This is a lovely circular walk along the River Lark from the Suffolk market town of Mildenhall. There's a nice waterside footpath running to the village of West Row, with herons to look out for on the way. The walk takes place near Mildenhall airfield, the headquarters of the 3rd United States Air Force in Europe. Look out for the planes taking of and landing as you make your way through the area. The annual air shows, held in May, are the biggest of their kind in the world and always attract huge crowds.
You can start the walk from the car park near to the river in town. Then follow the riverside footpath west, passing Wamil Hall to Jude's Ferry Bridge. Here you cross the river and head through the little village of West Row. The Mildenhall Treasure, a major hoard of highly decorated Roman silver tableware from the fourth-century AD, was discovered in West Row. The hoard was discovered by farmer Gordon Butcher while ploughing in January 1942 and acquired by the British Museum in London. The walk returns to Mildenhall, following bridleways along the northern side of the river.
You can extend your walk by following the river in the other direction along the Lark Valley Path. The trail starts in Mildenhall and heads east along the river to Cavenham Heath Nature Reserve. You can also pick up the Icknield Way Path near the town.
Just to the east of the village there are some nice circular walks to be found around the nearby Mildenhall Woods.
Mildenhall Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Walks near Mildenhall
- Cavenham Heath - Enjoy a short stroll around this pretty nature reserve near Bury St Edmunds
- Lark Valley Path - Travel through the River Lark Valley on this interesting and varied walk from Mildenhall to Bury St Edmunds via West Stow Country Park.
- Icknield Way Path - The Icknield Way Path starts at Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire and heads to Knettishall Heath in Suffolk along prehistoric pathways
- Newmarket - This walk uses sections of the Stour Valley Path and Icknield Way Path long distance trails to take you past the famous racecourse and into the countryside surrounding the Suffolk town of Newmarket.
The walk begins in the centre of town, near the tourist information centre and the former palace of Charles II
- West Stow Country Park - Enjoy waterside walks alongside a number of pretty lakes and the River Lark in this splendid country park near Bury St Edmunds
- King's Forest - This large area of woodland near has miles of cycling and walking trails to enjoy
- Brandon Country Park - A lovely cycle or walk around Brandon Country Park and the surrounding Thetford Forest in Suffolk
- Lakenheath Fen - Follow the well laid out footpaths around this lovely nature reserve on the Norfolk/Suffolk border
- Lackford Lakes - This walk visits the pretty Lackford Lakes Nature Reserve near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.
- Tuddenham - This circular walk explores the countryside around the village of Tuddenham in Suffolk
- Moulton - This attractive Suffolk based village includes several picturesque thatched cottages, views of the River Kennett and a noteworthy medieval Packhorse Bridge
- Feltwell - This Norfolk based village is located near Thetford Forest in the South Western part of the county
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the south there's the worthy neighbouring village of Tuddenham. In the village you can visit the historic Tuddenham Mill - an ancient watermill surrounded by 12 acres of gardens and Suffolk countryside. There is a high quality restaurant at the mill where you can sit outside by the river in a very picturesque location.