GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Newmarket Walks

5 miles (8 km)

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. 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. You can find it on Palace Street at postcode CB8 8EP for your sat navs.

Newmarket OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Newmarket Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near 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
  • Cambridge Backs Walk - This circular city walk takes you around the highlights of Cambridge, visiting The Backs, a picturesque area where several colleges of the University of Cambridge back on to the River Cam
  • Cambridge to St Ives along the Busway - Enjoy a walk or cycle along this disused railway line which now forms part of National Cycle Network Route 51
  • 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
  • Ickworth Park - A circular walk around the parks and gardens at Ickworth in Bury St Edmunds
  • Nowton Park - Explore 200 acres of beautiful Suffolk countryside landscaped in a beautiful Victorian style in this country park in Bury St Edmunds
  • Mildenhall - This is a lovely walk along the River Lark from the Suffolk market town of Mildenhall
  • Cavenham Heath - Enjoy a short stroll around this pretty nature reserve near Bury St Edmunds
  • Wicken Fen - Enjoy a walk or cycle through the beautiful Wicken Fen Nature Reserve in Cambridgeshire

Pubs/Cafes

Back in the town The Bull is a good choice for post walk refreshment. It's a historic pub dating back to the 18th century and includes a large garden area for sunny days. You can find them on the High Street at postcode CB8 8LB for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

If you continue south along the Icknield Way you could visit the nearby villages of Burrough Green and Brinkley. You could also turn this route into a longer circular walk by following the trail back into Newmarket along the Woodditton Road.
Newmarket is located only a few miles east of Cambridge. Here you can try the popular Cambridge Backs Walk and explore the historic university buildings of the famous city.
To the east is Bury St Edmunds where you can visit the splendid Ickworth Park and Nowton Park. Mildenhall and Cavenham Heath are just to the north east.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Suffolk Walks page.

Photos

Warren Towers, Newmarket - geograph.org.uk - 1394221

Warren Towers, Newmarket. Leading racehorse owner Sheikh Mohammed inherited Warren Towers; it has been redeveloped during the past twenty years and is now said to accommodate more than 80 people. The original mansion was a Barnardo Home during the Second World War.

Devil's Dyke and the July Course, Newmarket - geograph.org.uk - 189834

Devil's Dyke and the July Course. The Devil's Dyke, a designated SSSI, stretches in a near perfect straight line for 12 km from the Fen edge at Reach, across the open chalk landscape near Newmarket and towards the more wooded landscape on the clay ridges, ending at Ditton Green. It reaches to around 4 metres below present ground level and up to 6 metres above. Although privately-owned, a public footpath runs along its length. Here, the Dyke runs adjacent to the July Course.

Racehorse statue at Newmarket - geograph.org.uk - 25663

Racehorse statue. This statue has been erected on the roundabout which marks the entrance to Newmarket racecourse. The road in the distance is the A1304 towards Cambridge.

Devil's Ditch near Newmarket, Suffolk - geograph.org.uk - 49045

Devil's Ditch. Taken from on top of the Anglo Saxon earthwork, looking SE. The railway and B1061 road run left to right across the centre

The Stetchworth War Memorial in Church Lane - geograph.org.uk - 1442689

The Stetchworth War Memorial in Church Lane

New River - geograph.org.uk - 380305

New River. The New River rises from springs on the margins of the chalk uplands, near Newmarket. Also known as Monks' Lode, it helps to drain the low-lying fenland into the River Cam and thence into the Great Ouse. Here, east of Wicken, it is crossed by a public footpath over a wide unfenced footbridge. There are also footpaths along either bank; the one on the far side is on land managed by the National Trust as part of the Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve.

Newmarket, The Jockey Club - geograph.org.uk - 882045

The front façade of the Jockey Club building on Newmarket High Street. Outside is a sculpture of Hyperion the renowned horse that won the Derby in 1933. Contrary to some public misconceptions the Jockey Club is not a club for horse-racing jockeys. It was founded in 1752 as a private members' club and many of its members have been and are prominent racehorse owners. Through the patronage of these members it became the main governing body in horseracing, concerning itself, amongst other matters, with rules of conduct, the licensing of racecourses, jockeys and trainers, and the health and safety of riders and horses. However in 2006, during a major reorganization of the horseracing industry, it voluntarily passed some of these regulatory responsibilities to the new Horseracing Regulatory Authority. In 2007 the latter body itself ceased to exist and all regulatory matters passed to the British Horseracing Authority. Since 2006 the Jockey Club has concentrated on the commercial aspects of running its racecourses.

Newmarket, The Palace House - geograph.org.uk - 881938

The Palace House in the town. Looking for all the world like a 1980s office building the lower two storeys of this building are the main surviving remnants of King Charles II's Royal Palace, built in 1671 when he patronized Newmarket and its horse racing activities. This fact is borne out by the details on the stone tablet below the middle window. Unfortunately most of the palace was demolished in Regency times. Indeed this was history repeating itself because both King James I and King Charles I, the grandfather and father of Charles II, also patronized Newmarket and James built a large palace here only for it to be razed to the ground during the Cromwellian era. The Palace House is now the local tourist office.

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