Hintlesham Golf Club – Hintlesham, IP8 3JG, Tel: 01473 652761
Stoke by Nayland – Keeper’s Lane, Leavenheath, CO6 4PZ, Tel: 01206 262 836
There are so many beautiful walks and country parks in Suffolk. We have included a few local
walks and request that you please replace any master copies, or guide books so they are available
for other guests. You will also find a set of 30 walks in Suffolk on cards and a local ordnance
survey map for the area in the desk in the sitting room.
Kersey – There are a number of circular walks from Kersey and other surrounding villages. You
will find maps in this file overleaf. Footpath walks are also organised from October – May on the
third Wednesday of each month, usually from and to kersey, but occasionally around other local
villages and usually in conjunction with a pub meal. For further details please call Mr John
Maltby, PAX Kersey Tel: 01473 828383.
Groton Woods Nature reserve – 2 miles from Kersey is a fairy tale like woodland and is one
of our children’s favourite places. This ancient woodland is noted for its small-leaved lime
coppice, this is an indication that the northern part of the wood has existed since prehistoric
times. The other species to note in Groton Woods is its large wild cherry trees, -it is one of only a
few ancient woodlands in Suffolk with this species. Off Howe Road, Groton, near Hadleigh.
SPB Wolves Wood – Hadleigh – 3 miles from Kersey. This reserve is one of the few remnants
of the ancient woodland that used to cover East Anglia. The RSPB manages it using the
traditional method of coppicing (a special way of cutting the trees to let light in), which means
that the wood has a wide variety of birds, plants and mammals.
Clare Castle Country Park – Situated to the south of the picturesque, historic town of Clare,
just two minutes’ walk from the town centre, Clare Castle Country Park is a beautiful quiet area
to relax, play, get close to nature and learn about Clare’s fascinating history. The park contains
the remains of the 13th Century stone castle keep set upon its 70ft high motte overlooking the
town, as well as its inner and outer baileys which are ideal areas for recreation and picnics. The
inner bailey also contains the former Clare railway station and the goods yard, which operated
for over 100 years, with the goods shed now housing displays and a railway goods van on a
stretch of track. A ‘history trail’ reveals the park’s secrets to visitors. The railway walk. Away
from the open green areas visitors can find the footpath through the trees and along the banks of
the river Stour. Information boards show the various birds and water life which can be seen
along the waters’ edge.
Alton Water – or those interested in wildlife, Alton Water Park hosts a variety of interesting
waterfowl, especially in winter. New conservation zones and bird hides have been established to
increase biodiversity with the help of local conservation volunteers. Fishing is also available at
Alton Water Park (bream, pike etc.). Day and season permits are available from the café. The
Watersports Centre has excellent sailing, windsurfing or diving facilities.
Suffolk has many cycle paths and an abundance of pretty villages to explore by bike. You will
find six cycle routes in the Cycle South Suffolk brochure which will take you through some of the
most beautiful countrysides. The cycle routes are also very clearly signposted.
Cycle Hire: Shotley Peninsula Alton Water Tel: 01473 328873
Sudbury – Streetlife Tel: 01787 310940
Alton Water – Holbrook Road, Stutton, Ipswich, IP9 2RY, Tel: 01473 328873. Alton Cycle
Hire and the neighbouring Cafe are situated on Alton Reservoir, which contains some of the
most beautiful scenery in Suffolk. There is an 8 mile designated cycle track, which allows you to
see the best views of the reservoir and the wildlife. But if you don’t have a bike, don’t worry you
can hire a range of cycles and accessories, from ordinary mountain bikes to Go-carts, and from
cycle helmets to spare parts.