Into the Valley of Wherstead

The historic villages of Wherstead and Freston are great for exploring the unique farmed and estuary landscapes of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB. The walks take in Freston Wood, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Technical sheet
No. 3878088
A Wherstead walk posted on 21/08/20 by Aurelie-21. Update : 21/08/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h45[?]
Distance Distance : 5.62km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 43m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 49m
Highest point Highest point : 41m
Lowest point Lowest point : 2m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Wherstead
Starting point Starting point : N 52.024514° / E 1.156444°
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Description

(D/A) Start the walk at the Suffolk Food Hall. Head south-east across the paddocks in front of the Food Hall, taking in the stunning view down the River Orwell. Cross the middle of the field towards the main road, taking care as you cross Freston Brook along a narrow verge. After a bit of birdwatching at the bottom of Freston Hill, you enter Freston Wood SSSI, woodland typical of this part of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB.

(1) Leave the wood at St Peter’s Church, Freston, largely restored by local architect R.T.Orr in 1874. It includes an Arts & Crafts styled octagonal vestry and a sensitive rescue of the C15th tower and the C14th east window. Right on to the lane around to the village (taking care on the road).

(2) On leaving the village take the footpath on your right, to Freston Lodge Farm. At end of lane go straight, down through the meadow valley, across Freston Brook and along the line of poplar trees, to the Orwell Nursing Home.

(3) Turn right onto Redgate Lane and turn left at Redgate Farm. Walk back across the paddocks for lunch or tea back at the Suffolk Food Hall.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 10m - Suffolk Food Hall
1 : km 1.85 - alt. 38m - St Peter’s Church
2 : km 2.65 - alt. 36m - Footpath
3 : km 4.03 - alt. 37m - Redgate Lane
D/A : km 5.62 - alt. 10m - Suffolk Food Hall

Useful Information

Easy – Ground under foot fairly flat, one stile. This walk takes you onto public roads. Please be aware of traffic. We recommend high visibility clothing.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 4/5


Walker
on Mon 16 Nov 2020 20:41:01 CET

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 15/11/20
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

first time on this walk. route includes some pretty countryside and walking through woods etc. Could have picked a better day to go as very muddy after heavy morning rain.... will do it again in the spring/summer and have a coffee and ice cream at Suffolk Food Hall.

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