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Sunday 29 July 2018

Sweffling Circular Walk Summary

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Short circular walk through the Suffolk countryside around the village of Sweffling

A walk around some outstanding Suffolk countryside following the Alde valley south of Sweffling, starting and ending at the Sweffling White Horse pub. There is history too! As well as the many windmills that once sat on the ridge above the valley, the area also boasts a connection with the legends of St Edmund. A tale related by a 14th century manuscript tells of how Edmund defeated his enemies at a place known as Dernford. Although there is no evidence of exactly where this was, some attest that the site was south of Sweffling where Dernford Hall is located.

If you view the Sweffling village sign, on the upright is a heart pierced by a sword, which I am told is the representation of Edmunds victory in the battle.

Sweffling Circular Walk - Essential Information

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  • Start location: Sweffling 
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  • Walk type: Circular
  • Walk Grade: easy
  • Terrain: The trail uses country lanes, footpaths and tracks


The following maps and services can assist in navigating this route. There are links to printed maps and links to downloadable GPX route data for importing into navigational software and apps.


Route Verification Details

  • Date of Walk: 2018-06-03
  • Walk Time: 10:30 to 12:30
  • Walkers: Griffmonster, Sweffling ramblers
  • Weather Conditions: Overcast with sun breaking through


Summary of Document Changes

Last Updated: 2021-12-07

2021-03-17 : Update website improvements and removal of ViewRanger reliance
2021-12-01 : Removal of ViewRanger links due to its imminent demise


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