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.
The walk begins in the centre of town, near the tourist information centre and the former palace of Charles II. You then pick up the waymarked Stour Valley Path and follow it south west along the racecourse. Look out for thoroughbred horses galloping on the exercise track. The route turns south east along the Devil's Dyke, with nice countryside views and a short woodland section. The Devil's Dyke is the largest of several earthworks in south Cambridgeshire which were designed to control movement along the ancient Roman roads. It is over 7 miles (11 km) long and is the largest of a series of ancient Cambridgeshire dykes.
The route then finishes at the village of Stetchworth.
Before or after your walk be sure to visit the fascinating National Horseracing Museum in the town. It tells the story of horse racing from its earliest origins to the world-wide phenomenon it is today. This is explored through works of art, silver, bronzes and artifacts including silks worn by famous jockeys such as Lester Piggott and Frankie Dettori.
Other Walks around Newmarket
- Stour Valley Path - Follow the River Stour from Newmarket to Cattawade on this delightful walk through East Anglia
- Icknield Way Path - The Icknield Way Path starts at Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire and heads to Knettishall Heath in Suffolk along prehistoric pathways