Needham Market Lake Walk
Enjoy an easy stroll around Needham Lake on this short walk in Needham Market. After following the trail around the main lake you can pick up the Gipping Valley River Path and follow the riverside path south to Bosmere and Alderson Lake.
It's a very pretty area with wetland areas, meadows and a small woodland. In the summer months you can see lots of wildflowers including pyramidal and bee orchids. You should also see lots of water loving birdlife on the lake.
You can park at the car park off Coddenham Road and pick up the nice surfaced trails from here. Needham Market train station is also very close by so you can access the site from there quite easily.
To extend your walk you can follow the Gipping River south towards Ipswich and visit Suffolk Water Park.
PostcodeIP6 8HB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Needham Lake Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Needham Lake Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Needham Lake OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Needham Lake Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
A few miles to the east 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.
Also to the east is neighbouring Coddenham where there's nice walks through the old Shrubland Park and a noteworthy 16th century pub to visit.
To the north west there's Haughley Park where you can enjoy bluebell walks around the historic 17th century estate.