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Lavenham and Brent Eleigh

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Lavenham and Brent Eleigh
Author: Steve Hallam, Published: 25 Apr 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Lavenham and Brent Eleigh Walking Guide star1 Lavenham and Brent Eleigh Walking Guide star1 Lavenham and Brent Eleigh Walking Guide star1 Lavenham and Brent Eleigh Walking Guide star0 Lavenham and Brent Eleigh Walking Guide
Suffolk, Lavenham
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Lavenham and Brent Eleigh
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Lavenham and Brent Eleigh Walking Guide boot Lavenham and Brent Eleigh Walking Guide
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This six mile circular walk in Suffolk links the beautifully preserved Medieval town of Lavenham with the secluded and pretty village of Brent Eleigh. The route is surprisingly arboreal for East Anglia and provides one unexpectedly sweeping and lovely view. Lavenham is roughly mid-way between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, and 15 miles north of Colchester. Either before, or after the walk, frankly you would be mad not to explore Lavenham - unless you already know it well. There are attractive and well-preserved half-timbered buildings on most streets, while the church is one of the most impressive of the 'wool' churches. Not the best place to find low priced, good quality bargains, though.

The walking is easy-going throughout, being mainly along footpaths and bridleways. Boots are only advisable after periods of rain. Two miles are along quiet tarmac lanes. There are no stiles on the walk, just some gates and a few steps, and there are no fields that are likely to contain grazing livestock. The route is not totally flat, but the climbs are gentle. It should take about three hours.

I started the walk at the bus stop in Lavenham at the junction of Church Street, High Street and Water Street, opposite the Swan hotel. Parking in Lavenham can be 'challenging', especially on summer weekends. There is a free (but a £2/3 donation is asked for) car park on Church Street by the Cock Horse Inn (CO10 9SA), and more parking in the Market place by the Guildhall (CO10 9QZ). There is also on-street parking. Lavenham is served by two Chambers bus routes - 753 (Bury St Edmunds - Sudbury) and 754 (Sudbury - Colchester).

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Walk Sections

Start to Bears Barn
Start to Bears Barn

Start point: 52.1077 lat, 0.7953 long
End point: 52.0974 lat, 0.7999 long

Walk up Church Street, away from the High Street. Cross the road and after 120 metres, turn left into Bear Street. Follow this tarmac road past housing and out of Lavenham. Ignore various footpath signs tempting you to go right - you will see more wildlife on the lane. Continue past Weaners Farm and you come to a five-bar gate where the lane enters a private garden. A footpath sign points left, to a fenced path.

Bears Barn to Road
Bears Barn to Road

Start point: 52.0974 lat, 0.7999 long
End point: 52.0923 lat, 0.8275 long

Follow this fenced path around the hamlet. At the far side, it opens out into a field and runs along the left field boundary. At the far side of the field, turn right to follow a track down the far side of a hedge to cross a little stream. Turn left to follow the far side of the stream.

Ignore tracks that go off to both the right and left. Our path runs along the side of the stream. After having walked through an area of trees, the path meets a track running across it. At this point the path kinks slightly to the right, to run down the boundary between the trees and the field on the right. At this crossing do NOT follow the path that dives invitingly into the trees, taking you slightly left. This is both private and a dead end.

Our path runs all the way round the field boundary, which swings to the right, to reach a tarmac lane.

Road to Bridleway
Road to Bridleway

Start point: 52.0923 lat, 0.8275 long
End point: 52.1038 lat, 0.8357 long

At the road, turn left to walk up the slope. On the brow of the 'hill' (it's not very big), on your right is a footpath sign that points to the right, through a wooden pedestrian gate. Go through this and follow the path across a grass field. The path narrows to run through trees and reaches a bench overlooking a surprisingly attractive view.

The path carries straight on, running down a field boundary, on the right side of a hedge. The hedge and path turn left, and then back right, before the path becomes enclosed and dives down between gardens. It comes out on a road, down a flight of about five steep stone steps.

Turn left to walk down the road, cross straight over the A1141 and go through the gap in the fence opposite to access a dead end road. Walk up this residential road to a triangular road junction by the village sign and turn right.

Walk up this road - over the stream (very pretty), past some houses, past the church and up a hill out into the country. Keep straight on where a road goes off to the right. Continue on the road until it turns sharply to the right, where a Bridleway sign points down a green lane to the left.

Bridleway to End
Bridleway to End

Start point: 52.1038 lat, 0.8357 long
End point: 52.1077 lat, 0.7954 long

The navigational challenge now simplifies - don't veer off the straight running bridleway. This task is helped by the narrow rows of trees and shrubs that runs the whole way along both sides of the route. Glimpses of view to both right and left (better) can be had.

The path widens to become a track, and a rather strange looking building appears through the hedge on the left. I'm not sure what it is, but it looks too large to be a house. The track becomes larger and leads to a farm. Keep straight on, passing to the left of the farm buildings and house. Now paved, the lane runs down a 'hill' and over a large stream to enter Lavenham.

Turn left onto a public road, and follow this as it swings to the right, to a junction with the A1411. Turn right to walk up the A1411, noting the various attractive and half-timbered buildings you pass on the way. At the end of the road is the junction that the walk started at.

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5 comments for "Lavenham and Brent Eleigh"

Loved the walk, very wet and muddy at the moment.

By MyloandMe on 16 Mar 2018

Very pretty walk, but was quite muddy despite the description. Wear boots.

By Amythrial on 13 Jan 2018

The rather strange building mentioned is a 'Grand Design 'house.

By andyjane on 15 Sep 2017

Very enjoyable Autumn walk. Excellent directions. Completed in 2 hours at a moderately brisk pace.

By andyjane on 15 Sep 2017

20 Aug 2017 - lovely walk - needed to zoom in on map to stay on track - lots to see, well worth the meander.

By junipergulf on 23 Aug 2017

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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surprisingly attractive view mentioned on page 3 of instructions.

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