Melford Hall 'Escape to the Country' circular walk, Long Melford, Suffolk

Walking trail

A Suffolk countryside circular ramble and photography amble. Enjoy typical Suffolk countryside views including open fields, gently rolling hills, beautiful vistas, distant churches nestling in the countryside and clear running brooks. At times, all you will ‘hear’ is total peace and quiet. Look out for Kentwell Hall, picture-box villages, Chad Brook and red poppies in summer. An ideal walk for active families.


Look out for the vibrant red flowers of poppies in summer.


Escape to the Country map


Melford Hall, grid ref: TL866483


Turn right from Melford Hall and cross the road. Follow the pavement up the hill, bear left into Kentwell Hall Park and walk up the long drive.

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Melford Hall


Just before the metal gates of Kentwell Hall itself, bear left at the signpost and go through a gate, passing a small rotunda on the right. Go through two more gates and turn right, passing the hall on your right. Follow the wide farm dirt track north for nearly 1 mile (1.6km).

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Image of Kentwell Hall a moated 500-year-old Tudor Mansion built with mellow brick


At the top of the track, just before Kiln Farm, at the signpost, bear right, heading east. Follow the grassy path past Kiln and Ashen Grove woods to the left. At the end of Brakes Ley Grove (on the right), go left along a distinct grassy path, following it round to the left. Keep the small tree line to your right as though heading for Rowhedge Farm across the open field in front of you.

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View over East Anglian countryside


At the signpost, by a lone tree in front of you, turn right and follow a very distinct path across an open field, heading for a gap in the tree line.


At the gap, continue along the distinct path downhill. At the village of Bridge Street, turn right and then left, crossing a road. Follow the footpath down the hill, passing along some back gardens on your right.


Cross the stile and shortly bear right. Go over another stile and cross the busy A134, heading for the minor road opposite. Follow this and at the signpost turn right, keeping Chad Brook to your right.

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Image of Chad Brook


Follow the brook along leafy glades and pass a ford on your right. Coming across an open, sloping field to your front, just by a hedgerow going up the hill to your left, turn right, going through a clear gap. Then cross over the brook by a footbridge with handrails.

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Turn left, now keeping the brook to your left. Follow the meandering path.


By another distinctive ford on your left, turn right up a slight incline and then bear left by the pillbox hidden in the trees on the left corner. Follow the edge of the field with the trees and the now hidden brook to your left.

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Purse Web spider


As you walk along the flat, you'll see a radio mast off to your right at the top of the hill. Continue along and go past the thin hedge line, heading up the hill to your right.


At the signpost by the second hedge line, turn right and go up the hill, keeping the hedge line to your left. At the top, cross the busy A134 again and keep straight on along the concrete track of Hare Drift.

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A field of red poppies on Escape to the Country walk


Go through the Cherry Lane Garden Centre and arriving in Long Melford High Street, turn left and follow the side of the road until you return to Melford Hall. Stop in the tea-room for refreshment if it is open.


Melford Hall, grid ref: TL866483

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Melford Hall 'Escape to the Country' circular walk, Long Melford, Suffolk


Easy walking along distinct dirt or grassy paths. Two stiles. Can be muddy after wet weather, so boots may be necessary. Care needed when crossing the busy A134, twice.

Dogs welcome, but need to be kept on leads, especially when crossing or walking along roads.

Melford Hall 'Escape to the Country' circular walk, Long Melford, Suffolk

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Melford Hall 'Escape to the Country' circular walk, Long Melford, Suffolk

How to get here

Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9AA
By train

To Sudbury (4 miles/6.4km) from Marks Tey on main East Coast mainline 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 (start point) 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/6.5km).

By bus

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

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 13 passes through Long Melford.

Melford Hall 'Escape to the Country' circular walk, Long Melford, Suffolk

Facilities and access

  • Food and Drink: Refurbished tea-room, Café at Cherry Lane Garden Centre, Hare Public House.
  • Shopping: Gatehouse Shop and second-hand book shop
  • WC's: Toilets at gatehouse and in house
  • Parking: Free
  • Dogs: Welcome on leads