An interesting and picturesque walk is one of the best things you can do on holiday. It’s great getting out in the fresh air, it’s brilliant exercise and it does wonders for your mental health. So with that in mind, we wanted to share 5 of the best walks near Bury St Edmunds, the town that’s a stone’s throw away from one of our parks – Aspen Country Park.
1. The Lark Valley Path
Covering 15 miles between Mildenhall and Bury St Edmunds, this walk is pretty long but it isn’t difficult and so isn’t that demanding – depending on your pace! Plus, there are numerous points of interest along the way that could provide a welcome distraction and rest. Highlights include Lackford Lakes where you may spot a kingfisher, West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Cavenham Heath National Nature Reserve.
2. Ickworth Park
This walk takes place within the glorious countryside around the Rotunda but deliberately takes you off the beaten track. You start at the Porter’s Lodge visitor centre before looping through Twist and Horsepool Wood where, if you’re lucky, you might see a deer! As a 5-mile track, it’s significantly shorter than the Lark Valley Path but we still encourage a post-stroll food and drink stop at the end!
3. Wonderful Woolpit
This walk allows you to enjoy a range of classic rural Suffolk vistas. You’ll wander through the countryside, heading east of Bury St Edmunds on this 5.5-mile circular walk. You start and end at the Woolpit passing through Woolpit Heath, Clopton Green and Drinkstone.
4. The historical highlights tour
This walk allows you to take in the various historical wonders of Bury St Edmunds in an up close and personal way. Exploring a town is always best done on foot and this walk is designed to give you the historical highlights of the town. One of the highlights of this walk is the Millennium Tower of St Edmundsbury Cathedral soaring above the rooftops and we recommend a pit stop and look around here. You’ll weave your way through Bury’s backstreets and past well-known landmarks including the abbey gardens and ruins, the Theatre Royal, the Greene King brewery and St Mary’s Churchyard.
5. Bradfield Woods
This ancient woodland walk is just south-east of Bury St Edmunds and is a joy to do no matter what time of year you go with varying scenes throughout the changing seasons. Bradfield Woods walks vary from one mile to 2.5 miles and it’s an ideal place to take your dogs – just remember some towels and wellies if you’re going in the rain!
Looking for holiday homes near Bury St Edmunds? Aspen Country Park is in the perfect location for you. Just a stone’s throw away from Bury St Edmunds, Aspen Country Park is set within 222 acres of stately and prestigious grounds that include stunning parkland and woodlands as well as lakes and a Grade II listed church tower.
A protected, isolated site, surrounded by magnificent lakes, Aspen Country Park is a wonderful place to combine a love for the great outdoors and is a great base from which to enjoy these wonderful walks around Bury St Edmunds.