You can walk a long way from Knettishall Heath on long distance paths – the Peddars Way goes to North Norfolk for 46 miles, the Icknield Way runs south for 105 miles to Buckinghamshire and the 92-mile long Angles Way from Great Yarmouth to Thetford runs east-west through the area. We will settle for five miles mainly through the varying habitat of the heath.
Richard Tyson enjoys some bracing sea air on this walk, which starts at the fortifications from both world wars at the end of East Lane. It then follows the recently-improved coastal path towards lonely Shingle Street. Continue via Alderton then return to the coast using marked footpaths.
Combine this journey with a visit to the garden centre; you will find a space in their extensive car park and some refreshments on return. In the summer an area with tables and seating is open for leisure activities next to the Colne River. The ramble is an easy route following the travel of the sun to the village of Great Tey, one in a group of villages including Marks Tey. It involves little hard-top walking and the route back from west to east is clearly marked by the Essex Way and other discs. One farm complex, singled out by a large painting of the English flag on a high wall, is undergoing a barn conversion to a private residence – watch this space!