MARPA LINE WALKS
WALK 6 - Kennett to Bury St Edmunds
This walk has been split into two sections, Kennet to Barrow and Barrow to Bury St Edmunds
WALK 6a - Kennett to Barrow
Experienced long distance walkers will enjoy the full 18½ miles of delightful countryside between the stations of Kennett and Bury St Edmunds, but for the benefit of those who prefer less arduous rambles, the walk is presented in two shorter stages (see Walk 6b for Barrow to Bury St Edmunds).
From high ground near Desning, long views open out towards the Fens whilst close by the route threads a network of fields and pastures adjacent to ancient Denham Castle, where the earthworks of the former motte and bailey survive. There are shops and pubs at Barrow, but bus services to Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds are not frequent, so check times and bus stop locations carefully. Distance 7 miles - allow around 3½ hours. Download the PDF format A4 trifold leaflet (2.2Mb)
WALK 6b - Barrow to Bury St Edmunds
The highlight of this walk is the traverse of Ickworth Park, an area of outstanding beauty and interest cared for by the National Trust.
The 1,800 acres of the property include farmland and ancient woods and the park was in part created by Capability Brown. Allow additional time to explore the numerous walks and gardens and admire the art treasures in the house, an extraordinary building consisting of a central rotunda and curving wings.
Alternatively, follow the waymarked Red Route via the Obelisk and Fairy Lake. This will add ¾ mile to your walk. Distance 11½ miles - allow around 6 hours. Download the PDF format A4 trifold leaflet for screen use (750kb) or download the high quality leaflet for printing (3.5Mb)
WALK 7 - Kennett to Newmarket
The attractive Cambridgeshire villages of Chippenham and Snailwell repay exploration and provide good refreshment stops. Many of the older buildings contain walling made of locally quarried chalk rock known as clunch. The intervening countryside is characteristic of the fringes of the Breckland with wide open spaces. Chippenham Fen is a National Nature Reserve, home to many rare species. Access is limited to the public footpath unless you get a permit. The approaches to Newmarket are dominated by racehorses, so keep well clear of any that you may encounter where the path runs alongside exercise tracks (less likely in the afternoon) and do not interfere with them in any way where the path goes through paddocks.
Distance 11 miles - allow 5-6 hours, but add on time for refreshments, visiting nature reserves and churches Download the PDF format A4 trifold leaflet (833 kb)
WALK 13 - Dullingham to Kennett
Waymarks along the Icknield Way Path feature a primitive stone axe, a reminder of the great antiquity of this landscape, much of which is now devoted to the horse racing industry. The Path is clearly marked by wooden rails and boundary hedges between the manicured paddocks, many of which are occupied by the aristocrats of the equine world. Less glamorous beasts of another age must have plodded wearily across the famous pack horse bridge at the picturesque village of Moulton. From the wide verges bordering the road from Ashley there is a good view over the valley of the river Kennett towards Dalham Hall and buzzards can sometimes be seen in the skies above.
Distance 14 miles - allow about 7-8 hours for the full distance, but add on time for refreshments, visiting nature reserves, etc. Download the PDF format A4 trifold leaflet (624 kb)
Walks selected by Roger Wolfe, Suffolk Area of The Ramblers