Bury to Clare Walk

Distance: 30.5km (19 Miles) Max Height: 113m (371ft) Ascent: 290m (951ft) Start: Bury St Edmunds Finish: Clare
Waymarks: Views: History: Wildlife: Overall:

This is a short long distance path of only 19 Miles linking the town of Bury St Edmunds with the small market town of Clare. The walk is achievable in a single day of roughly 10 hours or so. The route connects the Stour Valley Path at Clare Castle with the Lark Valley Path at Bury St Edmunds for a customised long distance route. The route is generally well waymarked with only the odd section requiring a glance at the map. Views throughout are quite limited except for the section in the middle through Somerton where there are gentle hills giving the best views on the walk. Much of the history and ancient buildings along the route are not accessible or views are greatly restricted of them which is a great shame as there are many great historical buildings in this area of Suffolk. Wildlife is a highlight on the route with many different bird species and mamals seen along the route including Wild Deer and Buzzards.

There are no places enroute to purchase food or drinks so these should be taken with you from the start. At the end Clare has numerous facilities including a large shop and several pubs to chose from if the plan is to eat a nice hot meal.

Highlights Along The Route:
Nowton Park, Hawstead, Whepstead, Brockley Hall, Somerton, Thurston Hall, Clare, Clare Castle Country Park

Route Completed on 4th May 2016

4th May 2016
Nowton Park - Hawstead Lodge - Pinford End - Mickley Green - Stonecross Green - Brockley Hall - Somerton - Thurston Hall - Stansfield Hall - Upper Street - Kings Wood - Clare - Clare Country Park Distance: 30.49km (18.93 Miles)
Ascent: 290m (951ft)
Time: 5 Hours 59 Minutes