Explore the area surrounding the delightful village of Somerleyton in the Waveney area of Suffolk. The circular walk makes use of the Angles Way and other public footpaths to take you on a tour of the village and the Somerleyton Estate surrounding Somerleyton Hall.
The village is accessible from Somerleyton rail station. You can catch the train from Lowestoft and Norwich directly.
The area has a fascinating history. Sir Samuel Morton Peto lived at the hall and was responsible for many of the most well known buildings in London, including Nelson's Column and the Houses of Parliament. He was also one of the pioneers of steam locomotion. The delightful model village includes the thatched red-brick estate cottages which he created for his workers.
You start the walk in the village passing the pretty cottages and village green before following the Angles Way footpath into the countryside towards Kitty's Farm. You turn south at Green Lane and head towards the river where you will pass two pretty lakes before returning to the village.
For a fee you can also enjoy a tour of Somerleyton Hall and gardens. Here you will find a walled garden, an aviary, a loggia and a 90 metres (300 ft) long pergola covered with roses and wisteria.
If you would like to extend your walk then you can follow the Angles Way north and visit the splendid Fritton Lake Country Park. There are lovely cycling and walking paths around the large lake which is 2.5 miles long.
Heading south along the Angles Way will take you towards Lowestoft where you will find the lovely Oulton Broad and Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve.
PostcodeNR32 5QQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Waveney Valley Walk starts in Beccles and visits Oulton Broad before heading to Somerleyton and the expansive Fritton Lake Country Park. There's also many other walking ideas in the valley to be found on this page.
To the west there's the worthy village of Loddon where you'll find an 18th century mill, a 15th century church and some lovely trails along the River Chet to Hardley Marshes.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Norfolk Broads Walks page.