Winter walkers recommended to take Haverhill route

Kedington path
Kedington path

A route from Haverhill through the surrounding villages is being recommended as a winter walk in the Stour Valley.

The 11 mile Upper Stour route, which starts in the town before going through Withersfield, Great Thurlow, Great Wratting and Kedington, is one of five walks that has been promoted by the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for walkers to enjoy a winter wonderland.

All of the circular walks explore different areas along the Stour Valley and the river’s tributaries.

The other four walks are the Glem Valley near Boxted and Glemsford, Belchamp Brook near Sudbury, the Box Valley from Stoke by Nayland and the Brett Valley from Stratford St Mary.

The Stour Valley path runs 63 miles from Newmarket to Manningtree, following the river from source to estuary.

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Suffolk County Councillor Nigel Chapman, chairman of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Stour Valley joint advisory committee, said: “These walks are a really great way for people to explore the Stour Valley and we thank our volunteers who helped devise the walks plus The Crown and The Swan for their support in producing the guides.”

Both pubs are available as refreshment stops along two of the routes.

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