WALK 2 - Needham Market to Stowmarket

The Gipping Valley River Path provides an easily followed route, much of it along the towpath of the former navigation. Many old mills and the remains of locks often enhance the scene, but north of Badley Mill lock (TM 074568) walkers may prefer to deviate from the industrialised section of the canal to visit Badley church, idyllically located in remote countryside. Elizabeth I may have ridden along Badley Walk when visiting the nearby hall.

4½ miles (2½ hours) by Gipping River Path; 6½ miles (3 hours) via Badley and Combs Wood nature reserve Download the PDF format A4 trifold leaflet (496 kb)

See also Walk 1 - Ipswich to Needham Market 11½ miles (6 hours)

The River Gipping Trust have also produced walk leaflets covering this area - see their website for more details.

Walks selected by Roger Wolfe, Suffolk Area of The Ramblers