Wild flowers, wildlife and wool
This walk provides the opportunity to see wild flowers alongside birds and animal wildlife in their natural habitat. Ideal for adventurer families.
Total steps: 10
Total steps: 10
Lavenham Guildhall, grid ref TL916493
Starting from the Guildhall, walk to your left across Market Square and head down Market Lane to the High Street. Turn right at the bottom and cross the road. Continue along High Street for about 300 yards (274m) until reaching a sign for the 'Lavenham Walk' to your left.
To the left of the old railway bridge, follow the footpath signs for the Lavenham Walk.
Follow the Lavenham walk until you reach a pair of metal gates, which is the road crossing at Park Road. Continue on until reaching Bridge Street railway bridge.
Shortly after going under the railway bridge at Bridge Street Road, you'll reach a fence, signifying the end of the 'Lavenham Walk' section, leading to an old railway cutting which has now been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
At the end of the cutting the path enters an area of woodland (for roughly 440 yards), passing through Lineage Wood to the right and Paradise Wood to the left. When exiting the woodland, you have reached the site of an 1891 railway accident.
Keeping the treeline to the right, continue for approximately 0.7 miles (1.2km) until eventually reaching another small area of woodland to the left. After a further 200m, the path turns right and crosses through the wood for about 110 yards.
Exit the wood and turn immediately left, keeping the treeline to the left and ignoring the marker post to the right (St Edmund Way). Continue on for about 550 yards until reaching the end of the field.
When reaching the end of the field, the path heads immediately right – climbing uphill – and eventually reaches the main A134 Sudbury to Bury St Edmunds road.
This road is very busy with fast-moving traffic, so carefully cross the road and go through the gate on the opposite side.
Now turn left along the A1092 and follow the footpath for about 660 yards. The entrance to magnificent Melford Hall will be found on the left. After visiting Melford Hall, head into town to pick up your return bus (Chambers 753) to Lavenham.
Melford Hall car park TL867462
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