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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.


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.

Sweffling to Benhall Walk - Essential Information

Walk Statistics:

Start point
Sweffling View in OS Map | View in Google Map
End Point
Benhall View in OS Map | View in Google Map
Total Walk distance
5 miles
Walk difficulty
The trail uses country lanes, footpaths and tracks
The walk is relatively easy throughout although there is a short section through King Edward's Coronation Wood which had become severely overgrown on this occasion. It is thought that this is not a result of path neglect but more due to rapid summer growth


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
Walk Time
10:30 to 12:30
Griffmonster, Sweffling ramblers
Weather Conditions
Overcast with sun breaking through


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