Walks in & around Clare

This is a list of walks in and around Clare, Suffolk.

Clare is an historic market town in West Suffolk, bordered by the Stour, halfway between Haverhill and Sudbury.  It has a country park with a ruined castle and moats as well as a complete former railway station.  The town has wide range of shops and services, set amongst multiple historic buildings.

Banks of the New Cut, Clare, Suffolk
Banks of the New Cut – Photo: Trevor Pickerin

A set of six Circular Walks  centred on Clare  has recently been compiled.  All other walks, many of which are also circular, are taken from a variety of sources (which is clearly acknowledged). Most are available in PDF format and may be printed as A4.  They vary in length from 19 miles (Bury to Clare) to 1½ miles (Clare Town Trail).  Suitability for walking standards are indicated.

A new walk has been created: the Magna Carta Way.Magna Carta walk from Clare, Suffolk to Castle Hedingham, Essex  This runs from Clare Castle to Castle Hedingham, two sites linked by the involvement of their barons in the creation of Magna Carta, endorsed by King John in June 1215.  This was inaugurated by parties from both locations walking from Clare to Sible Hedingham on April 25th 2015.  The path is waymarked with new roundels.  A map has been published – see the entry on the walks page.Suffolk Year of Walking 2016-17

Tours and walks led by trained local volunteers are available – see our Events.  They are included in Suffolk’s Year of Walking.

Wikipedia has a long article on Clare, covering history, Wikipedia article on Clare, Suffolkarchitecture, facts and figures; there are links within the article to the castle, the Common, the de Clares, the railway.

The area around Clare is peppered with prehistoric sites and finds.  From a Roman town at Wixoe to the Saxon town of Clare, the landscape has changed over time from forest to large arable farms.  The record of archaeological finds may be seen on this Google map.

For facilities around Clare – accommodation, food & drink, antiques & art, leisure, attractions, guides and links – go to visit-clare.co.uk.

Leaf symbol of Clare walks
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