Take care crossing the busy main A134 Sudbury to Bury St Edmund's road.
Total steps: 12
Total steps: 12
Melford Hall car park, grid ref: TL867462
Starting from the Melford Hall car park, turn right out of the gate, and keeping to the same side of the road, walk 660yd (600m) until reaching the Cherry Lane Garden Centre. Entering the garden centre, walk just past the building entrance and look for the public footpath sign in front of you. This is known as Hare Drift.
Hare Drift continues along a concrete path until joining the main A134 Sudbury to Bury St Edmunds road. The traffic on this road can be very fast, so cross with great care. Go through the gate on the opposite side of the road, and walking straight ahead, follow the footpath, which after 100yd (90m) continues downhill. At the bottom of the hill turn left and follow the tree line.
Ignore a footpath sign to the left (St Edmund's Way). You will find an exit through the trees on the right-hand side after another 100–200yd (90–180m). Going through the trees, continue across a small bridge over the River Chad, heading slightly uphill.
Exit into a plain with scrub to the right. You can see signs now covered with scrub, showing where the path was/should be.
Head up the plain for about 200yd (180m) keeping the scrub to your right, until the path runs alongside some woodland to the left.
Follow the path for about 400yd (360m) until reaching a path crossroad. The section after this is a permissive footpath and dogs should be kept on leads.
Keep on for 200yd (180m) until the path enters Lineage Wood to the left and Paradise Wood to the right.
When you leave the woodland you are entering a section of railway cutting designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
You will have reached the end of the SSSI section when reaching the Bridge Street railway bridge. The next section is now known as the Lavenham Walk.
Continue on the Lavenham Walk until you reach metal gates.
Reach the metal gates, which are at the Park Road crossing. Crossing the road, go through the gates and continue on for approximately 400yd (440m), until you reach Lavenham High Street to the right of the Bury Road railway bridge. Now cross the road, and continue right up High Street, for approximately 300yd (270m), and turning left into Market Lane walk up to the Market Square.
Lavenham Guildhall is across the Market Square.
Lavenham Guildhall, grid ref: TL916493
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