GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Bradfield Woods

1 miles (1.5 km)

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 includebluebells, oxlip,herb parisandramson (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.


IP30 0AQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Bradfield Woods OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Bradfield Woods Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Dog Walking

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.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Path through Bradfield Woods - - 1451867

Path through Bradfield Woods

Track in Bradfield Woods - - 286629

Bradfield Woods is a National Nature Reserve, managed by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. These are one of the finest coppiced woodlands in the country. Coppicing is an ancient method of harvesting timber which also creates a rich and varied habitat for wildlife.

Field and woodland edge - - 1451864

Field and woodland edge. Looking towards Felsham in the distance.

Coppicing in progress - - 1568423

Coppicing in progress. The wood is managed on a 25 year coppice cycle. This was taken during a tea break, hence no people actually working! All the wood cut is used to make products from logs to thatching pegs which are sold to help the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. It is estimated that the wood has been continually under coppice management for at least 300 years.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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