Lavenham woodland walk, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

Walking trail

An easy walk around the Lavenham Woodland community project, part of the old Lavenham to Long Melford Great Eastern Railway line, and the opportunity to see the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. Look out for some of the 24 varieties of butterflies that have been seen in the area.

An ideal walk for families.


Map route for Lavenham woodland walk


Lavenham Guildhall TL916493


Starting from the Guildhall, walk to your left across Market Square then head down Market Lane to the High Street. Turn right at the bottom and cross the road. Continue along High Street for about 300yd (274m), and over the old railway bridge, ignore the sign on the left to 'The Lavenham Walk'. You're now on Bury Road. A little further up on the left-hand-side of Bury Road is the entrance to Dyehouse Field.

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Lavenham Dyehouse Wood Notice Board


Before you start your walk, survey the scene from the bench over to the right of the entrance - it's made entirely from recycled plastic bags.

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Brown Argus butterflies in the wood, in Lavenham, Sufolk


After exploring the Project, proceed down to the more wooded section, along the path with the hedgerow on your right. A short distance later take the right hand fork, and after 100yd (91.5m) go over a small wooden bridge at the boundary and up to the Lavenham Railway Walk, turning right.

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Giant Snail on Lavenham Railway walk


Walk along the length of this track, passing through a metal gate at Park Road and through another gate opposite.


When you reach the old railway bridge, go under it, then use the path that ascends on the right hand side to get up to the road (the Railway Walk further on from here is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and would take you right through to Long Melford). At the top, turn right and head back over the bridge towards Lavenham village. Be careful as you're now going to walk for a while along Bridge Street Road, which can be a slightly busy road at time.

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View from Bridge Street Bridge across fields to Lavenham church


Using Lavenham Church Tower as a landmark to your left, continue along Bridge Street Road until reaching a stand of small trees on your left and a footpath sign. Follow this footpath on to the lane that loops around the back of the church.

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Lavenham Parish church in summer


Following this lane will bring you back to Lavenham High Street, almost opposite the Swan Hotel. Turn left back up High Street, cross the road; turn right up Market Lane and then back to the Guildhall, for lunch or tea perhaps.

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Lavenham Chiff Chaff


Lavenham Guildhall TL916493

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Lavenham woodland walk, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk


An easy walk around the Lavenham Woodland project and part of the old Lavenham to Long Melford Railway line. Tree roots underfoot and some parts of the route may be muddy after wet weather. Suitable footwear is advised. Dogs are welcome under close control.

Lavenham woodland walk, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

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Lavenham woodland walk, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

How to get here

Lavenham Guildhall, Market Place, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9QZ
By train

Sudbury, 7 miles (11km)

By road

A1141 and B1071. In Market Place, off High Street.

By foot

4 mile (6.4km) Railway Walk links Lavenham with Long Melford.

By bus

Chambers 753, Bury St Edmunds to Colchester, passes close to Sudbury Station

By bicycle

South Suffolk Cycle Route A1

Lavenham woodland walk, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

Facilities and access

  • Parking: Free Car park in front of Guildhall, Prentice Street and Cock Inn. Free street parking
  • Food and drink: Tea room at Guildhall. Various other outlets around town
  • WCs: Guildhall, Cock Inn car park, and Prentice Street
  • Shop at Guildhall
  • Garden at Guildhall