Wherstead Woodlands

On the ‘Wherstead Woodlands’ walk, you can see more ancient woodland, the Stalls Valley, farmland and the villages of Wherstead and Freston.

Technical sheet
No. 3878214
A Wherstead walk posted on 21/08/20 by Aurelie-21. Update : 21/08/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h15[?]
Distance Distance : 7.58km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 34m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 40m
Highest point Highest point : 44m
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 52.02454° / E 1.156519°
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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 Freston Wood. Follow the lane right. Continue on the lane to ‘T’ junction at Freston Village, turning right through village centre. Turn right after Bond Hall taking Bridleway to Broom Knoll. The lane narrows. After Broom Knoll, continue on farm track to Stall’s Valley and Cutler’s Wood, both designated as SSSI ancient woodlands.

(2) Between Valley Farm and Wherstead village walk along a farm track and see examples of good wildlife habitat created by the Paul family. New hedgerows and trees have been planted, to benefit birds such as Yellowhammer and mammals such as vole and hedgehog.

(3) From Wherstead village turn right at the ‘crossroads’. The walk back down to Suffolk Food Hall gives you a good view of the river Orwell and bridge. By looking right, across rolling farmland to the hedges and trees, you view an English landscape that helped make an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Also in the area are Orwell Country Park and two Suffolk Wildlife Trust sites at Levington and Trimley. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 10m - Suffolk Food Hall
1 : km 1.89 - alt. 38m - Freston Wood
2 : km 4.4 - alt. 38m - Valley Farm
3 : km 5.3 - alt. 41m - Vicarage Lane
D/A : km 7.58 - alt. 10m - Suffolk Food Hall

Useful Information

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

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Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 5/5


Walker
on Mon 14 Dec 2020 23:26:33 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 14/12/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Lovely walk on a sunny December day with views over the Orwell river and the bridge, lovely woodland, quiet paved private roads with no traffic, a few very wet muddy patches following heavy rain.

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