Brinkley: Stour Valley views to enjoy
- Credit: Archant
Chris Barker follows a route around a village near Newmarket
This is an undulating walk with good views of the Stour Valley.
With your back to the church, walk down the lane in front of you signed Icknield Way, going through a double kissing gate and another kissing gate into a meadow. Walk straight across onto facing road and carry on in same direction on a grass verge, having the B1052 to your right. You will then have a footpath sign to your left, turn left, coming to a track running parallel in front of you, turn left then cross a footbridge. You will eventually cross another footbridge, soon coming to a footpath sign – turn left and walk straight ahead keeping garages to the left. Coming to a road in front of you, turn left and immediately go over a bridge. Faced by a field, cross diagonally right aiming for a signpost. Once across turn left on a path, stick to this coming to a footpath sign on your right, ignore this and carry on. The path then swings to the left. When you come to the field boundary on the left turn right over a footbridge. Once across go through a small gate, crossing a paddock slightly diagonally left to a gate, once through carry on in the same direction. On coming to the end of the barn on your left, turn left walking on a track, it eventually swings right becoming tarmac. Carry on ignoring left signposts, soon having Carlton church to your right. At the memorial stone turn left signposted Brinkley. When the pavement ceases pick up another one to the right of the road. Then ignore the footpath sign to the right, turning right down Acre Road. Then turn left signposted Burrough Green, soon crossing a stile into a meadow. Walk straight on to a gate, go through this and carry on with a hedge to your right, coming to a stile into a large meadow, go across in a straight line then over a bridge, turn left. At the field boundary on your right turn right. When you come to a road turn left and immediately right signposted Burrough Green, then crossing a footbridge turn left. The footpath will then swing to the right and when a wood ceases to your left turn left on a permissive path, having the same wood to your left. At the end of the wood turn right. Stick with the path as it turns left. At the field boundary turn left. When the track swings to the right – turn right then follow the path in front of you that swings diagonally right across a field. On coming to a wooden footbridge on your right cross this and go through a gate, carrying on in the same direction, then through a kissing gate and footbridge and carry straight on. Then through another gate coming onto a road, turn right to your starting point.