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 moat as well as a complete set of former railway buildings. The town has wide range of shops and services, set amongst multiple historic buildings.
A set of 6 circular walks from the Country Park have been produced in conjunction with the Park. They can be viewed and downloaded from the walks page. The other walks shown there are taken from a variety of acknowledged sources. 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 different walking standards are indicated.
A new way-marked walk was created in 2015: the Magna Carta Way. 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 Castle Hedingham on April 25th 2015. A map has been published – see the entry on the walks page.
Tours and walks led by trained local volunteers are available – see our Events.
Wikipedia has a long article on Clare, covering history, architecture, facts and figures; there are links within the article to the Castle, the Common, the de Clares, the railway and much more.
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.
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