Spring walk: Arger Fen bluebell wood
PUBLISHED: 10:35 22 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:58 24 March 2016
Arger Fen is a 500-year old ancient woodland, a remnant of the swathes of forest that once covered much of Suffolk. Explore this fascinating landscape and walk amongst wild cherries, ancient oaks, alder and field maple on this 2.5 mile walk
How Far? 2.5 miles (4kms).
Terrain: Undulating natural surface paths, which at times are steep and narrow or flat and wide. At steeper sections there are natural steps. All paths can become extremely muddy, so do wear walking boots or wellies. The ancient woodland is joined with fen meadow and regenerating woodland to create a 200-acre Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve.
Accessible? Not really, the paths can be very muddy and some sections are quite narrow with steep inclines and descents. There are some benches along the walk.
Getting there: Arger Fen and Spouse’s Vale lie tucked away in the very south of the county, off a narrow lane midway between Nayland and Bures. From the A134 at Nayland, take the road to Bures (the Bures Road) and after 2.7 miles, turn right at the crossroads. The reserve is 1 mile along this road.
1. From the car park, walk through the kissing gate to the information board. Here you will find a site map depicting three trails: the Black Trail is 2.5 miles; Green Trail is 1 mile; and the Blue Trail is just ¼ mile. The Black Trail loops around the reserve, taking in Arger Fen, Hullback’s Grove, Spouse’s Vale and Spouse’s Grove. Wooden posts with black arrows sign the trail, but do take care as the trail is multi-directional, so at a couple of points a black arrow will want to send you back the way you’ve just come – ignore it!
2. From the information board, turn left and head downhill to the valley floor. Follow the route of the stream over boardwalk until the path rises away from the valley floor to a bench. Here the trail is signed down and up a small valley.
3. At the next rise you’ll see an area of cleared woodland. Turn left at the new fencing into Hullback’s Grove. The trail is now a wide grassy path between regenerating woodland.
4. At a bench turn left and follow the path into Spouse’s Grove. Here the Black Trail does a loop through the Grove. When you exit Spouse’s Grove, retrace your steps to Arger Fen and then keep on the wide track all the way back to the car park. w
P.s. Don’t forget to bring a picnic! Arger Fen really is in the middle of nowhere, there are no facilities here, but there are pubs in Nayland and Bures.
Like this? Check out the warrener’s walk at Mildenhall, Suffolk.