8. The Garden of Suffolk Walk
Saxmundham - Darsham 6˝ miles
|planning your walk|
|Time:||Allow about 3 - 4 hours|
|Suggested map:||Explorer map 212 Woodbridge and Saxmundham (almost all the route); also map 231 Southwold and Bungay.|
|Refreshment:||Carry sufficient food and drink for the whole of the walk; there are no pubs or shops directly along the route, but plenty at either end.|
|Useful info:||There are shops and two pubs at Yoxford, a roadside café close to Darsham station and a petrol filling station café on the far side of the level crossing.|
Known locally as 'The Garden of Suffolk' the village of Yoxford is approached across the pastures of Rookery Park, one of three country houses that surround the village.
The village is a short distance from Darsham station and was once a staging point on the London to Yarmouth turnpike. The Street (A1120) is most picturesque, lined with an agreeable mix of buildings of various ages and styles, and include a pub.
Route finding - key points (numbers refer to points on the route diagrams)
- The path starts at the side of the railway bridge abutment opposite St John's Rd.
- Turn left away from railway, heading across the field towards the fingerpost on the road.
- Path leaves farm track. Go diagonally (i.e. half left) to the far corner of the field.
- The path goes off left along a narrow field.
- Turn left keeping to the field edge; don't follow the track into the wooded area.
- Continue straight ahead across the park, following the line of ancient oaks (stiles across the park may be replaced by kissing gates).
- Two paths bear right across the park: use the one that passes just left of the cattle trough and on to the kissing gate at the left end of Pins Wood.
- Cross roads with extreme caution.
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© Roger Wolfe 2007 - 2012