West Stow Country Park
Enjoy waterside walks alongside a number of pretty lakes and the River Lark in this splendid country park near Bury St Edmunds. The park contains a number of nature trails through heathland and woodland and the fascinating West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village. There is also a wildfowl reserve with a number of bird hides.
The park is located a few miles north west of Bury St Edmunds. It is situated on the Lark Valley Path so you could continue your walk along the river if you have time. Following it north west will take you to Icklingham where you will find the pretty Cavenham Heath Nature Reserve.
Right next to the park you will find the King's Forest. This large area of woodland has miles of cycling and walking trails with Fallow, Red, Roe and Muntjac deer to look out for. It's located just to the north of the park. On the southern side there's Lackford Lakes where there's a free car park, cafe and visitor centre. Birds visiting the lakes include kingfisher, great crested grebe and tufted duck.
PostcodeIP28 6HG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Further Information and Other Local Ideas
From the park you could pick up the St Edmund Way and follow the waymarked path north through the King's Forest towards Thetford. Here you could visit the historic priory and pay a visit to the expansive Thetford Forest.
Head west and there's the villages of Lackford, Icklingham and Mildenhall to visit.
Also nearby is the worthy village of Tuddenham. In the village you can visit the historic Tuddenham Mill - an ancient watermill surrounded by 12 acres of gardens and Suffolk countryside. There is a high quality restaurant at the mill where you can sit outside by the river in a very picturesque location.