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Thursday, 9 August 2018

Saxtead and Earl Soham Circular Walk Summary

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A country ramble through rural Suffolk taking in the villages of Saxtead and Earl Soham

This walk can be described as a typical Suffolk rural ramble. Quiet country lanes and accessible footpaths make this suitable for anyone.

Highlights begin almost immediately with the working Saxtead Green Post Corn Mill, preserved and maintained by English Heritage. As the route descends into Earl Soham there is the 13th century church of St Mary which is well worth visiting. The village of Earl Soham is a real piece of picture postcard Suffolk with its broad leafy main street providing an air of tranquillity. At the western end the road passes across the River Ken which is no more than a babbling brook that feeds into the River Deben.

At the edge of the village is the traditional old pub known as The Victoria. Unspoilt and unmodernised, this is a delight to visit. It once hosted a brewery, but due to demand it was moved across the road and has subsequently moved out of the village although it still supplies the pub with its traditional local ales.

NOTE

This is a walk summary intended to provide the user with just the essential information in order to navigate the walk route. Fully detailed information notes, refreshment stops and walk features are not included in this. A full write up will be included in the near future.

Saxtead to Earl Soham Walk - Essential Information

Walk Statistics:

Start point
Saxtead View in OS Map | View in Google Map
End Point
Earl Soham View in OS Map | View in Google Map
Total Walk distance
3 miles
Walk difficulty
easy
Terrain
Country lanes and footpaths.
Obstacles
There is a short section along the main road in order to access the first country lane. As the footpath returns to Saxtead, it crosses a ditch by way of a simple wooden bridge. The footpath route should turn left then immediately right to cross the next field. On this occasion the path was obliterated by a newly sown crop. The alternative, as shown on this route, is to turn right and follow the path into the Windmill Lodges holiday park and follow the track out onto the road

Maps:

The following maps and services can assist in navigating this route. The links include published hard copy as well as online plots and downloadable GPX route data for importing into navigational software and apps.

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
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Online Ordnance Survey Route
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Online OpenStreetMap Route
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Online Google Route
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ViewRanger App Route
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GPX data for route (download)

Walk Data

Date of Walk
2018-04-07
Walk Time
11:30 to 14:30
Walkers
Griffmonster, Kat
Weather Conditions
Warm sunny day

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