GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Framlingham Castle Walk

1 miles (1.5 km)

This walk visits the 12th century Framlingham Castle and follows the public footpaths surrounding the attractive Suffolk based market town.
You can park at the castle car park to start your walk. The paths then take you around the pretty mere which is a Suffolk Wildlife Trust nature reserve and bird sanctuary. From here there are splendid views back over the water to the castle. The paths then take you around Framlingham College before heading back towards the castle. Here you can walk the full length of the parapet walls and climb some of the 13 towers for views across the mere.There's also the option of following footpaths through the countryside north east to Brabling Green.
You can virtually explore the grounds of the castle by using the google street view link below!

Postcode

IP13 9BP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Framlingham Castle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Framlingham Castle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Framlingham

  • Saxmundham - This Suffolk based market town has some nice trails to try through the valley of the River Fromus
  • Aldeburgh to Snape Maltings - This walk visits the lovely Snape Maltings Nature Reserve from the coastal town of Aldeburgh in Suffolk
  • Tunstall Forest - This large forest in Suffolk has miles of good footpaths and a 10 mile red graded single-trackmountain bike trail
  • Orford Ness - Follow the walking trails around this beautiful nature reserve on the Suffolk Coast
  • Rendlesham Forest - Rendlesham Forest is probably most famous for reported UFO sightings in 1980 but it is also a great place for cycling and walking
  • Iken - This walk explores the area around the Suffolk village of Iken
  • Aldeburgh - The coastal Suffolk town of Aldeburgh is a lovely place for walkers
  • Helmingham Hall - This walk visits the beautiful estate surrounding the 16th century Helmingham Hall in Suffolk.
  • Laxfield - This walk visits the splendidly preserved medieval village of Laxfield in Suffolk.

Pubs/Cafes

There is a good on site cafe providing a range of meals and snacks.

Dog Walking

The castle grounds are a pleasant place for a dog walk. Please keep them on leads though. The cafe mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just east of the town there's the neighbouring market town of Saxmundham to visit. Here you can follow the East Suffolk Line Walks south through the valley of the River Fromus to the nearby Snape Maltings nature reserve on the River Alde. The expansive Tunstall Forest can also be found in this area.
The Iken Walk can be picked up just south of the nearby Snape village at the Iken Cliff car park. It will take you east along the river to visit the splendid old St Botolph's Church. The ancient place of worship includes a part thatched roof and an ancient nave dating back to the 12th century.
Just to the south west you could visit the pretty village of Helmingham and explore the 16th century Helmingham Hall Estate. There's some lovely footpaths here taking you to herbaceous borders, tree lined avenues and beautiful gardens.
To the north there's the noteworthy village of Laxfield. The historic settlement has a number of traditional thatched cottages and timber-framed houses. There's also a 14th century church and 16th century pub in this attractive village.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Suffolk Walks page.

Photos

Framlingham Castle across The Mere - geograph.org.uk - 2354089

Framlingham Castle across The Mere. The picturesque mere is managed by Suffolk Wildlife Trust. It used to supply the castle with fish.

Framlingham Castle - geograph.org.uk - 1395164

View of the castle courtyard from the walls. The ancient castle has an interesting history. Most notably Mary Tudor(daughter ofHenry VIIIand his first wifeCatherine of Aragon) was proclaimed Queen of England here in 1553.

Gated Entrance - geograph.org.uk - 947480

Gated Entrance

Some of the town shops in Framlingham - geograph.org.uk - 2068068

Some of the town shops in Framlingham

Market, Framlingham - geograph.org.uk - 2930702

Market, Framlingham. There is a traditional English market in the town square, Market Hill, every Tuesday and Saturday mornings offering fruit and vegetables, artisan bread and cakes, fresh fish, coffee, cheese and pies, and other occasional stalls.

Framlingham - Church of St Michael

Church of St Michael. This Grade I listed medieval church is another significant structure in the town. It dates back the 12th century with rebuilding taking place during the late 15th and 16th centuries.

Castle Street, Framlingham - geograph.org.uk - 2083837

Attractive row of houses on Castle Street. In 2006Country Lifemagazine voted Framlingham the best place to live in the country.

Framlingham, The Crown Hotel - geograph.org.uk - 1964922

The Crown Hotel

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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