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Melford Hall Estate Park walk


A picturesque walk in a former hunting park. Take in the splendour of the ancient park of Melford Hall, the family home of the Hyde Parker family since the 1780s, and the impressive 15th-century Holy Trinity church. Please note that this walk is only available when Melford Hall is open.

A view of Melford Hall from the northeast
Melford Hall viewed from the Park walk Martin Charles


Map route for Melford Hall Estate Park Walk
Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey


Melford Hall car park, grid ref: TL866463


Inside the grounds of Melford Hall, face the gatehouse, turn right and walk to the top end of the car park. Go through the black kissing gate on your right and into the park.

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Melford Hall from an etching c1825
Melford Hall from an etching c1825 Neale


At the signpost immediately in front of you, follow the left hand arrow along an open grass pasture heading for a wood line in the distance in front of you. Head for another signpost in the middle distance.


At the signpost, keep straight on with the valley to your right and houses on your left, which are up the incline with the church tower behind them. Pass a big lone tree on your left with a line of small trees on your right, heading for the valley floor.


At the next signpost, turn right, cross over the stream via an old wooden bridge and head straight on up a small incline. Another signpost is clearly visible on the crest and Melford Hall is in the distance over to your right.


When you reach the fence line, turn round and absorb the fantastic view with the houses and church on your right, the park to your front and Melford Hall on the left. If you are lucky, you may even see some wild muntjack deer.

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A Tree in Melford Park dating from the 1600's
A Tree in Melford Park dating from the 1600's Sarah Barfoot


Follow the fence line and at the next signpost by the fence, turn right and on the information board just in front of you, read the fascinating details about Sir John Savage's Park.


Move on straight down the hill between the avenue of trees, taking in the view as you descend gently. Cross the stream again via an earthern bridge, head on up and return to the car park. Stop for refreshment at the Old Kitchen tea-room, if open.


After your walk, take time to visit Holy Trinity Church, on the far side of the green opposite Melford Hall.

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Holy Trinity Church Long Melford as seen from Melford Green
Holy Trinity Church Long Melford, as seen from Melford Green Michael Graham


Melford Hall car park, grid ref: TL866463

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Melford Hall Estate Park walk


Circular walk, with easy walking along grass. Can be muddy after rain near the stream. Sheep droppings in the park. No bins, so please take your rubbish home. Accessible with a strong, robust pushchair. Dogs welcome, but must be kept on a lead throughout the walk as there may be sheep in the park.

Melford Hall Estate Park walk

Contact us

Telephone: 01787 379228
Melford Hall Estate Park walk

How to get here

Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9AA
By train
To Sudbury (4 miles/6.4km) from Marks Tey on the main East Coast main line from Liverpool Street, London
By road

Long Melford lies between Sudbury (4 miles/6.4km) and Bury St Edmunds (14 miles/22km) off A134. Melford Hall is at northern end of village opposite the green

By foot

At northern end of Long Melford village or via railway walk from Lavenham (4 miles/6.4km)

By bus

Service 236, Sudbury to Long Melford, hourly. See Suffolk on Board website

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 13. See Sustrans website

Melford Hall Estate Park walk

Facilities and access

  • Refurbished tearoom for sandwiches, cream teas, cakes, tea and coffee
  • Gatehouse shop for souvenirs, gifts, books and plants
  • Free parking, 200 yards
  • Toilets at the gatehouse car park and within the house
  • Dogs on leads in car park and on park walk only
  • Baby-changing facilities
  • Hip-carrying infant seats and baby sling for loan
  • Croquet set available for visitors to use in the Garden
  • Two steps to entrance of building, ramp available. One wheelchair to loan
  • Adapted toilet on the ground floor of house
  • Drop-off point at front of house
  • Stairlift to the upper floors of the house