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.
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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
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.