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Over the Hills from Nayland

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Over the Hills from Nayland
Author: Steve Hallam, Published: 20 Apr 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Over the Hills from Nayland Walking Guide star1 Over the Hills from Nayland Walking Guide star1 Over the Hills from Nayland Walking Guide star1 Over the Hills from Nayland Walking Guide star0 Over the Hills from Nayland Walking Guide
Suffolk, Colchester
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Over the Hills from Nayland
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Over the Hills from Nayland Walking Guide boot Over the Hills from Nayland Walking Guide
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This pleasantly pastoral 4 mile lollipop shaped walk is unusual for this area of Suffolk - it has some ups and downs, and much of it is over (or alongside) grass. It runs from the attractive, chocolate-boxy village of Nayland, six miles north of Colchester. Much of it tries to persuade you that you are somewhere in the south west - although the sun shines more often here. It offers good views, attractive woodland, and rolling countryside. There is even a tiny hidden valley. The pretty village of Nayland is well worth exploring, either before or after the walk. High Street, Bear Street and the river side are the most attractive areas.

The route involves tracks, pasture, arable land and road walking. Three quarters of a mile is either through the village of Nayland or along quiet public lanes. Boots are only necessary in winter and after periods of rain. There are three stiles on the walk, one of which requires a good 'pull up'. When I tracked the walk (April) I encountered no grazing livestock, but normally both cattle and sheep should be anticipated. Two hours should be sufficient to complete the walk.

Nayland is located about six miles north of Colchester. I parked in the old market place, on High Street, Nayland, CO6 4HU. If this area is full (more than likely), there is street parking on both High Street and Bear Street. However, I normally park in a secluded residential service road on the left (north) side of Stoke Road, 200 metres beyond the start of Gravel Hill. Nayland is served by Chambers 84 bus, between Colchester, Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds.

Walk Sections

Start to Pretty Pond
Start to Pretty Pond

Start point: 51.9716 lat, 0.874 long
End point: 51.9891 lat, 0.8599 long

Walk northwards along High Street, admiring the several attractive buildings and the mill race (only visible on one side of the road). At the T-junction with Bear Street turn right, and then shortly afterwards turn left to start the ascent of Gravel Hill.

After about 200 metres you will see a green public footpath fingerpost pointing down a track to the left. Follow this track; it twists and turns a bit but always keeps to the right of some houses and then a timber yard. Keep to the right of the timber yard, keeping a thick hedge to your left. The path swings to the left, around the back of the timber yard, and then opens out into a sloping grass field. Turn right to walk up the side of the field. In the field corner, in front of a high wooden fence, turn left, keeping to the edge of the field and enter a path with bushes on both sides (don't cut the corner of the field off, or you'll miss this).

The path goes through a narrow gap in the hedge to come out in a second grass field. Go through the wooden pedestrian gate facing you and then follow the path diagonally across the field to a second wooden gate. Through this lies a little bridge and a stile. After the stile, bear right to follow a visible path across the next field. This leads through a gate to enter a fourth field, after which yet another gate leads to a fenced path. This path leads through a small area of woodland, then alongside a meadow, to reach a converted barn-style building. Do not walk right in front of the building, but rather bear slightly left to follow a visible path alongside a hedge and through a tunnel formed by fruit trees.

At the end of this 'tunnel' path, cross the drive to the house and go through the gap in the hedge on the far side, to access a path running across arable fields. Cross over another track and keep going. The path becomes fenced, runs alongside pasture, and then enters a wood. Keep going straight, ignoring a sign for a 'circular path' going off to the left.

Leave the wood via a wooden kissing gate and continue straight on, in a grass field with a large hedge on your left. Walk up the side of the hedge. A stile leads into a wooded area, and then past a rather lovely pond with a residence on the other side. This section ends as you round the far side of this pond.

Pretty Gond to Beachams Farm Gate
Pretty Gond to Beachams Farm Gate

Start point: 51.9891 lat, 0.8599 long
End point: 51.9901 lat, 0.868 long

Follow the path around the pond and then across to the access drive for the house. Turn left to follow the drive to a T-junction with a larger lane. Turn right to follow this lane past an old farm on the left, and then down a slope to run along a pretty little valley.

After a while you may hear swish, ping, FORE!! thunk, oops. SORRY!! kinds of noises coming from your left, indicating that you are now walking alongside a golf course. On your right you will see a five bar gate with 'Beachams Farm' on it, and through this a secluded farmhouse tucked away in its own tiny valley.

Beachams Farm Gate to End
Beachams Farm Gate to End

Start point: 51.9901 lat, 0.868 long
End point: 51.9717 lat, 0.8742 long

Ninety metres after passing the track to Beachams Farm, you will see some steps cut into the right-hand bank of the track, which lead to a stile. Take this path, heaving yourself over the stile to access a grass field. The path is easily visible as it runs up the field in front of you.

Follow the path through a wooden kissing gate and across a second field, to run down the left side of a low hedge. Go through the gateway at the end and, when in this third field, bear right to go down the side of this field. (I am normally nattering, and not paying attention, so mistakenly go straight on towards the metal five bar gate ahead of you and slightly to the left.)

Vault athletically (we can all dream) over the stile in the corner of the field to access a path that climbs a slope, enclosed within a narrow strip of trees and shrubs. Continue straight on this path until it ends on the bend of a tarmac lane. Carry straight on down this very quiet lane, which provides some attractive views across the Stour Valley below. You will pass the footpath fingerpost on your right, where the walk left this lane on the outward leg. The lane is Gravel Hill and from this point you will be retracing your steps back to the start.

Keep ahead on the lane. At the T-junction at the bottom, turn right into Bear Street and then, shortly afterwards, left into High Street. The start of the walk is down here.

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1 comments for "Over the Hills from Nayland"

Really loved this walk. Varying terrain throughout and some lovely views.

By sixnotes on 14 Apr 2018

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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