The Walks

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Most walks in and around Clare are in PDF format.  pdf   All will open in a new window.

Wheelchair accessible     Clare Town Trail  easy access
Country Park Nature Trail     easy

The Circular Walks Series, collated by  Clare Walkers, starting in the Car Park at Clare Castle Country Park; six routes marked on sections of the OS map, with directions and points of interest included in each:

Walk 1 Clare Loop  moderate     2 or 4.5 miles     up to 2 hours
Walk 2 Houghton Hall  moderate     5 miles     2 hours
Walk 3 Clare Cavendish   moderate     7 miles     3 hours
Walk 4 Long Lane   moderate     4.5 miles     2 hours
Walk 5 Claret Hall & Stour   moderate     5.8 miles     2.5  hours
Walk 6 Chilton Street   moderate     4.6 miles     2 hours

Magna Carta Heritage Walk     moderate/strenuous     8.5 miles

Clare Stour stewardship way
Stour: along stewardship way to Clare                    Photo: Trevor Pickerin

Our Monthly Walks’ Programme is shown on our Events page.  Many are based on the walks listed above.  They are led by trained volunteers based in Clare.

Located on Discover Suffolk which has walks all over Suffolk:
Discover Suffolk

Angels & Pinnacles: 2 walks based on Clare (Clare-Cavendish, Clare-Stoke-by-Clare circulars, plus extension to Kedington)
Threads Clare-Cavendish: similar to our Clare Cavendish Circular but returning by the same northern route

Courtesy of Dedham Vale & Stour Valley Project:

Upper Stour     moderate/strenuous     11.5 miles
Haverhill    moderate     6 miles
Kedington     leisurely     3 miles
Stoke-by-Clare     moderate     5 milesDedham Vale AONB & Stour Valley Project
Belchamp-Brook    moderate     9 miles
Glem Valley     moderate/strenuous     9.5 miles
Long Melford: River Glem Circular/Chad Brook Circular    moderate     7 miles/5 miles
Geocache Guides
Stour Valley Path
  strenuous 60 miles 10 sections 2 local sections:

Stour Valley Path

Kedington to Clare    moderate    8 miles
Clare to Long Melford    moderate     8.5 miles

This walk may be seen on an online OS map:
Bury – Clare Walk     strenuous     19 miles

Wickhambrook Village website has an excellent list of walks all over our area.
Suffolk Area Ramblers have organised walks throughout the year in our area.  The Sudbury group has its own calendar.  There is the Stour Valley Group, another Ramblers  association, targeted on people in their 20-40s.

Wool Towns Association logo
Wool Towns Association logo

Clare is a member of the Wool Towns Association: Hadleigh, Lavenham, Long Melford & Sudbury are the others.  You’ll find more walks on the their sites.

Walkers are Welcome logoClare has recently been accredited to the national ‘Walkers are Welcome‘ scheme.  In Suffolk Shotley has already joined – their walks include the Arthur Ransome trail and the Shotley Explorer Guide.

Fancy going further afield?  What’s happening across the country.
Visit Walks Around Britain.  See their pages on Walking Festivals.

For an explanation of our walking grades, please go to our advice page.

For information or suggestions, please contact editor(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)  You can leave comments and photos on the Gallery page – but use your own photos, not some one else’s.

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