a point where the path has scrub on the left and a brambly hedge on the right. Continue on as the path enters a woody area and goes down a steep little slope to leave the wood via a stile. The path hugs the hedge on your right, running between this and a barbed wire fence on your left. At the bottom of the hill, hop over the stile and turn right. Almost immediately turn left to walk down the track that leads to the small holding. Keep an eye open at this point for baby piglets running free in the farm yard to your right. Follow the rough track down to a somewhat rickety wooden bridge over the River Box.

Bridge over River Box to End
Bridge over River Box to End

Start point: 51.9875 lat, 0.9131 long
End point: 52.0074 lat, 0.9024 long

After a few yards, the track ends at a T-junction. Turn right and pass the ivy-clad agricultural building. Where the track turns left, go through the wooden kissing gate on the right to enter a grass field. Go straight on, keeping to the right of the hedge, so that it is on your left. Follow the path through a wooden kissing gate, so that the hedge is now on your right. You will have a stock fence on your left. When you come to a wooden kissing gate in this fence, ignore the path that it leads to and keep straight on, next to the hedge.

Follow the path through the river meadows until it leads over a wooden footbridge into a grassy area that looks as if it should be a garden - but isn't (the kind of thing that Americans call a 'yard'). Continue to follow the path through a gap in a straggly, overgrown hedge, past the side of a house to reach a tarmac road. At the road, cross the open grassy area diagonally left, towards a large evergreen bush growing behind a brick wall. To the left of the bush is another footpath sign, pointing down the side of a garden. Take this path.

The path runs down a hedge, with a field on your left, and a farm on your right. Follow the hedge until a sign indicates that you should dog-leg right through a gateway (which may, or may not, require you to swing round a metal sheep hurdle) and then continue along a track down the other side of the hedge / field boundary. Keep to the right side of the hedge and follow the path through the meadows to a tarmac road, exiting over a stile.

Turn right to follow this road for 350 metres. Where the road bears right (in front of a white 'lodge' type of house), go through the metal kissing gate straight ahead to enter a grass field. Your way across the field runs at 1 o'clock, following a path visible in the grass. Head towards the further, right-hand of the two large trees you can see growing in the field. As you do so, pause to admire the church, and the hall that is briefly visible behind it, to the left.

As you pass the large tree you will see the 'pinky purple' gable end of a house in a gap between the ivy-laden trees in front of you. Head for this. When you are nearly at the far side of the grass field the ground dips suddenly to reveal a road and a large village pond on the far side of this. Here is a road junction, and your route takes the road that runs up the steep hill in front of you. But before you charge up this, stop to appreciate the view of the multi-coloured village buildings, as they seemingly teeter on the hill. If this was in the Cotswolds, the place would be heaving with coach parties, so don't tell anyone!

Climb the hill, noting the varied and attractive buildings you pass. At the top you will see the village green and the start of the walk.

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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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12 gallery images for "Polstead and the Stour Valley"

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Shows the pub and the village tree. Walk down hill from here to start the walk
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Thatched cottages at Withermarsh Green. The walk runs in front of these at the start of Section 2
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This is passed on the road part of Section 1
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A view from the path in Section 2
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A house nestled in the Box valley - not a bad prospect!
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The River Box running past gardens near Polstead
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Polstead Church. Well worth a detour to check out!
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Polstead from the duck pond. It's steeper than it looks!
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The road up into the village
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A house overlooking the pond
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Two delightful cottages in Polstead
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A cottage in Polstead

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