Denham: Delightful west Suffolk countryside
Chris Barker takes a walk through picturesque countryside
This is a picturesque walk through the west Suffolk countryside, mainly on well-maintained paths and tracks and some roads.
With your back to the church turn right on the road in front of you, then almost immediately turn left through an iron gate onto a green path. After a few paces turn left on another green path, having a hedge to your left.
At a field boundary on your right carry straight on through a gap in the hedge, which will bring you out onto a road. Cross this and carry on in the same direction through another gate, now walking on a hard surface track.
When you come to a T junction of tracks turn right, with a footpath sign to your left, still walking on a hard surface track. When the track swings to the left turn right, with a footpath sign to your left, soon walking on a green track with a ditch to your right. The track will almost immediately swing to the left, having the same ditch to your right.
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Go through a metal gate in front of you, turn left and go through the second metal gate to your left, walking on a track slightly uphill with a hedge to your left. When you come to a footpath sign in front of you turn right, walking on a hard-surface track soon having a cottage to your left.
At a T-junction of roads at a bend, turn left. When the road swings to the right you turn left by a footpath sign, walking on a green path having a field to your right. The path will then soon swing to the left with a footpath sign on your right. You are now walking on a green path with another field to your right. After roughly 200 yards turn left then immediately right, walking on a green path with a footpath sign to your right and a hedge to your right.
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You will then come out onto a concrete track. Continue in the same direction soon having a row of flint cottages to your right. You will then come to a road running parallel in front of you with a red telephone box the other side. Turn left and you will then come to a concrete yard in front of you. Turn left, having a barn to your left, then keeping flint buildings to your right and then having a barn to your right on a Tarmac track. Quickly turn left by a footpath sign, walking on a farm track with trees to your left.
After passing a wood to your right turn left, walking on a green track. Just before a kissing gate turn right on a green path with trees to your left. When you come to the field boundary to your right carry on across a plank bridge and a bridleway sign to your left then walk across the field in front of you diagonally right.
When you get to the far corner of the field carry on in the same direction through a gap in the hedge by a bridleway sign to your left. Once through carry on in the same direction on a wide green track across open fields. When the track swings to the left carry straight on walking on a green path with trees both sides. This will very quickly take you out onto a road, where you should turn left.
Just after passing some chevrons on your right turn right by a footpath sign walking across an open field and you will then soon come to a footbridge. Cross this and turn right, walking on a green track with a ditch to your right. The path will then soon swing to the left - just stick to it with a hedge to your right.
When you come to the field boundary to your left turn left, ignoring the right turn across a bridge still walking on a green track having a ditch to your right. When the ditch ends turn right soon having a footpath sign to your left and walking on a green track with a moat to your left. The track will swing to the left and then to the right and when you come to a division in the paths, fork left, immediately going through an iron gate which will take you to the church car park from where you started.