This National Nature Reserve near Bury St Edmunds is one of the best places in Suffolk for wildlife. There's nice walking trails taking you through the woods to a lovely lake with a bird hide. Birds in the woods include garden warbler, blackcap and willow warbler. Other wildlife to look out for includes a variety of butterflies and deer in the adjacent fields.
There's also lots of interesting flora with over 370 plant species. Woodland flowers include bluebells, oxlip, herb paris and ramson (wild garlic).
There's three trails to try in the reserve. These will take you around the reserve and into the adjacent Monkspark Woods.
To continue your walking in the are you can head west towards Stanningfield and pick up the long distance St Edmund Way. Following it north will take you into Bury St Edmunds where you can visit the delightful Abbey Gardens.
PostcodeIP30 0AQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Bradfield Woods Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Bradfield Woods OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Bradfield Woods Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The woods are ideal for dog walking so you will probably see other owners on a fine day. You are requested to please keep them on leads at all times.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
A few miles to the east is the attractive town of Stowmarket where you can enjoy a lovely riverside walk along the Gipping Valley River Path.
To the north east there's Haughley Park where you can enjoy bluebell walks around the historic 17th century estate.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Suffolk Walks page.