Bury St Edmunds
This walk visits some of the highlights of this lovely Suffolk town using sections of the St Edmund Way and Bury to Clare Walk. You'll visit the delightful Abbey Gardens, the River Linnet, Hardwick Heath and Nowton Park.
The walk starts off in the centre of town with a stroll around the Abbey Gardens next to the cathedral. The gardens have nice footpaths taking you to a rose garden, sensory garden, ancient monument ruins, an aviary, and a section of the River Lark. You can then follow a section of the waymarked St Edmund Way, south through the town to Hardwick Heath, crossing the River Linnet on the way. The 55 acre open space of Hardwick Heath is popular with dog walkers and includes majestic trees such as 200-year-old Cedars of Lebanon.
After leaving the heath you continue south into the countryside before picking up a section of the Bury to Clare Walk and heading east to Nowton Park. Here you will find good paths taking you around 200 acres of Suffolk countryside landscaped in a beautiful Victorian style. After exploring the park the walk follows Hencote Lane back to the St Edmund Way before returning to the town centre.
This route heads south from the town but you could also head north along the Lark Valley Path. This delightful riverside trail takes you along the River Lark to West Stow Country Park and the Langford Lakes Nature Reserve. It's a lovely walk with woodland, lakes and lots of wildlife to look out for on the way.
Other good options for walkers include the nearby Clare Castle Country Park and Ickworth Park. The delightful nature reserves at Bradfield Woods and Cavenham Heath are also well worth a visit.